Originally posted by skippykills
i only got the PC, nothing else. but im gonna use an old keyboard to my other pc, and a wireless mouse that works fine with it.
my friend said he has his old video card he is willing to sell to me for about 20 bucks (dont remember specs). im deffinetly gonna buy a new MB cause this one deosnt support anything beyond pII. now ive heard of all the debates of Intel v. AMD but im still undecided. if you can share some light on that for me that would be great.
the case i think should be ok. it sits horizontal which is now problem for me so i guess it alright.
but the main thing im skeptical about is the audio/phone jack(real name?) card. if i put a ethernet card in will it disrupt the current communications of the present card? if so then i guess ill have to get a new audio card also.
thanx in advance
Intel Pentium 4 - consumes less power, generates less heat, more expensive, and is a good stable solution by itself and when overclocked.
AMD Athlon XP - cheaper, more efficient chip architecture (a lower clocked Athlon can outperform/compare to a higher clocked Pentium 4- e.g. Athlon XP 1600+ at 1.4 GHz vs. a Pentium 4 at 1.6 GHz). However it is power-hungry and generates a staggering amount of heat (though the stock cooling fan/heatsink solution cools it well)
Model numbers: (They are NOT the actual speeds, but their model numbers identify that they can be compared to similar clocked processors from competitors)
XP 1500+ - 1.33 GHz vs. P4 1.50 GHz
XP 1600+ - 1.40 GHz vs. P4 1.60 GHz
XP 1700+ - 1.47 GHz vs. P4 1.70 GHz
XP 1800+ - 1.53 GHz vs. P4 2.00 GHz
XP 1900+ - 1.60 GHz vs. P4 2.06 GHz
XP 2000+ - 1.67 GHz vs. P4 2.20 GHz
XP 2100+ - 1.73 GHz vs. P4 2.40 GHz
XP 2200+ - 1.80 GHz vs. P4 2.53 GHz
And coming soon:
XP 2400+ - 2.06 GHz
XP 2600+ - 2.20 GHz
And get a tower case. Most likely you got the cheap desktop LPX form factor with the Packard Bell. Nowadays, stick with ATX specification, as well as your case has a good power supply (300w baseline by our standards).
As for your audio question, usually both the sound and ethernet cards will not conflict with each other, but in some cases they do. Whether or not you should upgrade those is entirely up to you, but if you are getting a new speaker system, you'd definitely want a sound card good enough to take advantage of that.