I finally finished building my first PC yesterday! W00t! :nerd:
I want to thank everybody here who helped me with selecting parts, and all my other noob questions...
I guess, for my first build, everything went along quite well...
I was handling everything very gently, and I grounded myself every 5 seconds.
I realized quickly that a cheap case can be a pain, esp. sizing. I was wanting to put in a floppy drive, but I ran out of room.
I was surprised, the case didn't have any sharp edges, so I didn't put sweat and blood into it.
Another thing I didn't really like, was my optical drive's 4-pin audo connector had to stretch tightly over my video card and wireless adapter. But, once I got everything into the case and connected, BIOS configuration, and the XP install, went smoothly.
What I learned from all this is: before you mount all your drives, check if the cables will fit! I probably wasted 30 mins unscrewing drives, because of cable limits. But, all-in-all it was a fun and exciting experience, and already, I can't wait to do it again!
Click here for pics!
The specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 939
MSI K8N Neo4-F mobo
1GB (512MB x2) Corsair XMS
eVGA 6600GT 128MB PCI-E
Sumbean 450W PSU
Spire Blackfin V case
Windows XP Home
40GB Western Digital HDD (this, and the optical drive, I already had.)
52x CD Burner/DVD Combo drive
Enjoy the pics, and feel free to post constructive criticism...