I've basically figured out my new PC
I'm getting a Gigabyte 7900GTX
Intel C2D E6400
Antec Sonata II w 450 W True Power 2.0
X-Fi Extreme Music
Seagate 400 Gb Sata II 16 Mb Cache
I'm going to buying from www.satacomputer.com
(NewEgg doesn't deliver to Canada)
I've looked into the P5N-E, P5B-E, P5W-DH, P5B DX, AW3D-Max, etc. I'm really confused as this will be my first build. I'm also somewhat worried about supplied software issues. I'll be installing XP Pro SP2 (I've read some Mobo's don't support it).
I don't mind spending for DDR2-800, and I can have parts shipped to me from friends in the U.S.
Monitors are supposed to be seen in person, so I'll just go with that. I'm new to gaming though and watching movies on my screen, and I will be looking into this further, but feel free to enlighten me because i'm useless - will the monitor be good. I read the reviews but then I checked my laptop screen and noticed several of their considerations. Things I'd never noticed before
I've read Ram can jerk you off, usually referenced to ASUS boards.
I'll also be purchasing a fan (Zalman), thermal compound, and i want this bad boy to surf, play games, torrent, and watch/convert movies and listen to/record music. Any and all advice is highly appreciated
Will likely upgrade to an 8xxx series card in the future, would also like a quad-core.