Are you going to overclock? If not you can use the cooler the CPU comes with. I think you could find a better video card and power supply for this system. What is your budget and who are you buying your parts from? Do you need the sound card? Get a SATA DVD drive as the smaller cable will allow better airflow in the case.
Thanks for quick response. Budget's not a real problem. But I go a month or so between games and didn't want to spend a whole lot, just more than consoles. This machine will serve no other purpose and will play crysis and crysis warhead. Parts are coming from NewEgg.
1) P43 is basically same as P45 w/o the CF, I doubt he will go two graphics card solution so go with P43 cheaper
2) 4870 and 260 is out of his budget I assume being low $1xx card (9800GT) vs mid $2xx card. Depending on how much you are getting the 9800GT for, the 4850 could be had for $150 if you find the right deal and offers 20-30% more performance
3) I agree with this point, regardless of the other components in your PC, never try to save money on the PSU as it is the 'heart' of the computer. Bad PSU can mess up your PC real bad at times. Not trying to say all other PSUs are bad, but definitely a safer way to go with a quality one.
4) I agree as well they are similary price just go with sata, thinner wires provides better airflow
a) you could consider getting the Antec Three Hundred case, that is a very nice case for 1/2 the price of your choice of case
b) never heard of HT OMEGA STRIKER 7.1, but your choice, personally I think onboard sound is decent enough and i am no audiophile to hear the real difference
c) if you want to save money you could omit the wireless card, plus gaming stability would be better with wired connection
d) try to choose a newer Hard drive, the 7200.10 is old as I know there are 7200.11 which is suppose to be faster drives
e) spend a bit more cash and get urself at least an e8400 (9x multipler) or an e8500 (9.5x multipler). They come with more cache that will help you in some games and some applications.
f) huge screen you are getting, I just saw this now, better to go with 4850 than 8800GT in this case. 4870 (general rule of thumb is at higher screen size/resolution you will need more graphics onboard ram, 512mb should just cut it about right but 1gb version would be definitely safer and especially on some newer games) would be a good choice, but that is also a bit more as well.
if you really want a budget build, i would go for an e5200 along with a 4850...my current rig plays crysis warhead very well (on all gamer settings...havent tried enthusiast yet...) on my 24" monitor. Get at least 2gb of ram for xp or 4gb for vista
Unless you're into sound editing the onboard sound card is more than enough.
Unless you really need it to be wireless, it will only result in instability when gaming online.
4gb of ram is cheap and will make a big difference, even in XP.
You should probably look into the Antec Nine Hundred case.
You don't need 750W for a single gpu, 550W is more than needed.
If you're spending so much on a system, you might as well spend $40 more to get a good P45 motherboard.
I say drop that chip. If you want to save money, why not look at an AMD system? You can grab an Athlon 6000+ for 93 bucks or so, biostar motherboard supporting a quad and crossfire can be found for 99 on newegg. Drop the case you've got, that's way too much for a budget rig. Why not something like this for 40 bucks?
That's what I have and it is not bad, don't have a large video card in it though, so unsure how a bigger card would fit it. But there's 60 saved. Dump that soundcard off too. My Gigabyte motherboard actually may have 7.1 channel sound and HD outputs as well. No sense in spending 80 bucks on a soundcard. I don't even think I'd bother with any soundcard unless the sound on my board would go bad. I would just use onboard. It should work fine and not give you problems. Also, you could drop the wireless card. No real reason if it would be plugged in all the time and it's not like your moving the computer room to room. Just my 2 cents.
Edit**may consider a 4870 for a little less than the 260 as well.
well I think he is referring to that you are paying nearly $80 for the p43 board which has 1x pci-e 16x slot. Spending another $20 more could get you the low end of P45 with 2x pci-e 16x & 8x for GPU. Another $20 could get you the P45 boards with the bell and whistles (raid support, firewire, etc). Some people deem those as a good and safe way to be future proof if you want to upgrade in the future. For others where they know they will not add another HD, will not add a 2nd GPU, will not use the firewire port, the p43 would be a cheaper solution for them.
I started out with an XT, then followed by 386, 486, Pentium2 and now Pentium4. Each was upgraded to a certain point then it became not worth the effort. I get about 3-5 years out of each computer and usually nothing was salvageable. I figure that trend will continue. I always thought video cards were most important. My last upgrade was Radeon 9600. I like FPSs and RPGs; I'm getting this to play Crysis, Crysis Warhead and Oblivion. That's all this machine will do. I use a little MacBook to surf the web and have a little Mac Mini to download photos from my camera and talk to my ipod.
I'll add more ram, and get a smaller power supply and upload another po.