Hey this a system i plan to build. It is my first attempt so i am looking for feedback and advice on attempting the build.
Here is the link to the wish list i have it saved on on newegg.com. Thanks for any help guys!!
Keep in mind, I like the fact that it looks like you've done some reading on this, and that you're asking for more input.
Le sigh....I'm glad you asked advice. There are many places for improvement in your build. It looks like you've done some reading, and possibly taken away some wrong conclusions. Also, it looks like you've chosen mostly the cheapest component. Less expensive isn't best, or even a good idea many times.
Motherboard: Your choice seems fine, however I would suggest a somewhat more modern chipset. A P35 board will give you more choices for future processors.
Original Choice: ABIT AB9 Pro - $90 - $30MIR
My suggestion: Gigabyte P35-DS3L - $90
Price difference: Even (+$30 after MIR)
CPU: This is a decent choice. However, with a little work on your part you can get a cheaper processor that runs better than an extreme edition. You do have to overclock though. That might be intimidating, but this forum has some excellent guides, and a simple overclock can be done in less than 30min.
Original Choice: E6550 Retail - $170
My Suggestion: E2180 - $78
Price Difference: -$92
RAM: This is where I really think you read some stuff about 32 bit OSes not being able to use more than 3GB of ram. That is true, but not the important part of the idea. You can put more than 3GB in your system, the OS will just not be able to use all of it. However, there are performance benefits to using matching RAM (dual channel and whatnot).
Original Choice: Patriot 1GB DDR2 800 - $28 Patriot 2GB DDR2 800 - $44
My Suggestion: A-DATA 4GB(2 x 2GB) - $70
Price Difference: -$2
If you don't want to overclock, you can drop the HSF, and get a better processor than I've listed. Also, if you're running XP, you can go with 2GB of RAM, leaving room for more later if you want while still saving money.
You may be able to find better deals with shopping around. This is intended as a guide for changes, and an idea of the impact you'll see on price. Not all of the items I linked are from Newegg, so there will be changes if you only want to use one vendor.
I think if there isn't any OC'ing than a AMD build might be in order. I'd go with this setup, if you want to consider a AMD build.
CPU - $90 shipped! Best budget performance AMD dual core CPU right now. 10 min. in the BIOS to change the multiplier and your at 3 gHz, with no voltage changes. If you don't want to do that then 2.6 hHz stock will be plenty.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case/PSU combo - $130 - $30 MIR = $100!! One of the better deals out right now for a good PSU/Case combo. The Antec Earthwatts 500w PSU has 41A on the 12V rails so it can handle any single GPU solution out there.
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo - $90 shipped! Can have Phenom processors (good to have) and if you need to RMA your GPU you can use the best onboard GPU on the market, while you wait to get your GPU fixed (if this ever happens).
BIOSTAR TFORCE TA780G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - $238 - $30 MIR = $208!! One of the best GPU's for the $ that you can get right now.
MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Witcher PC game w/ purchase, while supplies last http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Burner - $37 shipped!! Retail version that comes with all of the software needed to read and burn DVD's.
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total $760 - $100 MIR's = $660!!! Much better system than getting a 2600xt GPU on the previous 2 builds. For gaming, in general, you'll want the best GPU that you can afford. I believe this build will fit into the mid range gaming rig, especially since I've included the 8800gts (g92) GPU.