Thanks to you folks and mysterious wizards from other forums, I found this build, and I like it very much!
BEHOLD! MY NEW BUILD!
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Video card $75 (Why $75? I have a $15 off promo code x])
Newegg.com - EVGA 384-P3-N851-AR GeForce 8800 GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - Rosewill R6423-P SL Silver SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Hard Drive $50
Newegg.com - HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725032GLA360 (0A35411) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
DVD burner $25
Newegg.com - LG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X 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 ATAPI / E-IDE Super Multi DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
My concerns are very miniscule but I really want to go over them before I start ordering these babies.
Now, before you start judging my build, you probably should know that I want a system that is:
1. Quiet - I had to live with a monster-sounding computer for 5 years!
2. Reliable - Heat problems are a big no no.
3. Worth the money - Some overclocked versions of the same cards cost twice as much. I do not need these uber versions.
1) This is a $450 Intel Build. I could swap the CPU and Motherboard with the following to make a similar priced AMD build:
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor - Processors
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Now to concern #2.
2) Is the case going to make alot of noise? I currently have a similar case as this Rosewill one, with reaer 80mm fan and side optional 80mm fan. I didn't really check my old system regularly for the heat it generated, but I never had any heat issues.
But I don't want the new parts I'm getting to be burnt up!
I was at first thinking about a Rosewill case with 120mm rear fan and 80mm optional side fan.
Any comments on cases? (BTW I already have a Thermaltake 500w power supply)
3. Heat problems are scary to me. My friend totally screwed himself when he basically burned his computer with improper cooling.
I want to have a decent cooling system with only fans that is not loud. Hopefully it will be almost not noticable.
I cannot get water cooling because of my budget.
Is 80mm rear and side fans (2 total) enough? Or should I get the case with 120mm rear fan? Looks like the case I linked above has more slots for side 80mm fans.
Also, is a heatsink a must?
Well, this concludes my long post.
I am very picky and cautious, as you can see, but that is because if i mess up this time, I won't get a new chance at a new computer. I will be so screwed.
Thanks for reading!