SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web browsing (90%), CD burning, IPOD, GPS Software,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, mwave, tigerdirect
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768,
Here's what I put together based on Proximon's recommendations. It's probably overkill but I'm leaning for 6GB memory. I could probably go with integrated graphics. Does the P45 chipset come w/ on board graphics? Here's my parts list from Newegg:
The board you picked doesnt support DDR3, and doesnt support triple channel either. Any particular reason for the intel preference? Also with a 4850 at that resolution you will be able to run crysis at ~100 FPS so spend less on the graphics card, hell onboard solutions can handle 1024x768 pretty well. And you definitely dont need that PSU for a 4850 if you arent going to crossfire.
I didnt change the board or processor you picked because you want an intel build, but i would suggest against a build based around 775 right now as it is EOL and you can get a much better AMD processor and motherboard for less than the intel processor and motherboard.
I think you spend alot of your equips, but way too little on your GPU and CPU. But the CPU and GPU are what going to matter in gaming preformance, so spend more on those. $900 should buy at least E8x00, AMD quad or even i7 quad, though a $900 i7 build does not include a vista lisence
The parts that you have chosen are all good components but like others have pointed out, there are some incompatibilities...
And like hunter said, you should check out the AMD CPUs, the reason is because the mobos have very good integrated graphics(3200/3300 chips) and actually can play some of the current games @ your current resolution...
And currently they have a very good CPU + Mobo combo @ newegg, which has a more powerful CPU and the feature-rich mobo
Here is a very good config, that you can consider...
For the needs you listed pguidry, I think the above is appropriate as well. You don't need the 4850, which would play crysis rather easily at your resolution xD.
+1 from meh.
You know, since our OP isn't overclocking (and hence not getting gigantic tower heat sinks), he won't have any problems with tall RAM, so why not this one for 2$ more and 7-7-7-18 timings? (as opposed to the not-so-tall RAM with 8-8-8-21)
The PSU is definitely overkill for that system, so pguidry, if you KNOW you're never going to play high-graphic video games (the onboard could probably handle warcraft III and some of the lighter FPSs) then you might wanna ask/look for some non-modular PSUs with slightly lower wattage to see if you can save a few bucks. On the other hand, leaving yourself open to upgrades is never a bad idea.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll dig through them. I am pretty committed to Intel. I worked there 17 years. Kind of hard to shake that one I do believe the AMD on board graphics would be a great solution. I just can't go to the other side on that one.