1. I don't know if all of the above are compatible with one another. If anyone can confirm that I'd really appreciate it.
2. No idea what to choose for the CPU. Basically has to be $80+taxes max based on my budget.
3. The CPU/MOBO are probably the most flexible in terms of changing. I was leaning towards Core2Duo before, but it seems it will be out of my budget, so athlon 64 x2 will probably be the best choice (I'm guessing). However the asus above is not compatible with AMD?
4. I'd like to make this build a little more reformed so I don't spend extra $$$ when bottlenecks will occur in places I don't know about.
Unfortunately I'm in college and my budget is small, but what can you do...Again, I greatly appreciate any help on this.
Switch the DVD burner to something cheaper like the Lite-on Sata one. Is a cpu cooler necessary for a budget pc, will you be OCing at all? The Western digital 640gb HDD would be a better buy at only $15 more I believe. Get the 8800.
Thanks for the help, now to address the specifics.
The RAM issue, is it really going to limit me? I thought 2GB of PC5400 would be enough...however I googled and found OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Platinum XTC Revision 2 2GB Dual on sale for cheaper than my first post's, if that's going to be compatible with my system then please confirm & I'll get it & thanks.
The DVD burner, I've heard a lot of bad things about lite-on, but that's based on my limited knowledge. I honestly can't go above my HDD $$$ limit, so if anything I'd rather get a 250GB for cheaper, I just don't see why I'd need 640GB at this point (no offense of course).
And the CPU, good suggestion but is the e2200 based on the core2duo or the pentium dual core architecture. I googled and got mixed results, if it's core2duo then I will definitely consider it. If the E5200 is that price in canada in two weeks and is way >>> in performance then I can wait for it. No idea what multi 12.5 is though lol
Thanks again guys, with 3 posts I already got a way better idea of where I'm going with this.
Multi is the CPU multiplier as follows from the HOWTO guide on the Overclocking section here.
1. CPU Speed = CPUM x FSB
2. where CPUM is the CPU Multiplier, and FSB is the front side bus.
Example: The Q6600 runs at a factory setting of 2.40 GHz. That's the product of a 9x multiplier and a 266 MHz FSB (quad pumped it's 1066 MHz but we're not quad pumping these numbers). So CPU Speed = 9 x 266 which is 2,394 MHz or 2.40 GHz.
For anyone interested, or for future people looking to build something in this budget range, here's what I ended up ordering (a little bit different due to website stocks not updated etc.)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200, $137
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 500W, $70
Case: Antec 300, $50
Disc Drive: Will find anything LG/Samsung in-store, stocks were not updated so... $30
GPU: Asus EN9600GSO, $87 (a bit better than the standard 8800GS)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L, $90 (the energy-efficient version of the P35)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250 GB, $53
RAM: OCZ Platinum PC2-6400, 2x1GB, $30 (Mega-rebates!)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA1926w $186 or Acer X223WBD $210, haven't decided
Total comes out to around $550 + $200 for the monitor +tax = $850.
Thanks a lot btw, I wouldn't have been able to make the necessary changes if it weren't for your help.