So first to give you an idea of what I'm upgrading from. My old computer I built right before I left my job at Cinematic Computer. I remember cause I bought the parts from Cinematic Computer, but ended up building it at PC Pro, the place I ended up working shortly after. Here's what I started with
Motherboard: Intel D845GEBV2
Processor: Pentium 4 2.53Ghz
Memory: 512MB DDR333
GPU: ATI All-in-Wonder 8500
Hard Drive: Western Digital 30GB
Over time I got more memory up to 2GB, added a few hard drives finishing at 60GB, 320GB and 500GB, and someone was nice enough to give me a 2.8GHZ which was compatible with my board. I also upgraded the video card to an ATI Radeon 9800 and when that died a few months ago to an ATI Radeon HD 4650.
My main motivation to upgrade was an issue I had with my video card. I upgraded my computer to Windows 7 shortly after it went RTM and let me assure you that after you use 7, you will never want to use any previous version of Windows again. Well turns out that my video card doesn't like 7 for some reason. I was having my computer crash constantly anytime the video card was in use like playing games or watching movies. I went back and forth with the card manufacturer for 2 weeks and they weren't helpful at all. So I decided that this would be a great excuse to just build a new computer.
I did some research and got some feedback from friends online and was able to get a list of parts I was very happy with. Here's the complete order list.
Case: Antec Three Hundred
Powersupply: Antec EarthWatts 650W
Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Processor: Intel i7-920
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850
Memory: OCZ 6GB DDR3 2000
Hard Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB, Caviar Green 1TB
Optical: Plextor DVD-RW
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Misc: Antec 120mm Case Fan x3
Quite an upgrade from what I was running. Overall it cost me just under 2000$, but I'm expecting its going to last me for quite a few years, especially when you consider how long I stuck with my last one. One problem I ran into was that the video card I wanted just came out and wasn't in stock anywhere online, or if it was was severely marked up. I had everything sitting on a wishlist on Newegg and waited for the video card to be in-stock before I ordered everything else. They had an ETA for them to restock so I was checking the site all that morning from my phone while I was working with my mom and step-dad. When I refreshed the page and saw that the "Auto-Notify" had been replaced with a "Add to Cart" button I raced out of the apartment we were working in and rushed home to order it. It was a good thing I hurried cause they seemed to have sold out in just a few hours. The next day I ordered the rest of the parts with the exception of the case which I picked up locally since shipping would have been 100$ and it was only 3$ more to pick it up from Best Buy.
So I had my case, and my card showed up last Friday, and my parts arrived at dock on Friday around noon but weren't delivered until the following Tuesday evening which was driving me insane. But all is well cause I now have all the parts and got it all put together.
I went ahead and took some pictures while I was assembling stuff. Not my best cable managing job, but good enough for now, and I'll go through some point soon I'm sure and clean it up.
Update: Woke up this morning and did a much better job with the cabling. Where'd all the cables go!