What components do you have right now? Do you plan on upgrading this PC or run it into the ground and then buy/build another? Are you going to overclock? Wat games do you want to play on this machine? What type of AV will you be doing?
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I am going to build this from the ground up. This will be my 2nd desktop. I will be buying all new components.
I would definitely like the potential of upgrading. I will absolutely add a video card so onboard is not important to me.
Don't you need special connectors on the board to be able to add ports to the front or can you buy an expansion card to do the same thing?
I like the Athlon 64 3000+ and am looking at Gigabyte and Asus boards currently. But I can't figure out if they have those onboard connectors.
The case and the fan I planned on purchasing as one, or would you buy them separate? 400W Antec was what I planned on getting.
The games: Your standards (Halo, SOF etc). AV, just bought a digital camcorder so I would like to get into video editing. I will buy 160GB-200GB SATA hdd for storage.
I don't plan on overclocking so I thought I would buy retail. Have you had much success with OEM? Maybe I should buy OEM and overclock though going from my 1.2GHz to this is going to be a major upgrade already.
All current boards that offer Firewire also have internal headers for connecting a front port Firewire cable. The same is true of USB.
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Thanks for your help. After reading much the past 24-48 hours here it goes.
Athlon 64 3000+ (Newcastle)
Process .13 Micron
ABIT KV8 PRO K8T800 Chipset
Just bought case from local retailer 500W PSU
Video Card 6600?
HDD and other peripherals will be purchased once I have the mobo and cpu
As far as AV I just want to be able to download and edit video from my camcorder, edit with Pinnacle software, and be able to burn to DVD or output through TV.
Zad - well, the ports being on the front really is more of a question of both mobo & case. The case will have to have the ports on the front and as Crash mentioned -- most mobos have other onboard connectors that you can plug your wire(s) into from the case wiring.
I think we'd like to know what case & PSU you got ... for what you're doing, I'd guess it will be fine but sometimes you might get some cheap/crappy psus.
don't know about that particular amd based abit board but i like Abit boards on the intel side and they seem to be pretty good company. Probably a good idea to look at recent reviews on the 939 mobos and just see what people are saying and pick one and go for it. Good luck.