I'm planing on buying a new system the upcoming month, it is the first time will put one together myself. Mostly I want the pc for gaming and programming too. I don't want to make any mistakes, so ... I'm asking for help and advice, regarding compatibility of the components and suggestions. I want to stay on the same budget, so if you have any suggestions, let the be on the same price range.
This is what I planned:
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester (tray)
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64
Asus A8N-SLI Premium
2x DDR-RAM 512MB PC400 CL2.5 Corsair (VS512MB400)
Samsung SpinPoint P120 200GB SATA II (SP2004C)
Gigabyte GeForce 6600GT 128MB DDR3 (GV-NX66T128VP)
ATX Midi Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 (350 Watt)
Toshiba SD-M1912, 16x/48x bulk (DVD-ROM)
Pioneer DVR-109 (A09) bulk (DVD-burner)
CRT 19" Samtron 98PDF 96kHz TCO03
Creative Inspire T7900 7.1
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 USB
(and I already have a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum Pro)
First of all I made a mistake, im planning of course on a Venice Core (3000+) for the CPU, not a Winchester sorry...
About overclocking... I´m not planning it, because I have no experience... but surely I would like to have the possibility and to try it. If it works, why not??
I chose a Premium MB over a faster GPU, because I thought it would be easier to upgrade my system in the future with a MB like the A8N-SLI Premium (SLI, SATA2, and is now compatible with the new AMD Athlon 64 X2 CPUs). With a non-sli board I save like $100, and that is not enough for the jump from 6600GT to 6800GT anyways... Am I right?
I second the Epox board, I dont know about samsung drive didnt heard much for them...I know you want SATA-II(it doesnt bring much improvement but its nice to be current with tech).
I think the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 supports SATAII if you can find it, great drive! also Western Digital are top rated!
And why would a first-time overclocker go with anyhting beyond that? 320MHz is more than 50% higher than stock speed.
While I do agreee than the SLI premium is a bit of an overkill for the appearent budget, pound for pound, the DFI boards I've seen are more expensive than the Asus ones (and I'd imagine the same for Epox). Asus might not be the best overclocker, but it should have enough juice behind it that you can get your hands wet.
wusy is right the Epox is not expensive at all when I bought it I paid around $110. I think that it's worth that money even if it wasn't as good OCing board as it is.
It's really solid.
I like Epox, DFI and ASUS.
ASUS has the worst price/performance ratio of the 3, the best board is the DFI with Epox being a close second.
DFI is more expensive so your options are:
1.- The best OCing board, 2nd running stock, big price. DFI
2.- The best running stock, 2nd OCing, good price. Epox
3.- You can't get Epox or DFI. ASUS
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