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my first build

By Herrido ยท 6 replies
Jul 20, 2006
  1. I've decided to try my hand at building my own PC.
    I was hoping you guys could give me some guidance on component selection.

    To start with, I was thinking of buying the Intel Pentium D930 processor and an ASUS P5WD2-E Premium motherboard.

    I plan to use the machine as a general purpose home PC. {gaming/video editing/general home office/downloading porn.....etc}

    So, what do you think?

    I didn't choose an expensive processor because i believe i can live with not having the latest and greatest in performance.

    As a side note, i would like to be able to only have to upgrade my processor in the future. Can you guys tell me how i can tell if my motherboard selection will be 'future friendly'?

    As the title states, this is my first attempt at building a PC myself; so, forgive me if my selections are laughable.
  2. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Excuse you. But yes that is a good cpu/motherboard combo.
  3. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i'd go with AMD an athlon64 or an athlon X2. the X2 is an amazing processor, and the 3800+ model costs $300.
  4. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    if your not going to be using the PC to intensively, i would say that you could step down from the Pentium D and go with the P4 w/ HyperThreading, wheras its "virtually" two cores.

    Or, if you decide to go on my side :) and go AMD, i would suggest the AMD Athlon 64 3500+ or if you really want a dual core, then go with the AMD Athlon X2 4400+.

    and you said that you chose not to go with an expensive CPU? the Pentium D 930 is almost as expensive you can go with an Intel, without going to the Pentium D Extreme Edition.

  5. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

    Actually, this is a very good and inexpensive intel processor. Newegg has it for $179. It is also a very good overclocker if that is your thing (though not as good as the D805). You may want to wait until mid week next week to see if the price goes down after the Conroe's come out on the 24th.
  6. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Yeah I'd get the D805, but it doesn't seem like this guy is on a budget.
  7. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

    Budget not withstanding, the D805 will pretty much beat the heck out of any current P4 (including most of the EE's) when it is water cooled and overclocked to 4ghz+. But if overclocking is not going to be considered and he want's to stay with intel (I used to be strictly and AMD guy but now just get the best deal for waht I need) the D930 is a great chip.
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