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New computer on the way

By JohnK93
Dec 6, 2005
  1. Hey,
    I just ordered my parts from Newegg for a new computer...I'm anxiously awaiting them to build my first machine. Here's what's on the way:
    Antec SLK3000 case
    Antec TPII-550W PSU
    AMD 3700+ San Diego CPU
    Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe mobo
    eVGA 7800GT video card
    Corsair XMS 2x512 memory
    Western Digital SATA 150 hard drive (80G)

    Might have to get some more (memory, hard drive) once it's up and running, but this should get me started. I just need to buy a Windows XP pro and I think i'm set. I bought the video card on impulse...it was on sale from newegg for ten bucks less than the evga 6800GT that I was planning on buying. Seemed like a no-brainer...am I missing something here?

    Anyway, thanks to all for the help so far...hopefully the build will go smoothly.

    John
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    You didn't mention any optical drives. You'll need one to install software. You'll also need a floppy drive for the SATA controller drivers.
     
  3. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    nice system just make shore you have an optical drive andflopy as Mailpup said
     
  4. JohnK93

    JohnK93 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    I forgot to mention these...I got a free floppy drive with my hard drive, and I'm going to use one of the cd drives I have in my current computer until I see a good deal on a DVD burner. Thanks for noticing though...anything else I might have forgotten?

    By the way, the video card I got is a 7800GT OC, factory overclocked. Is this a good thing?

    John
     
  5. souton

    souton TS Enthusiast Posts: 106

    overclocking is never a good thing whether people say it's fine or not... but why would you need to overclock a 7800gt anyways?
     
  6. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    it can be good or bad when a product is overcloked is is running at a highter then intended speed but whens its factary overclocked tthen its a little safer iin my opnion then donig it your self have a read here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overclocking
     
  7. JohnK93

    JohnK93 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    I don't really intend on overclocking my computer, but this card seemed like a good deal. I'm a little nervous about it because I don't want it to die out on me because it is OC'd, but given that it is factory OC'd, I thought it would be OK.
     
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I'm sure you are safe with the factory OCing. After all, they are giving it a warranty.

    BTW, I also got that free NEC floppy deal with the WD 80GB SATA HDD from Newegg for a PC I built for someone else.
     
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Agree and disagree. Overclocking a 7800gt? I wouldn't. No need.

    Overclocking an AthlonXP 2500? Sure! Why not get the most out of an old CPU? I have the Athlon64 3700+ 2.2Mhz now, and it's not overclocked. But in a year or so when newer games and apps need faster CPUs, I will overclock it to a 2.6Mhz. That is like buying a new processor... for free!

    Anyways, WAYYYYY off topic here.

    Factory OCing is a whole different ballpark. It is still under warranty so there are no worries at all.
     
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