As the title implies, my PC kicked the bucket.
Non-essential details of computer death:
[So my pc was an Athlon 3200+ XP, 6600GT, 1GB ram @ 3200, and an ASUS A7N8 deluxe mobo. I went to dust it out (disconnected power, touched something metal to lose any static build up), disconnected the ram, cpu fan, vid card, then put it all back together, and discovered that my monitor said "no signal detected", alternating with "no signal cable connected". Everything powers up, but there are no beeps etc, it's not the monitor or vid card as i tried with spares. The pc doesn't boot up, just powers on, so I think the mobo may have shorted somewhere, but I'm no pc expert so I gave it to my local pc expert repair guy to have a look. His first glance at it confirmed what I had thought, and he said that it looks like possibly the AGP slot on the mobo died, or the mobo as a whole shorted out somewhere (although it still delivers power). The pc was in AGP set up still, and I was holding off with an upgrade till PCI-e 2.0 came out in 2 months and cards etc came out in the next year or so. I had spent so long playing on medium and then low(/est) settings that I figured another year wouldn't kill me. Unfortunately I killed my PC before that.]
So the past two days or so I've spent looking around at all the shiny new hardware that's come out since I last looked, and boy have things changed in a year or two. I'm near clueless as to what CPU I should go for, and what PSU I need to run it all.
What I'm interested in currently is an 8800gts, 2GB ram (no idea as to what kind) and a nice fast cpu to go with it.
Assuming I'd go with the 8800gts, could you guys and gals help me build a gaming system around that?
At least short term I'll be continuing to use my 17" Benq fp767-12 (12ms) because of size constraints (depth wise) but I plan on going back to a CRT for my gaming rig shortly.
As far as sound, I purchased a Razer Barracuda headset ( http://www.razerzone.com/Products/Ga...ng-Headphones/
) a few days ago and think I'm going to pair it with their now released AC-1 gaming card (for the full 7.1 audio experience).
Thanks for the help,