finally, after waiting almost 4 years it's time to built a new system.
i've been looking around for the past few weeks and tried to figure out what i need and want and to find matching components.
i don't wanna spent more money then i currently am, but if you have any suggestions how to safe some money without loosing performance, go ahead and tell me.
i hope that the pc will be fast enough to last for the next couple of years without having to switch out parts all the time. fast enough for what? all kinds of office applications (M$ Office etc), some basic web/graphic design (dreamweaver/photoshop), and this year's games on (very) high graphics. (my old one is running half life 2 on a proud 800x600 with medium graphics w/o lag).
That's what i'm thinking of:
Antec P182 PC Power & Cooling Silencer Quad 750W Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 Intel Q9450 Xigmatek HDT S1283 Corsair XMS2 Dominator 2x2Gb 1066Mhz ATI 4870 (release in late June, maybe 4850, depending on price) Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic (from my old PC) WD Caviar SE16 500Gb Samsung SH S203B LG L227WT
Does it make any sense to buy Vista retail, or should i just get the 64bit OEM version and safe a hundred bucks?
The GA-X48-DS4 is newer (so I think it will be supported a bit longer). Since X48 and X38 are the same featurewise there's not much more too it. The GA-EX38-DS4 might need a BIOS update for the Q9450 to work on it if you get an early batch product.
OEM chips come with a shorter warranty and usually don't any cost less here. If you don't care for that buy OEM.
There is little to no difference between the x38/x48. The x38 bios does need to be updated to the F2 version. The board will still boot but not function as expected until the bios is done. Gigabyte has a utility that makes flashing the bios very easy.