Originally Posted by jacknicklson
Thanks for everything so far, here is what I have come up with:Wishlist
First, I wish I was you right now, because you are going to have a whole lot of fun. I love ASUS motherboards. Core 2 Duos are the way to go right now. If you intend to overclock, I'd poke around as there are probably lots of in depth articles on the E6700 processor.
Second, I'll throw a couple things for you to consider but I don't see any issues as is (then again I don't keep up on the nuances between 8800GTX card manufacturers or the overlocking advantages of a 6600 vs. a 6700). On that note, I'd invest a bit of time looking at the different players in the video card market if you already haven't done that (reading the user reviews on the 8800GTX's would probably do it). A lot of cash going in that direction and you want to make the best choice possible.
For the harddrive, keep in mind that with todays processors and video cards, many times the bottleneck is pulling data and writing it to the harddrive. I would seriously look at a WD Raptor 150GB as a system drive and another separate drive for storage. At Newegg it's HERE
for $200 but these were down to around $170 just a little while ago, not sure what happened. Hell I saw a retail box RaptorX on the BB website for $150 range which was ludicrously cheap. We had some discussion on this in another thread, I linked two relevant posts the first of which contains the conclusion paragraph from Storage Review as well as a link to the complete review. (when most sites benchmark hard drives they don't know enough to look at the tests that are most relevant to normal non-server usage so this is a particularly good article)http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post10206813http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post10180699