Hi everyone, just a few questions. I'm building a new PC soon and I need a few things straightened out in my head before I pick the final parts. So far I'm looking at these parts:
Mobo - Intel board? Not sure how to describe it
Newegg.com - Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Processor - Intel Q6600 2.40 GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
RAM - 2 x 1024 Corsair
Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz E.P.P. Memory (2 x 1024) TWIN2X2048-6400C4 at TigerDirect.com
Hard drive - 160 GB Western Digital Caviar
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA-300 Hard Drive - OEM
Optical drive - pretty standard Lite-On CD/DVD drive
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail
Several things before I pick the monitor, graphics card and power supply:
1) What kind of card would you guys recommend? I was thinking either an 8800 GT or 9600. Based on my budget (~$1000) I was thinking of going with the 9600, but I heard it's not very good. Also, stupid question, but all the 9600s are PCI-E 2.0 - would I have to pick a new mobo, or can a PCI-E 2.0 card plug into a normal PCI-E x16 slot?
2) Would it be sort of a waste to buy an analog input monitor? Is the difference in image quality between an analog input and VGA input very noticeable? Actually, it would help if someone could briefly explain analog vs. DVI vs. VGA to me. >.<
(I was looking at this monitor: Newegg.com - Acer AL1706Ab Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor 270 cd/m2 500:1 - Retail
3) On the topic of monitors, how is gaming on a widescreen monitor? Does the game get compressed vertically?
4) How powerful should my PSU be based on the setup so far?
Thanks in advance. May have more questions to come.