AMD Athlon 64 3200 (or I might instead get a Pentium 2.6Ghz, saw a good deal on one) not sure right now..
How fast does the 3200 run? I've heard it runs as fast as pentium 3 gigs only its actually about the speed of a 2 gig, is that true?
2 512MB Corsair memory sticks (1024 mb total)
Jetway Motherboard (supports athlon64's) (or a different one if i get the pentium 2.6)
ATI X700 Graphics card
I plan to play a lot of games on my computer
Also I want a new computer case, the one I have is very large but I would like a cool one, like an alienware or something...with eyes on the front...however Im trying to keep it budget, I can get most of the stuff I listed for like 400-500 dollars I believe, according to newegg.com, which I foun prices on for a lot of the stuff.
What do you recommend, should I keep my old hard drives? I have a CD drive, floppy drive, and total of 50 gigs memory roughly. I dont download a lot of music or movies or anything, just games and anti-spyware tools mainly.
What about a heatsink and fan, do I need those, or do they generally come with the case? For my power supply, my friend said my old one might work, but im not really sure...he said get a 500 watt one, cause if i got an 1000 watt it would be overkill and my parents would kill me for the electric bill...
But the thing is, I dont want to fry my computer, because the ATI X700 connects directly to the PSU rather than to the motherboard, so that might require additional power, not sure how much.
Also I'm still a sorta newbie when it comes to hardware, and i probably wont be able to put it together without help of friends, and others, since I just started learning about all this recently.
Which is better, Pentium or Athlon, AMD or Intel? ATI or NVIDIA? For gaming that is.
Is the Athlon really the best type of AMD, what about Sempron and Celeron and all those other crazy types? There are so many out there I just dont know which one to get, Im only considering everything listed abouve because my friend who's good with hardware recommended it and it looked good, he read good reviews on it.
Can someone help me out?