Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:09 AM
I wouldn't waste the money on raptor hard drives. From what I've heard, if something takes you about 30 seconds to open, a raptor will do it in maybe 28 seconds. For the big price difference I wouldn't bother.
The Asus Striker looks like a beast motherboard, if you want to spend that much on just the board.
For ram, you should get at least 2gb, especially if you want vista. Don't go for the cheapest stuff (even though I usually do), but it's kind of unnecessary to buy the really expensive kind.
Go with a 64-bit OS. If you get a regular 32-bit, you'll be limited to like 3.5gb ram total. This will make future upgrades hard. Anyways I heard newer games like Crysis, work better with 64-bit. The only problem with 64-bit is theirs a few things that might not work too well with it. For instance my friend has it, and its working great, but he got an iphone and the iphone won't work with 64-bit for some reason. He got all his other things to work like all his internal hardware, his printer, his ipod, his digital camera, and many other things.
The 8800GTX is the top card out, but in the coming months their should be even newer and better cards coming out so you might want to wait.
You'll need a very nice power supply for all of this. The 8800GTX requires a minimum of 30A on the 12v rail, and you should probably get a high quality one with probably over 500 watts.
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