Having spent the best part of 6 weeks trawling various posts I’ve decided to bite the bullet and go for a self-build. Since there seem to be many and wise likeminded people on this forum I would really appreciate some advice on the following first time virgin build…………….
The PC will be used for web surfing, DV editing and burning to DVD and some gaming (never had a decent PC to do this so would like to get into it).
If its just for "some" gaming, i would get a cheaper videocard really, and would use the price difference to replace the AXP with an Athlon 64 3000+(well, there hardly is a price difference anyway). AXP is dead end, and not as fast as a A64 3000+. 64 bit could also get usefull over time as OS and apps become available (especially for DV editing !).
= The views stated herein are my personal views, and not necessarily the views of my wife. =
Now you have to decide whether you want your games to be “ultra fast” or “playable”. The 9700 Pro and the 9800 Pro and really good cards, almost identical in fact, but they are in the $200-250 range. The 9600 series are a joke, even for their $150-200 price tage. My over clocked 8500 performs better then it does, and its was $50. I personally don’t like NVIDIA cards because they change the way my games look. I had the 5950 Ultra and everything looked poor compared to my 8500. So I took it back and got the 9700 Pro and saved my self $300!
Maybe he was talking the non-pro or the SE. The Se performs at about 1/4 of the pro, while the non-pro is between the two. The 9600pro is a very good midrange card, the XT is a bit better. Can you get a 9800np for a reasonable price? That card is in between the 9600XT and the 9800pro, but can be found at better price.
Do not buy SE cards, most of the ones available have a 64 bit interface.
So a 9600 Pro or XT is looking good but then I found this post - appears that loads of people are having probs with the ATI cards. Local shop keeper also said to me that NVidia were more stable. Any views.......
I have the 9600pro. I've had it for about a year now. It is great. No problems. Most problems I've seen with video cards are operator error. No card is proof against that. If a retailer is having problems with Ati cards, it may not be a great place for support.
One little comment: DLing WXP would be a bit, um, cheaper...
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Try to get as many of your parts from one place. I've used Overclocker's before - good service, though delivery was £10 no matter how much I bought whereas ebuyer was £5ish. Given that you've selected parts from both stores (and crucial and savastore...) you'll be paying loads of postage. Try to find the same product at ebuyer - maybe £2 more but saves £10 postage... or try to limit yourself to 2 stores rather than 4. Just a thought!