I'm hoping to get some advice on my new pc build, my current build lasted for 3 years so I've not been paying attention to the lastest pc tech for a while!
I want the PC for gaming mainly, also a bit of light video/audo encoding nothing too strenuous so I don't want to spend too much on it. I'm not bothered about running at the highest possible resolutions in every game!
I've decided on an Athlon 64 S939 for the CPU, prob a 3000+. Motherboard is proving a bit difficult to decide on though! I'm looking at an Asus A8V deluxe. I've googled and found very positive reviews for it and it seems a good price for what you get.. unless anyone know's different? i have some questions though:
1) Does it have pin headers to connect the front firewire socket on a case to the motherboard? The Asus site is a bit vague on this.
2) I know the S939 Athlon's and this motherboard are built with dual channel RAM setups in mind, but to start with I was just going to keep my DDR333 512MB stick til I can afford a decent matched pair. Will this work ok? (apart from it not being as quick as DDR400).
3) Should I shell out for a PCI-Express motherboard instead? It seems like there isn't much advantage at the moment so I might leave PCI-E for another few years, what do you guys think?
For the video card I was thinking of a Radeon 9800 pro or a Geforce 6600 GT, most likely the Geforce althought if a get a PCI-E motherboard then the 9800 will go out then window! What do you think?
The rest of the build will be fairly standard, I'll use the onboard sound on the MB and stick to my IDE hard drives for now, upgrading to SATA in the near future.