OK, the following, all from newegg, is my potential new PC. My budget is 35 dollars exactly over what I am set up to pay, although that does not take shipping/handling into consideration. So, budget reached.
I went for cheap stuff, that I will admit. thanks for reading all of this, and giving me your help, now and in the past.
combo drive, 25 bucks
floppy, 7 bucks. might not ever use it, but 'till I get a thumb drive, couldn't hurt
Case, I wanted black (because as we all know black cases are always faster than other colors) and I wanted not to pay too much. on this case, it says "2x 120mm option Fan (front & Back)" and a side air duct, So does it come with two 120mm fans, or holes for them, or what? whatever the answer is, is that adequate cooling?
My mobo. I wanted a cheap 2 PCi-E slotted SLI mobo. so I got that.
onboard audio is good too, or so I hope.
I was going to go with an AMD 64 3200, but I heard Opteron is the way to go. I hear d its much better for OC'ing that others, and faster, etc. is that true? and will OC'ing it (to the point that it surpasses a 3200) going ot be safe and easy? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130527
maxtor Hard drive, 80 gigs, for only 55 bucks. cheap, but has positive reviews mostly. 7200 rps, the norm, it's ok for me.
550 watt PSU, certified/supports SLI. not too pricey, but not dirt cheap either.
I am salvaging 1gig pc2700 ram from another (this) computer. I know that my mobo supports much faster ram, but this is what I have, so I'm using it. Will be upgraded in the future. Older ram does work flawlessly in new mobos, right?
my mobo also supports dual-channel ram, will adding 1g new pc3200 ram make use of that dual-channel ability, or will the difference between the two sticks eliminate that possibility? Also, if I add a new and fast stick of ram, will it remain fast or will it downclock itself to match my slower pc2700 stick?
My graphics card is to come; when money comes I will get probably a geforce 7600Gt, if the money streams in then maybe a 7900GT, but it probably wont stream in. until then, I am using an old PCI card, the geforce fx5500 256mb PCI.
speakers also salvaged, as is a moniter, and old CRT. speaking of old CRT's, what max resolution do they usually have?
THank you a ton and sorry for the crazy amount of questions.