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Well I'm going to build a ne pc a get rid of the piece of junk I have now.
going to get a few things tomorrow.(new case mobo and cpu) for starters
any how I being a noob would think mobo is #1 priority based on what you'll install next right?
i plan on going intel dual core cpu 775 socket.actually the cpu I'm looking at is (Intel Pentium D 945 3.4GHz / 4MB Cache / 800MHz FSB / Dual-Core / Presler / OEM / Socket 775 / Processor) Is that a decent one?
but anyways back to what i think is important first, My mobo
What should I be looking for in my mobo? i.e. anything i should keep my eyes open for (specs) I never really had a really nice sytem so I'd like to get somthing that performs great all around incl games too.
any thought?
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post #2 of 19
Personally not intel, so some of the new AMD stuff coming out looks tasty,

as for important bits cpu, graphics, memory firstly, then choose a good mobo, something like a dfi.
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post #3 of 19
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I thought mobo would be first that way you can make sure everything esle I get would be compatably???
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post #4 of 19
The motherboard is the most important choice as it is the basis for everything that is going into your system. How much do you have in you budget for your new PC? If you have enough I would definately suggest getting one of the new Intel Conroe processor as they are the current fastest thing on the market. The cheapest Conroe is about $180.
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post #5 of 19
I'd say PSU, without a good one, you are not going anywhere. (plus everyone over looks them anyways)
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post #6 of 19
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well I'm an adult with full time job so mey isn't really an issue,I'll get what works best. as for the psu I can get that anytime. I don't plan on assembling my new pc till I get all the parts I need. jut getting a couple pieces at a time.
as for one of my original questions.
what specs should I look for in a mobo?
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post #7 of 19
Naturally I'd say motherboard, but a Power Supply is the most underrated component in a PC. You can have a Core 100 Duo or an FX-900 with the ATI x5000 and a 11,050 GTXSO, but without powering it, you will get nowhere.

So make sure you pick out a nice Power Supply, read all the reviews you can and make sure it's trustworthy.
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post #8 of 19
Both Motherboard and power supply
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post #9 of 19
The most imporent part is the motherboard. I have used good motherboards and bad motherboards, and the bad ones made EVERYTHING harder. They often dont overclock as well, and on the cheeper ones settings dont work right, etc. After that, PSU, then RAM, then (if your a gamer) video, then CPU. I know it sounds strange that CPU is last, but since a more expensive CPU is exactly the same as a cheeper one, only faster, overclocking can make up for the diferance, whare as you cant overlock more RAM :rolleyes

As for what CPU to get, all I can say is Core 2 Duo. The Pentium D line is out-dated and will be KILLED by anything with the words Core 2 Duo in the name. If you dont believe me, download my CPU speed converter and see for your self.
post #10 of 19
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Oh yeah I have been checking out cpu's and I'm definatley getting Core 2 Duo.
was looking at this one http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...557&CatId=2396 would you say if that would be good enough or should I look for somthing a little better?
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
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