It's pretty impressive all the information I have learned in the last few days, I've been reading benchmarks and comparing left right and center. So with all the information that I have been presented with, and the current list of prices of parts from the guy I'll be buying from, I have a greater understanding of what my system will be.. Here is my update, its riddled with questions. If you are able to make it through the long post and reply, I thank you in advance. Your combined knowlage and expertise has assited me greatly so far, I am looking forward to upcoming replys.....
I have come to a solid decision on my processor. I'm gonna go with the AMD Barton XP 3000+ Mainly beacuse I can get the 3000 for the same price as a P4 2.4 800mhz fsb and hyper threading. I did alot of comparrison on the two chips, and they are both high performers, I believe the Barton has more potential for overclocking, plus its the exact same price as the over priced Intel chip. So its only logical, to choose the barton.
Running the AMD Barton 3000 Xp chip, I've run into some problems in choosing a motherboard. My parts supplier has informed me to go with the ASUS boards, cause he can get them well priced and they are also quite good. However, I am unsure with what ASUS motherboard to use with my Processor. A contributing factor in choosing the board is, "on board sound" I have heard many good things about it, is it better then a Sound card? is it worth the extra money to pay for the sound card?
The barton runs @ 400 MHZ FSB, from what I have learned in my orginal "Help me build my computer thread" I learned that I should run PC3200 Ram. Is this a wise decision? As for amount of ram, I'm choosing 512 Megs, (dual channel 2x 256 sticks) I know for now that's all I will need, I won't be doing hardcore video editing or anything like that, just playing around. So I dont see the need to put a gig of ram. Plus the cost of good ram is high.
[Video Card & Sound Card]
For video card, I'm undecided. With my video card I want to be able to play Half Life 2, and Cs Condtion zero and maybe a few other games with out severe quality loss, just general good picture. In the beginning I was aiming towards a nVidia card, but from looking at benchmarks the aTi cards seem to peform well. I know I will need TV Out. Cause I will no doubt want to run video to my TV. So maybe some more opinions on video cards would be greatly apperciated.
Sound card, again. Do I use the onboard sound that comes with the motherboard (if so equiped), or do I use a sound card?
Hard drive will be, a western digital 120 GIG 7200 ATA drive w/ 8 meg buffer. I can get a killer price on it, 117 Canadian shipped. I can't aruge with that. They have been reviewed quite highly, and they are very strong performers.
[On to the drives]
I have opted to go with 2 drives, a DVD rom drive and CD Writer drive. I'm not quite sure on my reasoning but that is what I've decided on. I was considering the DVD Writer, but they are just still too expensive. I will remain in the shawdows on those drives till they drop in price.
- [ DVD Rom ] -
I want my DVD Rom to have a fast DVD Read speed, with a fast CD Rom speed. This drive may be used for audio extraction. I want a reliable good brand drive. The DVD rom will also be used for possible backing up of games I will purchase. Mainly games with newer copy protections. I tend to ruin my CDs I purchase, so having the ability to back up my games is a priority.
Here is what I found:
DVD-ROM DRIVE 16X/48X
It's a toshiba, so it's a good brand name, with good support and updates for drivers etc. It has a 16X DVD Read speed, and a 48X CD rom read speed. For backing up purposes, I know Elaborate Bytes has always recommended using toshiba drives for image creation, while using Clone CD. Can I expect better reads with toshiba drives on all applications for cd writing, or is it just Clone CD + Toshiba = good reads. Is this a good drive?
- [ CD Writer ] -
I want a CD Writer that is new high tech, high speed write and read. A good brand name, and good support. I wish it to be a well known drive, bells and whistles are a bonus.
Here is what I have found:
Its generally known the plextor drives are great, there is alot of controversy between the plextor people and the liteon people about who makes the better drive. To be honest I'm not quite sure who to believe. Do you think this is a good drive to meet my goals, do you have any suggestions for a different writer? A liteon example would be great, cause I know plextor and liteon both make great drives.
General question: Assuming I get those drives which one would you use for Audio Extraction?
Well folks, if your reading this last stuff, that means you've made it through my entire post. And for this I thank you, I hope I don't have too many spelling mistakes and I hope my grammar is acceptable. If you have anyquestions for me please just reply. If you would like to help me on my new computer, you can reach me email@example.com. Again all comments and suggestions are welcome.