My laptop may very well be hours from ruin, and in desperation I purchased new PC components without consulting anyone else. I don't think I've made any poor choices, besides the power supply and case. We'll see when it all gets here in a few days.
I've been penny-pinching and have only spent just over $700.
I'd like to ask for input for the video card.
I will use this more for Audio Recording and Editing, but may venture into gaming once I've got the rig ready, as well as OC'ing.
PS: Apex 460W ATX12V Power Supply - 460 W Maximum - Dual Fans http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A6213452
This, along with the case, is something I really should have looked past pretty LEDs and read up more.
I don't see a problem with anything listed, as I could always take the restocking hit and trade up.
I do not have a Cooling Device selected yet as I'm worried about the space within the case. We'll see soon.
I'm also two locations for this rig. One, using a 27' HD TV. And the other, a 19' LCD monitor.
I've got the MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 targeted with a $186.99 price tag.
I can't see myself going over $250 at all, for something that I won't utilize. But when I read about these new games, like Crysis and others that I'll eventually purchase, I don't want to worry if I can handle them or not.
Any input for the Card, or any other foreseeable changes would help a lot guys!
You DO need to cool the vram and mem chips. I can't believe they are selling an aftermarket cooling setup (needed for this card) and didn't put any more HS on it. Ohh well. Here is my 8800gt with the Thermalright HR-03 chip coolers before I put the massive HR-03 cooler on. Now you can see what else you have to cool. Why your at it, get some MX-2 thermal paste for remounting the GPU HS after you take it off.
And your card will handle Crysis on okay settings. NO SINGLE card can even think of running Crysis on max, no matter hwta you spend, or whats coming out in the next few months.
I'm looking at Nvida and ATI till Oct before I buy a new card.