OK, screw it. After months of ranting here about how PCI Express is my wild mistress, I have given up. Can’t wait for ATI and NVidia to decide that the retail/DIY PCI Express market is “sufficiently developed”. How the hell do you develop a market without selling anything, is what I’d like to know!
Anyway, I always said I wouldn’t get a new system until one of Doom 3 or Half-Life 2 went gold. Now that D3 is gold, it’s time. So here’s what I’m thinking of buying, this week. This is from my newegg wishlist:
Please sling any and all brickbats! The idea is to get the best performing system I can actually buy this month without getting into the >$500-processor or >$500-video-card realm. Also I have some questions, at the end…
POWMAX ATX Mid-Tower Case with X-Window, Model “ALV90-511SEL” -RETAIL
Material: All aluminum
ASUS “A8V Deluxe Wi-Fi” K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON X800 PRO Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-bit, DVI/TV-out, 8X AGP -OEM
Aspire 520W 12V Black Triple Fan Aluminum Power Supply, Model “ATX-AS520W BLACK” -RETAIL
AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64 3500+, 2.2 GHz, 512KB L2 Cache 64-bit Processor - OEM
2 X Crucial 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 8T - OEM
$176.00 (total, for both DIMMs)
4 X Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model HDS722516VLSA80 Part# 13G0254, OEM Drive Only
$394.00 (total, for all 4 drives)
Plextor 12X DVD+RW/-RW Drive, Model PX-712A, Retail
Thermaltake Combo Cool DIY Series TOWER112 4 in 1 CPU Cooler for Intel LGA775. P4 and AMD K8. K7, with Heatpipe Cooling, Model “CL-P0024” -RETAIL
Now some questions:
- Does the motherboard have reasonable onboard audio or do I need to add a dedicated audio card? (Says it has “Realtek ALC850 8-Channel Codec”).
Hm, actually I guess that’s my only question :-)
Fire at will!