I also will need the following but haven't decided on which ones to get: video card (moderately priced but good enough for most gaming), small sata HD (will use purely for OS and will use my current SATA for everything else), 2 gigs of RAM.
Curious as to anyone's experiences with the mobo and AMD I picked out. Good, bad, whatever. And any suggestions on the other needs would be great.
Considering the Intel can be overclocked easily to 3ghz or more with the stock cooler and the above MB, to me that would make it the better buy. It would easily rival the performance of the AMD chip, and the above MB is upgradeable to the newer 45nm Penryn tech.
My current Intel machines are the first I've owned since my 286 in the early 90's. It was all AMD for years. However, I go with the best tech available at the time I need it, and right now that is Intel.
Tom's also has an various OC guides, not to mention the forums. Plus, the above MB manual is very clear and concise. Seriously, if I can OC, anybody can. Although I have been using PC's since 1980, I have not overclocked seriously until now. Just never really had an interest or need. Been running this one since April, and hasn't caught fire yet!
The next project is going to be to OC the Celeron 420 in my Linux box until it screams, or flames out. Hey, it was only $39 and the MB was free.
I would like to overclock. My last one (athlon xp 3200) was easily overclocked in the bios. Is it hard to overclock the black edition?
No, in fact its quite good at overclocking b/c it has an unlocked multiplier which means you dont have to deal with the fsb settings and change up ram timings or anything like that. Tom's has an article on it which explains why its good. It will easily overclock to 3.2+ghz.