Tired of fighting the 13 year old for computer time, so thinking of building a new box for me, and giving him this one.
This box will be for surfing mostly. I do have photoshop, and a first grandchild, so in the not too distant future, I'm certain I'll want to do some video editing. So being able to upgrade is extremely important.
Looking to build cheap, yet quality cheap if that makes any sense.
Here's what I've got in mind.
MB = MSI K8N Neo4-F. I believe this board has the firewire I'd need for the video editing. Also pci-e. $86. I know the mb is where all upgrades will come from, and I know I'm kinda going cheap here, but this board seems to have all the upgrade options I might require. Anyone have any better ideas?
CPU = AMD Athlon 64 3000 retail, 939 socket. $146. I know the sweet spot is the 3500. I'll upgrade later if need be, when hopefully they'll be cheaper.
Harddrive is the Samsung spinpoint 0812c, 80 gig SATA. $60. Never had a sata before, is this ok?
Lite-on SOHW-1693S dvd burner. $47.
Some value memory, most likely corsair, 2X512, PC3200, around $80. Guess I could save a few bucks here, and only get 2X256. When I upgrade later, this old memory can go to the boys' computer.
Case = Rosewill TU-155, with 400 w power, and 3 fans. $52.99. Serious question here is the power supply, is this good enough for my needs, considering I'll probably never have a bunch of drives or high powered vid card? Does it have sata connectors? 20 or 24 pin connector? Which does that motherboard require anyway? I couldn't care less what it looks like, I just want a sturdy and cool box with a decent power supply. I'm certain you guys can help me a bunch with this choice. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811147001
Another problem I'm having is the vid card. I'm getting by at the moment with a crappy old 32mb tnt, and it's been fine for surfing. I'll never play games on this machine, but will I need a good card for the video editing? I've very tentatively picked this card: SAPPHIRE 1024-2C50-04-SA Radeon X300SE 128MB 64-bit DDR PCI Express x16, for $49.50 I've heard some mention that some of the new motherboards have better onboard graphics than some of the cards. Maybe I should save a few bucks here, get the onboard video, even if the board costs a few bucks more than the one I've picked out? If so, can someone advise me on a mb with pci-e, firewire, and onboard graphics?
A $10 floppy, and at newegg prices, I'm up to $531.46, sans monitor, keyboard, mouse, and modem, all of which I have spares that will make do to later. If I just get the 512 of memory rather than the gig, I'm at $500.
Cheap, but looking to get all I can. What do you guys think?