Alright, so I'm planning a new build to get ready for Vista (and my family is sick of using their computer too much). I'm probably going to buy the parts over a period of time. I've saved up for a long time for this, and my dad is going to pay for some of it, so it's ok if it goes a little over. My budget is about $1500, so I'm not going to skimp out on any of the parts.
Motherboard - I don't think I really know enough about motherboards right now to make a well informed decision, but I'm looking at the Asus P5B
CPU - Core 2 Duo E6600
RAM - Looking for recommendations, probably DDR2-800 and 2-4 GB of it.
Graphics Card - A lot of my budget is going to go here. I'm probably going to wait a few months into next year to finally buy a DX10 card, and for now my 7600GT will do fine. Any estimates on the price of the DX10 cards at release?
PSU - I already have a 550 watt PSU that I'm going to take out of another computer
Hard Drive - I have no idea where to begin with this. I think I want one fast drive with a lower capacity (maybe a Raptor) and another storage drive with at least 200GB
DVD-RW - Any recommendations? I'm not planning on buying HD-DVD or Blu-Ray until one comes out on top.
Cooling - I'm planning on doing some overclocking, and I want some good cooling to back it up. I don't want to spend more than $100 on this, though. Is water cooling worth the extra money? I've also heard good things about the Tuniq Tower. I'd need some case fans in addition to the Tuniq tower though.
Sound Card - Creative X-Fi Sound Blaster. I'm debating between these two cards:
Case - I need a recommendation here. I don't want anything too flashy, but some LEDS are ok as long as they look nice. I'd like something high-quality that isn't going to be too hot as well.
Speakers - I'm looking at these. They need to be good for music and for gaming
Keyboard - Razer Tarantula!!!!
No price listed yet, probably around $100
Mouse - I already have the Razer Copperhead, if you don't have it yet, I'd recommend it to anyone
Monitor - I want a nice 20.1" widescreen with an 8ms or less response time. This one got excellent reviews on Newegg:
Darn. It totalled out to $1855 without even adding in the graphics card. That's a bit more than a little over. Well, I'll probably not buy such nice hard drives and there are a few things I could cut the price on. I guess I just have to work a little overtime for a few months.
Thanks in advance for any help!