Building First Computer! Please help! Quad Core

By Makavetis
Oct 1, 2007
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  1. Hey guys, im new here, this is my first post.

    I come to ask for some help as i am building my first computer. I have decided to order from Newegg and I will be needing pretty much all the parts (screen, keyboard, etc)
    I have started shopping around and this is what i have so far! I am not a big computer specialist, so it would be great if someone could help me out! These are my questions..

    What other parts do i need? and if existing parts i picked are compatible and fine!
    My budget is around 2000 and I am set on Quad processor! Thank you guys very much for looking.. and here are the parts i am getting so far!

    My Newegg Wishlist

    PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

    MOTHERBOARD: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    VIDEO CARD: EVGA 512-P2-N773-AR GeForce 8600GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

    POWER SUPPLY: Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    KEYBOARD/MOUSE: Logitech MX 3200 Black 102 Normal Keys 21 Function Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop Laser Mouse Included

    MONITOR: LG L226WTY-BF Black 22" 2ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 3000:1

    SOUND CARD: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

    SPEAKERS: Logitech X-230 32 watts RMS 2.1 Black Speaker System - OEM

    CPU FAN: ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Heatsink

    THERMAL GREASE: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

    Any reccomendations, i know i need more parts and i need help, i am not sure what i need! any upgrades ill aslo listen to! thanks again!
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    A box to put it all into would be useful!
  3. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yeah. it would. and thats why im on here asking for help, so you guys can help me find a proper box that could satisfy the dimensions.
  4. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    because i didnt know bro! thanks for letting me know, ill consider taking out the audio card, i didnt know the motherboard already had a good one! as far as the card, yeah ill add the 8800 instead! can you suggest anyhting on newegg as far as burners that would fit me? im looking for LG or samsung, thanks!
  5. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thanks man! Your VERY HELPFUL!
    I was told by someother people on board to take out the therma grease and the Zalman fan? would you agree also?
  6. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    Should be a very good system with that eVGAe-GeForce 8800 GTS!
  7. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yea, i added the 8800 GTS and plus i added the LG drives! is it bad for me to use 2 burner drives? does one have to be regular? or its ok to have 2 burner?
  8. hichael

    hichael Newcomer, in training

    I just wanted to know why did you choose an 8600gt on such a high budget system? go for either 8800 gts or gtx. If you falling short on the money take out the sound card as you don't really need it. 680i hd audio is more than enough for almost everything.[/QUOTE]


    That is correct go for BFG (life time Warranty) 8800 GTS 640mb OC2 addition, you have enough budget for that. You can even add 2 more GB (4GB total).
    I’m also building a new system that will cost me around $1500 with out the monitor, so you have to shop wisely and do not rush.

    This is the system I’m building now:

    - APEVIA X-Infinity Metal Case
    -INTEL CORE 2 QUAD Q6600 2.4G
    -BFG GeForce 8800GTS 640MB PCI-e OC2 Edition
    -Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Sata II Hard Drive
    -OCZ GameXStream 850W SLI Power Supply
    -P5KC Dual-channel DDR2 1066/800/667 MHz or DDR3 1333/1066/800
    -Vantec Spectrum PCI Fan Card with Blue UV LED
    - Lite-On Super-Multi LH20A1H Lightscribe DVD Burner - 20x DVD±R Burn
  9. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    hey Sipsoh, i was told now that the LG drive wont work, thats why im asking for whats gonna work with my system not just whats good out there. I need SATA and not IDE! hope you can help, i mean i can find good parts myself, just go to top sellers on newegg, but what i need is compatability

    ok guys, i was told LiteOn is pretty good and i am considering that, but here i found this LG on neweggg that could match me, i wanted LG all along, can someone verify that this is good and would match my specs? i wanted 2 of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136120
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +180

    If you wish, you may install an IDE optical drive. It will work. I've installed IDE DVD drives combined with SATA hard drives on several PCs with no problem. It is up to you. Also, you may install 2 (or more) DVD burners if you want. They can be identical or all different. It doesn't matter.

    The retail version of the CPU comes with a heatsink and fan combination. Thermal compound comes with it so for the first time assembly you don't really need a separate supply of thermal compound. Many prefer to remove the original compound and reapply their own Arctic Silver or other brand thermal compound. However, I always use the original with no problem. If you plan to overclock, then I would recommend that you use an aftermarket heatsink and fan.

    I actually prefer to install a separate sound card like the X-Fi XtremeGamer you originally listed. I think it sounds better and it does take some processing load off of the CPU and uses its own RAM instead of stealing a bit from the system RAM. That's my preference, however, but you might want to just use the onboard sound. You could always add the separate card later. Again, it's your choice.
  11. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks man! that was very useful!

    whats the diff between IDE or SATA drive? which is considered better?
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I propose a few changes:
    RAM
    OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK - Retail - $56.99 after $40 rebate

    Mobo
    MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $86.99 after $20 rebate

    Video Card
    EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail - $509.99 after $20 rebate

    PSU
    FSP Group (Fortron Source) FX700-GLN ATX12V V2.2/EPS12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CSA, IEC, UL, CE, TUV - Retail - $104.99 after $25 rebate

    The RAM is a steal at the price and is of good quality. The motherboard gives you the same performance as the 680i board for a much lower price. The video card is an obviously good choice. The PSU is cheaper than the Thermaltake after rebate and is of better build quality as well. Your grand total after all these will come upto $1806.88, which leaves quite a bit for shipping. A great system that should serve you well, provided you take the suggestions. Cheers and good luck. :)
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +180

    SATA is newer and faster. I think in the case of SATA optical drives you might not really notice much difference. IDE drives have master and slave settings but SATA does not because each device is alone and goes to its own connection on the motherboard.

    I forgot to mention earlier that most newer motherboards only have one IDE (also known as PATA) controller so that you can only install two IDE devices natively. You can install a PCI IDE controller card to install more IDE devices if you wanted to. It might be unlikely that you would do so, but I only mention it as a bit of information on what some potential possibilities are.

    Edit: I just checked your link and the motherboard you originally chose does have just one IDE/PATA controller. It's not a problem but just something you should be aware of when making decisions on what other types of components you wish to buy.
     
  14. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  15. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +180

    Yes, it should work just fine.
  16. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    FSP Fortron is an excellent manufacturer of PSUs and is in the same league as Antec and PC Power & Cooling. So that PSU is a high-quality one and will give no problems. Also, the 650i board offers x8+x8 SLI, which doesn't offer any performance disadvantage compared to the 680i's x16+x16 SLI. In fact, it'd probably save you money on a cooler for the hot northbridge of the 680i. Also, overall performance of the 650i chipset is exactly the same as the 680i one. What are you basing your observations on?
  17. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Care to back that up with any links\proof?
    Here are some reviews of the FX700-GLN.
    NeoSeeker Review
    TechEnclave Review
    HardwareLogic Review

    Also, Google for articles x16+x16 SLI vs x8+x8 SLI and they'll show it to be a moot point. The ASUS A8N32-SLI had an nForce 4 chipset with 'full x16' SLI quite a while before the 680i released. It's just marketing. Prove it isn't so and I'll accept your argument.
  19. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok while im having a hard time picking the case, maybe for now, can you guys recommend me a TV tuner card that would work? and also i have a bluetooth/ethernet symbol on my printer. do i need any additional parts to get it to work wirelessly? let me know guys! thanks!

    ok ive narrowed down my options to 2 cases, could you please recommend one that will support my motherboard, etc.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811144151

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811146025

    and this is last resort, if those 2 dont work.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811144026

    ok ive settled on this case, need your guy's final approval for it..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144151
  20. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +180

    If you like that case, that's all that matters to me. :)

    BTW, the three case links in your previous post do not work.
  21. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  22. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +180

    Either case would probably work fine for you. The one you did not choose has a sideways hard drive mounting. For that I think you would have to have gotten a right angle connector on the data cable for a better clearance. It is also deeper. That would come in handy with more clearance for today's longer graphics cards like the nVidia 8800 series.

    However, case choice is largely a matter of personal preference so go with what you like as long as it fits your needs technologically.
  23. Makavetis

    Makavetis Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ok, i want to thank everyone for their help, i htink im ready to order! Could anyone with knowledge please go over my list one last time to make sure it is all compatible and fits properly. And also if I would be needing any more components i may be missing!? Thanks again guys!

    Newegg Wishlist

    PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

    MOTHERBOARD: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    VIDEO CARD: EVGA 512-P2-N773-AR GeForce 8600GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

    POWER SUPPLY: Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    KEYBOARD/MOUSE: Logitech MX 3200 Black 102 Normal Keys 21 Function Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop Laser Mouse Included

    MONITOR: LG L226WTY-BF Black 22" 2ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 3000:1

    DVD BURNER/OPTICAL DRIVE: 2 LG Electronics Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM

    SPEAKERS: Logitech X-230 32 watts RMS 2.1 Black Speaker System - OEM

    COMPUTER CASE: APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    THERMAL GREASE: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    OPERATING SYSTEM:
    Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
  24. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +180

    Yes, this should all work together just fine. BTW, your link for the video card takes us to the motherboard instead.
  25. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Go with an X1950GT\PRO instead. It gives better performance than the 8600GTS for about the same price.
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