not really looking for a top of the line system just wanna try out AMD. i have some sample package that ive seen on magazine and their website. but some say these packages r pricey so i wonder if it'll be cheaper if i break it down and get component pieces? im new to building a PC so pls go easy on me! im tryin to get some tips and get the best parts for the best prices
If you're going to use it for gaming, then do yourself a favor and go with a better vid card. I personally don't like MSI - I think they have QA probs. I'd prefer something like this <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681..." target="_new">Epox 8NPAJ</A> for $11 more.
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I would would buy an IDE drive first, and then expand the system with another IDE drive and then add SATA drives if needed. There is no gain using SATA now, not yet anyway, and you could save few bucks.
Go with 939 platform, it has more room(longer lifespan) for upgrades then 754.
Why? SATA doesnt clutter the case and you dont have to [-peep-] around with sh!tty jumpers and odds are the board only has two IDE channels so if you use two optical or HDDs you have to put them on the same channel. And SATA only costs about $5 more anyways.
Some people are like slinkies....
Not really good for anything but you cant help smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.
Simple... Compare your price with a similar setup on <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com" target="_new">newegg.com</A>. This will gives you a good idea because newegg.com usually have very good price (not always the best, but it's a good reference).
I can't help you much with price stuff, since I'm Canadian and I use to check my prices on Canadian websites. And Canadian prices are often higher than American price.
No DVD?? I guess you aren't planning to play any games on DVD, or watch any DVDs? For the extra $20 I would get a DVD burner.
Personally I think you can go with either the 1st or 3rd option. It really depends on your interests. If this is going to be a gaming rig then I would go with option 3 (superior vid card), for just a workstation or home computer I would get system 1 (Wusy is right though, use integrated sound).
Are these prebuilt? Or are you just ordering the parts? Cause if you are getting this prebuilt you might want to consider building your own. It would allow you to further customize these options to your needs. You can always do better by making your own, it allows you to customize.
i would think that a diy package is just a package containing all the nessairy tools for installign computer (screw drivers? jumper extracting/placing tools?) and a guide, i can;t think of what else can be thrown in there