OK. Thanks to you guys I have a build in the works now.
Sorry I can't provide linkage at the moment. My computer refuses to open Newegg.com. Too much spyware, worms, and viruses.
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 4400+/ Conroe E6600 if it's gonna be as cheap as they say it will.
Monitor: Viewsonic VX2025WM. Unless a baseball bat hits me in the face, this is what I'm going with.
GPU: EVGA GeForce 7900GT KO
PSU: Enermax Liberty 500W? Hipers are unreliable, or so I hear. Maybe an Antex Trupower 550W? I need some input here. A PSU for around
Mobo: Asus A8N SLI/ Conroe Equivalent
RAM: 2 gigs G-Skill/ Conroe Equivalent(Conroe needs DDR2, right?)
Speakers: Logitech z5500 5.1 speakers. They speak for themselves. (Heh. Get it? Speak
Mouse: Logitech MX518.
Keyboard: This I really need help on. I don't want a wireless or laptop-style keyboard, and the Saitek Eclipse is rumored to have keys whose paint comes off easily. That defeats the purpose of a keyboard. :freak:. Something up to $50 would be ok.
Case: The Coolermaster Centurion is ok; any other suggestions? I looked at the Coolermaster Stacker, but it's really big. I don't want a case with a door in the front that makes no sense. I want all the drives and everything to be visible.
HD: Western Digital Caviar 200 GB.
Sound card: XFi Xtreme Music, although I've heard about problems with hissing and crackling sounds with this. Is that true?
2 optical drives: Probably A BenQ or Samsung DVD burner (the Samsung has LS) and one CD/DVD reader pulled out of my current Dell. The only thing I'll be able to salvage from that pile of crap.
Extras: Nice free software, card readers....games? The necessary stuff
So, just to recap. I need some advice on a PSU, keyboard, and a case, and maybe someone with an XFi Xtreme Music can advise me on the hissing and crackling problem? Is it blown out of proportion?