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Old 09-07-2007, 11:34 PM   #1
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New Computer Build Up!

Alright guys, it hasn't even been a full month and my computer has already started to act like it did when I was going to reformat it. New computer time, and this time instead of going through Alienware, I'm building it myself. Here are the specs on the computer, I'm hoping it'll be a huge improvement over the last with less headaches. So please, if you see any hardware that doesn't look like it'll do too well, or if you see there being a chance of hardware conflicting or not even being able to take it, tell me! This is my first build. Thanks guys It'll help Brent a lot too so I wouldn't have to continue calling and IM'ing his *** every time my Alienware farts out another crapper.

Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Newegg.com - EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply 115/230 V TUV, UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC - Retail

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

Newegg.com - mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000AAKS 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

So I'm missing a heatsink right now, that I know I need to look into getting.. anything else I might be missing?
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Re: New Computer Build Up!

i like that case, talk about airflow. little expensive but itll last you many a setup.

otherwise its a pretty solid setup, especially the 8800. i might suggest going with a larger power supply though.
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:01 AM   #3
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Re: New Computer Build Up!

Yeah a friend of mine built his computer with that case, he's got fans GALORE in that thing. He says his PC stays cooler than the rest of his room.

Got any suggestions on which power supply to get?

I was a little hesitant on the motherboard, but my buddy told me to go to some overclocking websites and find one that has good reviews and that stays at great temps when over clocked. This way it'll handle doing it's normal thing without a hitch.
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:30 AM   #4
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Re: New Computer Build Up!

Wow, how's this one look? I can get it combo'd with the case and get 80 bucks off it.

Newegg.com - Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 ATX12V / EPS12V 1000W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB - Retail
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when your power supply has racing stripes............

a 500w will likely be fine, however if you dont want to have to worry about upgrading for a long while, id get something like a 600w+.
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Old 09-08-2007, 01:48 AM   #6
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lol I guess I'll take that combo deal then :yup:
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It's nice to see everyone building with Intel chips these days.

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Re: New Computer Build Up!

that 8800 series gfx card will tax a 500w psu under load. at minimum, you should get a 620w. take a look at the corsair hx620.. here's a very good deal on it

also, the ga965 IS a very good board, but the processor you have listed won't work with it. the e6850 is one of the newer conroe chips, it runs a 1333mhz fsb. the ga965 only accepts an fsb up to 1066mhz...

so, either downgrade your processor to a core2quad for ~$268
..or upgrade the motherboard to a p35 series chipset. here's a gigabyte p35 for about the same price as the p965 you have listed

the mushkin you have listed is decent, but i'd take corsair xms2 @ 800mhz or crucial ballistix @ 1066 over it in a heartbeat. zipzoomfly has both, with better prices than newegg+ free shipping

don't forget, you still need sata hard drives and a sata dvd burner
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Re: New Computer Build Up!

also, for a very good heatsink, check out all things by Thermalright. they're currently THE name in air cooling

performancepcs.com
NCIXUS.com - Great Technology, Selection and Service.
www.heatsinkfactory.com

all have good selections
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:51 PM   #10
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Re: New Computer Build Up!

Aaah thank you Dark, I appreciate the advice and I'll look into all of the links. Quad core that much of a difference to get over the dual?
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Re: New Computer Build Up!

for real world performance, no, there's not much advantage to a quad core RIGHT NOW. but in the next 6 months or so there will be a lot more. i just listed the quad because it's the best thing you could use with the mobo you had listed, and the deal on it is very nice. but for myself, i'd keep the e6850 and step the mobo up to the p35. the price works out about the same eitherway...

...or else get an nvidia 650i or 680i. i'm putting an e6550 onto an evga 680i... it's gonna be freakin fast
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Looks like a decent setup. That video card will do you good for a long time.
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Old 09-10-2007, 01:07 AM   #14
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Re: New Computer Build Up!

I changed up the setup thanks to a talk with Dark and a friend of mine at work. So now it's looking like this

Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Newegg.com - EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Thermalright IFX-14 CPU Cooler

Serial ATA II Data Cable with latching mechanism 25cm (10") - Straight to Right Angle - UV Blue Products Model: SATA2-UVB-SR-10 [SATA2-UVB-SR-10] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound - High Performance Thermal Compound - Enthusiast Products Model: ACTC-MX2 [ACTC-MX2] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

Thermalright HR-03 PLUS Aluminum Heatpipe VGA Cooler Products Model: HR-03-PLUS [HR-03-PLUS] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

A.C. Ryan Blackfire4 Kameleon (Special Edition) UV LEDFan - 120mm- Sleeved Products Model: ACR-BF50657 [ACR-BF50657] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

And I figure like.. any sorta DVD burner will do.
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And I figure like.. any sorta DVD burner will do.
i just got one at best buy for 35$. its SATA controlled as well. vary nice!

btw im trying to find a fan like his, but they all come with ****ing LED's! im going to de-rice my case, get better 120mm fans (Markuz lemme know that site that had the good 120mm fans!) and possibly get a better case (however not no freaking 150-300$ one, just plain black).
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i just got one at best buy for 35$. its SATA controlled as well. vary nice!
What brand? I was just going to buy a Samsung or something, my brother got an HP and that thing's been pretty solid.
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yup mine is Samsung, model # SH-S183. i had to get Sata connectivity because my MoBo only has 1 IDE array (enough for my two old IDE storage drives).
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That works.

I'm curious with the setup I posted recently if I am missing anything other than the DVD burner? Time is coming up where I'm going to buy everything in a large chunk.
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whats that setup end up costing there seph? im also getting a new comp here in the next month or so
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Right now, it's looking like somewhere in the 1500-1700 range with how things sort of look. Just the motherboard, video card, and case alone is 600 bucks.
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Right now, it's looking like somewhere in the 1500-1700 range with how things sort of look. Just the motherboard, video card, and case alone is 600 bucks.
your first build will always be the most expensive, especailly if you are going all out. however from now on, you will have a power supply, case, fans, that will all be used for years to come, and likely last 2-3 builds before the show their age.
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Ah that's true, good way of looking at things lol doesn't hurt the wallet too badly I guess.
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w00t. Case, Power Supply are here. Heatsink+Fan, cable, and another 120mm fan just ordered.
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