In the near future I plan to embark on my first build. I am an extreme newbie in this area and in need of some qualified advice. Below is a layout of my goals and objectives for the system.
Goals and Objectives
I am in search of a machine that provides good performance and flexible upgradability. At present I am in possesion of a pentium 4 3.2 processor and looking for a quality motherboard why supports DDR2 and a SATA 2 HD (I assume this is the best way to go albeit somewhat more expensive). If possible I would also like my mother board to have the ability to support the new conroe type processor for a future upgrade as long as the price difference is not extreme.
System General Layout including hardware rought ides
Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 1024MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz EPP Memory (2 x 512MB)
I dont need anything too crazy so this seemed like the best bang for my buck...I assume its not the greatest, any opinions?
Diamond S120 Radeon 9550 / 256MB DDR / AGP 8x / DVI / VGA / TV Out / Video Card
SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Conclusion and concerns
As stated earlier upgradability is important to me. I am particulairily interested in possibly being able to upgrade to conroe in the future and am interested in if its worth having a SATA2 hard drive. Compatibility and ease of setup is also of outmost important in my system setup as im a newbie builder and want everthing to go as smooth as possible. Thanks for reading and I look forward to some qualified insightful comments.