I haven't built a new computer in ages and looking to build a gaming/HTPC desktop. Uses would obviously be gaming, music, movie playback, maybe bluray burning. I toyed with the idea of picking up an alienware but not sure if the 4k starting point is the best.
I haven't really kept up on the technology as far as motherboards, chipset, memory, and graphics card.
I already have 2 SATA-II seagate HDs (1.5 tb and a 500 gb)...Although I see a lot of SSD being used for the O/S in raid 0.
As well as a Lian-LI 61 ATX case (if this will even house the cards anymore)
Looking for ideas on chipsets (AMD or intel)...i7 or phenom x6/x4?
Graphics cards (possibly 2)...ATI HD series (tv tuner is possible) and multiple display...do not have multiple displays...I have a large DLP HDTV but may get mulitple LCD displays.
sound card if not integrated : creative 7.1 xi?
Compatible memory and motherboard
As well as something to power it all and cool it
Ideally I'd like to spend less then the 4k that alienware is starting at.
My current rig is a 2ghz athlon xp with 1 gig mem, radeon 9700 pro and just not keepin up.
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