i'm planning to get a new computer to replace my current P4. used for very long le and PSU is making a very loud noise. fed up with a non-gaming com and dun want to waste money to replace the parts, so might as well replace the whole system. i've been looking around the price lists for parts and i've come up with this:
ASUS P5Q-EM G45 w/VGA+Sound+G.Lan+1394 HDMI (DDR2 board) + INTEL Core2 Quad Q9550 1333MHZ (2.83GHz) 12MB L2 $652
Kingston DDR2-667 2GBx2 $62
SEAGATE Barracuda 7200.10 -320GB- (16MB) Serial ATA-II $74
CM ExtremePower Plus 500W - 3Y $82
Samsung SATA 22XDVDRW - int. $35
CoolerMaster CM690 Black ATX $129
Asustek GF9600GT HDMI 512MB $169
total would be abt $1203.
i've 'assembled' this parts list from various brochures and i just treat this as a rough guide as i intend to go down next week to confirm and then buy the various components.
i find that the price for this kind of specs is quite reasonable. but would like to seek the advice of fellow CSers who have built their own PCs before. For eg wad to look out for when doing such a build and any shops that i die die must avoid (SLS). Also, if you do spot any potential conflicting hardware, do let me know.
If you have any interesting 'stories' that happen when buying such a computer/assembling your own, do share with us.