This is what I am thinking of ordering so far. I would like to keep it under $600 when its all said and done. This is going to be my first time trying to build a computer and on top of that its for my wife so any help would be greatly apperciated. She will be using it to play games like Hellgate London and Boishock also using MS office. I am planning on ordering the following from newegg.
I would seriously consider getting a Pentium dual-core 2xxx series, or preferably, and AMD Athlon X2 (which would require a AM2 motherboard). Either one will dust the pants of a Pentium 4. You can pretty much forget about playing Bioshock on a single core system (assuming you want to play at resolutions over 800x600).
The other items look okay, although I would swap the memory for g-skill or Crucial
If the X2-5000 is the black edition (check prices), definately go that route, as it can easily OC to the performance spec of a X2-6000. Otherwise, I think you've got yourself a nice system! I second the recommendation of the HD3850. It's a better performer and uses less energy.
SAPPHIRE 100216L Radeon HD 3850 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card (180)
Ok getting the final ordering list together. How does this look? Also this is my first time attempting to build a system. Is there anything else I need to order likes fans or anything else at all to get this up and running? Also do you guys have a good link for some step by step instructions an how exactly I go about this. Thanks again everyone, you have been a big help and I appreciate it.
Looks good. I went with the E2140 and OCed to 2.8, but the X2 is fine. Might have problems upgrading, we'll have to see how phenom works in the old AM2... They say it'll work, but the 945 chipset is supposed to work with C2Ds, and not all do...
If the video card really is the bottle neck is that a bad thing. If so what should I do. I am already over budget a bit. Or do you guys think it seems fine. A few other questions before I order all this stuff. What about an OS she has a Dell with windows XP is it possible to use that OS or do I have to order a new one? If so what OS should I go with. Also do I need to order any extra fans or cables, or will ordering what I have posed above get me 100% up and running? Thanks a ton.
I would'nt worry about any bottlenecks yet.The build looks decent for the price. In terms of the OS, it might be able to work if you got a bonafide windows cd with it and not some dell system restore cd.If not get an OEM windows XP pro. if you do have said cd you can use the key but you have to call microsoft to reactivate it.An about cables, the motherboard comes with an ide and sata power and data cable which should work for your build, in terms of case fans, ive never seen this rosewill case your're talking about so i cant say if it needs or supports it.
The low-end CoolerMaster cases ($20-$40 after MIR) are clean, simple, and offer good cooling. They have rear 120mm fans, and either have or can be fitted with additional 120mm front fans and/or 80mm side fans if desired. I do not know anything about the Rosewill case you have mentioned. If you want comments, post a link to it.
Good choice on the processor...and I'm an Intel guy...I'd go with Vista. Vista is only going to mature, SP1 is due in January. Based on what you are using it for now, just go 32 bit. You aren't planning on doing anything that would challenge the 1GB per process limit, so there really isn't much point. Plus, correct me if I am wrong, but if you have the 32 bit, you can get the 64 bit CD for ten bucks.