Hey everyone, I am about to build my first gaming PC, and I just would like a second opinion on everything before I press ye old BUY button. I would just like to know if I will have any compatability issues with the hardware I am choosing... (Bear with me, had to go the cheapo route, only 600 bucks to work with)
Drives: A 48x24x48 Burner and a 8xDVD drive, both from my old comp. Not gonna be any problems there.
HDD: Some POS 40gb 5400RPM value drive from my old comp. No idea what interface it is, so I will have to just see if it fits..lol
Sound Card: Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS..I know there wont be any problems there.
O/S: Windows XP Pro ...Now there might be a problem there, since my original copy of XP has since vanished. The only copy I have left is burnt. Don't know if it will work, but I sure hope so.. or else I will be using 98SE...
Any help is appreciated. I know most of it is pretty much low-mid of the line for gaming, but when you have only 600 to work with, 50 of which needs to go to buying Battlefield 2.. a man must be frugal lol.
Thanks in advance.
"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Sidious on 08/30/05 00:42 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
You can use a prog from magic jellybean to find out what cd key xp is using, on your current rig. Then you just use the cd to do a repair install.
It's a great prog for people who loose things like cd keys, or like me, can never remember which key is for which computer.
I lost my original Windows XP Pro CD, not the key. I made 2 burnt copies of it, and I have one of those burnt copies left. I just dont know if I will be able to start fresh with the burnt CD. I was thinking about going with Patriot RAM for about the same price, also with heatinks, though it has a CAS latency of 3 instead of 2, and I figure the GeIL is probably a better deal.
"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."
Now theres just 2 more variables... Will the stock PSU in that aspire case be compatible with the mobo?
Also, I'm not sure what to do once it is all put together. I know I turn it on (duh)...but then what?... Or is it pretty self explanitory?... Will I have to turn it on, put in the cd, and turn it off again?... I assume I will just turn it on and PRESTO it will be pretty much laid out. I wont be doing any overclocking, not until I get a few more fans.
EDIT: Noticed the mobo I previously picked out was 800mhz FSB, picked out one from biostar that is 1000mhx FSB. Will THAT one be compatible with the PSU?
"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's superman... Give a man two guns and he thinks he's a god."<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Sidious on 08/30/05 00:41 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
Ok, thanks to all your help, I have finnaly finalized all my components. I was able to get a little more money, so I will be able to get a nice new HDD instead of using ye old 5400rpm crapper. I just hope the stock power suppply doesnt kick the bucket.