Build own PC -Parts List/Shopping List

Parts List/Shopping List

____   CPU/Processor Recommended: Although we used a Pentium III for our PC, we recommend purchasing a Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor.  As of this writing these were available in speeds well over 2-3 GHz.   Usually the very fastest Pentium chip is VERY expensive - a good alternative is the 2nd fastest chip. 

Note: If your CPU does not come with a heat sink, you will need to buy one of those separately.

_____   Motherboard or Main board Recommended Brands: Abit, Asus, Gigabyte. Any one of these companies makes solid motherboards.  Note: Abit boards (and a few other brands) use a "Soft Menu".  This is allows jumper-less configuration of the board; that means, it will take the hassle out of configuring your motherboard.


_____   Memory/RAM Recommended Brands: Siemens, Toshiba, NEC.  Stay away from no-name brands and make sure you purchase the proper size and type of chip for your motherboard.  While we used DIMM’s, most new motherboards take DDR or Double Data Rate RAM (Not DDR2).  If you are not sure, just check your motherboard’s instruction manual or ask the salesman.  Buy at least 512MB of RAM if you plan on running Windows XP - 1024MB is even better.

_____   Video Card/Graphics Adapter Recommended Brands: nVidia, ATi.  If your motherboard supports AGP (Advanced Graphics Port) then be sure to buy an AGP Video Card/Graphics Adapter.  This will let you take advantage of the higher performance the AGP port offers.  Otherwise you will want to buy a PCI Graphics Adapter.  Before you buy, you should also think about spending a little extra and getting a combo card that also supports 3D Graphics.  ATi and nVidia are neck and neck, although nVidia chips tend to have heat issues more than ATi, so keep that in mind.

Check out some recent magazine articles before you make your purchase. Video Cards are improving every week! Many of the newer cards come with software that lets you watch DVD's full screen! All you need is a DVD-ROM drive.

_____   Sound Card Recommended Brand: Sound Blaster.  Sound Blaster has been the industry standard for over 12 years. They are the most compatible card, are worry-free and there are many flavors of Soundblaster to choose from. The simplest one we recommend is the Soundblaster Live! - this is a nice card; sounds great and is inexpensive.  If you really need to pinch pennies, a Sound Blaster 16 is fine.

_____   Modem Recommended Brands: US Robotics.  US Robotics has set the gold standard for modems! They cost a little more but are very reliable and will not give you any trouble! Do not buy any modem slower then 56K.  Internal modems are much cheaper then external - so get an internal modem! If you plan to use broadband, do not bother with a dial-up modem.

_____   Network Card Recommended Brands: NetGear, Linksys, 3COM.  If you plan on using broadband Internet (e.g. via a cable modem)you will need a network card.  Before you purchase one, however, make sure your motherboard does not already have a built in network card.  If it does, you don't need to purchase one and can simply use the one onboard.  If you do purchase one, 10/100 versions are good, but Gigabit cards are gaining popularity as network speed improves.  You may want to invest in a gigabit card if you will be connecting to a home or office LAN.

_____   Hard Drive Recommended Brands: Western Digital, Seagate, IBM, Maxtor.  If your motherboard supports Ultra DMA (i.e. UDMA/100 or UDMA/133), then get an Ultra DMA drive to match.  Most newer motherboards support UDMA/133 - these drives are fast and inexpensive.  Get the largest drive you can afford; at least 100 Gigabytes is a good start.

_____   CD-ROM/DVD-drive Recommended Brands: Plextor, Yamaha, Toshiba, Panasonic.  CD-ROM drives are very inexpensive now and also fast. A 56X CD-ROM can be bought for well under $50.  A terrific alternative to CD-ROM drives is DVD-ROM drives! They are not very expensive and will let you use CD-ROMS, audio CD's, DVD's, and DVD-ROMS.  Buy the fastest speed you can and remember, if your video card comes with DVD software, you can enjoy DVD movies on your computer too!

_____   CDRW/DVDRW. In addition, CD and DVD ReWritable drives (CDRW/DVDRW drives for short) have also become more and more popular among PC users.  With a CD or DVD ReWritable drive, you can create your own custom audio CD’s, make back-ups of your existing CD collection and archive or back-up important data from your hard drive; with the advent of DVDRW technology, now you can even make backup copies of your favorites movies without losing the original digital quality!  Good CD-R/W drives are made by Plextor and Yamaha.  In the interest of getting more bang for the buck, you should probably get a combo DVD-R/W drive.  These
            drives combine a CD/DVD Reader, and CD/DVD Writer.  Sony makes a great DVD-R/W drive that does all of this and is very
            reasonably priced.

_____   Floppy Drive Get any generic 3.5" floppy drive.

_____  Keyboard Get a keyboard that feels good to you. Most newer keyboards and motherboards use a PS/2 style connector - check your motherboard’s instruction manual to make sure before you buy a PS/2 keyboard.

____    Mouse A cheap mouse will break or begin working poorly soon after you purchase it.  If you can afford one, get an optical mouse.  These use a laser rather than a ball and are much easier to use! 

_____  Case Get any case that you like - just make sure it will support your type of motherboard.  There are generally only 2 types of cases - the older AT case, and the newer ATX Case.  We needed an ATX case because we have an ATX Motherboard. Most all newer motherboards will be ATX form factor.   (Beware, there are other case types on the market now: WTX, LPX, NLX, ITX and BTX, but the ATXform factor is the most commonly used.)

_____   Monitor Recommended Brands: Sony, Samsung, NEC.  A nice monitor can be expensive (you get what you pay for); however, monitor prices have fallen quite a bit. We recommend purchasing a flat screen monitor (CRT) that is 17” or 19”.  Most brands are adequate for home use and will work fine with your new PC. If you have the extra money, invest in a good 17” or 19” LCD monitor. They provide much easier mobility and space you never thought you had!

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