Friday night topic: Time to build

Well, it's all here. PCI Express, 64-bits, dual-core processors, and dual-graphics rigs (at least from the green team) have arrived. SATA hard drives have command queuing, and RAID is everywhere. Shader Model 3.0 will remain the graphics API of choice until Longhorn, and the GeForce 7800 GTX represents SM3.0 in its second generation. Gorgeous LCDs like the Dell 2001FP are hitting decent prices. All of the new CPUs and GPUs will ramp up their speeds up and down dynamically in response to demand, helping the new wave of quiet enclosures to achieve a modicum of peace. Unless you've already done so recently, it's looking like a great time to build a PC.

So the questions are: If you were going to build a new PC today, say for about $1200-1500, what components would you select? What about for under $1K? Are you about to pull the trigger? If not, what are you waiting for? Or, if you've built one recently, what makes up your new PC?

I have something of a soft spot in my heart for the new Pentium D 820, which I think is a bargain for the non-gamer. Are any of you considering a build based on it, or are you all-AMD, all the time?


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