Background: I am building a PC for home use. I plan to use the PC for gaming, music, video-editing and digital storage, ie pictures. From a gaming perspective, I play games like WoW and Call of Duty. I don't have to have the absolute maximum settings but I like a speedy pc to keep up with the competition.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor $188
ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard $225
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $63 with Cable
Memory (1GB Total)
Kingston 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x 2 $142 for both
Cooler Master Centurion 532 ATX Tower Case $82.99
SAPPHIRE 100145ADVL Radeon X1600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card $99.99
Power Supply (I bought for $120 with rebates)
Thermaltake ToughPower W0117 750 Watt ATX Power Supply
I never planned on having a 750w power supply but I got such a good deal on the Thermaltake, I had to grab it. The total price was only $120 and I will never have to upgrade it. I do plan on using the Crossfire capabilities of the mobo so I chose a CrossFire capable card. I am only purchasing a single card for now and I will buy the second card later on.
More thoughts on the mobo. The Asus ASUS P5W DH DELUXE comes with the 975x chipset which seems like the dominant chipset today. The mobo also supports the Intel Quad core CPUs which is a big plus. I have read a zillion reviews and they are all pretty positive towards the board. The wireless and remote functinality on the mobo are really just nice to have's. I am planning on buying a wireless music system aka Logitechs Wireless Music System.
I am going with the Intel E6400 CPU which I know is kind of like buying a 4 cylinder engine for full sized sedan. I still may switch out and grab the E6600. Right now my rig is a Dell Dimension 8100 which is over 5 years old so the new system will seem like greased lightening compared with the Dell.
Let me know what you think. Thanks