aside from that
here are some things a PC needs:
Motherboard - the basis of the system, everything is connected to this
Power Supply - don't skimp, you want a good unit from OCZ, Antec, Forton Source, Enermax, or TTGI Superflower, as this powers the computer, and is often the most common source of problmes
CPU - this does the majority of data processing in the system, again, don't skimp
GPU - here is where your graphics are done, PCIE or AGP 8x, this depends on the motherboard/CPU combination you choose
HDD - hard drives, your storage, how much you need?
RAM - memory, i suggest at least 1GB, running in 2x512 (2 512MB sticks, thus, dual channel (if you have a dual channel motherboard) and PC 3200 or faster (PC 3200 is what you need to run 1:1 with basically every chip out there (yes, including the 800FSB Intel chips) but you can get faster RAM if you'd like (no need unless your overclocking))
i'd suggest some of the following parts:
$144 @ newegg
AMD Athlon64 3800+ (Socket 939)
$380 (OEM) or $385 (Retial) @ newegg
$49.99 @ newegg (get a 92MM Fan for this also)
1GB (2x512) PC 3200 DDR:
GeForce 6600nU PCIE
and your choice of SATA hard drives
for the PSU i'd suggest one of the following:
Antec NeoPower 480W
OCZ Powerstream 520W
as for a case
you just have to pick one you like
same goes for optical drives, just pick one/ones with features you like
and you also have to choose if you want a floppy drive
I am searching the net for some good resources on how to build my own computer. I have a budget of about $1500, and I have a couple ideas of what I want out of the computer: I want to run mutiple programs, edit/create music and videos, and maybe some designing in circuits later on. I don't see myself doing any gaming.
I would like to assemble it myself (I've got a couple free weekends), but I am not completely against a company custominzing one for me. Monarch's site had an insane amount of items to look at....it was overwhelming, I didn't quite know where to start. A motherboard?
Any input???? Newbie here.