Let me start of by saying this is my first attempt at building a computer. After reading the boards over the last two weeks I've put together what I think is a pretty good build. I have around a $1500 budget and will use my old monitor, keyboard, and mouse. With that said here is my build.
With tax and shipping this works out to right around $1226. As you can see I am around $300 under budget. Are there any changes that can be made that will give a noticable change in proformance?
A couple other questions I have are:
Graphics Board: What is the difference between the 8800GTS and the 9800GTX other than 60$. I also know everyone is saying to wait for the new graphics cards to come out but I heard that eVGA has a 90 day upgrade policy (can anyone verify)?
OS: I'm getting the Vista Home Premium 32 but I eventually want to run the 64 bit version. Will I be able to change between 32 bit and 64 bit with the version of Vista or is there another version I need to buy?
Any reason why you're going with the quad core for gaming? The e8400 would handle games better.
Will I be able to change between 32 bit and 64 bit with the version of Vista or is there another version I need to buy?
I believe so. They used to have a online form where you would type in your 32 bit serial number and they'd mail you the 64 bit version for $10. I'm not sure if they still do that. That's what I had to do because I bought my university's edition for $6, and the 32 bit was the only one available. Check into that before you buy though.
Keep the quad for futureproofing. Multithreading is the future. People said the exact same things about dual cores vs single a couple of years back. Now, single core is completely unusable, while early duals are still useful. At the moment, a faster clocked dual delivers no improvement in game whatsoever, because the programs are not cpu bottlenecked. 2 years down the line, a quad will perform far better, when your cpu is past its prime and becoming bottlenecked.
The Corsair 750TX you picked is an excellent PSU too, rated tier 2, but with the tier 1 Silencer at exactly the same price I'd prefer the Silencer. For example it has a smarter layout that lets it blow the hot air out the back of the case instead of down into the floor.
True, but imo, I would wait a while before building on P45. Let the product mature (also I wouldn't personally buy a MSI motherboard; I stick with ASUS or Gigabyte). Because the G2x0 GPUs are coming out soon OP should wait.
DVD drive: LG Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM: 16X Blu-ray DVD-ROM: 6X HD DVD-ROM: 3X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 24X CD-RW 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
Blu-ray/HD-DVD reader & DVD writer
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
PS: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Red) 750W EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, RoHS - Retail
I think this is my final build after everyone's suggestions. I decided to upgrade the dvd drive because I had some more room in the budget and because it seems like a great deal. Does it work with my build? Thanks again for all of your advice I'll probably buy everything tomorrow so if anyone wants to add their $.02 before then feel free.
IMHO the Silverstone's suck and not what they are hyped up to be.....they have pretty bad regulation and the ripple on many is pretty bad....not out of spec but bad compared to others like Corsair, Zalman, Thermaltake, etc. (CWT builds)
Build looks fine but i dont see why such a puny board on that budget....get P45 or a higher end board if OCing....if not then disregard this
I had good experience with Silverstone ST400 (got them for $25-30 apiece for a few budget builds) and haven't had any problems. But, I still use Corsair and PP&C for mid/high end builds. I don't use SilverStone for high end builds.