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I hope this is not too general or without proper knowledge to post this here.... ? ... here goes..

* I have replaced nearly everything in my computer and would like to try to build my own next. (I do not work with computers, it's something I started doing after work instead of watching TV)

I am looking for a simple rundown on which componants to buy that will work with each other. ( to buy one at a time as I have the money/time. )

So far I would like the following-
- P4 type with a large enough "cache" to be able to keep adding RAM as time goes on.
(random note- Is Cache and Ram different? )

- case with power supply for future additions.
(note- does 350-400 watt only work with p4/amd ? )
(need case with USB plugs? )
-case- ( do they make cases with CPU and motherboard in it already? , if so - what's it called?)

- Motherboard - mainboard = same? , BUT not comes with "CPU" ?
( note- Do I have to do any soldering for CPU to motherboard? - -- pins? )

- Hard drive. ?
( is this the simple part, or does it have anything to do with performance?)

- I can figure out the other add-on stuff.... although still a bit confused on "integrated audio or video" ... since I would like to be able to replace the vid/audio cards later.

- (last note) - when looking on ebay for deals, I see a great deal of numbers that are not familiar. - (front port bus speeds, differences in descriptions of AMD and how to figure speed of them, .... ) --I guess that's all for now. Is this over my head?
 

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simontrout said:
So far I would like the following-
- P4 type with a large enough "cache" to be able to keep adding RAM as time goes on.
(random note- Is Cache and Ram different? )
Ok.. cache is part of the processor, its going to be on it no matter what, and it will be a standard size. You cant get different sized cache on the same chip.

Ram are sticks of memory that are placed on the motherboard, and can vary in sizes. Easy to swap, and change. They give your computer the 'energy' it needs to run software.
 

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I don't make alot of suggestions however if your looking to build a computer and want the motherboard and cpu already installed you might want to look at buying a barebone kit. You need to keep in mind when shoping for a kit that it does not come with a cpu however they are very easy to install. With most barebone kits all you need to do is buy and add the CD,floppy,hard drive, ram (only in some cases) and in rare cases you may need to add a modem or a nic card. Some kits come with more hardware than others. It also pays to shop around.
Try the following place for some of what your looking for:
http://www.atd-inc.com/ if that doesn't link you let me know. They seem to be a pretty good company. Drupy:smoking:
 
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