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Building A New Pc

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#1 vipuladusa


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Posted 10 August 2008 - 10:51 AM

I've been looking around for pc parts to build my new pc. Please tell me if my config will work so far. So far my config consists of:

APEVIA X-TELSTAR-JR S-Type X-TSJST-BL Blue / Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725032GLA360 (0A35411) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Thermaltake W0106RU 700W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version Power Supply - Retail

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Retail

ASUS P5K PRO LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7200 - Retail

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler - Retail

A couple questions. Will the case be big enough to hold all that? Is that power supply enough, or will I be fine with a 600w power supply? And post anything you know on liquid cooling, how do I install it, is it worth it for my system specs, and please reccomend one for my system. Thanks!~

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#2 Sterling14


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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:18 PM

Welcome to bleepingcomputer!

It looks pretty good, except you should get a different graphics card. That one is really old, and they stopped making them a long time ago. It is very overpriced. For around the same price you can get an ATI 4850 which dominates it http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....=Radeon+HD+4850 . I'd recommend the sapphire or the HIS one. It would be better to get an ATI graphics card with that motherboard anyway because you can do crossfire (two ATI cards), but that motherboard won't work with SLI (two Nvidia graphics cards). The only other problem I see is that the second pci express slot only runs at 4X bandwidth, and this will slow down a second graphics card a bit. If you really want to go Nvidia though, I'd recommend a 9800GTx or the 9800GTX+. If you don't want to spend around $200 though, you should get an 8800GT. An 8800GT is better than the 8800GTS 640mb version.

I don't know much about liquid cooling, but you might want to get a full size ATX case to fit it all. On top of that, I don't know how much power a liquid cooling set up uses, but without it a 600 watt power supply would be more than enough to run your system.

Lastly, you didn't add an optical drive (A DVD/CD drive), or an OS. I assume you probably have those already, but just wanted to make sure you didn't forget anything!
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#3 jet101


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:18 AM

I have to go along with Sterling on the update of the VGA. I also think you found a great deal on the SLI/PSU with the rebate. I would like, however, to suggest a CPU upgrade to an E8500 or even a Quad Q6600 in the neighborhood of $185.00. Her is the link:



A good Zalman,Thermaltake or Cool Master CPU cooler is more than enough unless you plan to OC the living SNOT out of it! Liquid cooling needs care taken to ensure tight connections to prevent leaks and occasional maintenance of coolant changes. Not to mention the huge cost for all of the components. I think it makes more sense to spend on Graphics and CPU. Just me though...!
I have to recommend a great case for the money. I just purchased on of these and was impress with the overall quality for the price. Options like upper venting, a 250mm side fan w/speed control and bet of all hide-away drive bay doors. Check it out!


#4 DJBPace07


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 05:19 PM

Get a newer graphics card, a 9800 GTX would be a good choice if you want to stick with NVidia. Since your motherboard is not SLI capable, an ATI card would be a better choice. Your case should be able to hold all of that, a full ATX case would allow for larger PCI cards and give you more room to work in. Keep in mind that with 4 GB of RAM, you will need a 64-bit OS to use it all.



#5 Vaerli


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:25 PM

why do you need the 12 gram thing of artic silver thermal paste? Its just more, and you're probably not going to use a fourth of it. All thats needed is really a drop or so of it. Get the 5.99$ OEM stuff. Unless you build a LOT of computers.

Also, consider a different card... like they said.

On top of that, just spend the extra 80$ and get that Q6600 quad core processor. You won't regret it. Those extra cores will be worth it. I got it, and for the price its the best quad core out there for the extra speed it gives. I would suggest delaying it a month if you had to save that long for it.

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#6 jet101


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Posted 12 August 2008 - 08:11 AM

Here is the latest q6600 OEM for $172


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