View Full Version : Yet Another PC Building Thread

May 21st, 2007, 02:03 AM
It feels like my PC is taking an early dive down the tubes. I could get away with just replacing my motherboard and monitor (the two causes of my problems), but my motherboard is old enough where I might as well just rebuild the entire thing. Odd thing is - it isn't that old.

I've already built several PC's (including this one). Putting them together isn't the issue. The PC I'm going to build in the coming months is the first PC where I'm going to pick out the parts. All of the other PC's I've built have been pretty much handidowns from my Dad (he upgrades fairly frequently - so it's always been decent hardware). I need help understanding at least how to find the best speed/stability for the price. When I look at specs pages on NewEgg, I can't make heads of tails of most of the stuff. I don't think I need to understand everything, just enough to find the best possible hardware. It would be nice to learn a little more, but I understand if that's unrealistic.

As an example, I'm going to quote from a few random hardware pages at NewEgg. The specifications I'm listing aren't in full. Only the ones that I don't understand.

(Intel BOXDG965RYCK) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121048

The specifications to that motherboard are:

FSB - 1066/800MHz
Supported CPU Technologies - Hyper-Threading Technology
North Bridge - Intel G965 Express
South Bridge - Intel ICH8

What do those mean?

Below is a processor example.

(Intel Core 2 Duo BX80557E6300) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115005

The specifications to that processor are:

Core - Conroe
FSB - 1066MHz
L1 Cache - 32KB+32KB
L2 Cache - 2M shared
Manufacturing Tech - 65 nm
Hyper-Threading Support - No
Virtualization Technology Support - Yes
Multimedia Instruction - MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4, EM64T

Thanks to all who help.