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I have made a list of parts that should create a computer once assembled. I have never done such a thing before, so I may have made mistakes, or something.
I'm just looking for ideas or suggestions before I attempt to purchase parts. The list follows:
(Prices are Canadian)
Antec SX600II Mid-Tower Case w/Front USB & Firewire (No P.S.) $73
Enermax EG425P-VE 420watt ATX Power Supply Noisetaker w/2 Cooling Fans $97
MD ATHLON 64 3400+ ~2.20GHz 512KB L2 Cache socket 754 Retail Box w/Fan $290
MSI K8N-NEO-FSR nVIDIA® nForce3 250Gb Socket 754 W/Audio/Gb LAN/IEEE 1394/RAID/SATA 5 PCI 8x $130
512mb PC-3200 400MHz DDR Samsung/Infineon Life-Time Warranty $95 X 2 $190
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 128mb DDR DVI 8xAGP w/TV Out OEM $194
Maxtor 80GB 7200rpm Diamond Max Plus 9 7200rpm ATA133 6Y080L0 $79
The rest is just trivial junk such as the monitor, etc.
One thing I am not really sure about is what power I need for a PSU. Someone I asked said that 400W would be recommended.
I think I covered compatibilty between the part, but I could be wrong.
I don't know if I would need both sticks of RAM, or if a single one will do. Well, I'm going to only buy one at first anyway due to some money restrictions.
Okay, I'm done.
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My only real issue is money. I already jumped several hundred dollars past my target range when I went from a P4 to the AMD Athlon 64.
I'm not really a computer person, so I don't have a real instinct for choosing parts that can be upgraded in the future. I am thinking of this as more as more of a one time deal and in the future I will just have more money if I need a new computer.
As far as the video card goes, I don't plan on doing heavy gaming on it. I want it more for a developing aspect. Any games I do play, I won't mind if I have to have the graphics turned down. If anything, it will be a lot better than playing Enemy Territory on the computer I had use of. (motherboard with intel 64Mb onboard graphics, 128Mb RAM, and a 1.8 Celeron processor.)
Also I am limited to what the store has in stock, and socket 754 athlons are all they have in the Atholon 64 section. My dad is limiting me in that aspect anyway. (Considering I am getting this money for 'free' from the government, I should be glad with whatever I can get).
I went to a Maxtor harddrive only because all the Western Digital ones were ATA100 and the Maxtor ones are ATA133. I don't really have any idea what this all means except that I heard that one is more faster than the other by some amount. Personally I would want to go with a WD Hard-drive anyway. I could get a 160 GB WD ATA100 for $30 more than the Maxtor one I have listed. I just don't know what the real differences are, or motherboard compatibilty is.
Sorry if something doesn't make sense, I have been drinking tonight so that may have an effect on what I have said.
And thanks for any replies/comments.
ATA 133 and ATA 100, while supporting peak transfer rates of 133 MB/s and 100 MB/s respectively, don't have much of an impact on drive performance because of mechanical drive limitations that inhibit transfer rate. Real-world transfer rates will pretty much always be lower than 100 MB/s, even on ATA 133. An ATA 100 drive will be perfectly compatible with an ATA 133 controller.