Hi, I've been reading a lot of articles on this forum but, I still didn't find what I was looking for. Though I am a Computer Engr. myself, its really been a while since I built one.
An important factor to keep in mind is that I live in Pakistan, so every brand isn't available here and prices are usually higher than those in the US.
I would be gaming on the system as well as doing other tasks like software development and graphics. I would be running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. I would be overclocking the system.
Total budget is around $600. I am sure about (though I'm open to suggestions here too):
Processor: Intel C2D E8400 (around $180 here)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB (around $65 here)
but need advice on these components:
Graphics: GeForce 9800 GT 512MB or 1GB (how much difference would be there in actual performance)
Motherboard: P45 based preferably, around $100-$150. I want the best option there is in this price range.
Memory: 4GB, $50-$75. From the research I already did, it seems as DDR3 in totally unnecessary, But I'm still not clear on what DDR2 speed should I get, for maximum performance at a reasonable price.
Power Supply: How much do I really need?
Casing: I guess I can do anything here right?
I've already gone through the *Guide to Choosing Parts* but still can't make up my mind. It would be really nice of you people if you could help me out here.