Hi there... I've been researching for the past little while on what componets to buy for my new rig and would really appreaciate your input/recommendations. First off, I'm not a huge gamer and will mostly use the system for editing DV video, encoding MPEG-2, etc. Secondly, I'd like to have some overclocking potential (I think?) although I've not yet ventured into this world. That being said, I've narrowed down some various componets and here's what I'm left with:
Choice 1: P4 3.2C
Choice 2: P4 3.4C Northwood (512k L2 Cache)
* Even though my last couple systems have been AMD, I understand Intel is more suited to video editing/rendering/encoding, etc. *
Memory (I guess this probably depends on which CPU/Motherboard I get)
Choice 1: 1GB (2x512) Corsair PC4000 DDR500 (XMS4000PRO)
Choice 2: 1GB (2x512) Kingston 466MHz PC3700
Choice 3: 1GB (2x512) Corsair 400MHz PC3200
-I plan to purchase a 160GB 7200RPM SATA HD but also install my existing 160GB 7200RPM IDE HD
-I plan to use my existing RADEON 9600 256MB (PowerColor) -- Yeah, I know its not the best
Lastly, I'm really unfamiliar with Cases & Cooling. I'd like something fairly quiet as my current setup is almost as loud as my old Commodore-64! What kind of power supply do I need (overclocking vs. non-overclocking). What about cooling. Should I use supplied heatsink or get another.
If you want Overclocking potential, I'd suggest getting a P4C 2.8 (northwood) over the other two. Not only will it be cheaper, but it won't be that much slower at stock speeds, and will probably have the same overclocking 'Ceiling' as the others anyway, but will be running a faster FSB and faster RAM (assuming you're running 1:1 RAM:FSB ratio, which is what you want) so will actually be slightly faster than the others at a given clock speed.
The Stock P4 HSF is okay for moderate overclocks. Get at least PC3700 RAM. That'll give you enough headroom for >3.2Ghz without pushing the RAM out of spec.
For a motherboard, I'd suggest an Abit IS7. Comes highly recommended by everyone here, has virtually the same performance as the IC7, costs less, and is slightly less picky with memory (IIRC).
Get a good brand PSU (Fortron Source, Antec, Enermax) with 450W or more, and a Large 92mm or 120mm Fan. Same for Case fans - bigger fans make less noise.
Epox 8RDA+ V1.1 w/ Custom NB HS
Summer's here! so ease off the overclock...
XP1700+ @166x12 (~2Ghz), 1.475 Vcore
2x256Mb Corsair PC3200LL 2-2-2-4
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As for cases, take a look at the Lian Li PC6070 for quite and the Coolermaster Wave Master looks nice as well. (If you've got the budget for those) Get something like an Antec TruePower or Enermax. They're high quality power supplies. Around 400W or a bit more should be fine. (Antec 430W is nice)
For a bit of o/cing, the stock cooler is actually pretty good. The 3.0C+ have actually got a pretty large copper based heatsink. Otherwise, upgrade to a SLK-947U or SP-94 for top end aircooling.
...And all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put my computer back together again...