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Need help building a PC

By Rob2931
Apr 21, 2007
  1. Hey

    Looking at these parts-

    hard drive 320 gig $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148140

    motherboard - lga 775/ chipset 965 $104
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128017

    heatsync / cooler $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185017

    2 gig ram $186
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220144

    video card $300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125054

    sound card maybe not needed $29
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102002


    floppy drive - $7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16821103203



    I was wondering what types of 'cables' I will need to hook all this stuff together, what type(s) of (thermal?) glue, if there are any obvious no-no glitches I'm not seeing, and how big of a power supply. I was hoping to start with Windows XP and move to Vista when it's been out a bit longer. Any help is appreciated.

    Also, I was trying to keep this sub $800, but a bit over is OK. I will get the OS software free so that isn't a problem, although I was wondering if I should take the ~$150 hit in order to get 4 gigs of ram in there, or if the 2 gigs will be sufficiently even with the 8800/processor.

    Thanks for your time.
     
  2. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    It will include all the cables you will need. I would say get at least a 500 W PSU..Antec is a very good brand.

    You will be fine with 2 gigs of ram..A better upgrade would be the 8800GTS to a 8800gtx.

    Also Intel E6600 is a good processor.
     
  3. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Sorry forgot, I was given a Conroe 2.66 dual core processor for free



    Care to expand on how the GTX is better than the GTS please?




    How does this look for a power supply:

    $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371004



    With all of the above parts, I am slightly over 800. Going to GTX would put me at $1000. Anywhere I can cut back without losing too much? I have an old hard drive, sound card (I think) and floppy drive in a broken down Emachines tower, are they salvageable?
     
  4. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

  5. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    What type of box would I need?
     
  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42

    you mean case?
     
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42

    why are you buying the gts video card again, you do realize that they are launching 9 series card end of third quarter?
     
  8. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Yeah case sorry, thing is I really need this computer ASAP, pretty much an emergency, do you think it would be worth putting maybe a leftover geforce 5200 in for the time being and getting the 9 series when it comes out?


    And do you know how much the 9 series card will cost?
     
  9. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

  10. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    I was responding to what Mario said, didn't really expect a difference in opinions. What part of the comp would be outdated? The RAM, CPU, everything? So going for the 8800 gts right now wouldn't be a bad move?


    Also those cases look a little too nice, any chance I could get one that looks like a piece of crap but runs just as good?
     
  11. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    No, not at all. Do realize that by the time your parts arrive at your door, they will already be "outdated". There will always be something newer, and better. But, don't get me wrong, your comp will be good for another few years..but thats just how technology is.
     
     
  12. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    OK thanks. Any opinion on a cheaper case?
     
  13. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Sorry to be annoying, but need a semi-urgent answer concerning a cheaper case... heh
     
  14. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

  15. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Thanks a lot
     
  16. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Just to double check - I am going to order all of the parts in my original post, the power supply, and the most recently mentioned case. Will these all work together and will it be everything I need?
     
  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    For the sound card, this is a better option.

    Regarding the PSU, that one is not very good. This is a similarly-priced and much better one.

    For the video card, this is a cheaper version of the same one, and performance will be just as good.

    Also, you don't absolutely need to get the Patriot RAM. This is cheap, of very high quality and will perform on par with the Patriot RAM.

    Last, but not the least, if you can afford an extra $15, this is a 400GB HDD from the same company.

    Only two things are missing now, the CPU and an OS, besides the peripherals such as keyboard, mouse etc. You'd want a Core 2 Duo like this one. It's cheap and fast. For an OS, I'd still recommend XP, Vista is way to buggy, not to mention a RAM hog. The mouse, keyboard and speakers/headset are up to you.
    One thing I'd like to ask you is what do you need the fan for? Are you planning on OCing the processor?

    In any case, everything will work just fine together. I hope I helped. :)
     
  18. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Hey Rage! He has an e6600 and winxp already, buried in one of the posts above. The one thing that IS missing is a DVD drive. Don't wanna forget one of those, unless you try to install windows via osmosis or something! lol
     
  19. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    I have a Conroe 2.66 dual core intel processor. Also, I get Vista and XP for free, so I figure I'll start with XP. Thanks for the help


    I have an old DVD drive I will try salvage from an old machine
     
  20. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    I don't think I will OC the processor, I just got that fan/cooling unit because I thought it was what I needed... it isn't that much cash and I've had heating problems in the past :/
     
  21. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Also, I've never built a PC from scratch before, assuming something goes wrong with a part does each item have a tech support type number I can call?

    I see they have support numbers, but if something went wrong, would these people be willing to help me as far as warranties and proving the problem is with the specific part as say Dell or another warranty service does?


    Do I need any special glue, like thermal glue for the processor/cooler, or anything like that?
     
  22. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    Your are going to need thermal paste for the CPU, Artic silver 5 is good. You need to put about half a paper then coat on. (very, very light).

    Each item will have tech support. They may ask you to do a series of things to prove that the specific part is faulty. It would be easier to return it to newegg, if something did go wrong. Remember there is always google, and we are always here as well.
     
  23. Rob2931

    Rob2931 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    OK thanks everyone for the help
     
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