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First PC Build, need a little advice

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Hi so im working on my first build and i have decent knowledge of insides of a computer. what i do lack is knowledge on the best products to buy. So before i go into what to buy i figure ill give you the outlines of what i need my new system to do. I want it to be able to handle most of the games out there today (especially Battlefield 2) and i want it to be able to handle a good amount of processes without long loading times (i do alot of photo/video editing so this is essential).

So starting from step one i figure im going to get my mo/bo and processor first. As far as processors go i want a gaming pc (ill be running windows xp pro) so i wanted to get an AMD and i was wondering if the prices for the single core chips have gone down yet? If so can someone give me a link for a good place to buy them. And im completley in the dark on motherboards. i dont know any brands or and details for them. so if someone could point me in the right direction id appreciate it.

One last question: How do i ensure all my parts are compatible?
Any and all suggestions/comments/criticism is welcome. thanks!
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I buy from ebuyer.com, but I was told Scan.co.uk is better (for UK). If you are making a new build I'd definately look at getting a dual core CPU, it will handle a lot more now, and prove itself in the future. If you are going to be running XP Pro get the 64bit if your going to keep it, or maybe pay less and get the 32bit, waiting for vista.

If you are looking to getting a good graphics card, and you have quite a lot to spend on it, those nvidia dual gpus are good. You could also wait until 2006 Q4 for a DX10 card, which will perform best on vista, and better in games. Although they will be expensive to start off with.

Id look at getting a 64bit AMD X2 - they are so good for the money. You should get the socket AM2 - from what I was told. The socket 939 would be fine for a long time though. The way you know the things are compatible it cause it will say in the title.

For example;
Motherboard: ASUS A8N32 SLi Deluxe NF4 SLI, S939, PCI-E (x16), DDR 400, SATA II, SATA/IDE RAID, ATX.

This motherboard is "ASUS A8N32". It is capable of SLi (SLi Deluxe NF4). Its socket 939 (S939). The board takes PCI-E x16 cards. It takes DDR 400 memory, and SATA II and SATA HDDs, as well as IDE.

Its pretty straight forward, just match things up, they make it easy on these sites now. If you need any more help post back here, and I will get back to you, or maybe even someone else.

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Thanks for the response! Ive always enjoyed helpful people here. Anyways on to the questions.
This is my final setup, please review it for problems! thanks

Case- $58 Sunbeam IC-SS-SVBK Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Processor- $300 AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2000MHz HT 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor

Video Card- $140 eVGA 256-P2-N554-AX Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

Memory- $150 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

Operating System- Free Windows XP

Hard Drives- $200 Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JB 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive

Burner- $31 NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner

Motherboard- $175 ABIT AN9 32X Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP/SPP 190 ATX AMD Motherboard

Power Supply- $200 OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240V

Edited by cbm487, 19 July 2006 - 11:20 PM.

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