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First time build, thoughts?

By rgreen
May 25, 2007
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  1. Rosewill R5604-TBK 0.8mm SECC Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model LH-16D1P-185 - OEM

    FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN, 12cm FAN, version 2.2, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 450W Power Supply - Retail

    SpecResearch MKS-301(USB) Black USB Standard MultiMedia KB + Mouse + Speaker 3-in-1 Combo Mouse Included - Retail

    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail

    GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4300 - Retail


    Updated, I decided to go with a dx9 budget card until dx10 comes out. I think this is final, I'll probably be ordering in the next couple days.

    $673 after shipping!
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Power supply might be a big weak with the rest of your components installed...
    And I would not use that brand of memory when modules by Crucial, Kingston, and Corsair which have a lifetime warranty are available.
    but in theory all should be well.
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Yeah, seems like your power suply may be the weak link. Check out the 450watt FSP, good brand quality.
  4. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 651

    Good Build..

    Only thing i can think of is like everyone else has said, get a better PSU...Really good units in the 500 watt or more range are all over the place for $100 or less.

    As rayray pointed out, your memory isnt one that I would pick however I have heard nothing bad about g.skill and they seem to be a good brand memory.

    Is there any way we could convince you at spending an extra $100 and get a 8800GTS 320mb video card ? Not that your outlined 8600 is that bad but it isnt that great concidering the heritage we expected from the x600GT line You are going to notice some drawbacks when you try and play with the big boys.

    The 8800 will last you a while longer and will better compliment your system. Here is a link to the cheapest I found which is also one of the top brands.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130082

    If gaming isnt one of the highest priorities with your new system than forget what I said....

    And good choice deciding not to go with a cheap Pentium D or X2. Although it may seem cheap now, you would have to spend more money sooner since you would not be very happy in about a year or so..
  5. rgreen

    rgreen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely get a different power supply. As for the Video I'm afraid the 8800GTS is out of my price range. I am a heavy gamer but I've learned to live with not being able to run the new games on max settings. I picked the 8600GT mainly because it has dx10 support and the price/performance ratio is pretty good.
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