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My First PC build

By gamecrazy
Aug 29, 2008
  1. Hey everyone, as the title says I'm going to do my first PC build. Here are the components:

    Motherboard- BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138128

    CPU- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103211

    CPU HSF- OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3322958&CatId=798

    Thermal Compound- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

    Graphics Card- Asus HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121253

    Keyboard- Logitech EX 110 Chordless Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126174

    Hard Drive- HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 320GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145129

    Optical Drive- Asus DVD DL Burner with Lightscribe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135156

    RAM- Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB DDR2 800 (PC 6400)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220228

    OS- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

    PSU- hec HP585D 585W ATX12V
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339012

    Wireless adapter-ENCORE ENUWI-G2 IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833180017

    Flash card reader- SABRENT CRW-UINB 65-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820300608

    Monitor- Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009127

    Speakers- Cyber Acoustics CA3090WB 26 watts 2.1 Black Gaming Speaker
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836150043

    Cooling- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185053
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119011
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119063
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119065

    Case- LOGISYS Computer Area 51 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148030

    Case lighting- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800888026
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800888029

    and that's it (finally lol).....please, if i forgot anything tell me, or if you have any suggestions or changes feel free to share...btw i'm on a budget of about $1000 for everything. Any little bit of help is appreciated. This computer will be used mainly for gaming, media, and surfing the internet, it will also be a familly computer. And just out of curiosity...how does this setup compare to a PS3? Is it better?
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    I recommend getting the GA-EP45-DS3L and the E7200, in addition to a cheaper G.SKILL 2GB kit. Also, go for a better PSU, preferably the Antec Earthwatts EA500.
     
  3. gamecrazy

    gamecrazy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK i changed the PSU and i went fot a cheaper RAM

    PSU- Antec earthwatts EA500
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007&Tpk=Antec Earthwatts EA500

    RAM- A-DATA 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211272

    I chose not to change the motherboard because i would like to use another HD 4850 in Crossfire in the future. The CPU i chose not to change because why would i pay 120 for a dual core? I could get a phenom for a little more than that.
    Please tell me if i am going to make a wrong decision and if so why should i go with the Intel?
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    The E7200 will be far faster than the 5000+ and will perform about the same as the closest competing Phenom, the X3 8450. But the Intel chip runs cooler, draws less power and provides a better upgrade path to CPUs like the E8400, which have no competition from AMD's current lineup. It's your choice in the end though, but I recommend Intel for the above specified reasons.

    As for Crossfire, the GA-EP45-DS3R is a great motherboard for that.
     
  5. gamecrazy

    gamecrazy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK i'll also go for the E7200 and the GA-EP45-DS3R. Also, just out of curiosity, which motherboard would you recommend for SLI?
     
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    For SLI, the MSI P7N SLI Platinum and eVGA 750i SLI FTW are great boards.
     
  7. gamecrazy

    gamecrazy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK thanks for your help...I'll stick the GA-EP45-DS3R and the E7200.
     
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