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Building my first computer from scratch


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#1 web1324

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:33 PM

Hello everyone! I've decided to do what I've always wanted to do and build my own computer from scratch. I know a decent amount about the components that go into computers, but I wanted to just double check to see if I've missed anything and to make sure everything is compatable. I've put everything together using newegg.com and below are all of the components I've picked out. Suggestions are also welcome, and I'm trying to stick to a budget of around $1,000.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339002

Wireless Networking
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166063

Graphics Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180

Optical Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136241

Operating System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:54 PM

everything looks good except for the RAM. You just need more of it and you can get slightly faster RAM to use with that motherboard. What you have listed is 4GB (2x2GB) PC1333 you can run up to 8GB per slot with your current motherboard at PC1600 speeds. The price difference for PC1600 vs PC1333 is about 63 cent per GB so its not a big investment either. I would suggest going with at least 8GB (2x4GB) of RAM or going ahead and maxing out 2 slots with 16GB (2x8GB)

Either of these would be a good choice (I understand budgets are budgets)

GSkill 8GB Kit (2x4GB) PC1600 $45


GSkill 16GB Kit (2x8GB) PC1600 $115

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:28 PM

To cut down cost, you could get the i5-2500 because the i7 won't give you that extra performance in games and if you aren't overclocking then non-k should be fine. A 750W power supply isn't necessary when your only running a single gpu, this would do. For the GPU, this is way faster then the 550TI. I would get the 8GB kit rather then 16GB because you will probably never need that much amount of ram. So the new total price is $984 with my modifications and Black Spyder's 8GB ram suggestion.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:59 PM

everything looks good except for the RAM. You just need more of it and you can get slightly faster RAM to use with that motherboard. What you have listed is 4GB (2x2GB) PC1333 you can run up to 8GB per slot with your current motherboard at PC1600 speeds. The price difference for PC1600 vs PC1333 is about 63 cent per GB so its not a big investment either. I would suggest going with at least 8GB (2x4GB) of RAM or going ahead and maxing out 2 slots with 16GB (2x8GB)

Either of these would be a good choice (I understand budgets are budgets)

GSkill 8GB Kit (2x4GB) PC1600 $45


GSkill 16GB Kit (2x8GB) PC1600 $115


Thank you for your reply! Yes, I have posted this in a couple of forums now (I figure the more people that look at it and offer me suggestions, the better the end product will be), and a few other people have suggested I upgrade to DDR3 1600 and 8 - 16GB as well. So I think I will most definitely do this. I will also look into the two products you've presented me with.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:08 PM

To cut down cost, you could get the i5-2500 because the i7 won't give you that extra performance in games and if you aren't overclocking then non-k should be fine. A 750W power supply isn't necessary when your only running a single gpu, this would do. For the GPU, this is way faster then the 550TI. I would get the 8GB kit rather then 16GB because you will probably never need that much amount of ram. So the new total price is $984 with my modifications and Black Spyder's 8GB ram suggestion.


Thank you for your reply and suggestions! I plan to use this computer for a lot of things. Everyday use, website design, working on some games with Torque3D, and also playing a few games like Sim City 4, Red Alert 3, and perhaps even COD Black Ops. I plan to do a lot of work in Torque3D after putting this computer together:
http://www.garagegames.com/products/torque-3d
I also plan to use Blender quite a bit (3D modeling):
http://www.blender.org
I want something that will last a long time. The only other computer I have now is a laptop which is good for everyday use but nothing more really, and a crappy desktop I use to experiment on. So regarding your suggestions, because I'll be using Torque3D and blender, I think I will stick with the i7 processor, but I do not plan to overclock it, so I don't think I will need the unlocked chip. Perhaps I will see about getting a 2600 instead of the 2600K.

As for the graphics card, I believe you're right. A few other people have suggested Radeon graphics cards now and all the graphs I've been looking through online show significant benefits to using the Radeon 6850 - 6870 over the NVIDIA 550. Not to mention there isn't much price difference. However, I have mainly paid attention to NVIDIA graphics cards over the years and know barely anything when it comes to Radeon. I know NVIDIA has PhysX, and I don't think Radeon has anything similar, does it?

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:09 PM

As far as i know, i don't think AMD does have anything similar to PhysX but there isn't much games out there that uses PhysX but the only game i know that uses it, is Mafia II.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:44 PM

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I have a NVIDA chipset 550ti and I love it. I mainly go with NVIDA because they have excellent warranty and excellent RMA and TS support. I have a AMD system but my GPU is NVIDA base

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:55 AM

Okay, thank you both for your replies and suggestions.

Question - Everyone seems to be telling me to upgrade to the 1600 memory. However, the 2600k processor has an integrated memory controller for 1066 / 1333 memory. If I put 1600 into my system, will it still run like 1600? Will it cause problems?




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