I was contemplating with couple of them, for example motherboard (I chose P5N32-E because it is based on 680i chipset), memory and PSU are pretty good, I think. I'm getting the E6700 for now with an option to upgrading to quad-core (hopefully). Same goes for BFG 7950 GT, hoping to upgrade to 8800GTX by summer when it will drop in price abit. Raptor is a must, however, there could be plenty of suggestions in regards to the case, but it has to be full tower.
But anyways, suggestions to any of the choices are very welcome.... Hoping to spend around $2k on my upgrade... Thanks alot guys....
As far as cases go, I am now quite partial to the Lian Li PC-G70 (I believe PC-G75 is the same case, but with a side window, if you prefer). Tons of room, very well built, 3 x 120mm fans, room for two PSUs, etc. Downsides are you need to reverse direction of a couple fans to get decent cooling, and it can be a bit noisy (lots of room to echo and all that I guess). But all in all, it's been a fantastic case.
For video cards, might you consider a step up to an 8800GTS at least? I'd say it's borderline insanity to buy a high end DX9 video card at this point. Even if you're planning to upgrade later, at least you'll have a card that has some life left in it as a spare...
Looks like a nice build regardless, though.
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Hard drive is fine, but I like to have sepearate drives for different uses. For example, I would have windows on one drive and games/programs on another. What are you planning with the Raptor?
I also agree that DirectX10 is your best option at this stage.
I can't comment on Core2 CPUs, motherboards, or DDR2 because I don't know enough about them. I would just check forums to see if there are any major bugs with the mobo, I know I should have done that with my current motherboard. The more RAM the better, especially with Vista and super-complex games on the way.
Got a hardware problem? - check your PSU... If it isn't that, then I don't know.
Relax on that E6700. The are releasing the QX6600 soon. Will be the same price as E6700. You can have quad core upfront at no extra cost. How cool is that?
Why would anyone even want to spend big money on dual core today beats me. I wouldn't pay more than $250 for *any* dual core cpu... its like last week's pizza
Forget the 7950GT. Forget the 8800GTX. Buy a 8800GTS now. Its barely more than $50 more than that 7950GT. The improvement from GTS to GTX is minimal, that is if you have written off any idea about SLI. The improvement from G71 to G80 is like comparing a little league fast ball to that from a MLB pitcher. This is something you should really think about. The G80 platform is that much better.
I like the LL PC-G70B. Its even cheaper than that TT Mozart.
I am considering the Cooler Master because I physically saw it in the store the other day, and I liked it (as opposed to... say... Thermaltake Armor - don't like the design). But I did not see the LL yet... so please help decide.
Now, since nobody convinced me otherwise in my choice of mobo, I'm leaving that. As for the CPU... hmm... I know that quad-core is coming out soon... but then it will be better to wait till it drops in price, and then something else will come out... the waiting time may never end... At least maybe I can go for E6600 and then upgrade to quad?
Sean, if I would go with Tier 1 PSU, I wouldn't be able to squeeze it in my budget. =(
So I need something good but in the range of $200....
Raptor... I was thinking about one 150GB because that's where's I'll have my OS along with programs and what not.... And I will reuse my other 300GB for junk (movies, isoz, etc)
GPU is another issue. I most certainly want to go for G80 but...
1. budget (by the way, where did you see it only $50 more than 7950 GT? Everywhere I look, 7950 is about $370, but 8800GTS ~ $550 )
2. I didn't want to buy G80 now because I was gonna wait till it drops down in price abit and drivers would be more optimized for DX10/Vista...
Aghh... this upgrade turns out abit too expensive for me (maybe because I want good quality)... so perhaps I shall wait a little longer.... ?! But then again, I can wait an eternity for that perfect balance in price/quality...
Dude, an E6400 costs all of $220, and you can even find it as cheap as $200. It does 3.2 Ghz easily. That should do until the $500 quad cores are released.
Again, I would not buy a 7-series GF card at all. You are buying a antiquated brick that would only devalue quickly and would be of little use to you once DX10 hits (and it'll be soon too). You'll end up buying a DX10 card anyway, thus throwing more money away.
I said PC-G70B, not PC-75! There is a substantial difference. Stacker 101 is a very nice case. Keep in mind that its steel, so it will build up quite heavy.
P5N32 is a smart choice. I myself use the Striker.
See, we are talking about the 8800gts for the upcoming dx10 (which makes perfect sense and I totally agree)... but P5N32-E as a motherboard for vista... hmmm... did you see what ASUS has released on CES?! Their specially Vista optimized P5B Premium with 512MB of flash memory for that new Vista feature called ReadyBoost (faster OS boot times).... But it is based on Intel P965 chipset... But nonetheless... I tend to keep delaying my upgrade more and more...
When is the perfect time for vista+dx10??? Q4 2007? Too long of a wait.