I've made the most important decisions (I think) but I still have a bunch more about some of the less important components, plus I'd like people to check over my build and make sure everything's hunky-dorey (that means good for those who don't speak Geek). This is going to be a gaming and general use system, but it doesn't have to be able to handle any other graphical programs or be great for watching movies. Also, I am in Denmark, so I have limited buying options. Products listed are ones I can find, and price comparrisons are as they stand for me.
Here's what I have so far:
AMD X2 3800+
I could go for the 4200+ if people think it'll make a significant difference, but it's also a chunk more cash.
MSI K9N SLI Platinum OR
MSI K9N Platinum OR
MSI K9N Ultra-2F
These Motherboards are in descending order of price. The difference isn't so great, so if there's good reason to go for the most expensive that's fine, I just don't want to pay extra for something that's not going to make any difference.
Kingston HyperX - Memory- 2 GB ( 2 x 1 GB ) - DDR II - 800 MHz / PC2-6400 - CL4 - 2 V
OCZ Enhanced Latency Dual Channel Platinum XTC Edition - Memory - 2 GB ( 2 x 1 GB ) - DDR II - 800 MHz / PC2-6400 - CL4
Again, the OCZ is a little cheaper, but if people think the Kingston significantly better I'll go for it.
Graphic cards are an important choice, and I've struggled to understand and compare things a little. When looking for products and prices I have to admit I've sometimes come across two different products with a drastic difference in price, yet I can't really see what the difference is between them. Two ATI X1900s with the same amount of built-in RAM yet one costs twice as much as the other, for example. I think maybe it comes down to some being overclocked? Anyway, after much looking around I think this is the best card I could come up with. I've included all the info I can (translating from Danish) so as to make sure I haven't screwed up.
ASUS EAX1950Pro HDTV
Base Clock Speed: 581MHz
RAMDAC Clock Speed: 400MHz
Memory Clock Speed: 1.5Ghz
256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM 256 bit
If anyone thinks there is a good reason why I should not get this card, or there is a better one for around the same price, please let me know. But as I have said before prices and availability are different for me, given that I am in Denmark.
Western Digital Caviar 160GB SE WD1600AAJS
ASUS CB-5216A - Diskdrev - kombineret CD-RW / DVD-ROM - 52x32x52x/16x - IDE - intern - 5.25" - sort
I didn't bother to do any real research on disk drives as I don't really care much about it. I just want something that will let me read everything with as little fuss as possible. I thought you could get drives that read and write both DVDs and CDs for the price of dirt now, but when I had a quick search I found very few DVD burners available. Are they generally rare and expensive? If so I don't really mind settling for a CD burner/DVD reader. This is a cheap one I found, but there are plenty of others at around the same price.
Finally (or at least until I think of something else) there's the case and power supply. This is another area where I just want something to get the job done as cheaply as possible, but without causing problems. I found an online Wattage calculater and it gave me something like 380W, but it was complex and I don't trust myself to have used it right. Can anyone give me a good estimate for the minimun Wattage I should be aiming for, with some room for future upgrading? I'd rather get a case and PSU combo, but if it's significantly cheaper to buy them separate I will.
This is turning into a mammoth post so I'll stop there. Thanks alot for anyone with the patience to read all this and help out.
Edited by Junkman, 01 March 2007 - 04:39 PM.