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Wannabe Geek


Topic # 11867 15-Feb-2007 16:50
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 Hi all.
 First post here. Tho I have been reading the board for advice for a few weeks now.

 So. Heres my situation. Its high  time for a new desktop. The one I have is about at the limit of improvement and I have been reccomended to buy a new one.
 
I'd quite like to build my own. Especially after having done a bit of research into what I want to do with it, it seems that buying the components via Pricespy and assembling it myself would get me a lot more computer per dollar spent.

 But! Not having ever built a box before, I need some advice from those what knows.

 Actually building the thing doesn't seem too hard, but as I'm sure you know, the daunting thing for the 1st timer is the sheer variety of 'stuff' availiable. Choosing what I want is hard enough, but I dont want to go and spend a wedge on components that don't work together or arn't even compatible.

 I want to use it for the usual sort of household things, internet access and wotnot, but also to have the capability to do some limited video editing, of the digicam/basic editing and burning to disc variety, and to be able to play some games. Ive been playing Everquest, and my present computer handles it fine, but Im thinking of moving on the the new Lord of the Rings game when it comes out. I think my present system will struggle with it a bit. Ive got 1gig of RAM, and a decentish (2 years ago vid. card) But I think that its old enough now that improving it any further is p1$$1ng in the wind a bit.


 Heres what Ive come up with so far.

    Raidmax Ninja ATX Mid Tower Case, 520W PSU, Cos its pretty! and its got 520 PSU

    Motherboard ????

    Memory ????
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 CPU, 2.13GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Socket 775, 32/64-Bit, ATX,

Seagate Barracuda ST3320620A Hard Disk Drive, 320GB, 7200rpm, 16384KB Cache, ATA-6    

Asus 7950GT Video Card, GeForce 7950 GT, 512MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, TV out, DVI, HDTV    

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound card, 7.1, PCI,


Obvously I havnt got a Mobo. or memory in there. Im thinking that I want to be able to put in 2gig of memory onto a motherboard that will be of a reasonable price, but I will be able to be satisfied with for the next 3 or 4 years or so.

So, what I want to know is....

Are these bits and pieces gonna work together/be compatible?
What mobo should I be looking at to make it all work well, and be capable of accepting upgrades if and when I want to?
4x512mb memory, or 2x1gb memory?
Any other info. advice welcome.

I've got some money to spend, but its not unlimited. I'll be taking a few bits from old system, LCD screen keyboard dvd writer etc, to help keep costs acceptable. I would rather pay a 'bit' extra if it meant BIG difference, otherwise happy to use value for money as a yardstick.

 I realise that I need more things to complete the system, but these are the things that are giving me the greatest option paralysis at the moment..

 Thanx in advance for any input.....

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Master Geek


  Reply # 61605 22-Feb-2007 15:54
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What are you going to use it for and what OS you have in mind?




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