see the RAM. I read that one should get PC 3200 Dual Channel Ram (is it equal to PC400???): but there is so much with different naming to choose from. I am completely lost: (can I use any of those???):
512MB DDRRAM Infineon Orig. PC400
CL3 / Infineon Originalware / PC 3200
10 Jahre Garantie / 512 MB DDR-RAM
Modell: HYS64D64320GU-5-B / Doublesided
Kompatibel zu Intel Chips und Via KT800
512MB DDRRAM Infineon PC400 CL3
Infineon 3d // CL3 / 2 Jahre Garantie
200/400 MHZ / PC 3200 /
Infineonchips auf Drittherstellerplatine
512MB DDRRAM Kingston PC400 ECC Reg.
PC 3200 / PC 400 / ECC registered
512MB DDRRAM Corsair PC400 CL2 C2
PC 3200/ 32Mx8 unbuffered / 400 MHZ DDR
CM-X512-3200C2 / CL 2-3-3-6-T1
Go with the 800 Mhz FSB \"Front Side Bus\" That is the speed from the processor to the memory I believe...Faster is better...As for the processor stay with a 2.8 or 3 GHZ no need to spend more for a small performance gain...even the 2.4c GHZ 800 FSB is a strong processor and a great deal...I think about $165.00
As for memory the Corsair is a good brand...buy the extreme if you can afford it...basically means it has better timing/higher performance...CLS2 or 2.5 is good...CLS3 and your getting into bargain chips. Don\'t spend more than $120 per 512MB chip...you should be able to find good deals for under $100...PC3200 is the same as DDR400 which would support the full FSB speed of the P4...you can get faster memory PC3500+ but only if you plan to overclock. I hope that helps. Also, do you need 4 SATA on the ASUS board...it is a bit high priced...you might consider the ASUS P4P800 which only has 2 SATA ports and costs considerably less. And don\'t forget a quality heatsink. Here are some links to some suggested items:
The P4 2.8c GHz processor is the best price point at this time. Do get the boxed retail version as it is only a few dollars more and has a 3 year warranty. I\'m using PC3200 CL2.5 memory by KingMax that was quite highly rated over some of the more expensive memory and only cost $71 per 512 MB chip a month ago. I purchased 2 GB worth. Performance has been great.
With the money saved you can buy some quiet PC components such as a quiet power supply and CPU fan. The fan included with the boxed CPU is quite noisy. I\'m using a Zalman fan on my system and you can\'t hear the thing. I\'m using a Nexus power supply. My PC is barely audible besides being a great performer.
The stock heatsink will do fine but it is a bit noisy. Generally the CPU fan creates the most noise in a PC system because of the high RPM\'s...A better heatsink would be made of solid copper with good air flow allowing the fan to be run at lower RPM\'s thus lower noise. If noise isn\'t an issue for you then save the money, but most of us strive for the silent PC...no need have the obtrusive PC fan noise upsetting the purity of your mix. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Most CPU fans or any PC fan will give you a db rating on noise. Generally larger case or power supply fans, like a 120mm fan, will help reduce noise...just make sure they are variable speed or stock at low RPM\'s like 1700-2500 as opposed to 5400. Nothing worse than having a PC that sounds like a vacuum cleaner. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]