Okay. I'm a huge Mac user, and I tend to favor OS X over Windows.
I still use PCs, but my need for powerful machines has become increasingly high. I'm running an old HP as my PC, but at 500Mhz on a Pentium III processor, I really want to scrap it.
I found some really good components over at Amazon, and though they aren't exactly a major PC component shop, they offer quite a bit at some good prices for me.
I intend to build two quad-core desktops for myself and for a friend. Some components I am not to sure about and require some opinions. Also, if the parts aren't worth the prices that I may list, suggestions would be great.
Specs and Issues include:
2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad Core Q6600 with 8MB L2 Cache and a 1066Mhz bus- $290
Intel DQ965GF Intel Core 2 Duo Ready Socket 775 MicroATX Motherboard (doesn't say, but it supports quad-core according to feedback posts and Intel product site)- $116
Case- I haven't decided on a case, but I'm leaning towards a ThermalTake or an Ultra case. I need something that opens up, preferably translucent side, and latched, not screwed on. Here's the link to what I was sifting through, but I believe I may just look somewhere else for a case. Recommendations would be nice.
HD- I really like SeaGate drives, and I feel that I should put their internal drives into this machine. I'll looking at 2-3 of either a 500GB or 750GB HD. I'm going to need a lot of storage, and I haven't decided between SATA or ATA. I'm going to get these from CC, because they have locations near me and they have better deals. For 500GB, I may pay- approx. $250 for 2 HDs
Graphics- I'm looking at Nvidia cards, but it'd be interesting to do what HP did with the Nvidia board and the ATI cards in the new Blackbird for dual compatibility. Need inputs on this one too.
DDR2 Memory- No idea on what brand is the best. I want about 4GB for a good price and great quality. Memory is not my strong point.
Sound Card- I may get a Creative card, but I do not know which is best.
Other- I need to decide what power supply I need, what fans I need, if 120mm fans come with the cases I've looked at, and if I'm missing anything.
Help much appreciated. If anyone has recommendations on good components for this type of machine, please post. I'm not too much of a desktop person. Thanks.
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