I have been selecting HP, Dell or MicroCenter components and having them build a PC for me for the past 15 years. I want to build from the ground up with my teenage sons. Budget is less than $1200 preferably. Roughly speaking I’m trying to put together a system that will run, say Halo 2, at full throttle and/or crunch the h**l out of audio/video conversions. Here’s how far I’ve gotten with Newegg:
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
MSI N9600GT 512M OC GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card ($99)
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Here’s the questions:
I think I have the CPU and motherboard matched pretty well but I don’t get the matching up of the FSB numbers. Am I going to get any significant performance increase going to DDR2 1200 memory? How about 2gb vs. 4gb in an 32-bit XP machine?
I was also looking at something like the Intel Q6600 Quad core with compatible motherboard for the same price. The FSB is way slower as is the processor clock. Won’t the E8500/P5Q combo run way faster unless all 4 cores are running on the Q6600?
I know that the nVidia card is all wrong. I’ve only ever dealt with them so I have no idea how to get to something similar on the ATI side so I need some help there. I would like to be able to add a second card later when the games exceed the cards (1 or 2 years) so I know I need the Crossfire technology. Help?
I know that the power supply is probably over kill but Newegg has a great discount now and it will support the second graphics card option.
Thoughts, assistance and outright insults welcome. I have a EE degree so I’m really dangerous but I’ve never done a ground up build before.:o