Does this rig I want to build have everything I need?

By leadpill
Aug 23, 2008
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  1. This thread has all of the links to the hardware-

    To start off, I know my fair share of software and putting a computer together, but choosing compatible hardware is something that I know nothing of.
    I was glancing over jsv35's budget picks today( http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/172986.aspx ), I bookmarked it a few months ago while trying to find out about building computers, and I have decided that I would like the one that costs 700$ to build. It has all of these things listed for the 700$ Intel build.

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - I heard that gigabyte is not a good company to get this mobo from, due to their customer support, so could somebody please link me to a mobo that is the same as this, but a better company?

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

    Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - If possible, could somebody please find me a 2x1gb stick, or 1x2 gb stick, whichever is cheaper, but I'd prefer a link to both.

    XFX GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card

    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium DVD

    I already have a monitor, speakers, keyboard, and a mouse. Is this all the stuff I need to build a computer, or is there something I'm missing, If there is something that I am missing, please tell me because I am getting ready to purchase this stuff.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,263   +41

    As far as the mobo I looked it up on newegg. That thing supports ddr2 and ddr3. I would think that is odd. Maybe unstable too

    I see these mobos are X fire enabled. Before I pick another mobo will you ever use two cards for X fire. Important because you're buying nvidia based card.
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,263   +41

  4. leadpill

    leadpill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    No, I will only use 1 card. By the way, could you also tell me what cross fire is? I think I read somewhere that it is just having two video cards, linked by this one flat cable like thing.
  5. leadpill

    leadpill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,391   +829

    IDE for DVD.......

    I'm not a big fan of Toshiba/Samsung for DVD drives. I've had 3, 2 failed outright, and the other 1 (an external USB) really doesn't impress me.

    I still prefer IDE drives, since most boards have 1 IDE buss, why waste it. This leaves all of the SATA ports for use with the HDDs.

    Myself, and many other people on this site swear by Pioneer DVD drives. I have 5 and I'm very satisfied with them.

    Here's Pioneer's latest DVD drive incarnation; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129023 Hey, free shipping too no less. Getting harder to find at today's fuel prices.
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,263   +41

    MM, Tigerdirects reviews are seriously lacking, that's why i dont shop there anymore. If you want some good reviews or input i should say before purchase newegg is a good place. The ram i picked would do you well but I didnt know what your budget was so I got you something similar in the same price range.
  8. leadpill

    leadpill Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I got 700$ budget, and also 100$ for OS, but by switching from 4gb ram to 2, that saved about 30$ that I can use on something else, I'd buy any kind of RAM as long as the reviews are good, and it is good for gaming. Also, the G Skill RAM is customer choice award, which aparently proves that it is good.
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