I am needing to build a new PC since my Dell Dimension 8400 decided to die on me after only 18 months. It wasn't a sudden death, it had been on its deathbed since day one. Anyway, I'm tired of dealing with companies so I figured that I could build a better, more reliable PC for less money. I sent my Dell back and now am looking around for system parts, and that's where I'm having trouble. I want to build an awesome system, BETTER THAN MY DELL, and COSTING CONSIDERABLY LESS than the 2220.85 that I paid for the Dell. I haven't even been able to decide on a case yet. I prefer black, nothing fancy, but good quality. No doors on front! I'm pretty competent about building the PC, just very indecisive about parts. I don't know what to trust or what would be the best combination and most current, "best" right now. Like I said, I want to build a BETTER and LESS EXPENSIVE if possible....Any one that can suggest part brands, specific type, model numbers, anything would be great, as I said, haven't even picked out case yet. My Dell 8400 was an ATX Mid Tower, Correct???????? I'm looking for something about the same size.
I mainly will use my new PC for college work, internet surfing, and DEFINATELY MOVIES!!!! Thanks in advance.
This is what I had in the Dell...
Dell Dimension 8400,P4 Processor 560(3.6GHz)w/HT & 1MB cache
1 GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533 MHZ
19 in Flat Panel Display
256 MB Nvidia GeForce 6800 GTO Graphics Card
160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
Win XP Home
Intel Pro 1000 Integrated Nic card
DVD DL (Still have)
Want DVD w/LightScribe
SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS PCI w/Dolby Dig EX, 7.1 ch.THX cert
5.1 surround sound
(plus all other common items)
Are you wanting to build it yourslef or you do want a good reputable company to put it together for you but you can customized and pick the parts/hardware that you want on it with a good price tag?
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Well an amd am2 system would be fine for you if you are just wanting to watch dvd movies and still be able to play games every now and then well. The am2 cpu's are generally better than the pentium 4 chips all together but soon the intel conroe is coming out and it will be the better chip. The Intel conroe even beats amd's fx-62 chip and the amd fx-62 is a chip priced at over $1,000.. Pretty much the intel Conroe will dominate all of amd's chips at the time of the intel conroe's release.. Look it up on google if you want to read more about it. It should be out anytime. I would try and get the Intel conroe processor in your pc but if you dont want to wait the amd am2 processors are better than any pentium 4 chip. Soon intel is getting rid of the intel pentium 4 chip all together.. Intel hasnt been known for being the better gaming processor but its all changing when the Intel conroe is available for desktops.. They have alot better performance in games and pretty much everything else than any amd chip currently on the market.
SO, if you buy right now go for the am2 by amd if you wait a month or two go for the Intel Conroe processor..
For a motherboard I would stay away from ASUS, because awhile back they tried to rush out some of their motherboards and alot of people had problems with dead motherboards and since then I really dont like them even alittle bit now..
For a good motherboard brand look at the MSI,Gigabyte,DFI or Abit. Any of those are solid dependable motherboards. They have different lines to select from like cheaper to more expensive. I would try and get a motherboard over $100 and you will be fine. I dont much like cheap motherboards but that is up to you.
Some people think that $200 is too much for a mobo and yeah I can see that but If you stay around $100-$150 you will have a great mobo with alot of technology and support..
For memory you should have a minimum of 1 gig of ram. I would suggest 2gb of ram if you are really into computers and like video editing or video making. If you want to play high end games I also suggest 2gb of ram for memory.. On memory I suggest Corsair they are the #1 leader in memory and they are better than pretty much all other memory..
For a powersupply you need to get a reliable brand from Thermaltake,antec,OCZ,Forton force,Ultra or something similar. Dont get a cheap case with an included cheap powersupply. If you get a cheap powersupply you can run into problems because cheap powersupplies dont have enough juice or voltage on your 12volt rails.. On the bargan or cheap powersupplies even if it says 500watts for example it does not necessarily mean it has 500watts. Usually the cheap powersupplies like if it said 500watts it would be more on the lines of 300watts.. You gotta watch out for those. The cheap psu's are not worth the cheap price and I totally suggest staying away from them.. Get a good brand with TRUE power.
For a video card just pick out something around what you had before on the dell or maybe alittle bit better than the 6800gto. You arent a hardcore gamer but I will go ahead and tell you that by the end of the year to the first of the new year their will be a new directx architecture called directx 10. Directx 10 will only work on directx 10 video cards and you have to have the new operating system to use it. Directx 10 will not work on any of the current video cards at all.. If you want to play a newer dx10 game coming out next year your dx9 video card will play it yes but, it will be forced to run in dx9 mode and you wont get all of the eye candy and performance. In otherwords the graphics wont be half as nice and you will be missing out alittle because dx10 is suppost to be like 8x faster than dx9 is..
For a harddrive get a 3gb/sec harddrive with 16mb cache. serial ata 3.0gb/s is what its called. I like western digital drives the best but you pick what you want..
For a case there is many to choose from, just dont get a cheapo case. Try to get a case with a couple of case fans to help cool your pc. If it doesnt come with some fans then buy some case fans..
For the cpu fan, the included stock fan is fine for you.
the other stuff like dvd/cd drives its not hard to pick those out at all..