My old noisy DELL doesn't have the horsepower to run my NEC 1900x1200 monitor DVI anymore. I guess this means a change.
Intel Core Duo - want the least heat for best performance in the chip.
nForce chipset - to go along with the graphics card - GOING p45 With ASUS P5Q-E
ASUS hardware wherever possible (though graphics card could be excepted - should I do a Gigabyte motherboard instead?)
Must double as a TV/DVD/BlueRay player
Power supply must do both 110 for Canada and 220 for Europe.
I'd like the newest Intel, but a laid-back cool-running version of the newest die.
Quiet is important - this means good cooling characteristics.
I play Counterstrike and possibly WOW in future.
Does PCI-e take regular PCI cards? I have a SCSI card and LAN card I could use yet.
Is SLI important?
Do I need 1066mhz RAM for a 1066 mHz FSB?
CPU Intel Core 2 - Duo E7200 2.53GHz Wolfdale1066FSB 3MB 45nm CPU Cooling - ASUS V-60 (Intel 775 CPU Heatsink & Fan) Memory 1 - OCZ Reaper DDR2-1066 4GB Kit (OCZ2RPR10664GK) Motherboard - ASUS P5Q (1600FSB,DDR2-1200,PCI-E,RAID,GbLAN) Hard Drive 1 - Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA II (WD5000AAKS) Optical Drive 1 -ASUS 5X Blu-Ray Rom/12X DVD-RW COMBO BC-1205PT Video - BFG GF8800GT OC 512MB (BFGE88512GTOCE) Audio - Onboard Audio Network Card - Onboard Network Card Case - Antec Three Hundred The Versatile Gamer Case (Black) Power Supply - Antec NeoHE 500W ATX Low-speed Fan UL/CSA/CUL/FCC
PRICE = $1133.00 - a little high. Where could I scrimp to do better, or save on heat with little cost in performance?
What do you think? The Motherboard and RAM are where I am most fuzzy. I'm worried about the non HD components on the motherboard. is this a problem? Do I need a 1066mhz FSB and/or 1066mhz RAM?
I wouldnt recommend a 800fsb processor, right now I would buy a e8400 its 170$ and has awesome performance, specially since you are looking at the p45 chipset motherboard. No need to go 1066 or higher ram neither unless you plan to overclock, ddr2 800 will give you more then enough performance IMHO
Very good recommendations from Sky. The Radeon 4850 will be much better than the 8800 GT (unless if you can get the 8800 GT for $100). The Pioneer 215-D optical drive doesn't have HD (blu-ray) though, you'll have to go with the ASUS one in the original post.