1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

First Build Advice, Basic!

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by kyle2020, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. bignokki New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Messages:
    37 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    Denmark
    post pics? sure.. when I've done tha mod i will :D ... but im in spain atm, and will first be home on monday/tuesday...
  2. JrRacinFan

    JrRacinFan Served 5k and counting ...

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Messages:
    19,414 (7.21/day)
    Thanks Received:
    4,483
    Location:
    Youngstown, OH
    If you guys need help with LED calculations and resistance just PM me. I used to work with original Xbox1 cosmetic mods and needed to calculate the resistance needed alot. The best rail to draw from for your LEDs is the +5v rail. ;)

    I should put up a guide and help thread, but too lazy LOL.
  3. techjunkie

    techjunkie New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    173 (0.08/day)
    Thanks Received:
    17
    Hey guys!
    I'm new here and i joined because i wanted some advice on building my first pc. I've done a lot of research and have come up with what i believe is a good combination of parts :D. So here goes :

    Q6600 with a zalman cooler(will oc until it doesn't bottleneck my video card)
    nforce 680i
    9800 GTX (will oc mildly)
    4X 1GB hyperX ddr800
    500 gb WD
    antec 900

    haven't still decided on a PSU though. What do you guys recommend?
    any advice will be appreciated :D:D:D
  4. kyle2020 Guest

    Welcome to TPU my friend!

    Right, lets get started.

    Might i ask what zalman cooler you intend to use? Quads need a high end cooler to dissipate heat efficiently, what model have you chose?

    With the 9800, if you intend to overclock it, have you thought about buying an aftermarket cooler? You should really either run it naturally aspirated or if you do want to overclock, try and buy a new VGA cooler - stock ones just dont cut it.

    The rest sounds fine, but id do a bit of surfing around for cases - I own a 900, great cooling etc, but the cable managements an absolute pain on them and theres no motherboard tray.

    Now as for a PSU, dont go buying a cheapo 700W MeGA P1mPIng one with thousands of LED's and so on - go for a well known brand like corsair, hiper or tagan. And try and go modular if you can afford it, makes everything alot tidier (Modular means you can remove cables that you arent using). Make sure there enough juice aswell, You'll need 600W+ to power a quad and a 9 series. I would recommend a Thermaltake Toughpower series, or if you have the money and like rock solid stable power + it to be flashy and modular, try and get a Tagan Piperock.

    Hope i have helped in some form, any more questions, ill be more than happy to help!
  5. techjunkie

    techjunkie New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    173 (0.08/day)
    Thanks Received:
    17
    thanks for the post
    i'm thinking of getting a zalman 9700 as i've seen it around a couple of builds. And about the vga cooler, would i need it if i'm only going up to, say, 750 on core given that i have lots of ventilation? I'm trying to keep to my budget of 850$

    About cable management in antec 900 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnePBkCor1E
    this guy makes it look easy. I'd give it a try as i love the 900 and wouldn't like to give up on it

    thanks for your help on this :D
    really appreciate it:D
  6. techjunkie

    techjunkie New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    173 (0.08/day)
    Thanks Received:
    17
    also i'm considering going with 9600GT SLI as it seems to have an edge over the 9800GTX.

    What do you think?
  7. kyle2020 Guest

    the 9700 is what im purchasing soon - looks nice + great cooling, good choice!

    Even overclocking by a small ammount isnt recommended with stock coolers - go for an Arctic Cooling Accellero S1 or an Akasa Vortexx NEO - i dont know if either fit any 9 series, but i have had both on my GT @ 800-1850-2100 and they both cool it excellently.
  8. ste2425

    ste2425

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    3,388 (1.50/day)
    Thanks Received:
    370
    Location:
    Huddersfield, uk
    can i just show imput for the nvidia 8800 gt card? when i was asking for advice bore gettin the ati i was told its a great card, gues its worth the extra five min research if it is better, i dont actually no.
  9. bignokki New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Messages:
    37 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    Denmark
    i brought a q9300, which i regret, think q6600 will be better when you do oc...
    copare the prize on 2x250gb WD, and 1x500gb WD, where i brought 2x250 came out cheaper... (both 7200rpm)
    the zalman 9700 (black/green), is ok, i have it my self, it rly looks cool... i can't tell any results about cooling, as my cpu is barely oc'ed...
    psu: i have a corsair (650W sli-rdy) and im happy with it... no fire yet.. it keeps up my system (q9300 / hd3870 / dvd-drive / 2xhdd / 4xfans / and some LED's)

    GL on your upgrade/build...
  10. bignokki New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Messages:
    37 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    Denmark
    got home from spain... (a bit late... my car broke... :( ) but i've come to another prob... i went in to the internet to buy my LED's, resistors and some cable... but what cable do i need i have alot of options:

    - 0.15mm²
    - 0.25mm²
    - 0.50mm²
    - 0.75mm²
    - 1.00mm²
    - 1.50mm²
    - 2.50mm²
    - +2.50mm²

    what to chose?! :O
  11. kyle2020 Guest

    well you dont want it too thick or else it will look messy / be hard to work with, but thinner cable will be prone to snapping / be awkward for cable management. Go for the 1mm or so, just order one, try it then order more if its right.
  12. bignokki New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Messages:
    37 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    Denmark
    ok, i'll try that... thx again..
  13. kyle2020 Guest

    No problem - id give more advice but have never done any mods with LED's before.
  14. JrRacinFan

    JrRacinFan Served 5k and counting ...

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Messages:
    19,414 (7.21/day)
    Thanks Received:
    4,483
    Location:
    Youngstown, OH
    I would opt for 1.5mm, so it would not snap as easily.
  15. ste2425

    ste2425

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    3,388 (1.50/day)
    Thanks Received:
    370
    Location:
    Huddersfield, uk
    it also depends where on your case it is, mine's hidden behind the front cover so i didnt need to worry bout it being moved and snapped so i could use the cheaper and smaller size for example.
  16. kyle2020 Guest

    Thought id save this for my stickied thread . . . POST NUMBER ONE THOUSAND EVERYONE! :D
  17. kyle2020 Guest

    close to 4000 views! thanks guys!
  18. bignokki New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Messages:
    37 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    Denmark
    Gz
    np rly... :p
  19. drdaver

    drdaver New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    20 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7
    #1, setting a strict budget is essential! too easy to get drawn into buying more then you need, thanks for te guide
    dawgnbirfar says thanks.
  20. kyle2020 Guest

    Couldnt agree with you more. When you start spending money like its going out of fashion it just gets silly.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page