Recently, my 2 year old Dell PC kicked the bucket because of lightning hitting right outside my bedroom.
So I'm dumping Dell and going with a hand built machine. It's my first build and I hope all the parts will work well together and will be fast (or at least decent...). I was looking for something fast but energy efficient because I'm a "dirty hippy" so to speak .
Lemme know what you think about it. Whether the parts are compatible with each other, what will "bottleneck the machine", how long it should last me (unless another bolt of lightning hit's my house...).
BTW, I'm going with the x86 OS vs the x64 for two reasons...
1) My Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium that I got for x-mas is only certified, according to their website, to work with the x86 os.
2) I want to wait for the technology to improve, I REALLY want the extra security, memory access, and slight speed boost, but I want it to mature a bit (drivers, available x64 software, etc.)
I really like that Zalman heatsink because of how it looks and the blue LED plus I don't plan on doing any serious OCing, maybe enough to get 1:1 on bus speeds and maybe the CPU up to at most 3.4.
I don't plan on running crossfire because if that card becomes out of date any time soon, I probably will be out of gaming (or will have a full time job...) by then and won't worry about it... Plus the monitor I'm using is my old Dell 19" LCD (because it still works and I can't afford a new one on my minimum wage paycheck...). I've read that PC Power & Cooling is really good so that's why I chose that.
Alright, will do! Thanks for the tip!
I am going to stick with the motherboard because it's not THAT much more...
How much of a difference will I feel when I have 4GB (3ish according to Vista though) @ 1066 and a 3.0 GHz dual core vs how I went at 3GB @ 533mhz and a 3.4GHz P4 in XP on my old machine?
Is it worth it for me to get the NewEgg "Protect your investment" and on which components if so?
Well, first off you aren't going to want to run your RAM at 1066. With a moderate overclock you'll likely have it at 800Mhz (400 FSB, 3.6ghz on the CPU). That's what will give you the best performance.
You will see a significant increase in performance in Photoshop, etc. Obviously gaming will be much faster.
So I should get a 800mhz set of RAM? Any set/brand in particular that would work the best?
I'm sticking with my choice for the cpu heatsink because I don't plan on doing any heavy overclocking on the cpu, if I do any at all it would be an overclock that would run stable with the stock cooler.
Would it be worth it to buy a 1 year extended warranty for the mobo and CPU?
Ok, so I checked the ASUS RAM compatibility PDF for the p5q deluxe and the RAM you linked to (the last set that I listed) checked out good so that comforts me. Plus it's cheaper than the 1066. I really want a HUGE performance boost from my Dell system and I don't want to make the same mistake I did when I picked out my Dell and get the wrong components that will make it obsolete in 2 years. I want to shoot for 6-10 years of being useable (3ish years for gaming, but 6 for general use, graphic design, and web design). I don't plan on playing any insane games like Crysis. I'm going to go to a local computer shop where I know some of the people there so they can watch over me and make sure I don't mess it up when I build it.
Ok so while driving to the college today I realized that I don't know if I need all the power of the 4870 and was thinking about the 9800GTX+.
For what I would be playing and on a 1280x1024 res on a 19" monitor, would the 9800GTX+ be plenty? I mainly play Valve games (Source engine games...), I'm going to buy COD4, and maybe some other games but nothing too extreme... the 9800GTX+ is 100 bucks cheaper then the 4870...
Also, I still don't know whether or not I should get an extended warranty from newegg on the motherboard and cpu...