Now that I have a job I have some money, which means I can actually afford to build a decent gaming PC for myself. I have already purchased a few pieces (based on deals I have found) and just need some more info and opinions from you guys. I have no certain timetable in which to get this complete so I'm in no rush to purchase something immediately... mainly just waiting on some good deals on some of these components I'm interested in.
What I have so far:
- Case - Antec Sonata III 500 Black with 500W Earthwatts Power Supply ($70)
- Power Supply - mentioned above
- Video Card - PNY VCG8600GXPB GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express ($75)
- RAM - 2 x 1gb sticks of Corsair DDR2 - 800 (TWIN2X2048-6400C4) ($40)
I got some good deals on these and saw that they had decent reviews from various sites. I will eventually go with one of the new 8800 series vid cards more than likely. The 8600GT will be a good card for the games that I currently have and will eBay it once I get an 8800. I don't own Bioshock, GOW, Crysis, or games of that caliber, yet.
I also have a Lite-On burner with an E-IDE connection so I'm assuming I will need a new drive, yes?
With that being said, I know I will be wanting an intel quad core and a mobo that will support this. From what I've read, one of the Gigabyte boards looks like it would be good. I've checked the Recommended PC components thread and it provides some info on a few.
Ram question - does the type/brand of DDR2-800 ram make that big of a difference? It looks like I can get about 2 sticks of 2gb for roughly $50-60 bucks at some point in the near future.
I only see myself putting in 2 hdds at most. I don't really need a Raptor I don't think.
Blu is also something I see myself having in the future. I'm not sure how this will influence my decision on my future vid card and/or monitor, tho. I've read the 8800 GT would be fine for it. There's a deal for an 8800 GTS 512mb w/ Crysis for $285 after rebate right now.
If anymore info is needed or I've broken a post/forum rule then let me know and I'll update this. Thanks.