Gettting parts for the first pc im building later on this week.
Buying them though a techie mate who has this trade account with some firm so he can get parts cheaper.
I have asked for an althlon xp 1500 as this came out best in the value for money article on toms hardware.
Dont have a choice as to motherboard, deal on where buy 2 motherboards for £98 (both building pc's, though he can only afford a Duron 1200). Socket A, takes pc133 (i hope as ddr ram is expensive). Has onboard graphics (till i have enough for a ATI Radeon 8500 LE) and onboard sound. Case with 300watt psu. Allready have drives,etc.
Just read and downloaded the video of how hot AMD cpu's get. Also I am not confident about applying thermal compound.
I play a lot of games (Return to castle wolfenstein :-) which i noticed in the lab video takes it's toll on cpu's.
What heatsink should I get? How powerfull? How many and what size fans (Will two 80mm atx do)? Don't care about noise at all.
don't buy the 1500+, I work at a computer distributor, so I know the most updated price. 1700+ is a better buy. Here are some price for different CPU. 1600+ C$196, 1700+ C$212, 1800+ C$263. That report is outdated, I mean on the price.
I would say no to that. DDR is 184 pin, as it says, and SDRAM is 168 pin. Different slots. Now an ECS K7S5A mobo will, run an XP 1600+ nicely and has DDR & SDR slots. So you hang on to the old RAM until you can get some DDR RAM.