Ok, I haven't built a system in about 5 years so I am a bit behind the times. I want to build a new system, prefer Intel based (e6750?) and Geforce graphics (8800 GTS 512). I primarily game, online and FPS. Have a good case and HD, will be sticking with my exsisting Win XP Pro for now. I need everything else. Opinions and/or links to a good system that would fit the bill?
mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
PSU: Corsair HX520
RAM: Geil, Crucial, OCZ; DDR2-800 with 4-4-4-12 timings.
HDD: Seagate, WD, or Samsung. 320GB is a good size. RAID is generally unnecessary.
DVD burner: Lite-On, Samsung, or BenQ; Retail version so you get the software you need to use it.
Thanks for the input all. I actually do not need the monitor, I want to upgrade from the 21" crt I have now, but that will wait.
Question I have would be is it worht getting an SLI capable MB for the future or no? Otherwise, everything here looks like a winner and thanks again.
My honest opinion on SLI: I think it's a waste currently. This can all change once game manufacturers and driver support gets better though. Just seems like a waste to blow $300 for 10-20 FPS gain.
While you may see "30% increase" on benchmarks etc. You need to do the math and see what 30% really is... If you run at 60 FPS and gain 30%, you get 78FPS. It's decent, but not enough to justify the extra $$. Often you have to run higher than 1280x1024 or 1440x900 to see a real difference between one and two card setups.
I'd have to agree with what ya say rgeist, I would not bwe getting the second card yet just wondering if it would be worth having the mobo that can take it should the situation with SLI improve down the road
Bump for input on getting an SLI capabale MB for the future or not and if so a good suggestion. And btw, I am good for sound card, have a SB Audigy 2 card in my current machine and it is just fine for me. Thanks again for all the help folks, looks like I will be ordering everthing soon.