My BOM: How did I do? (1st timer)

HDD Seagate barracuda HDD 7200.9 $92.50
MoBo ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 skt 939 $65.99
GPU Connect3d X800GTO 256MB $179.00
PS Antec SP-500 500w $68.99
Ram OCZ Value 1gb stick (184-pin) $109.94
(did this for future upgrade to 2 gigs)
CPU AMD 3000+ venice 939 $135.00
Case Antec SLK3000-B $49.00
DVDRW Toshiba IDE SD-R5372V $35.99
Total with shipping $779.68

Ok I want to try and keep the price of the system as low as possible, of course I am building from the ground up. As far as a monitor my toshiba TV has a HDMI input and it is a HDTV (Toshiba 30" CRT) so I figure that can double as a monitor for now. I was also looking for future upgradability as much as possible. Any help/advice would be appreciated.
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  1. Never heard of that mobo. Have you read a review on it?

    For Dual Channel you should get two 512MB sticks and then upgrade with 2 more down the road.

    I'd get a Benq or Lite-on or Nec burner before that one.
  2. Im building almost the same computer except fot he fact that i am using a Nvida 6800 GT and a AMD 64 3700+. The reviews on the mother boad are mainly good and some bad just like anything out there. My components should be here monday. I will wirte a full review of the build when done. In short, just take your time and download the full Manual for the Mobo. If you are doing a clean install of Xp on the SATA drive be sure and read the manual given online.
  3. The ASRock is an interesting choice; are you migrating from an AGP card? The reviews I"ve read have been mostly positive, but for some reason nobody seem to consider it a viable option unless they've just bought an AGP x850 or something.
  4. About the memory, I can't remember from where, but I read before that if you fill up all four memory banks then you get a big performance hit, hence the single stick. Then again I could be misinformed.

    Thanx for the advice.

    As for the motherboard choice, it is the only one I saw that is upgradable to AMDs future socket (m2) and according to website tests performs well. This is my first build with no hardware to recycle.
  5. Here is the topic i posted a couple days ago in the same forums. This will explain why i chose some of the components i did.

    http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Time-Builer-Plz-Help-ftopict167910.html
  6. Quote:
    About the memory, I can't remember from where, but I read before that if you fill up all four memory banks then you get a big performance hit, hence the single stick. Then again I could be misinformed..


    Get 1GB of good ram...it should be no more then $140 and i know some for $115.

    You should use two for Dual channel if you can....its true if you fill all four slots you get a small performance bump....but you do not need 2GB.


    As for the mobo....its a good motherboard for now...dont get it for the M2. By the time the M2 is around and cheap...1.5-2years you might wanta whole new setup anyway. its a decent mobo for 939....dont hold your breath for great M2 support
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