Hello everyone! I am in the market in buying a new gaming rig, and would like some opinions regarding the configuration of such. I've been researching for a while now, and decided to ask the Tom's community. Only looking for a tower specification. Need OS. Would like to keep it around a thousand dollars. Is there a standard configuration for this price range made popular for the season? I apologize in advance if this question has been beaten to death; I looked, to no avail. Thanks in advance!
Most 22" monitors are indeed running at 1680x1050. Shortstuff_mt's build is still fine for that IMO.
Vista 64-bit is more desirable than XP 64-bit. It adds DirectX 10 (some games look better). Also, games are tested a lot more on Vista than on XP 64. I'm just guessing that for every recent game there are 20 times more people running them on Vista than on XP 64 and reporting bugs back. XP 64 is aimed at enterprises, not at gamers.
How doe sthe E8500 do against the Q6600? I'm going to assume you won't overclock. If you play FSX and nothing else, then the Q6600 is way better. In most other games, the E8500 is a bit better. In the future, games will support quads better and the Q6600 may in fact become the better choice, but we're not there yet.
The stock cooler will be fine if you aren't overclocking. If you think you might try overclocking or just want a cool-running chip, check out this cooler and retention bracket. The bracket allows you to screw down the cooler instead of the push-pins that come on the stock Intel cooler.
It's also the same as mine, except i went with a antec 850W TPQ and 4GB Crucial Ballistix memory. i'm still trying to decide which monitor to buy to go along with it, but that's another topic (one that i've started already)
Got off to a late start. Planning on ordering the parts by Monday. Any price drops on what was previously unattainable, or any substantial upgrades for, say, an extra hundred dollars (meaning $1,100 system)? Anyone have any other recommendations? Thanks again everyone.