First off, thank you all for the help and heads up and edumication.
My goal is to get my dad a nice system for his needs, self build barebones I guess. I don't know how long he'll have it but it needs to be stable and trouble free as we can afford. His room where he lives gets hot a few months a year. He keep busy burning disk here and there, works with family photos, scanning, lots of Word/Excel and some webpage work. No gaming. Trying to keep the costs down, I'm utilizing rebates and sales at tiger and newegg and wherever I can. I've gone from a cheap barebone kit at $100 incl. shipping to going with a 939 with PCIe16. That's where I get stuck.
Does the video, mobo and ram all have to be OC-able in order to OC?
Is getting a refurbished CPU 1 OR CPU 2 OR CPU 3
an accident waiting to happen? I was thinking at least it's been tested and works etc. I have noticed some refurbished items are all of the same brand name no matter what product it is.
Can a SATA board operate and use the benefits of a SATA-II 3.0Gb/s HDD?
Zoomfly has a DDR-400 and a DDR400 ram. What's with the"-"?
One or two HDD's SATA and ATA I already have.
Basic DVD is all we need I guess Lite-on SHM-160P6S / 16x8x16x DVD+RW / 16x6x16x DVD-RW / 8x DVD+R DL / 4x DVD-R DL / 48x24x48x CD-RW / DVD Writer
I nearly bought an AGP board but I see that PCIE-16 cards can cost the same. That tossed out my last . bundle idea
PSU $60 ~ should I go better than this?
OCZ ModStream OCZ45012U ATX/BTX/PCI Express/SATA 550W Power Supply 95~132Vac / 190~264Vac TUV, UL, CSA, CE, CB, FCC
OCZ Enhanced Latency 512MB (2 x 256MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel
Ultra 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL3 Memory
Not sure what to do here now. I'd like to keep it under $100
Seen some real cool stuff out there with pipes etc. Any favorites for $20-$30?
Need some quite case fans etc, any idea on 80/120 mm fans or RAM/HDD HEATSINKS
How do I check the temp on the system core etc.? Do I need a fan controler in a drive bay?
I've heard all sorts of great things about DFI yet I looked at the low end mobo's on Newegg and there's a lot of troubles with them. Do you have to get a higher end board before those great reviews kick in?
I've noticed a preference of Newegg over tiger, is it the service that makes the diff?