Its my first PC that im going to build myself and i was asking a for some suggestions. First i want to go with and AMD processor, but should i got for a 64 bit chip? I dont do anything that really requires 64 BIT but i figure it would be better for the future. Second, what type of PSU should i use? Besides mounting the chip and cooling options, everything else i can handle. Is there a site that gives instructions on how to mount the chip to the motherboard? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Hail to the Victors
You've got a wide open question.
First, what is your budget?
Second, what exactly do you plan on using it for?
I would go AMD 64 only to future proof your PC a little better.
But, if you're on a tight budget, a 2500 Barton with a good board is still hard to beat dollar for dollar.
Need your budget and primary use before you can get any recommendations.
Also...once you figure out what you're going to build, you get the PSU last...to be sure you have enough power.
A good name brand like Antec, Sparkle, Fortron, Enermax are all good.
If you are looking for the top of the line PSU, look to PC Power and Cooling. They're pricey...but, hard to beat in performance and quailty.
I have a hard drive, case, and all the optical drives and expansion cards, so my budget is primarily a CPU Motherboard PSU and Memory. Im looking anywhere from 400-700. Im using it for small office use, video encoding, dvd ripping. Im currently using a 900Mhz Athlon thunderbird!
Athlon 64 has other advantages besides 64-bit operations. Get a socket 939 Venice core - whatever speed you can afford.
If you don't have a PSU, get one of these:
It's more than adequate for your needs. If you can spend more, consider an Antec TruePower rated at at least 400W.
Mounting the CPU is not hard at all. Buy a retail (not OEM) CPU and it will come with both a heatsink and instructions. The retail package only costs about $10 more and is a smart buy anytime. You can always use a spare heatsink.
Mounting the heatsink is the critical juncture. Do it *before installing the motherboard* so you can see what you're doing.
Hail to the Victors
Ok...that's more like it.
Good board, CPU, PSU and RAM are what you need.
How old is the hard drive? If it's a 7200 RPM w/ 8mb cache, it'll be good. If it's an older, 5400RPM, you should upgrade that too. Video ecndoing is HDD intense.
Still under 700...and will work nicely.