Building my 1st pc

  BIG SHREK 12:20 22 Jan 2005

Hi Guys,

I could do with some help on choosing the correct components for my 1st build. I thought of this spec, but have read /heard the s939 m/b are a bit buggy so I'm at a los as what to do anyway here's my spec for you to check and correct if need be. My price limit is £800, I was gonna use existing cd drive n floppy drive.
Many thanks in anticipation.


Antec Sonata Piano Black Quiet Case - 380W True Power Silent PSU (CA-003-AT)
Price: £69.95 (£82.19 Including VAT at 17.5%)

Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-087-AS)
Price: £104.95 (£123.32 Including VAT at 17.5%)

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Winchester 90nm (Socket 939) - Retail (CP-097-AM)
Price: £129.95 (£152.69 Including VAT at 17.5%)

2x Crucial Ballistix PC-3200 BL6464Z402 512MB DDR (MY-015-CR)
Price: £64.95 (£76.32 Including VAT at 17.5%)

AOpen GeForce PCX6600 GT 128MB DDR3 TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-004-AO)
Price: £122.50 (£143.94 Including VAT at 17.5%)

Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-015-WD)
Price: £104.95 (£123.32 Including VAT at 17.5%)

*US Robotics 56K V.92 PCI Faxmodem (MD-002-US)

Price: £11.80 (£13.87 Including VAT at 17.5%)

TOTAL £795

  BIG SHREK 12:28 22 Jan 2005

Wrong list! same spec except h/d Seagate Barracuda 7200 80gig, x 2 ( 160 )using raid


  Noelg23 12:47 22 Jan 2005

well looks good so far...but you may need a 500w PSU rather than a 380w especially for what the CPU, graphics and memory you will be using...also I think we could do with getting one 160GB HDD rather than 2 80GB HDDs...that way you can partition the 160GB to two 80GB...I think you could actually save £200 cos unless your doing heavy heavy stuff on this PC you wont be needing a CPU and motherboard and graphics card like that...but hey each to their really just buy one 160GB HDD and you should be ok...

  BIG SHREK 13:10 22 Jan 2005

Ok see if I've got this right, 1 hard drive partioned. Can yer suggest which m/b cpu, graphics I could go with, My thoughts were if I got the above it would save me from upgrading as soon. thanks for the reply.Noelg23

  whybe 15:09 22 Jan 2005

Another thing to consider, as far as I understand and please someone correct if I'm wrong, is concerning the HDD's. You mention using SATA, if you have two drives you have the option of setting them up in a number of options: RAID 0 called data striping which read and write data in parallel ie two disks performing the same task as just one but at double the rate. RAID 1 called data mirroring which copies and maintains identical data on each disk, so if one disk fails operation transfers to the other disk. JBOD unconfigured according to RAID which provides better fault tolerance and improved data access performance. (Thanks to ASUS for the, if somewhat condensed, previous information) If you partition one SATA drive I don't think you can get these benefits just, I believe, faster data access.

  gudgulf 15:55 22 Jan 2005

For a first build I wou;d keep thing simple. Raid configurations have thereoretically got speed advantages (demonstrated in benchmark tests for example) but I doubt whether you would notice in real terms any advantage.The Raptor would be a good bet in terms of ease of set-up versus performance but for the price I would probably go for a high ,capacity SATA drive( or better for backup purposes a pair of 120 or 160GB drives ).Rest of spec looks really good.Will play the latest games well and give a excellent all round performance.With respect to the psu the Antec 380 true power will almost certainly power the pc as specified but you will have very little headroom for updating to a better graphics card later.If you do go for a bigger psu stay clear of very cheap ones offering high power as the chances are they are quoting peak output rather than the continuous output rating that Antec use.

  Noelg23 16:28 22 Jan 2005

In terms of CPU and motherboard like everyone else has said keep things simple...go for an AMD Sempron CPU or a lesser AMD Athlon 64 like the 754 sockets either the 3000+ or 3200+ and mobo go for Either ASUS or MSI (my favourite as I use them all the time) and altho SATA will be great you would be better off getting an IDE HDD with 8MB cache...this way you can work your way upwards in terms of upgrading...thats what building your first PC is all about cos for what your wanting they are expensive that when it goes wrong you will be stuck for cash (unless u have it of course) but for someone who has built numerous PCs I would recommend keeping it simple with an AMD Athlon 64, MSI mobo, 1GB RAM, 128MB AGP card either ATI X800 or 9800 range, Antec case and fan...and you shouldnt be scared of upgrading cos thats the best part of building PCs...good luck...hope I made some sense there...

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