Every few years I get bit by this bug and update to the latest hardware platforms.
I've settled on building a machine based on an intel chipset, and CPU. I'm going with a P35 mobo, and Q6600 CPU, and I plan on OC'ing it a bit to 3.0-3.2 gigahertz if I can get g0 stepping. I've seen so many arguements about e7200 for buget, and e8400/8500 being superior for oc'ing versus quad core in games, but quad core is future proof so to speak.
Anyways newegg has a deal on gskill ram. 2 gigz of ddr2 pc800 for 43$. I got a DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS mobo btw. It has very good reviews, good stability, and OC'ing. I didn't need crossfire or SLI.
I can't decide on the video card however. I'm looking to spend 200$ max on it, and I have my eye on the radeon 4850. Any thoughts?
Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
I'm using an Antec three hundred case, with NeoPower Blue 650W PS, 12v X 3 rails I believe, and modular.
By the way, newegg has a good deal on a HD-DVD/Blu Ray Reader / DVD-RW drive for 125 bucks. This is currently not in my budget until I build an HTPC, but looks like a good deal. I believe they have an ASUS bluray burner for 150$, but it's out of stock.
I also like this case: