Alright so my budget's around $800-900 not including monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse etc. and I just want a half-decent pc for some moderate gaming. I don't need the absolute top performance I can get for the price as anything will feel the same speed coming from my 1.8 celeron. I'd rather spend a few more bucks on having a decent case and stuff then for the extra FPS or 2. I'll probably go for an AMD just cause it'll save me quite a bit as the decent C2D mobos and even the cheapest C2D cpus cost more for a performance difference that I won't even notice. Also, I won't be overclocking much, just to max out stock cooling and a little bit above stock voltage. Here's what I'm thinking so far..
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+(65W) Windsor 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO4200CUBOX - Retail
BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply - Retail
LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-16A7S-05 - OEM
SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Total comes out to about $850 after tax, shipping and before $30 rebates. Also note that I will probably be buying in a month or so once I have the funds which is also coincidentally the same time 8600 comes out
Like I was saying before, I want to pay a little more for the case then the regular budget build so picking up the Lian-Li for $90. Main things I'm not sure about are the power supply, video card, and cpu. I chose this Antec because of the cheap price, and fully sleeved and modular cabling. The same version of this Antec but with lower wattage however has horrible reviews with just about everyones dying on them within the first year. The 500W doesn't have these reviews but still worried about that since it's the same model. Also, I know Antec's generally make pretty good PSU's but is this particular one pretty decent?
About the video card, since I am buying after the 8600s come out, I'm thinking about getting the GTS 256mb. The MSRP is supposedly $200? Think I'll be able to get it for a bit less 2-3 weeks after it is out? Also, how is it expected to compare performance-wise to the x1950PRO in DX9 games?
I know that Intel is slashing their prices on 4/22 and I heard that AMD might slash theirs again around that time? I can't find where I saw that so was it just my imagination or is it true? Price cuts aside, do you think it's worth it to up the 4200 to a 4600 for $20 more?
Thank you for taking the time to read this
. Look forward to any advice about my three "dilemmas" or anything else you suggest.