Hey Guys(/gals), I'm sure you hate seeing this, but guess what? I'm building a new computer. I'm on a tight budget, but want to build a system that will be highly upgradeable. I've got about $600 to spend right now and in the future plan on spending another $200 on a graphics card and another $200 on a really nice 19" monitor (this one actually)
; but first things first:
I will use it for both work and play. Work will be outlook, boring stuff, and some CAD (specifically Vectorworks w/renderworks if that means something to you, if not think AutoCAD). Play will be Morrowind Oblivion and MS Flight Simulator X (both after I upgrade to the new graphics card).
I already have the operating system (Win XP Pro) and I have a screen to use until I can upgrade the video card.
I don't plan on over clocking because I think its scary and I don't want to break my computer and I don't see myself wanting vista in the near future (within the next year) so that is not a gigantic concern.
Basically, I just need help making sure that these parts will all work with one another, I won't have any problems building it, and that it will be a very solid system which will be great when I throw down for a GPU in a couple of months. I've done quite a bit of research so I hope I know what I'm doing.
Also, am I reaching too high (C2D E6400/2G Ram) for a computer in this price range? I obviously hope not. I don't want to spend less on the CPU/Memory to spend more on the Case/PSU.
Rosewill ATX Mid Tower
Newegg.com - Rosewill R604-P BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Newegg.com - DYNAPOWER USA DP-50X.C617 ATX12V 500W Power Supply 110/230 UL/cUL E222785, TUV and CB EN 60950 certified - Retail
Biostar LGA 775 945G Micro ATX (I need the on board graphics for now)
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR I945G-M7 V2.X LGA 775 Intel 945G Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Core 2 Duo E6400
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Kingston (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin SDRAM
Newegg.com - Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
WD Caviar 160GB 7200 SATA 3Gb/s
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Asus Black CD/DVD Burner
Newegg.com - ASUS Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
Floppy (I need a floppy for some industry specific applications)
SONY 1.44 3.5: Floppy
Newegg.com - SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black - OEM
Mouse / Keyboard
Newegg.com - Logitech 967973-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Deluxe 250 Desktop Mouse Included - OEM
Which brings us to $615.36 including shipping to Chicago, IL.
Thanks so much for the help.
This is a great help to me and the rest of us out there doing it for the first time.
BTW This is an upgrade/in addition to a 3.2Ghz P4 Toshiba laptop w/1G ram that is almost 3 years old.