Ok changed a few things.. Are you sure getting the Biostar instead is a good idea? The Gigabyte is only $20 more expensive. I just don't want to end up regretting not spending an extra 20 bucks.
I'm also pretty much set on getting Vista anyways. I won't be buying until the Intel price drops so hopefully most compatibility issues will be gone. I have plenty of legal XP codes but I will have to get Vista eventually (Crysis comes out and its all Vista and DX10 for me baby) and it's not like it will become cheaper any time soon so no point in waiting really. Besides, if I really really don't like Vista I can just install XP, not a big deal. Buut.. I may not even have to buy an OS since my friend works as a software programmer and his old company gives him Windows copies for free (well they are SUPPOSED to be for computer in the office but he says everyone uses them for personal computers anyway.) I don't know however if his current company does the same, I'll have to ask him. And no, I'm not going to get a not-so-legal copy even though the friend method is not-so-legal either
, not-so-legal copies usually have extra bugs and stuff.
About the CPU, I will probably be getting the E6600. I just put the E6400 there since it's the same price as the E6600 will be. In the case of AMD releasing some new CPUs that kick *** before the Intel price drops, I will consider them as well.
And yeah, I guess I'll probably get the 8800GTS instead. Only thing I'm concerned about is that 320MB might be a little low for upcoming games like Crysis but only time can tell. But then again I won't be running them at very high resolutions (only 1440x900) so maybe not. I still don't want to pay $280 for a video card though as I'm not that much of a gamer. Hopefully once the ATI cards and the full line of nVidias come out, they will drop the price on the 8800GTS 320's to say around $200-$250
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - Retail $222
Mobo - BIOSTAR TForce965PT LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $105
RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail $170
Case - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $50
PSU - HIPER HPU-4K530-MS ATX12V v2.2 530W Power Supply - Retail $80
HD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3250824AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $70
DVDRW - LG 18X DVDï¿½R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model GSA-H42N-BK - OEM $30
Speakers - Logitech X-530 70 Watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail $64
Sound card - Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail $28
Video card - EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail $280
HSF - ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail $48
OS - Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM $120
I also just realized that my previous $1300 total was with a 8800GTS in the cart since 8600 wasn't out yet so now my total is even lower with the 8800GTS
Also a question.... I am considering buying 2x250GB Barracudas and putting them in RAID0(I think it's RAID0, I want the one that increases performance, not data back-up.) I'm a first-timer and while I am partially tech-savvy, I saw somewhere that RAID is difficult for a first-timer? Is it? And do I need any other components or a different mobo for it?