I've started to decide on a final specification, though I'm still a tad unsure of what to go for as far as several components are concerned. In these cases, I have given 'multiple choice' options, and I'd greatly appreciate any feedback on which of the choices you'd go for and why, or indeed if there is another which is even better. Of course, by all means do the same when I've only given one option for a component.
Oh, and I've highlighted in red the product I'm currently inclined to go with (where applicable, and where I'm not being totally indecisive.
Processor - Maximum of Around £250.
Option 1 - £180.89 - Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
Option 2 - £252.57 - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
RAM - Maximum of Around £170.
Option 1 - £143.35 - 2x1Gb Corsair TwinX XMS2: DDR2 PC6400 800mhz, 240 Pin: CAS 5-5-5-12
Motherboard - Maximum of Around £170.
Option 1 - £149.57- Asus P5W DH Deluxe WiFi + Scan's £10 BIOS Flash for Conroe Support
Option 2 - £133.35- Asus P5WD2-E Premium + Scan's £10 BIOS Flash for Conroe Support
Graphics Card - Maximum of Around £200.
Like many others, I'm a little wary of spending too much with DX10 arriving in the foreseeable future. I'm therefore looking at spending around the £150 mark (probably no more than £200). The X1800s that Scan were selling looked good, but they seem to be sold out or with no pricing (on the Saphire version). Therefore, any suggestions/advice on these or any other cards in that price range would be appreciated.
Hard Drive - Maximum of Around £80.
I'm effectively looking for the fastest SATA (150/300) drive I can get that isn't a Raptor.
Those (Raptors) are out of my price range, and although I'm sure no consumer drive can beat it for performance, if someone could point out the best of the bunch, it'd be much appreciated. Capacity isn't a big issue, as this will be a boot drive, not a data one, and thus 80gb to 160gb would be plentiful. If you feel 2 of a certain drive in a striped RAID would be a good choice, please mention it, though I'd prefer to go with a non-RAID system is possible.
PSU - Maximum of Around £80.
Option 1 - £65.67 - Tagan EasyCon TG530-U15 530w
Any suggestions need to be modular or if not modular, something really special. Also, I am looking for a PSU with similar specs to the one above, but with more SATA power connectors.
Soundcard - Maximum of Around £80.
Option 1 - £56.98 - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music OEM
Case - No Set Maximum (As Yet).
Option 1 - About £250 to £300 - Mountain Mod's U2-UFO
Option 2 - £101.63 - Coolermaster Stacker
Option 3 - £58 Special Price - Chenbro Gaming Bomb 2
Option 4 - £151.21 - Coolermaster Stacker 830
Aside from a monitor, optical/floppy, keyboard and mouse, I think I have all the components needed covered above. If there's something really obvious missing though, please be kind enough to point it out.
Thanks for any help you guys can give.