I’m trying to build a good gamming system for about $2000-2500 max. I’m new at this whole build your own computer thing. I’ve done a month’s worth of research and have made my decision but I am still open to suggestions. I want to run 1 video card and don’t care for sli or quad core cpu, at least not yet. But the mobo I have chosen gives me that option in the future. I’ve never done this but I have a buddy that is gonna help me slap it together and overclock. So here it is:
Apevia makes terrible PSUs- one that have melted in testing- so i doubt their cases are much better.
Ditch the motherboard, nVidia's Intel chipsets are not very good. Go X38 or X48 instead. Asus P5E is a good board.
9800 GX2 is a stopgap card- one is fine. DO NOT FOR ANY REASON fall victim to the SLI marketing trap especially that card. You do not need quad SLI, its a huge waste of resources. I would actually encourage you to ditch the 9800 altogether and pick up a next gen nVidia card next month.
After rebate!! you say- yeah good luck on that with Tiger. Speaking of which, Newegg is a vastly better experience in every way than Tiger Direct. I refuse to support people that lie and cheat their customers. Tiger is #1 in this department.
Physics card is a complete waste of money, save your cash.
If you want to use the full 4GB of RAM you have no choice but Vista 64.