This is my first build in years and needing input. I am on a modest budget and
I am wanting to keep it under 1K. If I can get it for including 17-19 LCD
monitor, that would be great.
The computer is going to be used for mainly for gaming (COD4, BioShock, etc) and then some video editing. I will be running Windows XP for now.
The only parts that I would be upgrading in the next few years would be:
1.) add 2G more RAM when/if I go to Windows Vista
2.) add another HDD for data storage
3.) upgrade the video card
These are the roughly the only things I did on my last build and the computer has served
me well for 4 years.
Here is the parts list that I have gathered for my new system:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz (thinking maybe E6850)
ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP (thinking of going with ECS, been good to me so far, and cheaper)
I will be using my old keyboard, mouse, and 17 CRT monitor for now. I will not be building the system for about a month or so, I heard that Intel may be dropping the prices in April. If they are not, then I may start in a few weeks after I move.
Thanks in advance for everyones input and if you have any questions, need more info, then feel free to ask.
Compared to the P5K Deluxe, it has fewer features (no second video card slot, no RAID, no FireWire, only 4 SATA devices allowed). Looking at your list and budget, I suspect these are all OK. This would save you $100 and you can use the savings to get a video card that totally humiliates the 8600GT.