Well, I decided to order up the parts for my new computer last night. My current system is just not cutting it anymore ( nor has it been for some time) This should be a fairly good rig... Let me know what you guys think. I really didn't know exactly what I was doing but most of it made sense [[[ MIR = mail-in rebate ]]] [[[ FS = free shipping ]]]
Swap the GTX260 to a ATI 4850.The GTX260 is over priced for little performance. Also be careful with DDR2 1066 RAM as they seem to have compatibility issues. Drop the SSD, it is point less and too expensive. Just get a 2* 640GB WD AAKS drives in RAID. Case, CPU, Motherboard, LCD,PSU are good choices. If you are OCing get a XIGMATEK S1283 (+ bolt in kit).
Ok, that makes a bit more sense on the RAM debate. I will just see how much I can lower the timings a bit and make due. The parts have been ordered and I might as well use what I have coming. Thanks for all the input people!
I'm not very "in" with the times... can someone explain to me why:
DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
is faster than....
DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
I understand the timings, so skip that portion. DDR2 800 is not faster, but if you read my reply I said that DDR2 1066 has some compatibility issues. Also most of the DDR2 1066 RAM is just factory OCed DDR2 800 RAM.
Also - I went with a SSD because I want speeeeed. I have multiple TB drives for data storage. IMHO 64GB is more than enough for an OS and a few games. (I only play 2-3 games at once at any given time) Ok, if you have the money go for the SSD. Also note that the SDDs are usually faster in read speeds and NOT write speeds
Not to call myself a fanboy, but I have always used nvidia, they have been good to me. So at this time I will stick with nvidia.
My replies are in bold, as you seem to have ordered it already, go for it. Good luck with the build .