Ok, a few details first. I am planning this build on an extremely tight budget. I will be using it for mostly home office and multimedia use, with some light gaming (I haven't played PC games for some time as my current rig hasn't been game worthy for a while, a new rig will rekindle the interest I'm sure).
With a tight budget in mind I will be canibalizing as much of my old system as possible.
The old rig:
CPU: Pentium 4 Northwood Socket 478 1.8GHz with a broken pin (been working with it's broken pin for 4+ years)
Memory: 512MB 800mhz RAMBUS memory (yes, I know, flame away)
Motherboard: ASUS P4T-E
PSU: Aerocool 420w
Video: AGP Matrox something something (just something I threw in after my old GeForce 4 Ti 4200 128MB bit the dust)
HDD: Western digital 80GB
Optical: 52x CD-Rom
Monitor: ViewSonic Z90 19" CRT
Case: Enlight 7237
Dell Quietkey Keyboard
Logitech MX1000 Wireless Laser Mouse
She gave me a good run, but she's on her last leg. While she still runs, even with the broken pin on the proc, I'm not using this machine currently. My laptop has proven much more convenient for basic internet usage around the house.
Now to look at the new build I'm planning. I intend to use the HDD, case, monitor and peripherals that I have already. I will eventually upgrade most of those, but being on a budget it makes sense for me to keep them for now to save money on the initial build.
I'd like to keep the budget for parts on the initial build around $500, but I'm a little flexible there.
Ok, here's what I have so far, using Newegg for my baseline:
Total cost of parts: $503.95
Grand Total: $562.95
You read that right, TAX. To further complicate things, I live in Memphis, TN and Newegg has a distribution center in TN so I have to pay tax if I order from them. I figure there's a chance I might have to bite the bullet and pay the tax, seeing as Newegg has some of the best prices, selection, and availability. That's why I'm here, to see if you guys can guide me in a better direction, maybe help me put that tax amount to better use on other sites.
I chose an AMD processor simply because it was inexpensive, I am not opposed to Intel by any means, and would have preferred a C2D but was trying to keep the cost down. My optimal setup would have been a motherboard with intel's new P35 and a lowend C2D so I could consider dropping in a Penryn later but that stretches the budget. By the time I'm ready to consider a Penryn I don't think I'll be worried about replacing the motherboard. The x1950GT seemed like a good value for the dollar, but I'm open to suggestions there also.
Thanks in advance for all advice, suggestions and flames.
i think you are going to want a bigger hard drive very soon if you plan to game and multimedia. As for everything else it looks ok, i would suggest you look at the x1950PRO it is also a card card when it comes to bang for the buck
Just 2 things
You should buy DDR2-800 RAM, AMD's memroy controller works differently and it uses the speed of the RAM more effiencicy.
The Smart Power is Antec's worse PSU. Get the True power or get a FSP for about the same price.
Parts Total: $518.94
Grand Total: $538.44
So, I was able to move to C2D, DDR2-800 memory, and an x1950Pro all while coming in below the end cost of buying a lesser performing rig from Newegg with tax. Any further suggestions with this setup? I don't know about Connect3D, will I be ok with that card? What about the memory, am I going to have any problems there?
EDIT: Almost forgot, I changed the PSU from the Antec Smartpower to the Antec Earthwatts, which was listed in the PSU Reference List. Can anyone vouch for that PSU?