I need to get going on my Conroe build pretty soon. I was thinking of waiting a bit for dx10 cards but I need a box now with top o the line power. Budget needs to stay below 2k for the box.
mobo - Asus would be my choice but looking at the P5x series I do not know which one I need. I am not doing SLI yet I will be O/C'ing a little and want the best board for that. If I can get by with something else and be OK I am not opposed to that.
CPU - e6700 I suppose unless it is somehow worthy to spend double for an extreme 6800? How much more performance would I gain? I plan on O/C the e6700 so I am thinking I should be set there unless you guys think otherwise on the x6800?
GPU - No need for SLI as I might want to upgrade to a DX10 in 6-8 months down the road. So whichever ATI or nVidia card is rockin' right now will do. Is the 7950 1gb really a big jump over the 512 meg cards?
HDD - Prolly get one smaller drive for the OS and a few much used apps and games and one larger drive for storage. No need for scsi as SATA II should do the trick nicely. Maybe a 74G Raptor and a Seagate 500meg Sata II 16mb cache for the larger drive. Are those preforming about the best or what should I look at there?
Memory - 2 gigs of DDR2-800 Corsair? What latency and voltage works? I will be O/C'ing a little. I have used Corsair quite a bit in the past and it has always worked well O/C'ing.
Case-PSU - Case just needs to match the PSU well is all I care about. I assume the PSU could be as small as 550 or as large as 750. Just want it to handle the DX10 easily in the future and possibly I will slap a couple more hdd's too that are in other boxes I have running.
Thats enough to get started .. just some advice on what I need and other thoughts are appreciated. I do cad, 3ds, and a few games. Pretty much want to max it out though.