I'm getting ready to build my own PC for the 1st time so I've done some reading/researching ... Sharky's, Tom's Hardware, etc. So far, my experience has been limited to upgrading HDs, memory, Win OSes, CD to DVDs, wireless networks, etc.
After reading reviews, gotchas, recommendations, etc. I'm now even more confused ... because of all the new developments (LGA, no AGP, PCI Express only, etc.) and potential impact to short-term future pricing. I only have a few $$$ saved so I want to maximize the bang for the buck.
The new gear will be used primarily as a torrent PC :-D and on-line stick-in-the-mud gaming (Quake2 ... didn't like Quake3, Doom3, etc.).
Here are the current Newegg prices as of 20050304:
P4 3.0C GHz/800 Sock 478 Northwood (OEM)...$199
P4 3.0E GHz/800 Sock 478 Prescott (OEM)....$177
P4 3.0E GHz/800 Sock 478 Prescott (Retail).$181
P4 530J 3.0 GHz/800 LGA775 (Retail)........$185
P4 630 3.0 GHz/800 LGA775 (Retail).........$245
What chip would you recommend? Please no AMDs at this time.
I have a basic awareness of the various motherboards and RAM, but feel free to recommend them anyway, specially if the need to experiment with OCing hits me.
It seems that HDs and dual format DVDs are pretty stable at this point so I'm thinking I could just order the cheapest available. If there are some pluses such as better software, free game(s), etc. that I should be considered, please let me know.
BTW, anybody here have FTPs with some cool stuff? :-D judo usa at gmail dot com.