I'm planning to purchase a new PC within the next few weeks. After reading the differences between AMD-vs-Intel and NVIDIA-vs-ATI, I came to the following PC:
Processor : Intel® Pentium 4 3.0 800 FSB, NW, box 279,90 €
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-8 IK1100 Intel® 875P MCH,5xPCI,1xAGP,
6xDDR, Sound, 1GBit LAN, Raid, S-ATA, FW 129,90 €
Videocard : Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB DDR, DVI, TVout, retail 146,90 €
Memory : Infineon 512MBx2=1024MB PC400, CL3 149,80 €
CD-Writer : Samsung SW-252BEAB 52x/24x/52x, IDE, bulk 44,90 €
DVD-ROM : Samsung SD616 16x/48x, IDE, bulk 33,90 €
HDISK : Samsung 160GB 160GB,7200U/min,S-ATA/150 119,90 €
Kboard/mouse: Logitech Cordl.Optical Deluxe 59,90 €
Case : SNOGARD® SNOGARD® DRAGON 54,90 €
Power : LC-Power Hunter 420 Watt,1 fan,Thermo,gold 29,90 €
I have some questions about this system:
1) Is the power supply ok and is 1 fan sufficient?
2) What is the main advantage of using a S-ATA/150 Harddisk?
3) As you can see, I didn't select a SoundCard. The Motherboard has
an AC 97 CODEC Realtek ALC655 sound-on-board output. Will there
be a (big) difference in sound quality compared to using the
Sound Blaster Audigy?
4) Do I need an extra cooler for the CPU or will the standard Intel
cooler do its job?
I am very thankful if you could give some feedback and advise