APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 4 months.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games, cd ripping & listening, DVD burning, e-mail and internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor (AOC 2236Vw at 1920x1080)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like Newegg and Zipzoomfly
PARTS PREFERENCES: future-proof. I'm looking at DirextX11, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbit/s, Quad Core CPU
OVERCLOCKING: never oc'd before. Not sure if I ever will.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1) I'm trying to keep it quiet by getting components that run cooler and fans that are quiet in just the right case. 2) My current build has an Audigy 2ZS sound card. Will the onboard sound be as good as that or should I move the card over.
If you're not buying in the next couple of weeks, you should come back later. Much of the parts and prices will have changed by then (for instance, the upcoming nVidia DirectX 11 cards are a big if), so we can't give you accurate advice.
That said, a few changes.
Switch the CPU for a X4 955. This is the best AMD CPU available (it's the same as the 965), and is $20 cheaper that the one you have.
Switch the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3. It's faster and better all around, and the same price.
Thanks for the advice. I'm not a student anymore. Bye-bye discount.
I'm worried that the 955 CPU will be much hotter than the 905e (125W vs. 65W) and require louder fan use. Does anyone know if that is true?