I am upgrading from the old socket 754 build I put together in college. This is my preliminary list of hardware. I don't have many builder friends, so any opinions and input would be greatly appreciated
BIOSTAR TF8200 A+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard I chose this board because of its favorable reviews, integrated graphics, good BIOS (as long as I flash to the most recent one, apparently), and expandibility to a better GPU and CPU
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition you sold me
Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler Solid reviews and it's within my price range (I just hope it fits)
XFX GeForce 9800 GTX Black Edition I'd like to be able to play some games and make use of the HybridPower feature of the 8200
2x OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit This memory has solid reviews and good overclocking potential, plus its dirt cheap right now
APEVIA X-Dreamer II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case This case has the primary features I was looking for (side window, side fan, front LCD) along with an overall good review record
Zalman ZM-850HP 850W The major features I was looking for, (80% Certified, Active PFC, modular cabling, Hybrid SLI compatible) along with a good review record
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive Fast, large enough for my needs
Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive Good value storage drive
Lite-On 20X Super Allwrite IDE drive Cheap DVD burner with good record
ASUS Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor A major step up from my bulky old Dell CRT
My primary uses are internet, music, video, word processing, some scientific computing, and low-graphics gaming. As my new PC will allow it, those uses would expand to CAD and high graphics gaming.
I suggest to wait a little bit for the AMD 790GX chipset, which should be out shortly. It has better graphic performance than the nvidia, and performance with the Phenom is better. For CAD, a 4 cores is better than 2 cores, so I would suggest a Phenom. But get the one that end with 50, like the 9550 or the 9850. Newer core, without the tlb bug. Even if that bug doesnt matter for 99.9% of the people, some BIOS has a patch (that can be disabled with AMD overdrive) that can affect performance. The provided cooler will be sufficient if you don't overclock, so better save on that. ATI video card has an edge over nvidia for now, so check them. What you saved from using the stock cooler wold allow you to get 4 gigs of RAM. That will be much better especially for CAD apps..
If you think that 150gb is enough.. well, better get a storage drive.. As for DVD burner, they are all cheap and reliable, so just pick the cheaper of the bunch.
I would say build an Intel system, but lets skip that.
For video get the HD4850 and sub the Raptor for two 640GB western digital hard drives, then you have one for backup. I have a raptor and Im gonna sell it and get three 640s in RAID 5
I have a WD 640gb drive and its fast, hell benchmarks show it being faster than the Raptor. Its also cheaper and provides more storage space, of course. The 10k raptors are pretty old tech by now, if you want a really fast drive get a velociraptor or solid state drive (both are pretty expensive).