I was just curious as to what you guys think the best all around chipsets are for INTEL and AMD CPUs. In my case I wouldn't consider myself an Enthusiast but more along the lines of the step below. I don't plan on doing SLI.... I generally will only ever spend up to 1500 on building a new system also.
Also I know you guys don't agree with me on this but I do not overclock, I never have and most likely never will so with that in mind I need a rig powerful enough that won't hamper me in games today and tomorrow. I usually build a new system every 3-4 years or so.
So my budget right now is 1200 and I'm able to order as early as tomorrow. Here are a couple stipulations.
I'm almost positive I want to use the Antec 900 Case.
I'm also positive I want to use an Asus Motherboard as I'm an Asus fanboy.
I want to build a rig that is energy efficient, but any other brands or parts I'm open to suggestions.
I already have Windows Vista so that doesn't need to be included in the quote.
This is my current setup.
Intel P4 3.2 gig CPU HT (not dual core)
2 gb of ddr 400 Kingston Hyper X
120 gb hd
Asus P4C800-E Deluxe Mobo
Antec Solution series case
400 or 450 watt or so PSU
DVD Burner not even sure what it is does it matter hehe?
AGP Geforce 7800 GS
I looked last night and I was getting between 55-60 FPS in WoW
Sorry I don't have a 3dmark 2005 or 2006 score
So my big questions are:
Do you think my setup right now is good for awhile and should I wait for any new technology to come out or should I build now?
Secondly, since I'm not overclocking should I go AMD 6000+? Or Intel all the way? If so I want something as fast or faster than the 6000+ at stock with no overclocking.
Here is a list below of the parts I was thinking about.
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Newegg.com - ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA500 ATX12V v2.0 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC - Retail
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - ASUS Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
I was planning on doing 4gb of ram because I'm going to use Windows Vista Ultimate and apparently from what I've read 4gig is a sweet spot for Vista Ult with the 32bit version of the OS. I even talked to a guy on my honeymoon who works for Microsoft but he only claimed 3gb was the sweet spot so I could always go 3 instead.
Also please feel free to suggest an equivalent or better Intel build that would be better bang for the buck type of deal.