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Here Are The Parts I Have For First Build...anything Missing?

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#1 D_Vincent


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Posted 08 March 2008 - 01:59 AM

Would this be all that is needed to start building a computer or will i need a sound card and video card as well and perhaps some type of cooling device.

Not sure what onboard means however could the video and audio already be on the motherboard?...EDITED (someone answered this question in another thread and said that onboard means the video and audio are on motherboard)

example here

Here are the parts to begin build...anything missing?...thanks for any info or help in advance.

Intel P4 Processor 3.0 GHz LGA 775 FSB800 2MB 631

Asus P5VD2-VM SE Motherboard

1024 MB DDR II 667 Memory 240 Pin (Kingston) (1GB x 1)

Western Digital 160GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA II

LG 20X DVD RW +- Dual Layer

1285B Case

450 Watt Optimax Power Supply

Edited by D_Vincent, 08 March 2008 - 02:05 AM.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 07:15 AM

Depends on what OS you are installing but I would take advantage of the Dual-Channel memory and get 2 sticks. Especially if you are installing Vista.

An inexpensive Video Card can also take some of the work off of the mainboard, which would also make things run faster and smoother. Sound is not nearly as important, unless you are playing fine music.

Normally, the CPU comes with a Fan and Heat Sink. Just make certain it does when you order it.

Good luck.


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Posted 08 March 2008 - 09:20 AM

And case fans to keep it all cool, if your case does not have any you should get some. At least 2, one in front to draw air in and one in back to exhaust the air... :thumbsup:
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#4 D_Vincent

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 10:51 AM

Thanks for the replies...I plan on installing Windows XP...I will have to look into getting a couple of fans for cooling down and perhaps another 1024 MB memory stick.

When getting a video card how does one know which one to get?...will all video cards work with this setup or just certain types.

here are the types to pick from...you can see options on left menu under parts and peripherals.

ATI PCI-Express

nVidia PCI-Express

AGP Cards

PCI Cards

Edited by D_Vincent, 08 March 2008 - 11:04 AM.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 11:24 AM

You already have the onboard graphics, try that and see if you like it, I don't play games and the onboard graphics on my computer are good enough for me. If you are going to be playing games then you should look into a PCI-E X16 card, there are others here that are more current on who has the best bang for the buck, and I'm sure that they will be glad to share their expertise.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 12:09 PM

go for nvidia pci express card

If you ask me i would go for nvidia geforce 8600gt 256 mb gddr3 memory.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 05:14 PM

You Need.

1. Motherboard for either an Intel or AMD processor
2. Processor for said motherboard either Intel or AMD
3. Memory for said motherboard
4. Case to hold the motherboard CPU and Memory
5. Power supply if the case does not include one
6. DVD RW drive
7. Hard Disk Drive (AKA HDD)
8. Video card if your motherboard does not have integrated video or you plan on playing games.
9. Operating system Normally Windows either XP or Vista. 64 bit or 32 bit. There is also Linux.

Depending on your budget and brand loyalty Intel is currently top performer in the CPU category so an Intel core 2 duo would be a good choice. AMD processors while slightly slower are MUCH cheaper. Motherboards I usually look for price and options I want and then manufacture ( Newegg.com has a great sort feature). STAY AWAY FROM ECS they are horrible. Memory I usually do the same thing unless you are going to do some serious over clocking pretty much any memory will work good brands include Kingston, Crucial, Patriot, PNY, Corsair. The amount of memory will also depend on what the primary purpose of the computer will be usually 2 gigs is sufficient. Cases is all up to preference if your building an extreme gaming system with multiple video cards you will want one with good cooling (2 120mm fans at least) other than that its looks and price that are the determining factor. Power supply is an important part of the system and depending on the number of drives and the type of video card in the system you will want a good 400-500 watt power supply. Good brands include Cooler master, Antec, Thermaltake, and Rosewill. Hard disk drive you will want to decide on SATA ( a little more expensive but faster) or IDE. Top two and most reccomended brands include Western Digital (AKA WD), and Seagate. Video card It depends on what your building the computer to do. Playing games MMORPG (Mass Multi Online Role Playing Games [Everquest]), FPS (first person shooter [Crysis]) I recommend Nvidia cards. If you just going online and playing browser games (yahoo games) integrated video will work. Your operating system will depend greatly on what you intend to do with the computer and will the software or hardware you need to use be compatible with Windows Vista.
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Posted 11 March 2008 - 05:54 AM

Don't forget a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse along with speakers !! :thumbsup:

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