So here I am with a gigantic headache brewing from 1 week of research:
Computer hardware selection review time.
I want to know if this rig is any good (is there any mistakes, could I get better parts elsewhere, etc.).
So here's the specs + a load of comments:
Processor: Intel e6600 conroe; I hear that it overclocks well to 3.6. Meanwhile I have to learn just how to overclock...
Motherboard: nVidia nForce 680i SLI; Basically for future-proofing reasons. I don't really want to install a whole new motherboard after all. And it also apparently is pretty fast + is good for overclocking.
Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 8800; Just to run one game. Hahah... maybe I'm going overboard. Oh well. This is the main reason I am building a new system in the first place.
Memory: Kingston Hyper X 2gb DDR2 SDRAM kit; Performance-wise, I think maybe this is overkill. But I prefer overkill than underkill... if that makes any sense.
Sound Card: Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic; Ouch. Apparently it allows for ďhigh-performance-hardware 3D sound accelerationĒ according to Will Vista Run Your Games: The Final Word: Test Configuration
Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 74gb x 2; in Raid 0... if I know how to do that >.>. Would this work out? How do you set up Raid 0 anyways?
Power: Coolermaster iGreen 500 watt; I donít know what kind of power I should get!! Is this enough for this system? A nice stable and quiet power supply is a dream come true, but where am I going to find that?
Cooling: No idea. Iím thinking water cooling, but will I need it for this set-up?
OS: Vista. Not settling for anything else right now...
Case: Antec P180; will this work though? Iím not certain exactly certain if this would fit everything.
Moniter, speakers, keyboard, mouse, optical drive: Iím going to reuse old parts for these. So I donít have to spend money for them for now!
Hereís the final outline:
Intel E6600 conroe
nVidia nForce 680i SLI
8800 GTS 320mb (ECS)
Kingston HyperX 2gb 800mhz DDR2 SDRAM SLI-Ready
Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
Western Digital Raptor 74gb x 2
Coolermaster iGreen 500w
Am I missing anything essential so far?
Looks like itíll be around $2000. Sigh.
Thanks for taking a bit of your time to help me out. I'm really grateful for any feedback.