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#1 CHansohn

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 10:47 AM

My cousin wants a decent computer as cheap as possible. I offered that if he buys the parts I'll build it for him. I want to make sure all the parts are compatible. it looks good to me but another pair of eyes would be great.

Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817165004
Mother board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813130252
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231193
Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130339
Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136218
CD/DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827106289
Monitor Cable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812189047
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811103010

he is not sure on the case yet. he want something that looks really cool.

CPU = Intel i7 950
Motherboard = Asus P6X58D
RAM = Corsair XMS3 DDR3 6X 2GB
Power Supply = Corsair AX1200W
Graphics Card = GTX 580 2-way SLI


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Posted 15 March 2010 - 06:15 PM

Well, let's see here.

Power Supply: A power supply is the beating heart of a PC and you often get what you paid for with them. If the power supply has issues, it can very easily damage other parts of a PC. I have never heard of that brand, so they may be good or bad, but 600W for $25 may not be such a good deal. I suggest power supplies from Corsair, Silverstone, Seasonic, OCZ, Thermaltake, and PC Power. I would go for either the OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W, CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W, Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W, or the SILVERSTONE ST56F 560W.

Motherboard and CPU: It looks fine, but you may be able to spend less and get a similarly performing PC with an AMD build. For instance, an ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard and a AMD Phenom II X2 555 Callisto 3.2GHz cost about $150 whereas your motherboard and CPU combination costs about $100 more.

Memory: It should be enough for most tasks.

Graphics Card: I have that graphics card. Nvidia has since renamed it the GTS 250. I suggest the MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC Radeon HD 5770 1GB instead. This card costs $10 more after rebate but performs much faster. It also allows for DirectX 11 and Eyefinity plus, it runs cooler and uses less energy than the GeForce 9800 GTX.

Hard Drive: I suggest hard drives with 32MB of cache. That said, the Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb will work.

Optical Drive, cable, and case: Everything seems normal, though shipping on that case is very expensive. I suggest, if you use the Radeon 5770 and your cousin isn't an enthusiast PC gamer who must have the gigantic graphics cards, going with a mid-ATX case. If you must have a full ATX case, I suggest the Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower, given its slightly lower price, reduced shipping, and mail-in rebate, it won't be as expensive. If you can go with a mid-ATX tower, the COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black is suggested.

Operating System: You need to purchase Windows since you forgot to include it. Remember, OEM versions are tied to the motherboard and cannot be moved to another PC due to licensing restrictions.

Edited by DJBPace07, 16 March 2010 - 02:26 AM.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:23 PM

for the graphics card it says it needs "PCI Express 2.1 x16" is that compatable with PCI-E 2.0?

Also would all these parts (like the graphics card) work on a mid ATX? I would imagen it does but thought I would ask rather then make an assumption.

CPU = Intel i7 950
Motherboard = Asus P6X58D
RAM = Corsair XMS3 DDR3 6X 2GB
Power Supply = Corsair AX1200W
Graphics Card = GTX 580 2-way SLI


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Posted 16 March 2010 - 02:29 AM

PCI Express is backwards compatible, PCI-E 2.1 X16 will work with PCI-E X16 1.0 and up. One of the main differences is with bandwidth, PCI-E 2.0 has twice that of 1.0, and thus, is able to send more data. PCI-E 2.1 is just a small step up and mostly lays the groundwork for PCI-E 3.0. All of the parts I suggested will fit into a standard Mid-ATX case. Note that if you get the GeForce 9800 GTX, that is a longer card than the one I suggested and may not fit well inside a Mid-ATX.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 08:22 AM

I noticed some power supplies say they are for MicroATX does that mean that a regular ATX power supply will not fit in a MicroATX case?

CPU = Intel i7 950
Motherboard = Asus P6X58D
RAM = Corsair XMS3 DDR3 6X 2GB
Power Supply = Corsair AX1200W
Graphics Card = GTX 580 2-way SLI


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Posted 16 March 2010 - 04:56 PM

There are several variations on the ATX standard. Micro-ATX is a small case, usually meant for budget builds or home theater PC's. Because they are so small, the power supply sometimes has to be slimmed down to fit. A Mid-ATX and a Full-ATX case both can use standard ATX power supplies. Micro-ATX and Mid-ATX are two different sizes with Mid-ATX being the larger of the two. All of the cases mentioned so far will hold a standard ATX power supply.

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