i see there are a lot of mixed answers on this but is it really worth it?! I priced it up and theres nothing much in the price difference but at least i know whats going into it and that its quality hardware. I already have a casefrom my old PC which is an old P4 so everythings going to be new: motherboard, psu, cpu ram etc... cheers guys some positive replies! :) also has anyone built them and got to difficulties? if anyone has please share your experience! cheers Ms_Lila! i am putting a new power supply in anw so thats not a problem! =)
One thing you might overlook if you are using your old case is if you buy any SATA (serial ATA components) make sure your power supply can handle them. ie. connection and enough power
There will always be small problems when building your own computer but if you buy quality parts - especially motherboard - you will also get a quality manual which will take you through all the steps you need to make sure everything is where it should be. Case wires don't always match up to the labeling in the motherboard book but most often you can figure it out. The best part of building a computer is when you plug it in and boot it for the first time and everything works...great feeling. I have built many over the years and it is still gratifying. Good luck.
When I build a new system, I focus on the motherboard. I find the latest affordable motherboard that supports all the latest features. This gives me plenty of service life when it comes time to upgrade. My gigabyte motherboard supports AM2/AM2+ processors. Only feature I didn't go for was dual graphics card support.
I choose a middle of the road AM2 CPU. No sense in spending several hundred bucks on a AM2+ You are upgrading from a slower machine. So a less expensive processor is still a good upgrade. Plus I overclock my processors upwards a few models higher.
For hardrives, I find the most reliable ones. I choose several Samsungs because of their 5 year warranty.
Graphics card is totally up to your needs. I play video games, but not highly intensive 3D games. Since I still run XP, I didn't spend the extra money on a DX10 supporting card. I did buy one that hardware decodes HD video though.
I choose my power supply based on the latest standards. It is Active PFC, supports 80Plus Certified and ROHS. It was rated as one of the quietest ones at 600W
My latest build experiences:
My latest system I built a few months ago was a tough one. The instructions to the case were poor. So I had to take the time test fitting the motherboard to the case to see what hardware I needed.
Then I found my graphics card was a tad long when I installed the ram.
I had problems with the front header panel's cable wasn't long enough. Plus I had to figure out the best way to route my cables to keep airflow good.
Then came installing the drivers. Just about every driver on the driver CD didn't work. Nor did the system software. I got the system up and running on mostly generic Windows drivers. Then I had to search out the latest drivers from various sources. Then I had one last flag in my device manager. A search with Google found the solution.