Hi everyone. I am an absolute noobie. I do not know much about computers but I have been doing a couple months of homework. I have always bought HP or Dell but I would like to try the custom route. This is a budget build and I am trying to keep it around $600; 700 max
here is the list. Please critics welcome!! You opinons are critical in determing whether I will fork out the money for the build. Thanks ahead of time!
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 4600+ I picked this over Intel Core 2 cpus because it is about half the price of a E6400 I was looking at. The drop in performance is not a big issue for me since I am not looking for benchmarks. If anything, I am looking for reliability, stability of the CPU.
Honestly, I picked this because it had the most reviews on newegg that was under $100.
I figured the most reviewed = probably the most bought = probably the best mobo in that price range.
RAM - Kingston 1024MB DDR2 667MHZ. Because its on sale for $40 and I think it should work fine
HDD - Sata Western Digital 320GB
CASE - NZXT Apollo Classic. I went with a better case because I will most likely be upgrading everything later in the future except the case. All reviews point to the best bang for the buck on this case.
PSU - Thermaltake 500 Watts PurePower, Read a few articles on PSU and decided I should spend some money here instead of a generic one. Can I get away with using just a generic for my setup if I can? And how many watts do I need? Is 500 watts overkill for this system?
OPTICAL - HP 16x DVD writer. I plan to use my 4 year old burner with the 4 pin connection(i think). Is this compatible? Will it work just fine with the new stuff. Or do I need the new SATA connection? How much better is SATA?
VIDEO - ATI Radeon X800PRO AGP. I want to use my old graphics card to save money. It is a 2 year old card but it is AGP. Would this work? Or do I need to buy the new PCI express cards? Do all new mobo not have AGP slots anymore?
If not what are your suggestions for good vga for around $80-100
OS - Can't I just download a version of XP instead of paying $150 for Vista. Or is Vista worth the $150?
Again trying to save money here.
Is there any big issues with this setup that cause lowered performance or compatibility?
Is this well balanced enough of a system so there is no bottlenecks?
Is this a good setup for a budget build computer that can do most things....burning movies, watching movies, some coding, odd times I do play a game here and there. Can this play command and conquer 3 or quake 4..etc?