$1300 Build Advice
After researching a new system I still feel ignorant. Please advise me. I will be editing photos, running engineering applications, and playing games that my PC cannot handle now.
I've researched components, and may be misguided, but thought I settled on a good mix as follows (not including assorted less-critical parts):
Enermax EG565P 535 Watt Power Supply (SLI-Ready)
(939-pin) AMD ATHLON 64 3200+ CPU
(Sckt939) MSI MSI-K8N NEO4 Platinum/SLI nForce4 SLI Chipset
(512MBx2) PC3200 400MHz Corsair Value RAM
Seagate 120GB 7200RPM Serial ATA 150 8MB
NVIDIA Geforce 6600 GT 128MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD
NEC 3520A 16X DVD+-RW DRIVE
Is everything compatible?
I was shooting for bang-for-buck in my budget. Does everything seem a good balance for this price target (about $950 for these parts, $1300 system total), or did I splurge too much in some areas and lowball others?
Anyone have substitutes they'd advise for anything?
I didn't add any extra cooling. What do you advise?
I know cases are a matter of taste, but I'd like thoughts on a stout, secure case with good cooling.
Seems a lot of system sellers package a 16x DVD ROM with the burner. Must be a reason. What are the benefits in having this in addition?