im in a process of planning my new system...
processor: e8400 or q9450 (can't decide)
mobo: gigabyte P35 ds3r
ram:corsair xms 2G ddr2 800
case: coolermater centurion 5 is fine with me(any suggestion??)
i need an advice here... my line up would be
ACbel intelligent power 550w
gigabyte odin pro 550w
HEC winpower 550w
btw my budget for the system is $1000(thats around 40K PHP)
i live in the philippines so the choices is limited (and the pricing not that good, phenoms are more expensive than Q6600)
Definitely the e8400. Or if you wanna go quad core the Q6600 for the same price. Bit slower but 4 cores rather than 2.
Motherboard I don't like Gigabyte. I've sold many and had them die over the years. My all time favorite is always Abit for many reasons and it's all I sell exclusively now. The P35-Pro is nice.
Ram you should be able to get 2x2GB 4GB kit in your system at that price. Whatever is cheapest. OCZ, Corsair, etc... as long as it's lifetime warranty by a brand name, and has good timings. I like OCZ.
GPU - There are some mail in rebates on the 8800GTS 512MB cards. It brings their prices down to the same as an 8800GT. Definitely worth every penny. Go for an 8800GTS.
CPU - I'd go for an Antec Neo. Modular, quality, efficient, 5 year warranty.
Case - The centurion is fine and not too expensive.
I'm going to be first to break the mold and Recommend a Seasonic PSU. I just picked up a 700w M12 model, and it is dead silent thanks to 80%+ certified efficiency. Even with my OC'd E8400 and HD 3870 X2, it's still silent, and the only thing i hear is 4 case fans, and the gfx card when it gets hot. I'd recommend an ATI GPU, however an 8800 GTS 512(G92) is one heckova card and runs faster, cooler, and quieter for cheaper than practically every model in it's price range. The only reason why i got a 3870X2 because Crossfire scaling pwns, I love the image quality, and I got mine for $380USD.
Case; the CM690 is CHEAP for alot of space. I have a Coolermaster from 2001 that i still use so i can attest to their quality. lets just say that only up until right before i built my new system in it was the time it was getting cramped. and that was with 4 HDDs, 2 Optical Drives, 2 PCI cards, 2-slot X850XT, and a bad tangle of power and IDE cables.
I'm very happy with my Gigabyte board overall, but i have the X38-DQ6, but quality and stability is top-notch. I don't think there's anything to fault with getting a Gigabyte mobo currently. Normally i would edge towards an Abit myself though.