I am ready to order this today. What do you guys think?
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 2.6GHz, 800MHz FSB $170
Abit IS7 $95
Antec P160 case $112
Antec True Blue Power Supply 480W $84
Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2PT $211
Seagate ST3160023AS-RK 160gb SATA $140
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128 MB $189
Plextor PX-708A DVD Writer $204
Windows XP Professional Full Version OEM $140
Logitech MX Trio Cordless $74
SONY MPF920 Black 1.44MB 3.5INCH Floppy Disk Drive, OEM $9
I am not averse to saving money somewhere, like the DVD Writer. I need one but is there anything just as good and cheaper? (Retail version only)
I am hoping after Prescott arrives, I will wait for a year or so and swap in a new mobo and keep these components.
As far as DVDr goes you might want to look at the Pioneer A06U. DVD -r|-rw/+r|+rw, CD -r|-rw all in one that's about $150-160 for the retail version on Newegg I think. I've had no complaints with mine so far. I know nothing of the Plextor but if you wanted to save $40 I don't think you'd be very dissapointed.
There are different kinds of RAM companies. For example, Crucial might lable a RAM that does Cas 2.5 as Cas3, simply for added stability. Similar "Performance" RAM for the enthusiast market would be marked as Cas2.5. The problem is that 865/875 chipsets have a bit less latency in the memory controller than others, so that RAM that might work at Cas2.5 on other boards only works right at Cas3 with the 865/875 boards. So Crucial would be in the clear, but at slightly less performance, while enthusiast brands might have stability problems at their lower response times.
So do you need PC3500 if you buy Corsair? Probably not, but it would add just a bit of extra stability just in case.
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The best memory modules for achieving excellent timings at DDR400 are those that contain Winbond Rev B chips. Corsair's XMS PC3500 memory module still contains these chips. Mushkin PC3200/PC3500 Level-II and OCZ EL PC3500 Platinum Limited Edition also.
Everything to me actually looks really good. One thing you might want is another cd/dvd drive so you don't have to record to your hard drive. For about 60 dollars you can get a 48x24x48x16. You can use it for dvds as well. Also for a graphics card you might want to look into the sapphire 9600 xt or the 5900 non-pro.
That antec is a performance case-so will be noisy;but you can always watercool.The only real quiet cases are the antec sonata and lian li's pc6070(at least $158 more like 180-200 without PSU but better than the sonata by far,as it should be at more than double the price).