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Will This All Work Together?


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#1 irayte

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 05:30 PM

While I am not a noob to the computing world and I do have some experience with replacing components, I have never built a complete system. I am trying to build a compact/portable system that will allow me to play games. Here are the components I have selected:

Case
Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS Black SECC Japanese steel Gaming Cube Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16811133044
Power supply
RAIDMAX Volcano RX-630A ATX12V / EPS12V 630W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16817152026
MOBO
ASUS M2A-VM AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16813131172
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MSI K9NBPM2-FID AM2 NVIDIA Quadro NVS 210S Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813130065
Processor
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103242
Cooler
Thermaltake CL-P0257 Blue orb II CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16835106069
Memory
OCZ Platinum 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16820227252
Video Card
HIS Hightech H260XTF512DDN-R Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Supported
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16814161178
HD O/S
Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16822136011
HD Storage
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16822136131
Optical Drive
Pioneer SATA DVD
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16827129009
O/S
Windows XP Pro 64 bit

I think this will all work together, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Ray.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 02:48 PM

Anyone?

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 05:30 PM

Looks like a great system. Make sure you get some Thermal paste for the HSF Arctic Silver 5 is the forum recommendation. Is this your first system Build?
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 06:38 PM

It will be my first build, the only thing confusing me was the SATA connections, and speeds. I know all about thermal paste, my laptop was stuck in a thermal shutdown loop because the grease had dried up. An application of arctic silver and all is well.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:18 PM

A few things to remember with SATA connections. They don't have jumpers on the drives, and depending on the controller you may need drivers in order to install windows. Some of the newer onboard controllers offer a emulation mode which makes the hdd look like and IDE drive so windows can find it during the installation. If you run into trouble there are several threads on the forums that may be of help. You can always post back if you have more questions. When putting the computer together make sure you take your time and read the manuals for the motherboard carefully. I usually install the CPU and memory with the Mb out of the case using a flat surface such as a table and using the foam padding the MB was shipped with for support. Double check all your connections and be sure not to forget the additional 4 pin CPU connector from the power supply that plugs into the motherboard.
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 04:25 AM

Thank you. I will definitely take my time when putting it together, after spending time reading all the manuals of course. Do I need a SATA controller also or is this something the MOBO does? I am old school and SATA is new to me, I guess I need to find a book. Thank you again, Ray.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 05:28 AM

Most new motherboards have SATA controllers on the board. You wont need an additional controller unless you run out of connections.
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 07:33 PM

Thank you again, I will read all manual prior to putting anything together, I will keep you guys posted as to how it runs when I build it. Thanks Ray.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 07:48 PM

Don't forget to check for 64 bit drivers for the different components. Good luck!
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 07:52 PM

What happens if I can't get 64 bit drivers? I want to run XP, but I am not stuck on 64, just figured it would be nice to use the processor and MOBO to it's full capacity. I need this thing to be stable right off the bat, I won't have much time to tinker with it before I get deployed.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 08:05 PM

Well, if you don't get 64 bit drivers - then that particular piece of hardware won't work. Not a big deal if it's something like a TV tuner card (happened to me with Vista 64) - but it is a bit deal if the stuff on your motherboard doesn't work.

If you use 32 bit XP, then the full 4 gB of RAM won't be recognized. Also, there's some issues with functions on the mobo that won't occur correctly within Windows due to too much RAM - but that's way, way outta my depth (I upgraded to 64 bit rather than research this in more detail :thumbsup:
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