Should I build a PC, and how?
October 18, 2005 7:08 PM Subscribe
PC building 101
posted by ROU_Xenophobe to Computers & Internet (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So it's time for my bride to have a new PC in time for Civ4, and I (we?) thought it might be fun to build a machine to order. I have not built a whole machine before, but have done the usual adding memory, drives, cards, etc. I freely admit that I am mostly just nervous and want some hand-holding. I am eyeing these parts:
Chip: Athlon64 3700
HD: SATA 160--250GB (favored brands? ones to avoid?)
Video: Nvidia 6600GT or 6800 (is the 6800 $30 better?)
DVDR: NEC 3540
And then the Likely Scenario:
Case: Antec Sonata2 w/450w psu
Mobo: Biostar NF4UL
Other possibilities are the SFF Aspire X-Qpack case/psu, or the Antec Aria case/psu, with a FoxConn microATX board and a video card that'll live with a 300w psu.
So... is that reasonable? Should I favor an SFF box?
More to the point, am I getting myself into a real hassle here? I expect this to be about an evening of pain in the ass, with a couple of trips to the net to figure problems out and get ancillary things (onboard 1394, etc) working. Is that laughably low for a newbie?
What do you wish someone had told you before you built your first machine?