Ive been looking at the P67 and Z68 chipsets. All I really want out of the board is HD sound so I can play it through the GPU's HDMI out, overclocking in the future, gigabit network and crossfire/SLI ready. Looking for a good board for around $150 that can do the job. I dont need anything fancy but theres soo many MoBos to choose from im just not sure
I really have no idea. Ive never put a computer together. I just want to know that I can chuck in a good cooling system if i want to overclock/ add another GPU. Im after efficiency not looks.
Got my mates old PSU but im not sure its good enough for the system. Im happy to buy a very good PSU. I just really have little knowledge in this area
Overclocking: Yes (In future)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future
Monitor Resolution: Old dell LCD monitor not sure its resolution.. 42" Plasma HD TV ( max resolution is 1366x768 ) . I will eventually upgrade TV
Additional Comments: Ive never put a computer together and its been 5 years since Ive looked into computers and parts so im wayyy out of the loop. I just wanna get the best price for the system. Im not looking for extreme performance, just something that does a decent job at playing game
you should go amd for cpu, intel is a bit pricey and amd phenom ii is on par with i5 but cheaper, but if i were you i would wait for a couple of months if you should go amd because bull dozer is coming out and it has pretty good specs. As for cases i would go with Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1). Everything else if good for first build.
Sorry for all the questions but im soo confused with the power supplies! They have SATA connections? My old HDD's are SATA but i connect them by the molex connectors to power them and by SATA to transfer data (connected to MoBo). Am i missing something here. How would i connect my old HDD?
BTW thanks heaps hunuok thats exactly the info i was after! appreciated it. problem is the more i learn about computers the more questions i have!
From the diagram, the cable on the left (the reddish/pink or black nowadays) comes with mobo and connects to mobo. This transfers data.
You want to connect this to the Intel SATA port on your mobo for best performance. (Usually red or sky blue in color-see mobo manual for details).
The cable on the right comes with PSU and connects to PSU. This provides power.