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Looking to build first PC

By manofmany
Jan 20, 2009
  1. Alright,

    I've currently already got a thermaltake 500w W0100RU PSU sitting here I got for $20, brand new. Also have an Nvidia 7900GS XFX card which is perfect for my needs.

    I'm thinking a Gigabyte board would be best
    I want to go with an Intel Core 2 Duo, no more than 3.0ghz
    Western Digital 500gb 7200RPM drive (although I have heard that many come DOA)
    NO idea on a case/cooling, etc
    Also need a DVDRW
    Media card reader interface possibly.

    My concerns are that I need a PCI-E port, DDR2 or DDR3 doesn't make a difference. I plan on purchasing from newegg and I am in the US.

    The Mobo bios needs to allow me to switch my DVDRW from Sata to AHCI. If someone can recommend me a complete build I would be very, very thankful as I want to pass this current nice AMD system to my inlaws who need it badly.

    Considering I have a GPU, PSU, and Wireless card already I don't think this should be TOO expensive. One last thing, is soldering required or does the CPU "pop" in per se?
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42

    wait for rages post, he'll hook you up:p
     
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

  4. manofmany

    manofmany TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

  5. iMoose

    iMoose TS Rookie Posts: 85

    OOOOOooooooOOOOOooooo!!!!!!

    You could get one of the totally clear ones!

    They aren't that expensive either. $50?

    I'm tempted, but I'm kinda "married" to my current one.

    And I don't mean that in the biblical sense. Ewww!
     
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    This is fine, though the only difference is the memory support and price. The motherboard you selected will support more expenive DDR3 RAM, again there is no real point unless your planning on heavily utilizing memory.
     
  7. manofmany

    manofmany TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Which I don't. What board would you recommend? And I've always used Kingston memory; is that acceptable?
     
  8. iMoose

    iMoose TS Rookie Posts: 85

    P.S.- Are you totally committed to Intel?

    I've been checking out the AMD 4850e lately.

    And it's CHEAP! $54?
     
  9. manofmany

    manofmany TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Totally committed to Intel.
     
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Excellent recommendations so far by hellokitty[hk].

    @manofmany, you can get a WD6400AAKS drive instead of the 500GB version. It's available for real cheap here. Also, if you need a case, I recommend this one.
     
     
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