building my first pc need little info.

Ok I need a new pc so friend sugested I just build the one I want as it will be cheaper and i can recycle some of my current stuff.

being I am on limited budget I found most of the things I need as follows.


AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor


MSI K9N Neo-F Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard


WINTEC AMPO 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel

ASUS Beige 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology - OEM

Now the few questions I am running into are.

to buy all this I will not be able to afford to upgrade my OS at this time but do plan to in future. being I am useing my old hard drive will the copy of Windows ME thats on it. work with this new hardware? <yes I know ME sucks bad>

How big a powersupply should I get to power the new computer my current one barely powers my old pc so I know I will need a bigger one then my 230w one.

And lastly Is there anything else I need to buy to put this all together? not sure if going to do this myself yet or have somebody do it for me. I have to read more on how complicated it will be.
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  1. 3 thumbs up for getting the right ram for your budget.

    550 isn't too bad. 590 would be better, but $$$.

    No, I don't think you can install the drivers on ME:

    I think now is the time to pick up an OEM copy of XP since you're buying cpu/ram/mobo. After that, you won't get any discount or OEM. Retail will be your only choice.

    While the whole pc may not use much wattage, but the modern mobo manuals always recommend a 400-450w psu.

    If you have a fully built pc & plan to reuse the parts, no you don't need anything else. A toolbox.
  2. cool thanks for the info.

    do you happen to know any sites that are selling copy of xp fairly cheap? or at least cheaper then newegg?
  3. If you're a student, you can get academic software that's cheaper than retail. Maybe same for biz.

    Unfortunately, newegg sells the oem xp with cpu, mobo, ram & hdd. It's $90 vs $100 retail.
  4. try looking on pricewatch, they have all the sites with what they ask for when buying OEM. But a quick look shows no great deal, a student version might be way to go.
  5. after going over prices and how m uch money I had. I found that I have enough to get the oem copy of xp just droped out the dvd player.

    but I also noticed another possable problem with these componets.

    my current hard drive hooks up with an ide cable as does the cd rom yet the. MSI K9N Neo-F Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

    only appears to have one ide connector unlike my current MB which has 3. will this be a problem or can I run my hard drive and cd rom on the same ide cable useing a ide with more then one plug.
  6. one IDE port will run 2 IDE devices, not the fastest way but for your build, no problem.
  7. No prob. Ideally, the hdd connects to the end as master & the cd/dvd connects to the middle as slave. Set the jumpers on the drives.

    If you need to connect more ide drives, get something like this adapter:
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