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Need Help With My First Build...

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#1 burkish127


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Posted 06 May 2008 - 02:17 PM

So I'm building my own PC, first time ever. I have some knowledge of how everything works, but I'm certainly no expert. I intend to build a pretty good gaming machine that I won't need to upgrade any time soon. Vista Ultimate 64bit. I did some research and I want to do an SLI build. I'm only buying one video card for now, though, because of the price.

I've been browsing and I think I've found a set up I like, but as I said, I'm no expert. I tried to figure it out myself, but I'm not sure if all these components are fully compatible with each other.

So I was wondering if these things will all work together and if they're good choices. If anyone has any suggestions for alternative choices, I'm all ears.

I've noticed everybody on here seems to use newegg.com. I found all my stuff on TigerDirect.com because that was the first site someone referred me to. If newegg is better, I'll try and find all this stuff there once I know it'll all work together.

Here's what I got so far...

1. Case
Thermaltake Black Kandalf Full-Tower ATX Case with 11 External Drive Bays, Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports
I've heard complaints from people that motherboards and PSU's don't fit in their cases. I don't know how to determine if my choices will fit.

2. Motherboard ***Updated to support the DDR2 Memory
EVGA nforce 780i SLI Motherboard - A1 Version, NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID

3. Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Processor EU80580PJ0606M - 2.50GHz, 6MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB, Yorkfield, Quad Core, OEM, Socket 775, Processor

4. PSU
PC Power & Cooling / Silencer / 750-Watt / Quad PCI-Express / SATA-Ready / Black Power Supply

5. Memory
OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2x2048MB)
These are so cheap I'm considering getting two of them, so 8 GB total (4x2048MB). Would that be worth it/would it work?

6. Video Card
EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card - 1GB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDMI
If this is a good choice if I'm planning on eventually getting a second card to take advantage of SLI?

7. Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme PCIe

8. Hard Disc Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, Serial ATA-300, OEM
I'm planning one getting two of these.

9. DVD Drive/Burner
Philips SPD2415BD SuperAlwrite Internal Drive DVD Retail - 20x DVD±R, 8x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD-R DL, 48x CD-R, 12x DVD-RAM, Black
I'm going to get two of these also, and I plan to eventually get a Blue Ray Drive.

10. Monitor
Samsung 220WM 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 5ms, 700:1, 1680x1050 (WSXGA+), D-Sub, DVI-D, Black

11. Keyboard
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard
I'm not a fan of the price or the color of the newer model, that's why I picked this one.

Also, I don't really know what to look for in cooling systems/fans. And I don't know what chords, wires, screws, etc. I'll need that aren't included. Suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by burkish127, 06 May 2008 - 02:44 PM.

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#2 Ozymandias90


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 06:27 PM

That looks like a pretty sweet setup.
After looking it over, everything there should be compatible, so no worries.
For the case, there should be specs somewhere on the interent on both the size of your motherboard, as well as available space inside your case. Mostly this isn't a problem, since case sizes and motherboard sizes are pretty much standard, barring ubercomputer motherboards and oddly shaped cases.
Memory: If you wanna drop the extra money, its a good way to ensure that this computer will be able to run anything and everything for the forseeable future. If not, I don't know a game out there that has requirements higher than 3GB (Assassin's Creed), so four is more than enough.
Video Card: I'm running two of those in SLI, and they run like a dream, so yes, its a good choice.
Cooling: With this setup, you'll need to lay your hands on another cooling method, if your feeling fancy, do some research into liquid cooling blocks. This setup is going to generate an enormous amount of heat, so make sure to pick something suitable. Look here for some options: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=1588
For more info regarding cooling methods look here: http://www.xoxide.com/computer-cooling.html
Cables: I would wait until you have your hands on all the components and then go out and get any cables that still are needed. that way you don't end up dropping a good amoutn of money on a set of cables and end up not needing them.
The only other thing I would warn you about is being careful with ordering from TigerDirect. While it is all dirt cheap and good equipment, I have some troubles with them, especially receiving products that don't work and have even gotten sent a cheap Korean knock off of the motherboard I bought (There's a good story there...). Just make sure all your products work before giving them a good work through, as their return policy can be tricky to negotiate.
Anyway, just a heads up, but you should be fine, as I still order my parts from there regularly. Good Luck, there is no better feeling than using a computer you just built from the ground up!

Edited by Ozymandias90, 12 May 2008 - 06:44 PM.

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#3 Lucky23


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:41 PM

Look up your same parts on newegg.com they are probably cheaper

Your case looks like the thermaltake armor case but what is the big aluminum circle in the center of the drives for or is that there just for looks??
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