Self build PC - help and advice needed

  VNAM75 20:31 24 Feb 2005

I'm thinking of building my own PC with the specification below, with the components all from Scan apart from the CPU which is from Dabs. Are Scan the cheapest for PC components?

How do I know which PC cases will fit with AMD motherboards - all they all compatible?

When I finish fitting all the components, will it all work? Would I need to do anything with the BIOS, motherboard settings etc?

Is it possible to buy non retail versions of AMD 64 processors? I think £285 is a bit expensive.

Finally, have I missed anything! (apart from a monitor and Windows XP) Thanks.

Aluminium Case, £70
CPU, AMD 64 3800 £285
Graphics, 128MB MSI PCI-E NX6600GT Tv/DVI £120
Motherboard, Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe £112
DVD RW, £42
DVD ROM, £17
PSU, £20
Sound Card, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS 71 £65
Speakers, Creative Labs Inspire T7900 7.1 £80
Keyboard & Mouse, Microsoft £75
Memory, 512 DDR £50
Hard Drive, 200Gb Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 10 £75
Floppy, £8

  stalion 20:40 24 Feb 2005

useful site to assist you click here

  woodchip 20:43 24 Feb 2005

I buy nearly all my parts from click here

  VNAM75 20:43 24 Feb 2005

Thanks stalion, just what I needed.

  Totally-braindead 20:51 24 Feb 2005

Also have a look at click here doesn't have all the suppliers in it but its a good place to start for an idea about prices. You're better off with a retail version of a AMD CPU the reason is the heatsink and fan are good quality heavy duty ones, and it gives you a 3 year warranty providing you fit it correctly and it comes with a very good full installation guide for fitting the processor with pics. Don't buy cheap generic memory, go here click here put in what motherboard you're going to use and it'll tell you what memory is compatible with that motherboard.

  VNAM75 20:52 24 Feb 2005

woodchip, I dont find ebuyer to be as competitive on price as Scan. eg. How come they charge £413 for AMD 3800 compared to £281 at Scan???

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