Thank you very much for all your replys what sort of Motherboard would i start with and sort of memory would i need for gaming is it like 1MB OR 2MB or more and is Compatible with these motherboards and pentium 4 or equivalent which of theses is better. I was looking at computer shops online that sell these sort of parts and a few motherboards here are around £100.00 or just over would someone help me build this rig with step by step help as i would appreciate all the help i can get Thanks again you guys.Please let me know if these motherboards are the right sort to start with or can you recommend one Thank you
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From 5 storesASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (610839139712) Motherboard
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First off what is your budget??
I wouldnt buy an Intel pentium 4 or an amd cpu right now, I would get the new INTEL Conroe Core 2 Duo its alot better than the Intel Pentium 4's were and it is totally redesigned not using the pentium 4 core aswell. The conroe core 2 duo is alot faster than PENTIUM 4 and the Conroe E6600 is $315.00 us dollars and it outperforms the AMD FX-62 which is amd's top end processor right now. The AMD fx-62 has went down but its still too pricy for the performance they run $695.00 now.
As you can see the Intel Conroe e6600 is less than half or about half the price and you get greater performance and the conroe e6600 beats the fx-62 in almost every benchmark including gaming.
The intel conroe e6700 is $500 us dollars and is even faster but I would rather get the e6700 because it is a great deal and you still get the 4mb cache like the e6700 has.. Yes they are dual core aswell.. You could even overclock the e6600 if you wanted to the e6700 speeds or even the conroe x6800 speeds.
Now the intel X6800 conroe is expensive running $949.50 us dollars on newegg right now. You dont need that processor as the e6600 or e6700 would be more than enough.
You should get 2gb of ram aswell and no lower.. 1gb of ram isnt quite sufficient on all of the current 3d games at full eye candy settings. ** FOR Example** I know bf2 uses alittle over 1gb of ram if you run that game on full graphic settings. Bf2 will run on full graphic settings with 1.5 gb of ram for example but 1gb of ram is just shy under the mark.
For a harddrive all you really need is one sata2 200gb -300gb harddrive with 7200rpm.
For a video card I wouldnt go all out on it because directx10 is coming out shortly and you can only use directx10 on the video cards that havnt even came out yet. None of the current video cards will support directx10 so there is no need to waste $400 on a video card. In order to use directx10 you will also need the new Microsoft Vista operating system when it is released. Directx10 will be 8 to 10 times faster they say..
This means even a MID end directx10 video card will out perform a current directx9 High end video card.
You decide what you want to do on the video card issue but personally I wouldnt spend over $250 on a video card so you can upgrade to microsoft vista and a newer directx10 video card alittle bit down the road.
If directx10 wasnt Coming out my opinion would be different and I would definately say to go for a $400 video card.
For a motherboard look at one that has good reviews on it because on alot of the INTEL CONROE SUPPORTED motherboards some are having issues from being first gen conroe boards. Gigabyte has quite a few motherboards and on 2 of there boards they generally have the best reviews for the Conroe supported boards. Some are good boards and others are not. Thats why im not listing alot of brands for the conroe because some are good while others arent so good even on the same brand. Abit has 1or 2 good boards on newegg just look at reviews!
On a powersupply go for a good brand name like ANTEC,OCZ,Enermax,Thermaltake,corsair etc... all of those are TRUEPOWER power supplies meaning they give what they say or darn close to it. Dont get a cheapo powersupply as you will run into trouble and you will not be getting the true WATTS. Look for something in the 500-600W range which will be enough.
On memory its going to be DDR2 because all conroe boards (core 2 duo) have DDR2 slots. Look at Corsair,OCZ,mushkin,Crucial..
The rest is up to you.