Hey guys, I'm making a new build, I'd appreciate any advice about improving it before I buy any parts. All from Newegg except speakers.
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail - $160 Cooler - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail - $32 Thermal Paste - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - $6 Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $160 Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $65 Ram - Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS24G6400LLKN - Retail - $32 Sound Card - On-board Speakers - Logitech Z-4 40 watts 2.1 Speaker - Retail - $58 (Amazon) Lan - Onboard CD/DVD - Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM - $30 Power Supply - APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply - Retail - $25 Mobo - ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $86 Case - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $50
Mouse - Logitech MX310 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - Retail - $25 Keyboard - Logitech 967740-0403 Black USB Standard Internet 350 USB Keyboard - OEM - $10
OS = Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM - $100
TOTAL = $839
I'm using it for everything - games, encoding, watching HD videos, music, web, work, whatever. I will OC the cpu to maybe 3.6ghz. I don't really plan to upgrade it and I just want something for about 2 years before I build a new one of similar price at that point. I think the video card and cpu are a good match for most current games where neither will really bottleneck the other, and upgrading either one without the other also wouldn't make much sense (core i7 is only really unleashed with the $300+ cards).
The mobo is my biggest question mark - I need something that is the mobo equivalent of the E8400 - good bang for the buck, nothing too fancy, but nothing that will slow me down either.