APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I intend to buy the parts over time within the next year. BUDGET RANGE: (US$750-1000)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, watching TV, surfing the internet, music.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon
PARTS PREFERENCES: I intend to use a P45 motherboard, but I don't know exactly which one. I've been looking at this one.
I have my heart set on the Antec 900 case.
I was given an EVGA Geforce 7800GTX by a friend. I want to be able to play games (particularly Diablo 3) released in the next few years on high settings. Not necessarily highest, just near the high end of the spectrum. So can I get by with the 7800GT or should I be looking for a better video card? Also, will all/most video cards be able to make use of an HD capable monitor?
I intend to use the Corsair 650W PSU.
I'm looking at this processor as well.
I think I want to use the Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive.
RAM I chose: Corsair 4GB kit.
This Samsung DVD drive.
And lastly, I chose this LG monitor, but I might want a slightly more expensive HD monitor.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.
I don't know anything about overclocking at this point but I intend to learn.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like it to be a relatively quiet PC. I'm also wondering if I should purchase fans to fit in the extra brackets in the Antec 900 case. I'd like to try and achieve negative airflow. This is my first homebuilt PC so excuse me if my choices aren't the best.
Also, should I be going for DDR3 insted of DDR2?
For the video card you can keep the 7800gtx for a while and save some $$ and get a DX11 video card in 6-12 months...
For the CPU and MB you should get AM3 since it supports ddr3 and newer CPU. if you decide to upgrade later the cpu only, you'll have more chance to find a nice CPU. For the ram you should get ddr3 instead of ddr2 because it's becoming more mainstream and ddr2 will disapear faster and will get more expensive as the ddr3 will get cheaper.