Below is what I am looking at throwing together for my gaming system. I am on a very limited budget so not everything will come from NewEgg. The motherboard was already purchased elsewhere at a very good price. This is why I went with that model. I know it doesn't have the best reviews but it fits what I was looking for being AM2 with dual x16 pci slots for sli and being nForce 500 based. I saw it, was leary but figured if I have problems I will sell on ebay and put money towards something else.
I am not looking at OC out of the gate. This is why I am just using the standard heat sinks and fans.
I have an existing ATX case from a long time ago that is in good shape, I will repaint black and replace the old PSU with the one below.
All I will be using it for at first is Counter Strike Source and Day of Defeat Source. I am big into first person shooters so I'm sure I will move into other games after I have this built.
The last machine I built was an AMD K6 350 based machine... Long time ago and wow have things changed... Took me a week of research to get this far...
Please let me know what you think and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
MotherBoard - ABIT KN9 SLI Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP
Newegg.com - ABIT KN9 SLI Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
Memory - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Video Card - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO
(will have 2 of these in SLI mode)
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail
PSU - XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply
Newegg.com - XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3200822A-RK 200GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100
(already have this from a friend which is why I have it listed here. Would I benefit for gaming from a SATA drive instead?
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3200822A-RK 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - Retail
Multimedia Card Reader - (used to fill in spot for floppy drive that I removed)
Newegg.com - AZiO CAR102-131 USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail
DVD Burner - LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model
(most likely will be added later, until then I will use my existing toshiba cdrw drive from existing system)
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 SATA DVD Burner - Retail