Help needed for first computer build

By slo0pyj0e
Jan 12, 2008
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  1. Ok, so it time to build my first computer. I have done quite a bit of research on the computer that I am about to build. I want to run the specs by you guys to see what you think. I am on a budget but no too strict. Let me know what you think and if there is a better part for my money. Here it is.....

    Intel Pentium E2140 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819116037

    ASRock ConRoe1333 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813157113

    MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814127284

    Kingston HyperX 2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820134583

    LIAN LI PC-61 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811112025


    Also, Im not quite sure on what size of power supply I should get....any suggestions?
  2. slo0pyj0e

    slo0pyj0e Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    what you guys think?
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    First off, that's an obscenely expensive case you have there. I'd recommend this one instead. With the amount you save, I recommend getting the E2160 and an HD 3850. For the PSU, this one is an excellent deal with the rebate. If you'd rather avoid rebates, get this instead.
    Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)
  4. slo0pyj0e

    slo0pyj0e Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    changed my mind
    getting a p5n-e asus mobo for sli
    wondering what powersupply wattage range i would need to run sli configuration with two xfx 8600gt xxx gfx cards or sli in general for upper midrange gfx cards these days
  5. Bruce2

    Bruce2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 117

    The case Rage_3K_Moiz suggested is tooless which is great to work on; I have added two 120mm fans on it with minimum effort.

    I believe it will be easier for people to comment on your project if you provide a bit more detail on you budget, what its for and how well you like it will work. How about the the parts required that your didn't list; are they already available? We could guess, but not sure what to say.

    I believe a good brand 450W to 500W PSU would work nicely. Here is a 600W one in good value:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

    Have fun and keeping us update on your project.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,408   +834

    Choose Wisely Casehopper.......

    The new Pentium E2xxx series CPUs seen to require different BIOS versions (from one another). You should research the board you will buy, determine which BIOS version it's likely to ship with, and pick the CPU to match the BIOS. Or, simply buy the board first, since all but one of the CPUs in that line offers free shipping.

    Since all of the E2xxx CPUs are overclockable, (to one degree or another), it almost doesn't matter which one you buy. If you're not thinking about overclocking then bump up the CPU to the E2180 as Rage suggested.
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Putting two weak cards in SLI is not a good idea, since a single more powerful card is always better in performance. An 8800GT will be much more superior in performance to two 8600GTs in SLI. As an added advantage, the 8800GT will have lower power consumption and heat output than the two cards combined. This is just an example I'm giving you. Also, SLI's true performance benefits are only shown at resolutions of 1600x1200 and above. So drop the SLI idea and get a powerful single card like the 8800GT 256MB version or the Radeon HD 3850 instead.
  8. slo0pyj0e

    slo0pyj0e Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    So you wouldn't run sli. i thought the idea was great. :( I am going to over clock the cpu thats while i'm geting the e2140. i got everything now. i just need to solve the mobo and video card problem.

    so i should drop the sli mobo and go with what? then just get a single bad *** video card?
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Yes, and get a P35-based motherboard like the Gigabyte P35-DS3L or the ASUS P5K (vanilla, not the SE, VM or other variants). As for OCing, the E2160 is a better choice for a few bucks more, although I'd recommend the E2180. The higher up the range you go, the higher a multiplier you get and the higher you can OC that particular CPU.
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