Originally Posted by kobe24
Hey thanks for your reply
I am definitely going to look at the E8xxx series.
Actually, I was doing some research and read that in April, Intel will have price cuts on some processors including Q6600. In addition they will introduce the new E8300 which will be $169. That is about on target for my budget. So I am going to wait to get that one.
But I am also looking to add about 2-4 gb of RAM, new motherboard, case, power supply and video card.
If you are running XP, then 2GB more than sufficient as it's much less resource hungry than Vista. If you are going to be running Vista, then there is definitely a performance increase going from 2 to 4 (I know as I have done it). I would recommend this kit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146699
or two kits for Vista.
For the mobo, I still don't see a reason to buy an X38 based board. The P35 is just as good for overclocking as can reach the speeds that the X38 can: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813130098R
This is a brilliant deal if you're not worried about buying an open box item.
The case is your own personal preference really, but I would like the plug the Antec P180 and the Thermaltake Armor or the Coolermaster Elite 330 if you're looking for a budget chassis.
The OCZ range is made by the FSP Group who are a quality brand. The PSU is one part of a system build you do not want to skimp on.
I am extremely unfamiliar with video cards and I have no idea which one to get.
What would will you be doing? Gaming? HD?