Originally Posted by Kneegrow
The need for Quad core isn't here yet and probably wont be for a few years, unless your a benchmark racer.
I wouldn't do a AMD system right now. I would go with a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU and use a Abit IP 35 Pro motherboard. These two match up awesome, you can overclock to 3.6 and not even have to mess with voltage.
The 8400 will stomp a mud hole in any AMD CPU's ass.
As for memory?
Go with something like CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) it only costs 30 bucks more then 2 x 1GB. Install Vista 64 bit and be as happy as can be.
I don't know why everyone has a hard on when it comes to Vista, I relate that to simply not knowing any better, its a great O/S. It's faster,more secure and more stable then XP will ever dream of being. Sure, older systems may gag on Vista but that's not what he is building here.
Everything else you picked is top notch.
If you want to get out of the mainstream on sound cards I would suggest a Auzen X-FI Prelude 7.1 soundcard. It's so clean sounding, it's unreal.
yeah agree with kneegrow, i have the E8400 cpu and its great, currently at stock speed but i believe you can safely clock it to nearly 4ghz, and also agree that quad core isnt functioning properly for most games and software yet, and best option is to dual boot vista 64bit and winxp pro, coz any older games might have problems with vista, so no worries if you got xp as well, plus it splits your main hdd into two so you can back up your files on both op systems....
also note that if you're only using xp and not vista, then xp doesnt use more than 3.25gb of ram, doesnt know how to deal with it, i know some of you guys might question this but my friend told me this and hes been working on pc's since fred flintstones first pc's!!
tho xp will work with 4gb of ram, its just wont utilize it proper he reckons....
also when you select a monitor, make sure it has 1920 x 1200 resolution or higher, as when i bought my 21" acer it only has 1680 x 1050 and i regret not paying a little extra for the 24" 1920x1200 version...
also a good deal would be to get 2 nvidia BFG8800gt oc2 (overclocked twice) in sli for a real bargain price, but if you wanna splash cash go for an even better geforce, i dont rewally like ati myself...
finally if you're not a real good tech head, have someone build this for you, it'd be a real shame to mess up and blow your board or somethin