Haven't upgraded my PC since May 02, and I am a games lover, so it is time to upgrade! I want to build my own PC instead of ordering from a company like Dell to save money and to feel proud of myself
BUDGET: $3300 from local casino's texas hold'em bad beat jackpot. $2000 or so after taxes, have a couple grand more in savings. Not gonna touch savings.
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego (2.4GHz) 1GHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache Socket 939. Named after where i live, so i had to plus the next level up (+0.2GHz) costs almost double. $368
Mobo: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe: Supposed to be good for AMD, and any processor upgrades i might make over next 2 yrs or so. Only problem is a fan i might have to replace cheaply. $164
Case: With 380W power supply. $80
Video Card: GeForce 7800GTX 256MB eVGA. The ONE item that I am splurging on. Can I be talked out of it? $579!!
Sound: SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZSGamer. $121-$50 rebate
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB. $111
DVD/CD drive, memory, floppy drive, Dell 1701FP monitor, speakers&woofer: Cannibalizing from old PC, the drive is only a few weeks old. Free?
Total price: $1500 at Newegg. The Dell equivalent is $2300 and the Alienware equivalent is $4800!
I'm going to upgrade my 5+ year old 1701FP someday. It only gets up to 1280x1024 and has no dead pixels. 2001FP might be good.
Is this a good setup? I'm going to order the sound card before tuesday, when the $50 mail in rebate expires.