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First time putting computer together

Nov 1, 2006
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Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600 2.4Ghz, OC to 2.7Ghz
Motherboard Asus Crosshair
Cooling 4-120mm, 2-80mm fans, CPU-Blue Orb 2
Memory OCZ 2GB DDR2 800Mhz
Video Card(s) Ati 1900XTX, OC to 688/792
Storage Western digital 150Gb 10,000rpm
Display(s) 19" Samsung SyncMaster 940bf
Case Thermaltake Armor
Audio Device(s) Original Audigy
Power Supply Thermaltake TWV 500W
Software Windows XP
I've always wanted to put together my own computer, it finally has happened, and it's been running great for the last 2 weeks.
What do you guys think of this setup:

Thermaltake Armor Full Tower
Thermaltake Purepower TWV-500 power Supply
Asus Crosshair Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600
Thermaltake Blue Orb II
OCZ 2Gb PC6400 DDR2 XTC Revision 2 Edition
150GB Western Digital Raptor SATA-150 10,000RPM
Sound Blaster Audigy (already had it)
BFG Tech GeForce 7600 GT OC (already had it)
Samsung SH-R522C 52X32X52 ( already had it)

These are the temperature read out that I've been having, let me know if these numbers look good or my case is running to hot.
The temperature were monitor with the software that came with the Crosshair motherboard, I'm not sure if these are accurate numbers or not, this is why I need feedback

CPU with stock fan- 38C, operating at 3600RPM
CPU with Blue Orb- 35C, operating at 1800RPM
Motherboard 37C
Sensor 1: bottom of the case 28C
Sensor 2: video card 40C
Sensor 3: top of the 28C

After playing around with the fans, for the best cooling method, this is what I've come up with:
CPU with Blue Orb- 32C, operating at 1800RPM
Motherboard 31C
Sensor 1: bottom of the case 24C
Sensor 2: video card 35C
Sensor 3: top of the 25C

These numbers were all taken at idle, I don't have any software to monitor the temperatures when I'm playing FEAR, which I believe it does use a lot of resources.

I would really appreciate any feedback, comments, suggestions, or any software recommendations to monitor temperatures.

Thanks everyone


New Member
Jul 10, 2005
1,737 (0.38/day)
System Name death machine
Processor intel 6600 quad core cooled by scythe mutgen 2
Motherboard dfi lanparty UT P35-T2R
Cooling air
Memory crucial ballistic tracer 4 gb
Video Card(s) nvida 260 gtx
Storage segate baracuta 500 GB , western digital blue 1TB
Display(s) asus 23.6 vh242h
Case lian-li pc-a70 full tower
Power Supply 650 watt Antec Earth Watts
Software windows 7 and lots of other titles
they are good nothing wrong with those temos
Oct 1, 2005
796 (0.18/day)
System Name Current
Processor Core i5 2500k
Motherboard Z77MA-G45
Cooling Cooler Master Tx3
Memory 8gb DDR3 1600Mhz
Video Card(s) Evga GTX 960 4GB GDDR5
Storage (1) SAMSUNG 850 EVO 500GB
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" WQHD 2560x1440 IPS
Case Fractal Core 1000
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply 430 Watt Corsair
Mouse Logitech g602
Keyboard K70 LUX Mech LB, Red LED, Cherry MX Brown
Software Windows 10 + Hackintosh
looks good, congrats on your first build.


New Member
May 24, 2006
1,592 (0.37/day)
System Name CrashMaster 17.2/ crashmaster(M) ROG
Processor CD2 E8400@4.0 ghz/ i5 430@ 2.577 mhz
Motherboard EVGA 680i/ patogram inc intel north bridge
Cooling Monsoon vigor gaming II/ fan and vents
Memory 4 gig OCZ pc8500 DDR2/ 4 gigs ddr3
Video Card(s) 2 X EVGA 8800gts 512 735/1045/nvidia 360 gtsm gddr5
Storage 2 X WD 150 Raptors Raid 0+600gig usb/ 500 gig hitachi
Display(s) Samsung 2232 bw Sync Master 22" HD/16.9 inch asus
Case Enermax uber chakra/ asus republic of gamers
Audio Device(s) Creative SB X-FI 5.1 speakers/creative eax 4.0
Power Supply OCZ extream Gaming 650 watt 4x18a/ external
Software Dos 6.22/ win 3.11 for networks/ms bob server
Benchmark Scores 3dmark06 18,201/10601 3dmark05 23,943/not run Aquamark 218,094/not run
Great first build now the bad news its in your blood now prepare to spend Alot of money on parts and rebuilding every few weeks or so though you did start with a great setup :D


Señor Moderator
May 20, 2004
10,488 (2.10/day)
I dont think that will ever happen... hows this... i built my rig by myself when i was 12 years old. Im talking about this one im using right now.
Doh, at that age you don't have the cash to upgrade. What's your age now?
Jun 10, 2005
1,769 (0.38/day)
Processor Intel Core i7 2600k 3.40Ghz @ 4.50Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte P67 UD7 B3
Cooling Antec Kuhler H2O 920
Memory G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 4GB X2 1600Mhz (Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBXM)
Video Card(s) Powercolor R9 290 (Stock)
Storage Samsung 840 Pro 256GB / Western Digital Black Cavier 2TB X2
Display(s) Dell U2715H 2560X1440
Case NZXT Phantom
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional
Power Supply Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W
Mouse Logitech G510
Keyboard Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum
Software Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
I guess he's 17 or 18