Hi all. Finally building a system for myself, selected these components using a "one-notch-down" philosophy, i.e., nothing quite on the bleeding edge but still very good components for much cheaper than bleeding edge would cost. Plan to be playing games like Morrowind, Thief III, i.e. single-player RPG or stealth games.
All parts ordered from NewEgg.com. Have already got a 19" monitor, CD burner, sound card to add in. Did I screw up anywhere? Foresee any problems I missed? TIA!
Case: ANTEC Performance PLUS Model PLUS1080AMG- with Antec Original TRUE 430W P4 Power Supply ATX12V Retail - $123.99
Hard Drive: WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 120GB 7200RPM EIDE HARD DRIVE MODEL # WD1200JB - OEM, DRIVE ONLY - $121
Memory: CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, Low Latency (Twin Pack) 1GB(2 x 512MB) 2x(64MX64) PC-3200LL With Black Heat Spreader.Retail - $283.50
Looks like an excellent config... but wait... OH NO!!! Don´t do that! <i>(533Mhz FSB? :frown: )</i>
Try to get a 2.6C (for less money than the 2.8B, and more performance!) or a 2.8C (for slightly more money, but excellent performance! And it´s top-notch-down, indeed!)
You might also consider saving the money for the Canterwood mobo and get a nice Springdale mobo, like P4P800 or something. They offer quite comparable performance, and for the cost difference, you can try to squeeze in more memory or a better video card... although that one is already tough to beat.
Yeah, I actually put this config together a couple of weeks ago, and made the horrible mistake of ordering about three days ago...just a couple of more days and I could've gotten an 800MHz FSB processor. (cry) I don't know if I can return the chip, so if not, it's still going to blow away the crap rig I've had for years. Heh. And I'm planning on upgrading again in a year anyway, so...maybe it won't be so bad.
Your guys' comments about the mobo are interesting though...what's the difference between a Springdale and a Canterwood motherboard?
(P.S. I've got a decent WAN set-up, that's covered.)
Oh, and about "problems with the video card"...just meant that the Radeon has had some compatibility problems with some of the games I want to play (Morrowind, Neverwinter Nights, etc.), so I'll have to learn a lot of stuff about tweaking it...have used nVidia cards for a while and never tinkered much with them. It's actually a good thing, I should know more about that anyway.