Hey everyone, this is my first custom build. I've followed the budget system Tom's Hardware recently built for the Builder Marathon. However, certain parts I have changed due to availability (Canada) and price and need (HD). I'm really concerned about the PSU and the RAM, however all input is much appreciated!!! Because I know practically nothing!!! Thanks.
AMD AM2 cpu's use DDR2 RAM, not DDR. On top of that, you will want DDR2 800 to maximize the cpu's capability. And get 2x1GB sticks.
Plus, the video card you chose is AGP, that will also not work with that motherboard. You want PCI-Express.
Do you do a lot of gaming? If so, you would want an X1950Pro or 7900GS at the minimum. I would recommend the X1950XT myself but some of the X1950XT approach the cost of the 8800GTS 320 MB which is vastly superior and supports DX10 if that matters to you.
If you are not a gamer, then a 7600GT or X1650XT (remember PCI-Express Version) which ever is cheapest would be enough for you.
For price comparison in US dollars, the X1950Pro can be bought for around 130-140 while the X1950XT is around 180-200. The 8800 GTS 320MB version is around 260-300. For reference purposes only. ;-)
Nice hard drive (I have it) and good case & PSU.
What about operating system, monitor, mouse, keyboard?
wow thanks for the quick replies... much appreciated
I plan on using my current mouse/speakers/keyboard and I would like to run Vista. I'm not huge into gaming, but if something comes along I wouldn't want to be limited because of my PC. Now I'll look into those recommendations
thanks again everyone