in my sig is my current system, not too bad for 2 years old, but i'm ready to upgrade and make this my recording DAW. i'd like to build a reasonable gaming PC, i'd like to take the dive into PCI-E and dual cores to prepare for the new games coming out.
it's probably been over a year since i've kept up on hardware, so that's why i'm posting here to get any ideas.
how about this for my CPU? are the windsors good chips?
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor 2.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor
are DFI still good Mobos? is there another brand i should consider, i remember hearing Gigabyte were real solid boards.
what brand RAM should i consider, i'm not really looking to spend a ton of money for good OCing RAM just reliable stuff, i do however want 2 gigs.
any suggestions on my graphics card, this is probably the only peice i will consider going $400 into.
will the new SATA 300 be backwards compatible with my SATA150 stuff?
my sound card is going right over to my gaming machine, recording DAWs prefer professional quality recording PCI cards, not Sound Blaster.
any thoughts are really appreciated, and i would really prefer keeping prices for everything except the RAM and video card below or around $200.
the cheaper the better, but thats pretty much my breaking piont for most of the components. i'm gonna start reading up on Tom's Hardware, thanks in advance for any help.
*edit* also i was going to consider a Lian Li for my new case. i remember reading some very good things about their cases, definitely a full tower for better ventilation, and hopefully around $200 for one.