After looking around on the forums I came up with this build. I would like to bring the cost down slightly so any suggestions would be great. Currently I play WoW (WotLK when it comes out) and will be adding a 22' LCD to this at some point.
Just hope he doesn't have any issues with the Sapphire video card....I just officially(just got paid) sold my old 2900 Pro to a friend who had issues with their RMA service while trying to replace his X1900GT. And they make you pay them on top of the slow turn around times(due to sending it to Taiwan for possible fixing).
Well I was looking at 4850's on newegg, they have a Gigabyte for 169 with free shipping as well, all 3 have custom cooling solutions so then its all about dealing with RMA's and $10 between them(Sapp>+10>Gigabye>+10>Asus)
I'd rather spend the extra 10 over the sapphire and still save 10 and not have to deal with their RMA(god forbid you need to get a replacment at all)
good to see you avoided Sapphire....looks good, I'm partial to Mushkin. i have the silver version of your ram with 5-5-5-15 timings and have had 0 issues with it, they are also helpful with tightening timings or loosening them to get some extra speed on their forums
Since it has a 12.5 multiplier you can overclock it pretty well without hitting insane FSB speeds. Running that CPU at the 1066 quad pumped bus would mean a core speed of around 3.3GHz. Of course, with overclocking your millage will vary. Just keep in mind that it has less cache than the E8400 and is essentially a low yield Wolfdale chip. You could also trim off a few bucks by going with a 500GB Hard Drive. Of course I'm more of the opinion that the more hard drive space the better .
I dont understand the Newegg obsession, nearly every item i see there is higher priced then www.zipzoomfly.com. Take a look there, i looked at the proccesor and mobo and it was like 10 dollars cheaper for the same exact stuff
Ive never had a problem with Sapphire cards...and I currently own a Gigabyte 4850 (but the one w/o the aftermarket cooler ) and I've been in love ever since...
I'm not suggesting their cards are of lower quality at all. Sapphire like every other major ATI/AMD partner makes excellent cards......BUT their RMA process is what bothers me.
Take EVGA for example(yes i know they do not make ATI cards) Their RMA service takes about 2 weeks(Standard) If you purchase advanced RMA they cross-ship the card. Basically if you purchase the EAR within 30days of buying the card you get almost a 50% discount, so for about the price of Sapphire's RMA charge of $15 you get an overnight Cross-shipped RMA. vs how ever long it takes Sapphire to ship your card to Hong Kong to be fixed then ship it back to the US, then back to you. Thats why I advise against Sapphire or any company that has a similar RMA process.
For any overseas return on RMA outside their normal warranty with their local supplier(read: Place of Purchase), the local RMA centre will apply a basic administration fee to cover the logistics return of the RMA items back and forth from Hong Kong