Edited by: Akita T on 11/03/2008 05:05:37
Originally by: Aricaan
Athlon and Intel?
Mostly the name
Since you're a PC user, not an OS programmer, you couldn't care less (and I kind of doubt even they care much).
The big difference is that you need a different type of motherboard depending on processor you pick.
Overall, AMDs used to be cheaper for similar performance, but competition is tight enough these days to make the overall performance/cost ratio almost identical... maybe still slightly in favor of AMD, I guess, but not a huge difference.
Personally, I tend to stick with Intel nowadays (and NVidia video cards), since most games lately "kind of" optimize performance for that specific combo (usually, but not always).
Originally by: Aricaan
The only thing about building my own stuff, is it seems those machines can be hit or miss and warranty's can be dodgy. I am sure its not that hard, but I have tried to install an internal modem on a PC once and something about static electricity or something and I fried it. Not something I want to do again.
No offense, but other than that (which can be "cured" by discharging any static electricity you might be charged with before you start assembling, and keeping away from stuff that could generate more... like wearing a sweater and taking it off, or working on a wool blanket or some other silly stunt like that) and "blunt force trauma" to the components, there's not much you can get wrong.
Most boxed components come with a manufacturer warranty (keep the boxes and all protective material when you take them out), not just with a reseller warranty (they just ship them back to the manufacturer anyway), and if it doesn't "break" in the first couple of days, it usually lasts longer than you'd want to keep the machine for.
Also, most boxed components come with a pretty extensive installation and configuration manual, on top of CDs/DVDs with software, and as long as you follow those instructions to the letter, you just can't go wrong.
Heck, they even mention the thing about static electricity in most of the papers (and how to avoid causing damage from it), so again, no worries.
Best case scenario, you find a component retailer, and ask nicely for their boys to put it together.
All you need to do is pick whatever components you like to have, and get feedback from the "masses" (i.e. this forum here works just fine) if they can work together (don't get an AGP video card for a PCI-E motherboard, don't get DDR3 for a MB that only supports DDR2, etc) and... like I've said a lot of times before... you'll be just fine.