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First Time Building A Computer


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#1 Dude10801

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:47 PM

This will be my first time building a computer and before I bought all of the stuff, I was hopping someone could confirm that I was not missing anything and that all parts were compatible. This is all from newegg.com.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119068
$49.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
$5.99

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145034
$50.00 Mail-in Rebate
$225.00

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148144
$74.99

Thermaltake CL-C0034 Copper Fan&Heatsinks - Retail
Item #: N82E16835116018
$23.99

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116213
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
$199.99
-$10.00 Instant
$189.99

* ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131028

* COOLMAX CUG-700B ATX 12V( V.2.2) 700W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817159058

$364.98
-$40.00 Combo
-$30.00 Instant
$294.98

* Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824254023

* Rosewill RCN-SC206 Monitor Cleaning w/ 100ml Solution - Retail
Item #: N82E16882021002

$204.48
-$7.00 Combo
-$10.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
$187.48

* EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130038

* Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115003
Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy
* THQ Gift - Supreme Commander PC Game - OEM
Item #: N82E16800997016

$672.98
-$39.99 Combo
-$15.00 Instant
$617.99

* SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D/BEBE - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151133

* RiDATA ARITA 4.7GB 8X DVD+R 25 Packs Disc - Retail
Item #: N82E16817132016

$41.98
-$5.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$36.98
Grand Total: $1,707.38

Let me know if I screwed up with anything here... As far as I can tell everything is ok and I dont think I am missing anything, but then again, I have never put one together yet. Thanks for your help.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 04:27 PM

Looks like you got everything there. To be on the safe side, you may want to add on an anti-static wrist strap so you don't accidentally zap and fry your CPU. Also, I don't know what kind of case you got, but you might want some closed bracket plates for the unused slots in the back.

Make sure you got all the tools you need too. Needle-nose pliers can be a big help for plugging in extremely tiny spaces.

Thermal compound may not be necessary as the retail version of the CPU already has it applied on it (I know, I got it myself a couple of months ago).

I noticed you're getting a monster of a system with the 8800 GPU and Vista. Can I make a couple of suggestions that could save you time, money, and trouble? Consider getting a SLi or Crossfire system and get 2 lower or mid-range video cards to share the graphics load (and hook it up to a widescreen if you have one). This way, you can wait for the DirectX 10 cards to come out more inexpensively.

Also, Vista is undergoing horrendous problems right now from what I hear. I'd stick with your XP (if you still have the CD and authentication key) until Microsoft solves the Vista bugs.

I have an SLi system with 2 GeForce 7600 GTs and similar components that you have that I was able to purchase from newegg for about $1,200.
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Posted 21 March 2007 - 04:28 PM

You've got a great machine there pal, just one thing, stick with Windows XP Pro because Vista is not fully supported by a lot of software and games. Also Windows Explorer in Vista crashes sometimes and it's VERY annoying :thumbsup:. You can buy Vista and keep in on the shave ready for install at any moment :flowers:.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 04:31 PM

Hello Dude10801, and Welcome to BleepingComputer!

Looks like a pretty sweet system. Just a couple of thoughts....

I couldn't tell whether the DVD drive was Dual-layer, if not I would suggest getting a dual layer drive. Also, for better data tranfer rates and ease of installation, maybe an SATA drive, not IDE (ATAPI). Samsung is good, as is Lite-On.

Do you have a keyboard and mouse? Also, that system is going to put out some heat, you may want to think about getting a PCI exhaust fan, just as an extra way to shuttle hot air out of the case. Airflow/cooling are key for any computer.

If you have any other questions, let us know.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 07:07 PM

I cant believe I forgot a keyboard....

Any thing I should pay special attention to when putting it together?

Thanks for the suggestions.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 10:56 PM

uh pray to god that you get a good motherboard manual. Cuz my first build i had to like completely wing everything b/c my manual was terrible. Also make sure you seat all your cards firmly. Good luck.
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Posted 21 March 2007 - 11:35 PM

Added a keyboard :-) and had to swich the monitor to something different (A friend pointed out the the graphics card did not have the correct port, so got one with a dvi connection. A little more expensive, but a better monitor. I added a PCI fan ($5) aswell.

Edited by Dude10801, 21 March 2007 - 11:49 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2007 - 11:56 PM

Maybe I missed them, but what about case fans? Does the case come with some? Or do you have some? I would have at least 2, 1 for intake in front and 1 for exhaust in back.... :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 12:38 AM

The case comes with 1 80mm fan in the front and 1 120mm fan in the back.

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:36 PM

When you are first putting it together, take a spacial approach and look at everything to make sure it is going to fit inside the case. Sometimes it is better to put the power supply in after you have installed the motherboard and drives. Also, keep in mind where the 8800 is (where the PCI-e slot is). You may have to put the hard drive in a different bay than you first thought, due to the size of the 8800.

Also, try to lay things out so that you have a good flow of air through the case.

Sometimes, you want to install the RAM at the same time you install the CPU, outside the case on a flat surface. A soft surface (so you don't bend any pins). This way you won't have to force anything and maybe crack the mobo.

Good luck! :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 02:31 PM

You don't need a 700W power supply for that. Them you need only for SLI and Crossfire machines. Instead get a smaller but a high-quality power supply from a high-quality maker like CoolerMaster, Enermax, Fortron Source (FSP Group), OCZ, PC Power & Cooling, SeaSonic, Silverstone, Sparkle, Tagan, Vantec, Verax or Zalman.
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:24 PM

Some tips for ya if you want 'em. I built my computer together about a couple of months ago. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is this:

TAKE YOUR TIME.

Double or even quadruple-check what you're going to do, be it connections or installing the motherboard (which can be tricky, so be careful there). I'd read up on the manuals first before actually digging in and building it. I read through the motherboard, power supply, and case manuals the night before I built it.

Prepare to take an entire day to build the sucker. Take breaks, you'd be surprised how much easier and better it is to resume building after a poo and snack break.

You're likely to run into a few snags, like tight spaces to cram connections in for example (that's why I suggested needle-nose pliers).

If you're worried about space, there's the Antec Performance One case that I used for my system. It's plenty big with 3 huge 180mm fans to keep it nice and cool (also surprisingly quiet). The tradeoff is the price, obviously, as it clocks over $100 on Newegg. Also, while it's built like a tank, it weighs like a tank (stealing that line from a Newegg user review, so I take no credit for that funny line).

So..

Take your time.

Review the manuals.

Check the stuff (some could be missing a screw or something like that, it happens).

If you run into a wall, don't be afraid to post on here, and no, nobody's gonna flame you (it's off-limits here, we believe in being friendly!).

Take your time (did I emphasize that enough?)

Feel free to post your progress in bleepingcomputer. I did and it helped me out greatly. Much luck to you.
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 09:59 PM

The power supply came in a bundle with the case so I got it for the discount.

Thank you for your suggestions, tips, and advice. I have bought the parts and am waiting on delivery.

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 05:23 AM

Got most of the stuff (everything except the hard drive and the OS) the next day after ordering it...

Put it together and it WORKS!

I had never seen a 8800 gpu scaled with anything and thought it was going to be the same size as my 6600 card.... wrong. It is like a foot long (thank god the case was huge). Everything fits very nicely and I did not have to use the cpu fan I bought because the one that came with the cpu was huge aswell. The case is very nice, very big, and very focused with air flow.

Very very happy with what I got, and thank you guys again for your thoughts and advice.




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