Well, my old PC is now pushing up daisies, so I've been browsing about to find the best deal I can get for upper midrange PC. I'm seriously considering trying my hand at building my own. Well, shopping around at TigerDirect.com, I've put together a PC that I like--and if anyone knows of any reputable online hareware vendors outside of California, it would be much appreciated (CA taxes on these are pushing newegg and Mwave out of my price range). But I also found an HP PC that seems to be fairly nice itself. So, what do you think? Note that I have minimal experience in putting together a PC.
Here's the list of specs on the build from TigerDirect.com:
Get the q6600 and 2 8800GT's in SLI, everything else looks good though if you could wait about 2 months (like me) you could get a 45nm core 2 quad and see whatever Nvidia has in store for us with the 9*** series.
1. My old PC used an Full-tower Xpider Aluminum case and has an Asus P4C800e DLX motherboard in there right now, would the box work with the newer motherboards out there like the one I selected (I think the Asus mobo is ATX, so I’m assuming the box is likewise)?
2. What kind of a socket would the “45nm Core 2 Quad” use (Socket 775)? And will the motherboard I selected above work with it? I’m not is THAT much of a hurry, but it’s a good itch nevertheless. Will it really be coming out in a month or so, or might we see a case of the slows develop.
3. @mlaporta: You might have to translate that using “newbonics.” I don’t think I fully understand what you are saying. Which one is the retail version and where does the OS fit into that equation?
Are you kidding? It looks "SuperAllwrite"... really sorry... couldn't resist. I agree w/ the q6600 comment... much cheaper, and just as overclockable. I'd also suggest getting the HD3870x2 if you're already willing to spend $480 on a vid card. It takes the 8800's and smacks them around a bit (but IS power-hungry).
RAM & OS look good.. dunno about your optical, but it's cheap. Mobo looks good for the 8800 (but if you get the HD3870x2 and want to crossfire with another card, you'd need to swap mobos).
I'd get a larger HD these days, but you do have enough bays available to grow by adding drives.
Seems like a very reasonable machine, overall.
....oh, and as far as the RETAIL vs. OEM goes, mlaporta's talking about the DVD drive... if you get OEM, it will not come with decoding software packaged with it (overpriced if you were to buy it alone). If you get RETAIL, it will (most likely a copy of PowerDVD will come with it). Note the DVD drive you picked out DOES say RETAIL -- just make sure you keep it that way.