I've suffered with Compaq, IBM, and HP for long enough. I've decided to try this whole computer building thing. With some spare cash, I plan to build one heckuva cheap machine. No use spending alot of money just to screw up and break stuff, right? Figured this would be better to get me more familiar with the process. I also want to try my hand at overclocking. Cheap and dirty sounds like the best way.
What I'm asking from you experienced techies is, how does this system's compatibility look? I'm also wondering if you know of any good n' cheap cooling systems and/or fans I could stick in for some overclocking. Even though I plan on using the allmighty Google, if you do happen to know of any good online PC building or Overclocking (besides the pinned thread) tutorials it would be great.
= PCChips "M811LU" KT266A Chipset
Had some good reviews. 25 bucks. Supports PCI. Integrated audio.
= AMD Athlon XP 2700+
I don't need no 64 bit! At least not now. 2.17GHz clock speed. Includes heatsink and fan. "Thoroughbred"
= Prolink nVIDIA GeForce FX5200
DX9 support... but no shaders! Just wondering: can I use a GPU that has a PCI-E x16 bus with my motherboard? It's not crucial, but if I can get shader support I'd like it.
= Rosewill 184-Pin 512MB
= Maxtor 40GB 7200RPM IDE
I hear Maxtor is a good brand. Plus, it's 40 gigs for $47.
= DYNAPOWER ATX Mid Tower Case w/ 430W PSU
Cheapo case that looks pretty cool, includes a power supply!
Dimensions: 7.8" (W) x 16.3" (H) x 18" (D)
= Rosewill White 52X32X52 CDRW Drive
= $351.24 (w/out shipping and stuff, of course)
So, can I hook all these bad boys up?