OK, now with yous kind helps I've narrowed my list down somewhat, still have a few questions though. Maybe I was not clear enough about my planned usage in my first post, let me try again: I use my computer for EVERYTHING, play most new games, listen to music, watch video (DVD/DivX) and maybe TV (but no TV recording). Occasionally maybe I'd edit some videos, but really not often. I had a lot of fun playing with diverse 3D programs before and hope to pick it up sometime in the future, but 3D modeling is not my main concern either. I also play guitar through my computer (line-in), but I'm only beginning, so my demand on sound processing is not very high yet. To sum it up, I think what's really important to me is high gaming performance and reasonable noise level. While I'm playing games or watching movies, the noise won't be noticed anyway; but since I often leave my computer on over night (e.g. for downloading), it has to be very quiet when the load is not too high.
Chenbro PC61166 Gaming System Silver 45Eur
Antec SLK 3700AMB Midi-Tower 350W 75Eur
Yeong Yang YY-5603 Midi-Tower 80Eur
Comment: Guess I'll go for the Chenbro Xpider, and only consider the others if it's not available - the toolless design really sounds very attractive.
Nexus NX-4090 Special Edition, 400W ATX 110Eur
Enermax Noisetaker 425W (German Version) (EG425AX-VE-(G)-SFMA) 90Eur
Zalman ZM400B-APS 400W ATX 75Eur
Comments: I'll take your advices and make NX-4090 my first choice.
Samsung SpinPoint P80 160GB (SP1614C) 90Eur
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA 200GB (ST3200822AS) 115Eur
Comments: I checked and SpinPoint SP1614c does have FDB, so I'll definitely go with it. If I do get a RAID-0 setup (2x160GB), do you advise me to use another maybe smaller HD for system and apps, or should I partition the stripe and put system AND data on it?
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 0.09µ Socket-939 boxed, 2.20GHz, 512kB Cache (ADA3500BIBOX) 290Eur
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Socket-939 boxed, 2.40GHz, 512kB Cache 620Eur
Comments: Well, 3500+ seems the only reasonable choice right now.
Zalman CNPS-7000B-AlCu 30Eur
Thermalright XP-120 60Eur
Comments: First choice Zalman because it has the fan included and not exorbitantly large.
ASUS A8V Deluxe, K8T800 Pro (dual PC3200 DDR) 110Eur
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum-54G Edition, nForce3 Ultra (dual PC3200 DDR) (MS-7025-020) 150Eur
ABIT AV8 3rd-Eye, K8T800 Pro (dual PC3200 DDR) 110Eur
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939, nForce3 Ultra (dual PC3200 DDR) 180Eur
Comments: The A8V is still my first choice because of the features and price. I don't plan to tweak the settings too much, probably neither overclocking nor underclocking. And I've no idea at all about this "undervolting" business, couldn't find any information from ASUS or MSI either:(
Corsair DIMM ValueSelect Kit 1024MB PC3200 DDR CL2.5-3-3-8-1T (PC400) (VS1GBKIT400) 170Eur
Corsair DIMM XMS Kit 1024MB PC4000 DDR CL3-4-4-8-1T (PC500) (TWINX1024-4000) 270Eur
Corsair DIMM XMS Kit 1024MB PC3700 DDR CL3-4-4-8-1T (PC466) (TWINX1024-3700) 350Eur ...
Comments: Still need advices here. I guess for the moment I'd go for 1G DDR RAM, but have absolutely no idea what. Could someone help me by looking at this site http://www.geizhals.at/?cat=ramddr&sort=artikel
? It's the RAM page on my shopping portal (in German, sorry;-)), sorted by model, the third column is the price in Euro (and price/MB). Why is there such enormous price difference? And will my mainboard support the faster RAM (PC4000 for example) if there's PC3200 in the board specification?
Comments: After reading some more reviews yesterday, I find the 6800GT to be a pretty good choice. But since burcakb recommended the normal 6800, I'll consider that too. Can the 6800(GT) be efficiently and quietly cooled (by the NV Silencer 5 for example)? Is there major difference between the providers, or should I just get the cheapest one I can find and put my own cooling part on it?
Comments: Well, I guess I'll first stick with the onboard sound and only add one when necessary.
Eagerly awaiting any comments!
Thanks in advance