System Usage from Most to Least Important: Accounting & tax prep software, web browsing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: none (just trying to stay away from the really dirt cheap unreliable stuff)
Overclocking: no, want to try to unlock core(s)
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 or 1280x1024
Additional Comments: looking to build with decent, somewhat newer tech/hardware so it lasts a few years, also have a really old Compaq Presario SR1222NX I could use for parts but figured would be best to start from from scratch.
This is what I have in my newegg shopping cart atm:
This will also be my first build so will I need any other things like paste, cables, etc? Done lots of research have half a dozen how to build pages bookmarked. Pretty sure the above parts are all compatible but would like to hear from someone with more experience/knowledge that yes they are. Please point me to better/comparable hardware if you know of any! Thanks!
@ mosox thanks for the input swapped out the HDD you recommended and if I use a single stick would I loose any performance? (swore I read something about dual channel RAM was faster)
@sixthseven yeah I have read mixed reviews about biostar mobos but used it due to the price drop and combo/mir. Any suggestions on a different mobo in the $50 dollar range? (If an extra $25 gets me better quality please point me to something beter!)
Dual channel is faster only in benchmarks, not in the real world. Like a few milliseconds or so. But the newer OS can use more than 2GB of RAM so you should keep the second slot available or get a mobo with 4 RAM slots.
Yeah might be overkill but we have 2 dual core PC's we bought the past two years and the old pentium 4's from years back are way to slow. I figured going this route would allow us more than 2 years that most PC's seem to become obsolete and give room for upgrading down the road.
I too am no longer comfortable with Biostar mobos, after some unexplained failures. OTOH, ASRock has done well by me, and tend to be lower priced too.
Unless it's an Antec, I can't think of any PSU that comes in a cheap case that is safe to use with a computer. For $45, you can pick up a 380W Antec Earthwatts.
If you get an Athlon II X2 265, you'll have all the performance you're likely to need any time soon for your stated apps, and in a year or so should still be able to pick up more powerful AM3 CPUs if necessary.