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#1 toshibauser

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 12:04 AM

I have been planning to build a computer for a couple of months now, but before my parents would let me begin anything they wanted me to be able to do something other than play games. So after teaching myself some basic things, a lil c++ and using photoshop, im ready to get started.

A while back i discussed a build with mr alpha and protozero. Now that i actually know something about computers i came up with stuff on my own. Please run through this and check for compatability and or make suggestions. Anything that costs less and still works is good to me.
thanks, toshibauser





Amd Athalon Dual Core 2.2 ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103747 169
160 GB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822144415 52.99
Optical Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16827106992 23.99
1 gig corsair RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820145526 105.99
Case and PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811129155 89.99
MotherBoard supporting dual ati gfx cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813135024 124.99
Gfx Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...82E16814102051R 219.99

total 786.94

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 12:47 AM

Looks good to me, but I'm no expert. Is there a fan with the CPU? Are you using your old case, if so do you have case fans? And last question, how about power supply, is the one you have big enuff? :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:18 AM

i dotn know if the power supply is enough, i dont have fans, but there cheap enough and yes teh amd processor comes with a fan

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:49 AM

Id pay anything for a site that actually had the required power for a vid card, alas I was barely able to find one

I went to a local shop site that I have bought parts from and found a similar video card the x1950 made by ATI not sapphiron , with the power listed as 450 or more,

Im guessing that your card is either 400-450, somewhere in between More or less leaning to the 400 side

the rest of your computer parts are compatable, If you feel you don't have enough fans in your computer, put it in a semi cool place and take the case siding off, works great for cooling and its free

the onyl thing I could suggest is uppping the mhz on your ram (I think it is..) as if you notice your motherboard supports DDR2 800 and you're only at DDR 533 While its not a requirement to meet what your motherboard provides, it might help boost performance, Just a thought :thumbsup: I wouldn't do it if youd on't want to or you can't find ram that's DDR2 800 but, if its easy and as cheap as the stuff you got Id do it

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:56 AM

Go HERE about half way down the page is a link on what you need to know about power supplies. It has a list of parts and how much power they use. If you need a new PSU, don't go cheap, you get what you pay for. Read the reviews and compare prices. I like Antec myself.. :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 January 2007 - 04:35 PM

thanks, right now its a 450 psu wich should support teh card, i jsut dont wanna go 500 cause itll only make it hotter in there. Thanks guys

and open teh case for cooling, wouldnt that introduce dust etc to the comp,????

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 06:13 PM

Yes..but that's nothing a litlte compressed air won't fix every now and then, there are supposed hazards to keeping it open as I do but in the end my computer without any expensive cooling system goes at about 20C everyday maybe a litlte more,

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 06:29 AM

so just get some of that air in a can and spray it in there once or twice a day>? hmmm, never thought of that

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 02:16 PM

I live in the messiest room in my house, Self declared, I barely vaccuum, WEll used to barely vaccumm getting better now

you only should have to spray your case/parts like once a month, maybe once every 2-3 weeks not every day

unless you're allergic to dust or something

the dust buildup isn't that great in there to cause you to have to respray everyday




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