I'm extremely interested in overclocking, but I want the first computer I build to be as cheap as possible (I would rather stay away from Dell and Gateway anyway)
I am thinking of going either the AM2 or 939 route. Yeah I know Conroe is better, but I can't afford a E6600 anyway. I'm sure at some later point the 65mm AMD k8L stuff will be good enough for a possible upgrade path from AM2.
-Antec P160 case.
What I am thinking of buying:
- Antec True Power or Neo lower wattage unit. I see 430-480 watt versions of these going for $30-$45 in new condition all the time on Ebay while the 500 watt and higher versions are basically going for full price. Besides I don't care about SLI with this machine.
Now for Motherboard/CPU/Memory:
- Single core 3500 or 3800 venice (AM2/939 is the same price)
- Memory: I know nothing about DDR2 memory, but It seems buying it rather than new DDR makes more sense. Now that I said that I've seen Samsung branded PC3200 memory for $110 for 2 GB on ebay . Is there anything comparably priced in DDR2?
- Motherboard: This is where I really need help. I would prefer to get integrated graphics initially but able to add PCI-E video card later on (probably 7600 GT or something)
So what do you think?
I'd like to keep all this under $400 (excluding the the case which I have already bought)
I'd go for am2 with an nforce 6100 chipset board. For memory, shop around, and get what you can afford. You can start out with 2 sticks of 512 and add 2 more later for a total of 2 gigs, so your motherboard needs to have 4 slots. I use Fry's or newegg, but you can search for other deals on pricewatch or any search engine. 800 fsb ddr2 will cost you more, but give you a better chance of overclocking, if that's what you want to do. I'd search the manufacturer's website for support before ordering. Some no name brands like foxconn or biostar offer little or no support (bios updates or direct rma). Msi, abit, asus and epox are pretty good.