I am planning (after scouring this forum and others) and believe that what is below is a good build. I am a moderate gamer (NFS:3/4/PU, Morrowind, Oblivion, Caesar 3/4, SimCity 4, some sports games, Doom 3, unreal (Quake 1/2, Doom 1/2 if I could make them run on XP/Vista, any ideas?)),moderate surfer and and document/spreadsheet creator for work projects with an occasional PowerPoint and Access Db.
Here's the list:
MB -> GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail $89.99 CPU -> Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - $174.99-$5.00 Instant $169.99 MEM -> A-DATA 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit $84.99 OS -> Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM $109.99 HSF -> COOLER MASTER RR-CCH-L9U1-GP 92mm Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler - Retail $29.99 -$8.00 Instant $21.99 Subtotal: $476.95
I have a case/PSU/video card/optical drive/card reader/HDD/Ext HDD that are in good shape and fairly new. So, for what I need, do y'all think I've hooked up the right parts?
Total: $462.98 (- $50 in rebates) = $412.98
(I figure this build out should keep me somewhat current for a year or two....)
I want to thank those in this forum for all their input on my build, plus all those I gleaned knowledge from in all these other posts.
Also, two quick system building questions:
-->After loading the OS (WinXP SP2 32-bit), what particular order should I install/update the OS, MB, Chipset drivers/utilities, GPU drivers/software (HD2600XT), Audio drivers/utilities, Anti Virus Software and MS Office to avoid any potential problems?
-->And, should I flash the BIOS before I do any of this?
I have never been quite able to lock this down to avoid all problems. Something has always kept me from a "perfect" load out.....
True, the PSU is cheaper there, but I decided to go for a single source purchase. The overall cost for everything is lower than had I gone here and there...But will keep buy.com on my mind the next time I plan on a purchase.
To answer your Vista question, XP supports 3gb, 32-bit Vista support 4, and 64-bit Vista supports 8gb. You won't need 8gb for anything, and in addition there are lots of driver problems for Vista 64-bit at the moment. So if you really badly want DX10 support, I'd go with Vista. If you're going with the 1x16 slot on the mobo and 2gb of ram right now, I see no reason to bother with Vista. Just use XP and get an extra two 512 sticks of RAM to keep the dual channel, and you'll be set.