Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7400 - Retail
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F
I'm planning on using a Windows 7 64-bit Beta until I save up some more $$$. Also will add more RAM in the future. I'm doing this as an upgrade over my Inspiron 1720 which can only use a GeForce 8600 GTM, so it doesn't have to be top of the line. Only thing I'm considering changing, for $60 more I can get an Antec 900 with a 650W PSU instead of the Raidmax case. Look good for a budget build?
no sense in putting quality parts on a shite psu. you are just asking for heart break.
i would seriously consider that 60 dollar upgrade.
also, i havent looked at your motherboard, but if it has anything... its crossfire. im not sure if it has a 2nd pci-e slot. but u might want to consider going ati if it does. the gts 250 isnt a very powerful card. you might find yourself itching for a bit more gpu power down the line. if you had ati, like a 4850, or 4870, you could just add a second card down the line. increase your gpu power considerably.
although thats really only an option if u overclock that cpu. its a very nice cpu for overclocking. the p45 chipset is ace for overclocking too. and your ram is fast. you must be an overclocker with those choice in parts.
I need to make sure everything works together before I actually order it and figure out the hard way, this will be my first completely custom build. Right now my friends and I are playing Darkfall Online and they have 8800's with 1gb of memory and they get well over 100 fps so the graphic card shouldn't have to be amazing right now.
just like all p45, itll split your 16x pcies into 2 8x if you crossfire. this is only an issue if you use 2 dual gpu cards. like 2x4870x2. if you use 2 x 4850, it wont restrict you at all. 8x pci-e 2.0 is more than enough for any single gpu card.
i highly suggest you go with ati. ;p unless you are dead set on nvidia. for cuda, or sometihng.
Also do you know of a good, and possibly cheap, power supply that supports 4 six pin connectors if it's better to go with the 4870's? I think I'm gunna skip out on the Antec case for now and use an older one I have laying around in order to funnel more money into graphics/psu if it's worth it.