First Computer Build (Some Questions and Concerns)

By TwistedKarma7
Dec 13, 2006
  1. I was told by many people that if I wanted a gaming rig, the best way to go about it is to build your own. Anyway, I decided I'd give it a shot after all it can't be too hard... right? So I sat down with two friends who seemed to me knew a lot about computers and I went over parts with them. Here is what we came to as a final list (I just wanted someone to double check everything is compatible, and there is nothing that will cause error):

    Motherboard: eVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    Video Card: GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz

    Ram: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

    Optical Drive: SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM

    PSU: OCZ GameXStream 600W Power Supply 120MM Fan

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    It comes to around $1600 which is a little over what I wanted to spend, but from what my friends tell me.. well worth it. I've never built a PC before so I'm alittle scared to try, after all I wouldn't want to ruin any of these parts. I've opened up my PCs and upgraded some of the parts.. RAM, Video Card.. nothing big. But if something does happen, I have a computer store around the corner that said they would put it together for 150$.
  2. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Save yourself $150 and read this guide:

    Also for your computer, It's pretty good, only thing that is abit low is the PSU
    Switch to this one: because the nVidia 8800s do take alot of power pumping out but just to be safe a 700w would be better then 600w ;)

    The rest of it is pretty good, If you have any more questions just ask :D
  3. TwistedKarma7

    TwistedKarma7 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I had one more question. Would I need another fan or some sort of extra cooling system in there?
  4. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Hmm... Depends, If you plan on playing 24/7 I would get a CPU fan ( they are like $20 on, befor you buy it put it here so I can see if it fits your CPU ) but since you're new to computer I would stick with fans and buy some extras from Bestbuy, If this was my computer I would do Watercooling but it's really difficult and very dangerous because if 1 drops gets out of the pipe... your whole system could mess up
  5. TwistedKarma7

    TwistedKarma7 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    That would work perfect, just make sure your case / mobo is big enough so it doesnt cover parts like PCI slots or something
  7. TwistedKarma7

    TwistedKarma7 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright so with that CPU Fan, the 700Watt PSU, and all the other parts I have listed I shouldn't run into any problems?
  8. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Nope, your system will run 100% great!

    If you want to spend a few more dollars you could upgrade the CPU but the one you have now is great!

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processo

    If you upgrade to that you wont ever have to upgrade this system! ( unless DX11 comes out but that wont be for like 20 years :haha: )
  9. TwistedKarma7

    TwistedKarma7 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If I'm going to upgrade the CPU to that, do you think it's worth just getting the combo with the GeForce 8800GTX 768MB video card?
  10. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    I think 768mb is better then the 680mb you are getting but it's more exspensive

    Personaly I run all games perfect with my Gaming system ( in profile ) and I saved about $500 instead of buying a 8800 and got a 7900

    But I guess you want to play Crysis or any other DX10 games right? ( Im going to wait till prices for DX10 cards to go down befor upgrading to one )
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