If you read my previous topic you'll know I'm making my own gaming rig, I'm not going to ask you if it's a good gaming rig because I know it is, but I'm asking if I'm getting the right parts for the right price and if the system is balanced overall. I've got this (prices roughly converted from euros):
Case: Sunbeam Tuniq Symmetry 1 ($100)
PSU: Chieftec CFT-560A CM ($125)
Mobo: Asus P5B ($180)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 ($250)
Memory: Buffalo 2x512MB DDR2-667 ($130)
GPU: Gainward 7900GT 512MB (already got it)
HDD: Maxtor DiamondMax 17 160GB ($85)
DVD & Floppy Drive / Card Reader ($70)
Total price: $940
My budget is around $1k so there's a bit more space to change parts for parts with a better price-quality ratio.
Should this be enough to keep me going for at least three years and playing the next-gen games on high res? I imagine I'll stick in a little more RAM as I go but that can always be changed.
I'm considering putting in a surround soundcard (5.1 will do), which one isn't too pricey for my needs?
Any suggestions for optimizing this rig would be greatly appreciated.