I wonder I wonder... what kind of build would allow great gaming for the rest of this year, and a decent experience for the next? Under $1000? Here's what I have, based on what's available from NewEgg:
I still have $65 left for a case, and I'm not sure to get with that. Of course, there could be better prices somewhere else, and this list probably pays too much for the wrong stuff and too little for the right. Thoughts?
That would bring it to a total of $980 ($920 after MIR).
Edit- Recent benchmarks have shown that the difference between 3GB, 6GB, and 12GB of ram really are not that great.
A 64-bit system will only recognize 3-3.5GB of RAM depending on the motherboard. Getting 2GB stick will help improve the system longevity and upgradability.
Here's G.Skill RAM 2x2GB for $5 less.
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That gives a total ranging from $945 to $985, if I'm not mistaken. Maybe there's a display out there that provides better value for money? Also, is the 2-year build under $1000 possible with an AMD/ATI setup?
Well AMD/ATI is usually less expensive than Intel, but you also sacrifice performance which can cut down on longevity.
The Q6600 can overclock very well. You might also want to invest in a good aftermarket cooling. That will definitely increase how long the computer will stay mainstream. Don't be scared by OCing, there are dozens of tutorials for that specific combination of mobo and Q6600.
You might use it in the future because it converts SD to HD while watching and if pic's of what it can do have anything to do with it you'll probably use it for dvd's (and maybe pirated movies, Disclaimer: I do not encourage downloading pirated movies)
But they tend to be more expensive than a Core 2 Quad build so you might have to expand your budget. For instance, my i7 build is around $1,500 for the basics. It's $2,700 after all the bells and whistles.
Never ever go with 4 x 1 gigs of memory if you can help it. Do you really want all those sticks of memory stuck side by side producing all that heat? Not to mention it makes it a pain in the arse to over clock. And 1066 is a waste unless you plan on going for a super high over clock...which by the looks of your choice of heatsink we know that's not going to happen.
Take this cpu down below and move up your fsb to (10.5 x 333) and run it at 3.5GHz @ 1333 fsb if you choose to o/c. It's a simple yet effective o/c and is very doable with the cpu/hs/mobo and ram in this build.
Lemme adjust the i7 build list with the new mobo, Helloworld_98. Wasn't able to find the motherboard you were talking about though, could you be more specific? One thing I've realized while making these lists is that the price difference between i7 and older platforms is actually relatively small.
Great stuff Why_Me! (and thanks for the advice on keeping the number of sticks minimal) I like how you've managed to squeeze in a display and the OS. And from what you say, the performance potential is immense.