I'm thinking about building my own computer for the first time and I was wondering if all my components are compatable and whether I'm making any poor choices. I went off of the sub-$1000 build, but made a few different choices here and there. I'm mostly going to use it for everyday uses (web, word, etc...), graphics programs, CAD, and a little bit of gaming - nothing extreme, just a little WOW, Starcraft, Diablo. I've got a copy of XP that I plan to load for my OS, but I've been thinking about putting Linux/Ubuntu on my old/current computer. Here's what I've come up with:
Thanks, but I really want to stay with the e8400 for my CPU. What about my power situation? I figure that with my build having one 8800GT instead of the two that the articles build has that power shouldn't be an issue, but I don't know. If I'm not a hardcore gamer, but still want to play games occasionally, will just the one 8800GT be OK?
HD - $85 640gb model you selected!!
DVD Burner - $25
Total = $917 - $40 = $877!!! Now that leaves you room for any upgrade, if you want or room for a 64bit OS to take advantage of the 4gb's of DDR2. Or you can dump the the 64bit OS and use your XP copy and drop down to 2 gb's of DDR and save about $20-30 more!! You can decide, but for $877 that is a hard package to beat!!