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I would like to build a Pentium 4. I have never built a computer but have worked with them for years and installed hard drives, modems, etc. Where do I go and how do I get going with this project?
My idea is to use one of the Intel processor boards, but I don't know which one. I don't need LAN and if I use an audio card such as a Soundblaster, I don't need audio on the board. And isn't the 5 PCI slot board better than the 3 slot? What do you recommend?
I have no idea which or where to get a case. I assume I should use an ATX case? 300 watt power supply? How do I know the board will fit? If it has 7 slots and my board has 5, does that matter? Do fans come with the case? Can you add fans?
Which P-4 processor should I use? I thougha about the 1.8 or 1.9 Ghz. What about pins? Some have more than others. Will they both fit the socket?
I guess I'd get Rambus RDRAM 800 Mhg, about 256 k to start.
Then I guess I'd need a hard drive. I am using a Maxtor right now. I have gone through Western Digitals.
Then I'd need some sort of CD or DVD -- don't know which or what would be best.
Then the video card. I want a high power good video board even though I won't be playing games all the time. I want the power and performance just in case.
Then I guess a modem and software. My Win 98 is working fine now and has served my needs ok.
What about static electricity> Where can you get those wrist straps. How do you keep from frying the boards with static electricity?
Then after I get all the parts, I'll need to assemble the computer without damaging any of the parts.
Can you help me get started? Any and all suggestions will be most appreciated.