I'm so glad I came to these forums. This will turn out to be an even better build within budget because of your help :)
OCZ Vendetta 2 seems to be a fan favorite. I'm sold.
Originally Posted by miggs78
As for the mobo, I personally would go for P5Q-E, it is a nice P45 motherboard, one of the popular ones out there. That bundle of the case and power supply, definitely tempting, I'm not a huge fan of Antec Power Supplies.. I'd personally prefer a Corsair, or something else in those lines. But nonetheless, you got a nice build going.
If your budget permits, I would definitely get a Q9400 for $100 more, newer 45nm quad, cooler, better potential. The Q9400 is optimised with SSE 4.1 and could be of help with video editing, even though you aren't into video editing, still photoshop and flash use heavy tasks..
I was reading up on the P5Q-E right before your post. It looks like a pretty nice board and affordable too. I still need to do some comparison reading. I think its between the P5Q Pro and the P5Q-E at this point.
The Q9400 is a tad more than I wanted to spend on the CPU. But with the money im saving on the mobo and cooling I might fit it in. Ill decide on that one once I get the full build down on paper and start price matching. Also what is SSE 4.1 and what are the benefits?
Originally Posted by geokilla
The ATI 4850 is an excellent card. What gaming resolution will you be gaming at?
I have a 24'' display at 1920x1080. In a perfect world, id like to game at that... but I know that isn't realistic for current games. Right now im leaning towards a 4870 for $50 more than the 4850. Only downside is that the specific 4870 im looking at was said to be loud by most of the reviews Ive read.
Last edited by Peppaaro; October 3, 2008 at 08:44 PM.
Nice pick on the Pro, I would have agreed with the others, lower end P45 board for not overclocking much. Would you mind posting the prices per product you paid, just to see how much Pricematching skills you got :D