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Building my first computer

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Sibley, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Sibley New Member

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    Hello, as the title implies I am building my first computer. Recently my computer that I have had for 5 years died completely. It wont turn on...and I am a little short on funds so I thought I could go ahead and build one myself for a fraction of the cost of a factory built one.

    I have all my parts picked out, Id just really appreciate it if someone could just take a look and make sure that all of this will go together and not explode or short circuit when I turn it on :p

    The computer will be used for programming and gaming

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220314


    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec 300

    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036


    Mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359


    Power Supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    Extra Fan:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119065&Tpk=N82E16835119065


    Graphics:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130376



    I figured I can salvage the fan from my old pc to put in the side slot on the case.
    Also, I am still living at home and my mom had bought a boxed copy of windows XP, will I be able to use this or will I have to buy a copy? Could I use the licensing codes from my old pc that came with windows XP?
     
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    I don't build, so i can't really speak about certain things, but that processor is very nice at 3.16ghz at stock settings. :)
     
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    That looks good, you don't have a hard drive or optical drive listed so I assume you are recycling those from the old computer.

    I don't think you need the pci fan but i guess it doesn't cost that much anyways.

    Also i found this on newegg, basically the same graphics but it only needs one power connector and it's a little cheaper => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150357

    If you have a boxed copy of windows i think you can use it on up to three different computers.
     
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    i would suggest a 64bit copy this way you can use all your ram

    Dont get the pci fan its a waste IMO

    this one is better 4850 XXX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150348
     
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    you dont need that fan at all, useless. Also, it would be better to get a GTS 250 instead of a 9800GTX+ (same card, but lowered lenght of PCB, lower power consumption etc.)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130468

    the other is good, you migh wanna get this case instead:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119152


    What you could also do is get this board:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378

    with a 720BE triple core:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

    with this ram:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231179
     
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    If you are using old drives, make sure one is at least sata. I made the mistake when i got a new motherboard, and both the optical and hard drive wouldn't work on the same cable (as there was only 1 ide port)

    A very nice build, the only suggestion I have is spend an extra $50 and get the antec 900 case.You may want to consider a higher watt psu if you can spare the money as well. That way it is not a required upgrade in the future if you get a beefier video card and such. But corsair is a very nice choice.
     
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    CPU, PSU, RAM and Motherboard are great choices. :)

    However, I own both the Antec 300 and the eVGA 9800GTX+ apart from mine is the SuperClocked and I have to say for the money they aren't the best choices and you don't really need the PCI slot cooler.

    XFX GTS250 1GB with free CoD WaW $145 - Spend a little more and the 1GB vRAM on this card will help you a lot in Crysis and Far Cry2 plus other intensive games.
    HIS 4870 1GB with free S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky $170 - I'd get this as the GDDR5 memory will boost the performance to another level at higher resolutions vs the GTS250 (aka 9800GTX+)

    I'd also spend a little bit more money on a decent case...the Antec 300 is very hard to work on and offers no more than the CoolerMaster 690 that is priced at a respectable $80.

    The changes I said above will help your PC remain serviceable for a longer period for only a little more cash. :)

    I hope you pick the right stuff and enjoy your new build...good luck. :toast:
     
  8. Sibley New Member

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    Wow!! Thank you so much for the help everyone! I think I will definately go with that 1gb card since it is only 10 dollars more.

    As for cases, what is the difference from the ones being linked? They see to be the same to me :eek:
     
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    Well, basicly they are around the same performance cooling wise, with the exception of the CM690 - it might be a bit better, but the CM's offer a bit more functionality and space on the inside, i mean you can do better cable managment with a 690 than with a Antec 300.
     
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    The 690 is by far the better choice over the A300....airflow may be around the same for both cases but the 690 offers better cable management so at the end of the day the 690s airflow should be better as its no restricted by cables all over the place.

    I don't much like my A300 and that's why its sat at the side of my TV as an HTPC case with all the fans turned down so its essentially silent. :)
     

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