1. Chip - I defintely want to go for an AMD 64, am not too sure what the major differences are between the 754 and 939 though. Can someone explain these to me in simple terms pls?
- 754 and 939 are the number of pins on the chips themselves, which means you need a socket that'll fit. The 939-AMD 64's are the latest, but there are VERY few boards that support them. In my opinion, yer better off not wasting your money right now and just stick with a 754-pin chip if you really want the AMD-64.
2. Video Card - Definetly going for the Nvidia 6800 Ultra
- Fine...except I wouldn't buy an Ultra now. The prices are WAY too high!!! If you really want a performing 6800 g-card now, go with the 6800-GT. It's about a $100 bucks cheaper (about 55 pounds, I'm guessing) and plenty beefy.
3. Mobo - Need a motherboard with SATA for HDD, on-board sound/LAN. From what I understand the new nvidia card doesn't support AGP 2x/4x [need 8x]. Is this correct?
- Yep. Of course, when you're planning on spending that kind of money on a g-card, I would STRONGLY recommend you go to the manufacturer's website and read the specs and manuals. The 6800-Ultra is NOT backwards-compatible with previous versions of AGP (2x,4x) and uses a 1.5v AGP socket (which is pretty standard on 8x AGP).
4. HDD - prob go for something like a 200GB 16MB cache SATA drive
- You could. However, the only broadly-compatable 200gb SATA drive manufacturer I know of is Maxtor, and I don't trust them for reliability or soundness. I trust my data only to Seagate, as their drives are solid, dependable, quiet, and long lasting. Seagate sells a 200gb SATA model, but it was designed on the previous version of SATA (1.0) and gets flakey on the newer version (1.5). Personally, I'd recommend a pair of Seagate 120gb SATAs.
5. Memory - depending on mobo, fastest speed possible, 1 - 2GB
- Depends on what you're doing. If you're just gaming, then save your money (for now) and only buy a gig. If you're doing heavy computation work (like AutoCAD, 3D-modeling/meshing, or running heavy simulation software) more than a gig is okay. Still, a gig of GOOD ram will go far. HOWEVER, I will note that you NEED to read the specs on whatever processor you buy, because NOT ALL 64-bit AMDs support dual channel, and not all RAM for that matter. If you want dual-channel RAM, you need to do some matching-up first to make sure both your motherboard AND your processor can handle it.
6. PSU - Enermax 480W
- Good lord NO. If you got the bucks, the biggest PSU you can buy should be first on your list. For what you have above, I would say 500w MINIMUM!!! There are good 600w+ PSUs on the market that aren't much more expensive than the 500watts, and you'll be happier for the extra power. Remember, you can't hurt a system by putting in a bigger powersupply than it needs, but you CAN hurt a system by putting in something smaller. Always go for the biggest PSU you can afford.
Any questions? Good. Class dismissed. Someone get me a beer.