ok, here's what i finally ended up with (for those who remember my earlier thread... )
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
EPoX EP-9NPA+Ultra Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400
SAPPHIRE 100122 Radeon X700 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card
hopefully, if i have time this weekend i might start to build. =)
well, i am somewhat familiar with computer building, but this is my first solo job... (actually, Kevin helped me build my first comp, but he moved to the other side of the country... so now i am on my own! thanks, a lot, man! also, if i sound like any idiot... he taugh me what i know... it's his fault!
... well, tbh, i sat in bewilderment as he threw my first rig together... impressive. ) well, that was just to give you a little background about me, so you know where i am coming from.
what do i need to get started? newer bios version? drivers? thermal paste? amd had some cheesy vid on newegg saying paste is for people who rebuild often... of which i am NOT. is a thermal pad ok?
any other little tips or tricks of the trade?
also, i can send you info about my peripherals (psu, cd drive, hd, etc.), but i don't know if you need that to advise... just let me know, and i post some links.
one issue, the reviews from newegg for my mobo seem to mention some issue about the using a 20-pin power connector. some say it's ok to use a 20 pin, others say no. the final concensus seemed to be a 20-pin is fine. that's what i have. what are your thoughts?
ps - i've seen Knuckler's recent thread
, so if you said something there and DON'T want to repeat it just point me there.
EDIT: i fixed the first hyperlink