Re: First PC Build - help with componet selection
The X1900GT for 110 bucks is where you wanna be at. Excellent price/performance I think and not much more than a 7600GS.
I would highly recommend you go with an AMD in that price range. The X2 3600 can be overclocked EASILY AND SAFELY to stock E6420 speeds with the stock cooler. However even if you aren't going to overclock that OVERCLOCKING MONSTER of a chip, at 1.9ghz the X2 is only about 10% slower than the E6300 in real world performance for about 1/rd of the price. You could then throw in a much better card and even an X1950Xt which is a SICK card and an X2 3600 with an X1950XT even at stock will DESTROY anything a fricking 7300GT or 7600GS can put out even if they had a Core 2 Extreme...if you would like I can put together an X2 3600 overclocking or non overclocking build around that budget for gaming that will eat up a C2D build.
E6300 w/ Arctic Freezer Pro 7 @ 3.6ghz 1.4Vcore
Antec 900 Case
EVGA 750i FTW Mobo
4x1GB of G.skill DDR2-800
2 8800GT in SLI
22" Samsung Syncmaster
1 250GB WD and 1 Seagate 7200.10 in RAID 0
Corsair 520HX 3DMark06 Score: 13900