Our laptop is just not doing it as a desktop replacement (currently have 1 desktop and 1 laptop). Working on building a new desktop. I have it planned, and just would like a second opinion on either cheaper parts with same or better performance, or if I would encounter any problems.
And with a couple mail-in rebates and an el cheapo dvd burner (24$), the total is $842.91. For OS, was going to use Windows 7 for a while, and see how that goes as its supposed to ship Oct 22nd. If not, I would just break down and get Vista Premium again.
Some requirements, future upgrade possibilities. NVidia videocard. And as you can see, I shop mainly at NewEgg.
And does anyone know of a good gaming keyboard and mouse for under 100$? Under 70$ would be even better. On the other desktop I am using the logitec s510 wireless keyboard and mouse and like it. Just would get something different this time around.
Well socket AM3 can use DDR3 memory, and with prices the way they are there is no need to put DDR2 in it. Find some nice dual channel DDR3 and be happy.
You won't be able to add a second nVidia card to an AMD board. No SLI licenses. So if you want to add a second card later you need to go ATI. And if you really want to add another card later I would grab a 750W Corsair PSU.
Don't get that video card, if you're getting a GTX 260, get the core 216 version at least. But the 4870's are a bit cheaper, and offer the same if not better performance. Plus, as astrodudepsu mentioned, you would have the option to go crossfire in the future.
The 512MB version should be enough for your resolution, but if you want to be safe, you can get the 1GB version, but it costs considerably more. And as astrodudepsu said, if you do ever intend to go crossfire, bump up the power supply. If you really want to go Nvidia, then either the GTX 260 core 216 or the GTX 275 is ok, i think the 275 is going for $220, which is a great value... but with nvidia, doubling up the video card is out.
You can get this board instead if you want to go SLI in the future... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Nvidia 980a chipset... prefectly suited for a phenom build with Nvidia SLI. This board uses DDR2 though, so if you go this way, stick with the DDR2 kit you initially had.
I really like that keyboard, but there are a lot of mice to choose from around that price range. So i suggest you do some browsing of your own, newegg makes it easy to narrow down your options. Just make sure they're not wireless, you would suffer from input lag, destroys gaming.
So, all your suggestions do help with performance, but unfortunately not with my wallet lol. I might move down to an AM2 cpu and go with DDR2, and get a board that supports AM3 so I could upgrade it later on. My main PC has: