My new machine is up and running. Actually, it's been running for a while, I've just been playing with it so much I didn't post.
One annoying thing to remember if you're building a new system and expect to play any game made in the last 4 years. Many of the game publishers are putting DRM on their discs now which won't allow you to play the game from a CD or DVD writer drive. You'll need to add a CD-ROM drive to pass their system check, usually every time the game starts up. One more BS thing to keep in mind.
So, my system as running currently is:
- MSI K8N Neo Platinum motherboard (Model 7030)
- Athlon 64 3400+
- 512 MB PNY PC3200 RAM
- 120GB Maxtor SATA 7200 RPM Hard drive
- BFG Tech GeForce 6800 OC 128 MB video card
- Rosewill Combo Drive (52x32x52x16x) Model C523216
- Dynex 52x CD-ROM (Model DX-CDR100)
- Thermaltake Silent PurePower 480W W0013
- OEM Floppy drive
- Antec CS400B Case
As soon as I get a little more RAM and a KVM switch, I'm all set.
Oh, and just for the record, while time-consuming (it probably took me a decent 5 hours to assemble and configure the OS), this was way easier than I imagined it to be (knock on wood). A great learning experience and something I'll have to do again, if for nothing else than the joy of actually building something that works. I can finally imagine what all the gearheads in the '50s must have felt when that GTO finally turned over after a rebuild.