New to Tom's Hardware website, but since my 1st name is Tom this seems like the appropriate website. I have been planning a major rebuild my old system.
P4 2.4 GHZ
ATI 9700video card
350 GB hard drive
Thermaltake Xaser 3 case
I'm thinking of going with
Geforce 9800GT video card
MSI K9N Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
PC Power& Cooling 750 watt power supply.
Please tell me what you think. Latter down the road i would like to add another Geforce 9800GT video card to this system.
This computer primary job is editing photos and playing Warrock, but once i get an updated computer who knows what i might start playing.
I'd say get this Core 2 Duo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052. If you have some extra money when you've decided on everything, you could always change it to an e8x00 series or quad core. As for a sli motherboard... probably a 680i. Check out reviews for different 680i motherboards and see which you like.
You can't have that motherboard. I'd say you have 4 choices for choices for motherboard. Look at the 650i, 680i, 750i, and 780i chipsets. I was just looking at them though, and make sure that they support (2) pci-e x16 2.0 slots. A lot of the boards say one slot is full speed, then the other is x8.
That heatsink is good, since it doesn't have a mounting bracket, it may be difficult to install. If you're worried about that, get one with a mounting bracket. I have a heatsink very similar to that one (arctic cooling freezer 7 pro) and it does cool very well.
Are you keeping the case from the last build? Since you're well under your budget, you can go with an e8x00 cpu if you want.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115036
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835186134
I dropped the sound card, i'll use on board sound for a while. Reading the review on some of these board are down right scary, I have heard lot of good things about ASUS but the reveiws were terrible so i'll try EVGA. I also opited for the extended warrenty on the motherboard and CPU, do you think that is is wasted money?
yes i plan on using my current case.
Total right now with shipping is right at $949.26
I have all 3 of those in my current pc and they're all reliable. I never go for the extended warranties. I don't think they're worth it because the chances are very slim that you'll actually need it. If you have anything wrong with the product, you'll usually notice it within the first couple of days. You'll be able to RMA it if this happens.