Hi…ok I’ll admit that I’m overky confused at this point. I have not the experience of building my own puter,though I would love the challege of it all, it’s getting conponments that will work together.
So many opinions on different Motherboards. Works for some, and not for others. Some like to overclock, I don’t. I am trying to find a Board with what I want.
I am not a gamer,so does that mean I do not want SLi? if I do graphics like hungry memory programs do I load up the DDR2 memory slots and get a ATI crossfire? What about the chipset…Intel P-35,or Nvidia nForce 650i (SLi) ? See what I mean?
I may want onboard Audio for now,but def finely a PCi-e card like a Geforce 8500GT 512 DDR 2 or Diamond HD 2600 - pro or XT…There’s that HD again…do I need it? I am not intending to plug my PC into a HDTV anytime soon. I certainly don’t need WiFi either. These new boards come with this whether I want it or not?
Am I paying for these things I will (probably) never use?
A few years ago I bought a barebones from an online retailer,but after two years,the ECS Eliteboard Mobo crashed. I was going to reuse my old ATX case,but I’m going from a 300w PSU to a 500w or 550w because I will be getting a E6600 or E6850 or stay ahead of the curve and just get the Q6600. I just want to eventually do video camcorder tapes to DVD,play my music and do Photoshop, Illustrator,etc., without it hanging up.
I’d stay with WinXP,but the downside is I heard it only recognizes the memory up to 3.5GB’s. Vista is 8GB.
So whatever the Power supply,can I ever have too much power? I’d hate to fry another board.
The PSU will no doubt be heavier and I will somehow have to apply another support brace to hold it up…or do I? Maybe just buy a new case…but which one?
Asus,Gigabyte,EVGA??? personal preference indeed vary alot.
I’m just afraid that I don’t know how to put this all together correctly…Mobo/CPU Combos…Is it hard to connect? Static warnings? Do I trash my old CDRW and DVDRW to get SATA connection drives? Hooking up all the peripherals correctly.
I know what your 'e thinking…this poor sap should go to best buy and just buy an HP and call it a day.
Thanks a lot for taking your time to read this.