It has been quit a while since I built or even bought a PC.
I started out focusing on upgrading a AMD socket A/462 MB, but have decided to build from scratch.
At first I was going to go with a Socket 754, but decided that I should go with at least a Socket 939 or AM2. Which to choose.?? I figure AM2, but there are lots of less exspensive 939s.
My requirements this:
1 - PCIe x16 slot -- don't need SLI or crossfire
1 - PCIe x1 slot
2 - or more - PCI slots
2 - IDE connectors for 4 devices, I can settle with 1 and use SATA
4 - SATA - would like RAID capability, but probably woulsn't use it
any time soon. At least Raid 0. 1, 0+1
1 - Floppy
1 - LAN/Ethernet capable of 1GB for future needs
I would like an integrated Graphics controller with a VGA connector
on the back for initial cost savings, but not absolutely necessary.
There are inexspensive PCIe x16 graphics cards out there.
I have been looking around quit a bit on the internet for Socket AM2 MBs, and have got a lot of choices.
I would like some suggestions. Should I go with Socket 939 or AM2.? Low cost solutions that offer good upgrade capabilities and possible Over Clocking.
Thanks very Much for any help this Forum can Provide.
kenr77 -- Excuse me if I am way off the Mark in terms or Tech
I am looking to spend around 1k, for Case, PS, extra FAN, MB, AMD Athlon 64 or Sempron, 1G DDR2 SRAM, 1 HDD~100Gb or more, 1 DVD RW, 3.5" Floppy, inexspensive PCIe Video card if needed, 19" or larger monitor, and MS XP Pro unless I decide to run an old copy I have of 2000 Pro.
I don't guess MicroSoft gives away, or offers a discount on, an Operating System when you Build a New System.???
I am not sure if I am expecting to much for just $1,000 or not.
I will be using the System for Web browsing, Web Page Creation/Design, and Multi-Tabling Poker Games. May occasionally do some 3D gaming. Will also be trying to learn C++, or other Language. I have a Limited programming background. And I almost forgot, I will at some point, maybe soon, make it dual boot with LINUX and Windows.
most of those boards will be fine. I have a biostar 550, waiting to build.
You will only need 1 ide, that handle 2 devices.
Should be ok to start with onboard graphics, if you want to play games that need more power, then install a gfx card.