I am looking at building a new pc my first attempt.
i want to use the computer for my educational use, like word typing, creating web pages, storing wedding pictures (really loads of them), want to store them on dvd, i lalso use programming languages like, visual basic, python etc to make programmes.
and after much trawling through the internet I have come up with the following spec:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz - Socket AM2
ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe
500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
2GB RAM (1GBx2)
256MB nVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
LiteOn DH-18A1P-18C 18X DVDRW
Microsoft Windows XP
I would apreciate any comments or advice on this spec.
For what you are doing it's a great system. I'm not a huge fan of those video cards except it's pretty much the only DX10 budget card out there. What kind of ram are you getting. The hot stuff right now is the G-Skill black heat spreader DDR800 for like $120 bucks for 2gb. It also uses the new DS9 memory chips (faster, better overclockability, more stable, less power hungry) Also, the 6000+ may be overkill a little. The 4800+ brisbane core is half the price and is way more power efficient. Stock is 2.5ghz, I have mine 24/7 @ 3.2ghz, and without any trouble or tweaking can be run easily at 2.8. I would also suggest getting an aftermarket cooler. For $29.00 you can get an Arctic Cooling Freezer 64. All can be had on Newegg.
For me I would go with the following items, as a change to what you have.
Microsoft has said that DX10 will only be for games in Vista, so XP with a DX10 card is over kill. Get a better DX9 card of your choice.
If you want a dx9 card I would go with a x1950pro. If you want to go with a non-brisbane core, I don't agree with that x2 5600+, I would go with the updated x2 5200+ with new stepping and lower power consumption.