SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Video Editing, Using the Internet, Editing Images
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: dabs.com, pcworld.co.uk
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
PARTS CURRENTLY PLANNING TO USE:
Video Card ---------HIS ATI Radeon HD 4850 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express
Processor ----------Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
RAM ---------------4GB Corsair Memory 4GBKIT (2X2GB) 800MHZ
Motherboard -------Gigabyte S775 nForce 630I MATX DDR2 Audio Lan VGA
Hard Drive ----------Western Digital Caviar 1TB
DVD RW ------------LG Re-Writer
Power Supply -------Corsair Memory 650W
Case ---------------Black Galaxy III Case
Monitor -------------20” 1680 x 1050
Thats a good board for the price. Keep in mind however that you will not be able to crossfire a second 4850 in future if you want to. Dropping down to a 550 watt Corsair PSU also wouldn't be a bad idea if you decide to stick with that board.
Note that for a motherboard requires at least two PCI-E x16 slots to allow Crossfire or SLI (the only exception is when using an open-ended x1/x4/x8 slot).
The motherboard must also have support for Crossfire or SLI.
Do you think my video card and monitor are reasonably well matched, it would be a waste to have one drag the other down. At the start I was planning on using this one: http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/crt-monitor/hansol-710a/ that was until I found out how stupid that would be
The 4850 will perform very well at your resolution (1680x1050) seeing as that has basically become new the mainstream resolution. The only problem that would probably plague your system to unbearable frame rates would be crysis at fairly high settings.
I would not recommend that nforce 630i at all. It is a very lousy chipset. You would be better of with a p35 or better. I would look into an AMD setup though over that S775. No upgrade path with S775. I know you really did not want to overclock but if you get a black edition chip it is so easy. Just a multiplier change. A 720BE and a 790x or 790gx board in AM2+ or AM3 form is all you need. For you AM2+ and ddr2 would probably be cheaper. You might even be able to go with a bit older of an AM2+ chipset. Just check board manufacturer for compatibility.