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Building My Own Computer : Compatible Parts

By RayJon
Aug 30, 2005
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  1. Edit :
    I (well, mostly vfnultras suggestions added onto), put together a computer. Im not using a bare-bone kit

    here is what i have
    Please give feedback/suggestions for everything from quality/price/compatable, so on the case, Dont judge the style please(if you feel you have to lol, thats fine)

    Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144076
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................55
    Processer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103537
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................146
    Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130514#DetailSpecs
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................74
    RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................90
    HD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822162004
    .........................................................................................................................................................................................................51
    GFXCARD
    apg 8x 4x 128
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................0

    Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824160144
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................94

    Total .............................................................................................................................................................................................510
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Look at some so-called 'barebone kits', they all have matching parts that you assemble yourself. Your budget is the only limitation here!
    Some sets need additional harddisk/CD/DVD and/or graphics.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=31
    http://www.globalcomputer.com/appli...stock_slc.asp?CatId=31&category=Barebone Kits
    http://www.barebone-kits.com/

    One very important thing: make sure you get a DECENT powersupply as well, not the crappy stuff that come with those cheap cases!
  3. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Yeah, im taking a computer class like this **** gets ALOT in depth, way more than I thought. In a few weeks were going on sites and we are going to find parts to build the instructer a new computer and our balance is 2000. Anyway, thanks alot for the sites.
  4. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    That pc looks good for the price, except whoever put it together didn't know much about computers. It has a pci-e motherboard, and a agp 8x video card. I guess you can use the agp video card as a free paperweight.
  6. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    i have an ati 128mb apg 8x/4x radeon 9200 in my current computer is that any better?
  7. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Posts: 378

    No, it won't work.
    PCI-Express and AGP are two different graphics slot technologies, PCI-Express came out last year and is a lot faster than AGP.

    Because they're different technologies, you can't cross over, ergo, you can't use an AGP card in a PCI-E slot.

    However that computer, while good for the price, gives you an AGP card for a PCI-E mobo, either when you get it the slot will be knackered/ it won't work at all/ fries upon boot up :dead:

    I wonder what genius configured it :knock:

    At best, you can sell the AGP card and salvage the slot, but to me it seems a bit too optomistic.
  8. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    so my ati card wont work and the card with the comp wont work.......damnnnnnnnnnnn

    And maybe IM reading it wrong or maybe its not what you guys are talking about, but it says Form Factor : ATX for the MOBO?? I dont know, O well, maybe back to the drawing board on this barebone kit but thanks for all the help, also if you find a nice barebone kit for under/around 500 let me know.
  9. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

  10. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    At a glance that setup looks good. It doesn't seem to have a graphics card though. Do you need one?
  11. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    I have a ATi Radeon 9200 128 mb apg 8x/4x grfx card will that work????

    Also, do I NEED a floppy drive, because Im not sure if that comes with it, and I will never use it... So is it neccesary?
     
  12. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

  13. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144076
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................55
    Processer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103537
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................146
    Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130514#DetailSpecs
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................74
    RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................90
    GFXCARD
    apg 8x 4x 128
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................0
    Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822162004
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................51
    Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824160144
    ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................94

    Total .............................................................................................................................................................................................510
  14. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    It looks pretty good, a few things though.
    I'm not sure if the hd is good or not. I've never heard of the brand. Personally I like seagate hd's but they cost more, and might put you over budget. Maybe a western digital or maxtor would be better. These hd's also have 8mb cache, so they'd be faster than a 2mb cache version. I linked ide drives, but you could use sata if you like, they're about the same price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144122

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144233

    Also, the case looks fine, but the power suppy might be iffy. I think it will run the parts you chose, but I don't think turbo link is a good brand, it may not last very long.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowI...er supply for AMD/Intel Power Supply - Retail

    Antec psus are better, and come with many antec cases "free", although they don't have any cases that look like the one you linked to.

    Unsure about the monitor, but hey, I guess it'll work.

    I think the cpu, board, and ram are all good choices.

    Do you plan on gaming on this pc? If so you may need to eventually upgrade the graphics card, if you want to play demanding games.

    Oh, you probably don't need a floppy, but they are only like $8-10. I've only used mine to flash my bios a few times. But you can actually flash the bios without a floppy if you use a program like winflasher. So, you wouldn't need it, but it might come in handy once every few years.

    Good luck.
  15. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    I will be using that.

    How much are power supplys? And can I replace it if needed?

    Plan on it, but not for a while and like I bought Doom 3 and on my gfx card it was kinda laggy just on Campaign or whatever 1Player is called, so if I plan on playing, I will upgrade.
  16. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    A power supply price varies with the power output and quality. A decent psu usually starts at about $40, and goes to like $250+. Yes they are replaceable.

    Here's a power supply recommendation thread, if you would need/want a better one.
    http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=792566
  17. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    so is this compatible?
  18. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    Yeah, what you list above, the msi k8n board, 939 3000+, aspire case, corsair ram, wd hd, etc should all be compatible.

    I have a new motherboard suggestion though, unless you think you'll never want to upgrade the computer, this new board might suit you well.

    Asrock sata2 agp + pci-e board.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157081
    Not in stock atm, but soon it should be back in. It is very versatile, as it supports agp and pci express(both), and also can be upgraded to amd's, as of yet not introduced, socket m2 cpu, as well as current 939 socket cpus. It also seems to be a fast board.

    Ok here's my suggestion for the rig

    Mobo,
    Msi k8n
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130514#DetailSpecs
    Or
    Asrock sata 2 board.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157081

    Cpu,
    amd 939 3000+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103537

    Ram,
    Corsair vs 1gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440

    Case,
    whatever you like, you previously listed this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144076

    Hd,
    Wd ide,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144122
    OR
    Seagate sata(may be harder to setup than ide)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148040

    Power supply,
    Many choices, but I like this one. It's very nice for the price.

    Enermax 460w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103464
  19. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    ^ thanks alot for the MOBO suggestion, I will use that.
  20. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

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