Subject: Re: taking the plunge building my own
Date: 4/6/2001 11:31:01 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: taking the plunge building my own posted by
Personally, if I was doing a from-scratch build right now, I would start with the Asus A7V133 that Ben mentioned (Socket A), and that leaves me with my choice of Thunderbird processors -- a 1GHz model might be a nice place to start.
For cooling, I would use Arctic Silver thermal paste, and maybe a Thermaltake SuperOrb or something similar.
Mushkin has some of the best memory out there, but second from them Crucial is a decent name, and right now if you order from their website, they'll ship it second-day for free. Either way look for "PC-133 CAS2 unbuffered" (not ECC). 128-256MB is a good range for a typical Windows system, unless you intend to use Windows 2000 (256MB minimum, more = better) or a different OS.
From there, besides the obvious power supply/case/floppy drive, you still need a sound card, a video card, a hard drive, a modem, and a CD or DVD drive. Your choices for these will depend heavily on what kind of software you plan to run on your new system.
Then, of course, there are other toys you can add, like a TV tuner card or...