I no longer need my laptop for school any more, and I am looking to build me a nice PC for around $1,500. It will mostly be used to browse the web and game (Doom3, Far Cry, Unreal, Half Life 2, etc). Also, I know nothing about overclocking so please let me know if should with the components that I have chosen. I will surely read up on it if I need to. Anyways, here are my choices so far...
What are your thoughts? Would this PC be a good platform for a while? Would it be easily updated in the future? Would you change something on this? Perhaps the motherboard? The video card? Would something be better for the money? Is the monitor chosen good for gaming? Any other information, please let me know. Ask any questions if I didn't answer the already. Thanks in advance.
From my own research and from other people's thoughts/opinions .. here goes:
mobo - ok
cpu - you might look at one that has the Venice/San Diego as people seem to like those better
ram - ok
hdd - ok
dvd - just pick one at newegg that gets good reviews like the NEC, Plexor etc... there's several out there that appear to be good.
CASE - so many to choose from. I like the Antec SuperLanboy (light weight, I have 3 or 4 of them... nice boxes). The Antec Sonata gets good reviews, the Antec P160 seems good... Then there's Thermaltake, Lian-Li etc...
PSU - pick a good brand power supply... get 430/480+
Athlon 64 winchester vs venice.- Winchester has been sold more because it has been longer in the market. Venice is the next revision of that CPU. The more noticeable upgrades are the support of SSE3 instructions and lower voltage. In the 3000+ the difference in newegg is $5 so I'd say to go with the Venice.
The San Diego has double the L2 cache of the Venice or winchester. and the 3700+ has a bigger clock speed than the 3000+ (400MHz) I don't think that those differences justify the big increase in price, but decide that yourself.
The best option if you don't wanna pay a lot is to buy a 3000+ or 3200+ Venice and overclock it. If you want to overclock it there are a lot of guys here that can tell you how.
I have the 3000+ Winchester (because when I bought it the
Venice core wasn't available at newegg) and I'm very happy with it. I'm not overclocking my CPU but that's something I want to do in the future.
If you buy a micro ATX case just make sure that you buy a micro ATX motherboard and that the power supply is not proprietary to the case. It would be bad if you buy the PSU just to find out that it doesn't fit your case due to a lack of space or an irregular shape.
Any Athlon 64 is a good buy just get a Socket 939 CPU because it can later be upgraded to a double core CPU without changing the motherboard.
For stability on a system you have to look at everything, motherboard, CPU, RAM. I had an ASUS mobo that was very picky with the RAM, it didn't work with every stick of RAM even if it was good quality RAM.
Too bad about the mobo. Msi dont make that reliable a product. If you can change to an asus, abit, epox or different DFI board, I would recommend it.
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<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by endyen on 05/31/05 09:20 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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