hi, I'm kind of a newbie when it comes to computer building, and now that my eternally used eMachines has finally cracked, I'm on an adventure to build my computer.
Recently, I purchased a barebones kit off of tigerdirect.com. Here are some questions, and thanks in advance to those who took the time to help an amateur out...
-I had to buy a CPU fan - do I absolutely need thermal grease?
-My MOBO has a PCIe 8x slot. Can I use a PCIe 16x video card such as the Nvidia 8500GT?
-My mobo has a 4 pin configuration for the CPU fan, can I still use a fan that only has 3 pins?
-stupid question : is it easy to build a computer? how much effort does it take?
-Can anyone recommend a great video card for not too much money that has these specs (at least 256 MB vid RAM, 8x PCI-e
Here are my computer's components
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (Socket AM2)
Memory: 1024 MB PC2-5300 DDR2 - unbuff