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Review These Components For This Computer I'm Building


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#1 Semtex

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 09:17 PM

I'm aiming to spend around 600-700. I'm trying to get the most bang out of my buck, but trying to build something that has potential to be upgraded. I should also point out this is the first computer I'm building so I would appreciate things in laymens terms. I just kinda threw all this together not knowing if everything would fit into the case, or if the power supply supports the video card, etc. I'll look around for some more memory. Thanks!

Hard Drive(Combo CPU w/ Mobo 305): CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor ? Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131299


Memory(73): Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1200 (PC2 9600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820220241

Hard Drive(90): Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136218

Video Card(145 after rebate): SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102747

Computer Case(75 after rebate): RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811156062
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(80 after rebate w/ power supply) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...=nine%2Bhundred

Power Supply(55): RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V Modular LED Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB ? Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817152028

CD/DVD Drive: Transferring over from my old computer that just broke

Monitor: Got a 22 incher already

Keyboard: Got 1

Mouse: Got 1

Total: About 750 after rebates


Would appreciate it if someone went over them to see if they are compatible with each other and if its a good deal.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:56 PM

You seem to have some duplications here. Several Mobos and PS. You mentioned the HD w/mobo & CPU and your case seems to have a PS and you're getting another one. Other than that it looks pretty basic and I don't see any real problems but I didn't check the specs of the parts but I think you could get a little more for your money. Have you checked the build to suit on Tiger? I got one and I'm very happy with it, I don't think I could have built it for less and I love the 2 year on-site warranty.
Pick a:
Mother board (MoBo)
Case
PS (if the case doesn't have one)
Mem (2G is good, 4 is a llittle better)
HDD (320 to 500G is good, anything over 1T is a waste (my opinion) unless you're doing a RAID config.)
Video card (if MoBo doesn't have one, I like the ones that do)
CD/DVD (use existing where possible)

That's it, build it and enjoy. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 11:13 PM

You seem to have some duplications here. Several Mobos and PS. You mentioned the HD w/mobo & CPU and your case seems to have a PS and you're getting another one. Other than that it looks pretty basic and I don't see any real problems but I didn't check the specs of the parts but I think you could get a little more for your money. Have you checked the build to suit on Tiger? I got one and I'm very happy with it, I don't think I could have built it for less and I love the 2 year on-site warranty.
Pick a:
Mother board (MoBo)
Case
PS (if the case doesn't have one)
Mem (2G is good, 4 is a llittle better)
HDD (320 to 500G is good, anything over 1T is a waste (my opinion) unless you're doing a RAID config.)
Video card (if MoBo doesn't have one, I like the ones that do)
CD/DVD (use existing where possible)

That's it, build it and enjoy. Keep us posted on your progress.


Yea the first two is a combo, i meant to include the Mobo and CPU as one. The Case and the Power Supply is something I can't decide on, whether to get the case with a built in power supply or buy them seperately. What do you mean "checked the build to suit on tiger"? Do you mean check the prices on tigerdirect instead of Newegg? Thanks.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 11:31 PM

Buy a new power supply. That one you found there for $55 looks like a great deal. You'll even be able to crossfire two 4850's with it (but you'll probably be pushing the limits of how much your power supply can handle) if you wanted to.

I don't know if you'd be interested in this, but I heard that the 3850, 3870, 4850, and the 4870 are able to be crossfired in any combination of the four. Normally you can only use the same type together, but apparently they all use the same driver, and would work fine together. This isn't supported by ATI though, and I'm not to sure of how well it works.

Anyway, you should look into getting a small tube of arctic silver 5 thermal paste for your cpu. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835100007 . This stuff works very well. Clean off the stuff that already comes with your processor.

Everything looks pretty good to me. If you wanted to save money, you could probably get some cheaper ram, but that's up to you. You could use cheaper 1066mhz ram or even cheaper 800mhz ram. Then again, it's up to you.
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 12:10 AM

Buy a new power supply. That one you found there for $55 looks like a great deal. You'll even be able to crossfire two 4850's with it (but you'll probably be pushing the limits of how much your power supply can handle) if you wanted to.

I don't know if you'd be interested in this, but I heard that the 3850, 3870, 4850, and the 4870 are able to be crossfired in any combination of the four. Normally you can only use the same type together, but apparently they all use the same driver, and would work fine together. This isn't supported by ATI though, and I'm not to sure of how well it works.

Anyway, you should look into getting a small tube of arctic silver 5 thermal paste for your cpu. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835100007 . This stuff works very well. Clean off the stuff that already comes with your processor.

Everything looks pretty good to me. If you wanted to save money, you could probably get some cheaper ram, but that's up to you. You could use cheaper 1066mhz ram or even cheaper 800mhz ram. Then again, it's up to you.


So everything is pretty much compatible with each other? All the stuff will fit in the case and the mobo is compatible with the ram? Those are the things I'm most worried about, I've only upgraded my premade computer, never made anything from scratch before and I would probably freak out if I found out I bought something that I wasn't supposed to. I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on the stuff but I wanted someone to give it a once over just to make sure.

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 07:18 AM

Yes, it all looks fine to me. One thing I noticed is that you didn't put down an operating system. I assume you already have a disc you're going to use?

Just a few tips for building it:

It's usually easier to put everything you can in the motherboard before putting the motherboard into the case.

Don't forget to put the copper standoffs between the case and motherboard.

Make sure the cpu heatsink and fan are on securely.

Double check that all your connections are secure also.

Well, I hope it works out for you!
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 05:16 PM

Yes, it all looks fine to me. One thing I noticed is that you didn't put down an operating system. I assume you already have a disc you're going to use?

Just a few tips for building it:

It's usually easier to put everything you can in the motherboard before putting the motherboard into the case.

Don't forget to put the copper standoffs between the case and motherboard.

Make sure the cpu heatsink and fan are on securely.

Double check that all your connections are secure also.

Well, I hope it works out for you!


will do! thanks a lot bro

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 02:55 PM

I actually changed my build up a bit. I cheaped out in a few places(namely CPU cooler and PSU) and got decent deals in others. I was planning on spending around 700 but I got really frustrated trying to keep a budget and figured I could spend another 200. I have this list on my computer, so I'm including my mistake(I was a hurry and I accidently ordered the wrong CPU, Newegg waived the restocking fee and all I gotta do is send it back to them for a refund).

First time building a computer, so I'm going to expect some headaches and some mistakes. I don't know anything about Overclocking so I'm not going to do that for now.

Computer Check List
CENTRAL PROCESSOR UNIT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115037

$189.99
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VIDEO CARD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102747
SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102747

1
$189.99

MOTHERBOARD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131299

Limited 30-Day Return Policy

$149.99

1

WRONG CPU[RETURN VIA RMA]

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103228
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6400CZBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103228

Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

$149.99

1

COMPUTER CASE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811129021
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129021

Limited 30-Day Return Policy

$119.99

1

POWER SUPPLY 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139005
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139005

Standard Return Policy

$109.99

1


MEMORY
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820227267
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR800C44GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227267

Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy

$91.99

1

HARD DRIVE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136218

Limited 30-Day Return Policy

$89.99
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CPU COOLING SYSTEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835186134
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835186134

$31.99

1

COMPUTER TOOL KIT
Rosewill RTK-015 15 Piece Standard Computer Tool Kit - Retail
Item #: N82E16899261002

Standard Return Policy

$11.99

1

THERMAL COMPOUND(HEAT TRANSFER)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007

Consumable Items Return Policy

$5.99

1
CABLE TIES
GENERIC 73CT-01-0418-BK Cable Tie, BLACK, 4 inch, 100 pcs / Pack - OEM
Item #: N82E16812999102

Standard Return Policy

$5.49

1
ANTI-STATIC WRIST STRAP
Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap - Retail
Item #: N82E16899261005

Standard Return Policy

$3.49
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Rebates
COMPUTER CASE-$40.00
MEMORY-$35.00
POWER SUPPLY-$20.00
VIDEO CARD-$30.00
COMBO MOTHERBOARD + CPU -$35
VIDEO CARD PROMO-$15


Total
CORE PROCESSOR UNIT
$189.99
VIDEO CARD
$189.99
MOTHERBOARD
$149.99
WRONG CPU[RETURN VIA RMA]
$149.99
COMPUTER CASE
$119.99
POWER SUPPLY 650W
109.99
MEMORY
$91.99
HARD DRIVE
$89.99
CPU COOLING SYSTEM
31.99
COMPUTER TOOL KIT
$11.99
THERMAL COMPOUND(HEAT TRANSFER)
$5.99
CABLE TIES
$5.49
ANTI-STATIC WRIST STRAP
$3.49
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SubTotal

1150.87

+Tax2 $56.59
+Tax1 $32.59
+Shipping $15.27
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1185.32

-Rebate 175
-Wrong CPU 149.99

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Total After Rebate and RMA
$860.33






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