My old laptop's motherboard fried so I'm in need of a new computer. Since I never took the laptop anywhere, I've decided to go the desktop route. Many people on the internet have suggested I build a machine rather than buy, and it does in fact come out cheaper.
Now I'm very new to this, so I'd appreciate if I was given some pointers on what's a waste of money and what's not, with the goal being a perfectly balenced system for $1350
The ram I knew nothing about really. I just got the cheapest one for a 667 slot that has a heat spreader and a cas latency of 4. Does a heat spreader and latency make a difference though? EDIT: Doesn't matter, cheapest one happens to have a cas latency of 4 and a heat spreader.
By the way I'm very new to this whole thing so anything that doesn't look right please point out. I also have no experience building a working box so if there are any books or websites I'll need to read beyond product manuals, link away.
My OSes will be Windows XP Pro dual booted with Debian AMD64 (works with EM64T too).