These are the parts I am looking at so far:
: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2000MHz HT 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core: $235.00
: eVGA 123-K8-NF47-AX Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD: $144.00
: G.SKILL 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200): $95.00
: BFG Tech BFGR79512GTOCE Geforce 7900GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Superclocked edition: $350.00
: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value SB0400 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface: $64.00
: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s: $150.00
: LG Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-ROM E-IDE/ATAPI DVD-ROM Drive: $17.00
: Thermaltake Armor Jr: $106.00
: Thermaltake A2017 90mm 1 Ball, 1 Sleeve Blue LED Light: $13.00
: HIPRO HP-P600W/TOP-600P5 ATX V2.01 600W Power Supply 115/230 V - OEM: $70.00
: Windows XP Home With SP2 - OEM: $90.00
All of that comes up to exactly $1,430.57 After all taxes, savings, and shipping costs.
Now, here's my problem: I just started looking at AM2, and I picked out a few new parts that are in the same price range as what I posted before:
: DFI INFINITY NF ULTRAII-M2 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD: $89.00
: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2000MHz HT 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Dual Core: $266.00
Memory (AM2 MOBO compatable)
: mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit: $151.00
That comes up to exactly $1,341.52 after taxes, shipping, and savings.
Would it be better to get the AM2 setup, or stick with socket 939? The AM2 processor has a 1 GB L2 cache, and the 939 one has 2 GB, so the 939 looks a little better... but the AM2 setup is alot cheaper, and I am on a budget.
Also, Please tell me if anything is incompatable!!!
I cannot stress this enough. I am new to computer building, and I am unsure of myself. I have a little experience though, I have installed RAM multiple times, Installed PCI cards, taken a whole PC apart and put it back together (for almost no reason) and it still works, and I have installed a PSU.
Also, about the RAM (if I go with the 939 setup): I know that I should have at least 2GB's, but I am adding a 512 stick from this PC, and possibly another one if I have the money, then I'll have 2 GB.
Also, If I do not need the sound card, I'll get rid of it. I don't want to spend money I don't have to. I just picked it out because I heard that onboard sound takes preformance away.
Tell me anything I can do to decrease the budget without taking away preformance please! I am a serious gamer, and That (aside from surfing the web) Is all I do with my PC.