I'm making a new Intel build, and have a 1000 dollar budget
fortunately I only need a few things, such as.
Motherboard, Intel. looking at x38's specifically two ASUS boards,
I will however be throwing a EVGA 8800 GT into it if that matters(probably will never SLI anyway)
as an alternative, mostly for reliablilty I have developed interest in the GA-P35, since it gets top scores reasonable price, and dosn't seem to have the excessive BIOS issues these two ASUS boards have exibited.
ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38
Doesn't matter what mobo you buy cuz at the end of 2008, everything will be obsolete. Personally, I'd buy something cheap like DS3L & a quad if need be to last until the next-gen cpu sockets from Intel & AMD.
The rest looks good. Make sure you get 8800GT 512MB.
Everyone seems to say that, but for most of us we dont want to change a MB every year, whether its cost effective or not.
We will change a chip though because we can easily see real tangible benefits with minimum effort. As long as the software has progressed to a point where a newer chip makes sense. ie improved FPS or better quad core support inside games etc. but if its going from 60fps to 80fps with a new chip it makes no sense to change, you wont notice the difference in real world gaming.
from what ive read most games are constricted by GPU not cpu. I know in my last machine I updated the videocard twice, the cpu I didnt change. whatever limitations my cpu had were made up<mostly> by a newer GPU. I expect this machine to be no different.
I would get the evga gts512 over the gt. But its just my opinion. it seems to come close to a 8800gtx for 200 less. plus it runs cooler.
alot of people here know this stuff better than me, this is just my opinion from reading these and other boards for a couple of months.
Im leaning to an x38 board myself. I figure they will support it longer than a p35, updated bios etc. plus pcie 2.0, I know no card uses that yet or can even fill pcie 1.1 but in a year they will and like I said earlier the video card is the easiest upgrade to improve gaming if your planning on gettign 2-2.5 years from your build
If Im wrong on any of thinking please fire away. you guys have been a great resource