Ok, I'm building a new computer for my cousin (ya the one that did not want to get a new mobo and wanted a PCI video card ). well after a bunch of talking to him I convinced him, so here's what I need I guess.
This is what he has so far:
-HP Pavilion a819n
-Intel Pentium 4 HTT 2.8Ghz (L2 Cahce 1024kb, system bus clock 800mhz, fsb clcok 200mhz, Socket 775 FC-LGA4 [prescott i believe], chipset=82915G, southbridge=82801FB (it says its both ICH6 and ICH6R)
-Originally came with 256mb x 2 RAM, it now has:
256 mb x 2, 512mb x 2 RAM = 1.5gb RAM (1536mb)
Ok so heres my question:
1) What is a good priced motherboard (that has at least one PCI-Express slot) that matches the processor type and obviously has 4 RAM slots (184pin DDR)? I've looked and the best I've found was on newegg, unfortanetly he's not keen on buying online, so if you guys can suggest a name to me, I can at least hunt for it at local store such as alinx or ncix.
2) What is one of the best PCI-Express cards out there, I don't want the best of the best, just something really good, preferabbly 256mb (he does not care about price here, he wants a good top of the line). I was looking into 6800gt, but honestly, I don't think he needs that much power. ATI X800XL looks about right, but I want to hear your suggestions. Must be PCI-Express (or 8x AGP in which case motherboard should have that slot too), at least 128mb and Direct X 9.0 comaptible, AND is under 400 dollars canadian (the vid card)??? Any suggestions are appreciated.
He wants a Vid Card that can basically run games like BF2, FarCry, Doom3, HL2, etc. on high settings with decent FPS (30+). I'm guessing that a 2.8ghz machine (i will oc it for him to 3.2, at least ill try ) with 1.5gb of ram and a damn good vid card should be able to do that (right?? lol).
3) Ok, so once I get the motherboard and the vid card, I want to do a complete reinstall. Basically just swap the parts from this mobo to the new one and put the new vid card in, BUT reformat entire hard drive and start fresh off, new BIOS, new drivers, new copy of XP Pro SP2, basically everything over again. My question is, do I just reformat hdd and get on with it, or do I have to update BIOS first before installing windows on the count of it being a totally new mobo?
Numbers 1 and 2 are of importance, number 3 I can figure out, its just I can't right now cuz I have to go to bed, its 1:47 here and I have to get up early tomorrow. Thanks again in advance guys