Hey dyserq. I've actually built quite a lot of custom PC's (10-20)...including this one. Still, a lot have been barebones or have had the componants bought for me, then i build. So, i just don't have a great deal of knowledge on which hardware is best for what. I.e, all of what i've done is purely learning assembly stuff.
As for the cash, all the componants i suggested above comes to about £500. I just wondered if i was getting the right stuff.
Isn't a 64-bit processor good for the future though, no? Althon XP's seem near impossible to get at the speed of 64's nowadays??? The site i'm going to order from http://www.microdirect.co.uk
only have like 3 Athlon XP's and they're all pretty slow.
At work i use a Pentium 4 system and am still not won over an AMD system...I've always prefered AMD's ethos and have never been anything but impressed with their products.
Does normal Windows XP Prof. support 64-bit processors? I understand it's not programmed in 64-bit which means i won't get any more performace out of the CPU at the moment. It was more of an investment for the future really. Games like FarCry are already using 64-bit aren't they?
I downloaded Windows X64 off the MS site last night. Is that worth using??? It seems like a bit of software to substitute the way it's talked about? Afterall, Windows Vista will support 64-bit won't it?
daemon, that 6600GT is awesome, but they're all quite pricey. Is that because of SLi compatability, or not? Are SLi cards going to come down in price??? Is it worth not having an SLi board and going for a normal 6600? I know nothing about GPU's really, it's awful considering i want to play games! How do the ATi cards compare? ...I think i'll have to go for a cheaper box; you're right.
What i need to know is motherboards. Which is the best Asus skt939 motherboard to go for, for gaming. I still feel SLi Chipset is nothing but throwing cash away as i highly doubt i'll ever use it. Is the NForce4 Ultra Chipset the same as the NForce4 SLi chipset apart from the multi-GPU stuff?
...Does anyone use a 'Asus A8N-E' or know what it's like?