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Building My First PC

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by JudgeJimmie, May 4, 2009.

  1. JudgeJimmie New Member

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    Hi. I want to build a PC for college, and I wanted some advice on the build I have atm. I am still a newbie building computers, so really any critics and advise are welcome. I have put together two builds, because I can't figure out the difference between the Intel i7 Processor and the Q9950. I have heard good things about the i7 though. Anyways, here they are as wishlists on newegg.

    Here is the i7 Build

    Here is the Q9950 Build

    Also, I was thinking about adding things like a TV Tuner. Are there anymore nice to have addons I should consider in this build?
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    Your build has a really strong Proc and a weak GFX card. It unballanced that way. If you get a lwoer end proc and a really high end GFX card or two, the comp will last much longer, and will run games much smoother. I would consider an AMD 945/940 build, its basically the same speed wise as a 9550, and has an unlocked multi if you go the 940 route.


    You might also wanna buy some thermal paste and an aftermarket heatsink for $30.

    Will you be overclocking?
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    I probably should of mentioned this in my original post. I Don't play many PC games, as I have a PS3 I use. I use it more for things like a media center, Video Editing, and 3D Animating. I don't really understand everything that a video cards do for the system.

    Does that affect your advice? Or do you still say get a better Graphics card?

    I have no experience with computers so I don't know if I will overclock. My sister suggested not doing it as it voids the warranty.

    EDIT : Added a Heatsink to build. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004
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    i would get a Q8400 and spend the rest in a 4890 instead of a 4830. Also, spend a little more and get the 650 W version of the psu u choose so u have place to play with oc and maybe crossfire in the future.
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    Then definitely go i7 and see if you can get a CUDA-enabled videocard. There are applications that can accelarate video encoding on the GFX card pretty substantially. i7 will blow that q9550 out of the water for the things you want.


    Also for $10 more you can get a 750W Corsair PSU instead of the 550W
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    If i was going to buy one of those rigs i'd go for the i7. no question.
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    This is probably a really dumb question, but what makes the i7 better than the Q9950? When I look at them all I know to look at really is the speed and core, and the i7 is a 2.66Ghz, while the Q9950 is a 2.83 Ghz? By my book that would make the Q9950 better, but I have seen everyone seems to like the i7, so there must be something I am missing.
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    The core speed is how fast the cpu does calculations, the i7 works out more per calculation.
    thats a bit basic i know but its late and ive been drinking.
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    Sooo.. basically the i7 is in a higher gear than theQ9950, so the Q9950 does faster pedaling, but the i7 gets more done per pedal =). Makes sense I suppose.
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    yup loving the cycling analogy! also remember the q9950 is old tech now and any future upades will bi into i7 world and will cost extra. eg new mobo ram + cpu, if you go i7 now you can do each as and when. if your not playing games that gpu will be fine to start off with as well- vgood bang for buck!
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    The ones I had picked out had a -45 rebate on them + a mail in rebate so it ended up being the same price.

    I was also thinking about adding a video card to this build, but I have no idea how those work. Do they have to be compatible with the motherboard, CPU, OS? Anyone here use a video card or have an opinion on them? My sister thinks they are a waste of money, but I feel it could be useful.
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    do you mean gpu (the 4830) or a tv card? or is it something else?
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    i got one and i love it! watchin mi2 as we type. and playin fm09
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    Cool ok, I'll be sure to add one, any recommendations? I still am not sure what OS I want to run on this other than Linux...
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    i'd wait for 7. see if you can manage on linux till then. as for tv cards no sorry can't reccomend any. i got a hoppage and its ok but all the software and remote etc are poo. in the uk they all seem to be analouge+digital at the mo which is odd as anolouge tv is stopping soon, i guess they got stock to get rid of. get a dual tuner so you can watch one channel and record another.
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    Ok, I guess I will go with the build I have setup now, and then in the future add a Tv Card. So you think I should wait for Windows 7 instead of adding a builders package of Vista or Xp to this build?
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    how much extra?
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    $100
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    ouch:nutkick: I'd wait. or see if micr$oft are apgrading vista to i7 for free, there was a rumor but i don't know.
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    OK I think I am set, I am going to order this system sometime this week unless anyone sees any glaring things.

    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Specs
    CPU Type: Core i7
    Memory: 4x240 Pin; Triple Channel Supported
    Ports: PS/2 - 2; USB - 8; IEEE 1394 -2; Audio Ports - 6.

    CPU
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

    GPU
    SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

    RAM
    OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    Hard Drive
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

    PSU
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    Cd Drive
    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

    Heatsink
    Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2

    Case
    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Should I think about a case with more front ports?

    Monitor
    ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers

    Specs At End
    2.66 Ghz i7 Processor
    6GB RAM
    640 GB HD
    512 MB GPU
    750W Power Supply
    Front Ports USB, Audio, IEEE 1394. e-SATA
    22" Monitor

    Total Price After Rebates: $1093.90

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