A few months ago I posted about upgrading my current PC, but apparently I waited too long and now nobody sells the parts I was interested in, so it's time for a new PC build. I want to keep the total price around $800, so if you're going to suggest new parts, keep that in mind. I have no intentions of overclocking anything. I already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound card, speakers/headphones, and OS.
Case - $55
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Cheap, simple, tool-less, black - not looking for much more in a case.
Motherboard - $110
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Tons of good reviews, relatively cheap, really liked the PCI/PCIe slot layout. I don't need anything flashy here... it just needs to work.
Video Card - $225
Newegg.com - MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
This is probably overkill for the games I play, but who knows... maybe I'll play something more graphic-intensive in the future. I compared this card to seemingly identical cards that were $25-30 more expensive. The only difference I noticed was the 1-year limited warranty as opposed to the lifetime warranty, and I also get a free game with this card (it probably sucks but free is good).
Power Supply - $70
Newegg.com - Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W SLI Ready-ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply 115/230 V CSA,UL,TUV,FCC - Power Supplies
Don't need anything super powerful here. It got a lot of good reviews and seemed like a decent price.
CPU - $160
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors
Anything dual core is better than what I have now. Looking at the list of processors, I just went with the one that I thought would give me the best bang for my buck.
RAM - $80
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
RAM is cheap, so I want a lot. It just needs to work.
Hard Drive - $65
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Plenty big for my usage... I have an 80GB drive on my current computer and have about 50GB free. I also have a 500GB external drive, so space is not an issue.
Optical Drive - $25
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
Never had a SATA optical drive before, and it was about the same price as the IDE drive I was looking at.
Total Price = $790 (shipping not included)