I am looking to build a new computer for general purpose useage as well as gaming...within a tight budget.
I shopped around a lot of places, including tiger direct, CWO, Factory Direct (Canadian, especially GTA retailers) and my choices are the following:
AMD Athlon 3500 64-bit OEM 939 socket ($195 CDN)
AMD Athlon 3000 64-bit 939 socket Venice Core ($152 CDN)
(PCI Express) ($112 CDN)
(AGP 8X) ($92 CDN)
Kingston 1GB (2 x 512) Dual Channel DDR2 ($120 CDN)
1GB (1 x 1024) PC-3200 DDR2 ($82 CDN)
ATI Radeon X600PRO 256MB PCI Express (PCI Express) ($96 CDN)
ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB DDR TV DVI (AGP 8x) ($100 CDN)
Those are the things that I have some questions about. I originally want to go for the first options (AMD 64 3500, A8N-E, Kingston Dual Channel DDR2, Radeon X600 Pro), but I think some expert opinions would greately help me.[list=1][*]Which processor should I get? If they are both good, which one has a better value for the price?[*]Which motherboard should I get? I read some good reviews about both of them, and my only concern with the boards is the support for PCI Express
or AGP 8X
. If AGP 8X interface is better for graphics cards than PCI Express, I'll go with AGP...and vise virsa[*]Which RAM should I go for? Is the dual channel really worth the extra 40 dollars? I think the PC-3200 RAM is just some unknown brand. Also, is DDR2 compatible with AMD 64s? Or do I have to go for DDR?[*]Now...lol, which video card should I go for? They are both kind of old, but should let me play Call of Duty 2 with all the snow effects on.[/list=1]
If you think none of the 2 graphics card are good, here is a list
with prices, and be kind enough to suggest me one under or around $150
Your support would be greately appreciated.