I chose to build my first desktop PC a few months ago. And to be truthful, I wasn't at all familiar with the 64-bit technology. So, like any enthusiast would, I read what seems like a thousand articles and information sites to see exactly what all this talk was about. I wanted to build a computer that was of the highest caliber I could afford and the Athlon 64 processor was definitely in my price range and where I wanted to be techwise. So, I began my journey into building what I believe is going to be an incredible system!THE CASE
The first thing I looked for was a good case. I had a blast shopping around for one. I now get postcards from Google! Anyway, I decided that I did not want my PC to look like something from outer space. I also was not interested in one with a whole bunch of lights on the front. So, after hours and hours of searching, I happened upon a little number at Directron.com
' ">http://store.yahoo.com/directron/gazelle.html called the GAzelle made by a company in Japan called G-Alantic Enterprise Co.
. Yes, it is a plastic case, but this baby is huge! And with several fans and intake vents, I have no doubts that this would make an excellent gaming machine. At just $79.00, I highly recommend this buy! Also, you can watch a virtual tour of this case here
Even though the 3000+ processor would make for a great system, I decided to go a step further (as many of you have) by going with the Athlon 64 3200+
' ">http://store.yahoo.com/e-datatek/amdat6432so7.html. The installation was fairly easy on the Asus K8V Deluxe
' ">http://store.yahoo.com/directron/k8vdeluxe.html that I also purchased from Directron.com for $139 with free shipping. For my hard disk, I chose an SATA 80GB Seagate Barracuda
' ">http://www.seagate.com/cda/pro...ily/0,1085,599,00.html which I purchased on eBay
' ">http://search.ebay.com/sata-80...erZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1. To tell the truth, eBay has been an excellent resource for me as I continued to purchase my memory - Kingston PC3200 DDR RAM
' ">http://search.ebay.com/kingsto...ctZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1, my CD-RW Drive - LiteOn 52x CD-RW
' ">http://search.ebay.com/lite-on...erZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1, my DVD re-writable drive - LiteOn 8x DVD+/-RW
' ">http://search.ebay.com/liteon-...erZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1, as well as other accessories. Even my Athlon 64 domed case badge
' ">http://search.ebay.com/new-ath...erZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1 was a steal on eBay. And as far as case badges go, you have to get them through ShadowMajik.com
' ">http://www.shadowmajik.com/Qstore/Qstore.cgi if you want superb quality. My graphics card is the much sought after ATI Radeon 9500 Pro
' ">http://search.ebay.com/radeon-...erZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1 with the eight pixel pipeline architecture. For a little more then $100, this was an excellent purchase. I chose the 9500 Pro after studying the benchmarks of Far Cry at a site I happened upon called FiringSquad.com
' ">http://www.firingsquad.com/har.../far_cry_ati/page3.asp. There I found that, even on Far Cry's basic settings, the 9500 Pro surpasses the entire 9600 series when using a screen resolution of 768x1024. You've gotta like that! So basically, everything has come together quite nicely. I've got a great system and am extremely proud that I was able to put it together. There is just one thing though . . . I haven't turned it on yet!