April 15th, 2006, 10:26 PM
Join Date: Aug 2004
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new egg is your friend but keep your eyes out for things like mir's both on newegg, comusa, etc.
you can get 250gb hdd's for <100 bux if you wait for the right deals.
If the motherboard you select has the capability, go for SATAII. I bought my 250gb WD SATAII hdd for like 130 bux.
for gaming amd all the way. i'd opt for a 3800+, single core if you have to, dual if you can afford it, and bump it up to 4200+ if you save enough elsewhere to afford to do it.
gfx, i'd go for an nvidia 7600. for the lower end model, which his honestly more than enough to play 95%+ of games on high settings. 7800 if you can afford it, and 7900 to go all out. Don't forget to look at how much memory the cards have and if they are the LE, GS, GT, GTS designations. Just like cars the GT and GTS are the best ones.
memory. What I would do would be to go for a gig(2 sticks of 512mb each). You can always upgrade to 2 gb later and 1gb is more than enough. good brands...for general use and reliability, crucial's standard line is fine. Kingston(or is that kensington, w/e), OCZ, GEIL, and others make very good memory ranging from value quality(which won't do well with overclocking), to extreme stuff that can oc like a mofo. Just choose accordingly and make sure that its on the motherboard makers list of certified memory. Sometimes certian mobo's won't like certian memory.
and the all important motherboard...read reviews, do your research. In general MSI and asus are the best bets for a nice motherboard. If you can go for an SLI motherboard, on down the road you can add in another matching model of video card. For overclockers and gamers DFI rocks. I love mine. In ways they "can" be a bit harder to get going, but thats just a matter of things like settings and plugging stuff into the board, and its really just a product of the fact that they have features coming out their ass.
Cases. Ultra is making a knock off of the antec/chieftech cases in a mid tower configuration that is really quite nice and cheap. I think radio shack has/had it on sale for like 50 bux. Antec, thermaltake, cheiftech, coolermaster, etc. all make good/high quality, affordable cases. To go all out, lian-li, though of minimalist(sp?) design are really really nice and well built, but expensive.
power supply, if you buy a brand name case and it has a psu, go ahead and use it. If not, antec makes a good psu, ultra is considered iffy, but i've never had any issues personally and I own two, including one that has been powering a server for the past 3 months without a break.
the rest is up to you. Cd drives and the like are your choice. Lite-on makes good, cheap drives. MSI used to make good ones, but i think they quit making them. Samsung is good.
ohh coolers. Buy good cpu and gpu coolers. For ease of instalation I recommend zalman. Hell they look good too, you can even have your gpu and cpu coolers look basically identical. Thermaltake and arctic cooling also make good coolers.
Also invest w/e it is like 5 bux in a tube of arctic silver ceramique thermal compound. Great stuff, it can easily lower temps 5*C over using stock pads or generic goop.
drop me a line on aim if you need any help.