Note: the only experience I’ve had so far is installing a 64 gb ram upgrade in a very old compaq and a wifi-card in a newer (term used loosely) gateway. never built a new computer.
I’m trying to build a decent, compact, gamimg comp. I’ve been saving my money and am close to building it.
The case I want to use a small case like this for example. which restricts me to micro atx.
Unless I’m wrong, I can’t pick my memory untill I pick my mobo, and that can’t be picked untill I choose a CPU. When I started going to the various forums on the net I cooresponed with some users and I picked a Intel Wolfdale E8400. But once when I was in Best Buy, I was having a conversation with an employee, and when I said I was going with Intel, he was very adamant about AMD. Now I’m back to square one. I’ve read somewhere that an AMD chip at clockspeed X will get a job done faster than an Intel chip at the same speed, but it said that Intel started to use the same methods as AMD so this may no longer hold true.
Also I want to use a tv tuner, and hdmi in/out… eventually. I plan to use my TV as my monitor. It has VGA, HDMI, AV, S-Video, and (I have no plans on using this… ever) YPbPr.
Anyway, in terms of power, I just need enough to play some of the higher end games. I’m going to be doing some video conversion too, but I’m not aiming to gear it for that.
Thanks for the help. I’ve never built a computer before and I really don’t want to skrew it up.