I need some opinions on the system that I am thinking about building. I haven't built a system for several year. I have done a fair amount of research, but I want to make sure this is going to fit together well. I am shooting for a system around $1000. The system will be used for some gaming and homework(wife is doing Grad-school).
- 8800 is outdated tech you will want at least an ATi 4850 if possible ($180)
- Good choice on MB
- DDR2-1066 isn't needed unless you are planning big overclocking. Go for 4GB of DDR2-800 in 2x2Gb sticks. Mushkin, Corsair, Geil, OCZ.
- 4Gb if you have Vista 64bit.
- Try a Corsair 750TX if the budget allows ($100). It will give you good flexability to add a second ATi card later if your gaming outdoes the 4850. Also will support Intel i7, so you can keep it for at least the next build.
The copy of Vista might send you slightly over the budget, but you should end up around $1000ish.
Audio quality should be fine for home and low end recording use. General recommendation is to buy a sound card after trying the onboard first - because you may decide you don't need the sound card (and save some money).
The Asus board will support PATA, although the data transfer rates aren't as good as new SATA drives and you will be giving away performance. WD 640Gb SATA is available for $85.
Smokebudsdaily, can you put in a separate post for your system as it is quite different to that of Gonzo's. Otherwise we are all going to get very confused trying to work out which posts apply to which system!