I'm always looking for suggestions from all the great folks here. I am not a total newb, but I have only built about 6 systems so far. I am building this one for myself and cost is a consideration... but not much of one. I'm hoping for some intelligent feedback from all you veterans out there, I have tried to do as much research as I could first. I think its looking pretty good, but I wanted to get your thoughts about any potential bottlenecks and/or conflicts.
This machine will be doing several things, the first priority will be photoshop image-work, the second priority will be games. The most important thing to me is stability, with speed a CLOSE second (of course!) Also, I won't be overclocking.
Heres my setup (and a few questions):
Case: Thermaltake XASER III V2000A (I like all the cooling fans.. even though its loud)
Mobo: ASUS 800Mhz FSB Model# P4C800-E DELUXE Retail (seems to be fast and stable with latest BIOS)
RAM: CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, Low Latency (Twin Pack) 512MB(2 x 256MB) 2x(32MX64) PC-3200LLPT With Platinum - Silver Heat Spreader.Retail.
(I am thinking of getting 2 SETS of these (4 sticks), in order to have all 4 slots filled in the mobo and have 1 Gig of RAM (I think its faster with all 4 populated...?), unless you think I could use 2 gigs..in which case I would just switch to 4 512Mb sticks)
PSU: Antec 550W Power Supply For TRUE550 EPS12V (plenty of juice and high quality)
you will probably have the best luck with pc3500...but you pc3200 should get the job done...you will probably have to raise the memory timmings...
Fortron makes better and cheeper powersupplies than antec...they are worth considering IMO...
If ya wana go for your 4x 256 setup then get a board with 6 memory slots...although to populate all of them only 1 slot can have double sided modules...so you could put 4x 256 now and add two 512mb sticks in the future...just make sure you get single sided 256mb sticks...If you don't get a board with 6 memory slots you are screwed when it comes time to upgrade :frown:
Other than that lookin good...however i have had problems with my sony drive in the past...but this could be my own bad experience...
If i put my k6 in a Ferrari it would be faster than your your pentium 4 or Athlon XP :tongue:
Do they use the same drivers as ATI or they have their own? I've read somewhere that they cant use the ATI drivers/software so if there is something wrong in a game, then you have to wait for Sapphire to release the drivers. Or maybe it was with the multimedia stuff, I dont remember.
-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!