Building computer...

By Physco ยท 8 replies
Jan 6, 2006
  1. Hey I am trying to build a Computer (for gaming) for the 1st time and I know a little about what I am doing (but I dont think I know enough) and wondering if I could get a little help?
    I would like the computer to be in the $800's...
    These are the piece's I have chosen so far.

    ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard

    I am not shur what kind of CD Drive to get I am clueless there.

    RAIDMAX S-COBRA822BL Blue SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply

    CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM

    XFX PVT42GUAD7 Geforce 6800GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

    I dont know anything about HardDrive's either...

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

    I currently dont own my own monitor so I chose this one but I dont know if it is good or not.
    SONY CPD-E240 Beige 17" CRT Monitor 0.25mm Dot Pitch D-Sub

    Thats what I have so far. I am trying to keep this a cheap but good computer so if you guys could help me out here that would be great!
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Looks like a solid system! Nice choices.

    The only change I would recommend is getting a decent power supply. Cheap power supplies cause extremely hard to diagnose system glitches, and typically, PSUs that come with cases are bad news (unless it is a company like antec for example).

    Have a look at this thread for some good info:

    You'll notice that your current PSU (raidmax) is on the black list.... :eek:

    If you really like that case, you can simply take that door stopper... I mean PSU out of the case, and add a reliable one to it.

    Cheers, and good luck!

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    yeah, the specs looks nice. In addition to the psu, I would also suggest get another mobo because the mobo you choose is based on nforce4 chipset (it's only support sata 1, unlike nforce4 ultra or SLI, which support sata2) Look for nforce4 sli or ultra chipset as they offer more update specs. Teh SLI chipset mobo are not that much more expensive than the nforce4.
  4. shindvs

    shindvs TS Rookie

    Cold boot and hot boot startup problem.

    I am having cold boot problem in my PC.
    P4 2.4GHZ, 1GB DDR memeory, Intel 645PESV and intel 865GBF board.
    200GB and 80GB HDD. Winfast AGP8X video card.

    Every day morning need press start button three four times then PC will start. Hot start no problem. checked three power supply. intel 850GB mobo with 1.7GHZ P4 working with all three power supply.
  5. Jaquio

    Jaquio TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Nice choices... but im a MSI MoBo Lover... LOL...
    and... you could use a Seagate Barracuda 200Gb SATA Drive for best performance
  6. Physco

    Physco TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thank you very much.
    I have a few other questions though...

    One is will this Power Supply fit in the case I have chosen?
    FSP Group (Fortron Source) FSP400-60PFN RET ATX 400W Power Supply 100 - 240V UL, CAS, TUV, NEMKO, CB & CE

    Sorry im not to shur about such things.
    and also I went and found the nForce4 Ultra mobo and ill get that one, but I have a question or two one is I am trying to figure out what kind of hard drive I can put in it im not exactly shur what SATA II is and P ATA etc. I was looking through HD's and wasnt shur what would be compatable with the mobo I have chosen.
    and sorry one more question what would be a good CD Drive?

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    any ATX psu would work, so your psu should be fine. Although I do suggest you get a better psu, the one with the 24pins and at least 25amp or more on the 12v.

    As for the HD, the SATA, PATA are the interface of the HD. Performance-wise they are similar, but sata is the future, so if you are looking to buy HD< go for sata. SATA2 and SATA1 is only differ a little, mainly the speed. SATA1 runs at 150MB/s while sata2 runs at 300MB/s (of course the HD needs to support the speed as well as teh mobo's chipset). Any current mobo will have both IDE (which is for P-ATA) as well as SATA, so you can choose either one but agian, I suggest go for sata. Seagate is a good company that offer good HD.

    For the CD-drive, I think go for DVD-RW, nec 3550 is a nice drive. Pioneer also makes good dvdrw.
  8. shindvs

    shindvs TS Rookie

    not answering serilsouly

    not answering serilsouly.why it is like joke :mad: :knock:
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    The problem might be that you posted your question in the middle of someone else's thread and it is totally unrelated to anything already discussed. Everyone else is responding to the original poster. It becomes confusing if two separate, unrelated questions are being discussed in the same thread.

    It would have been better to post your question in a new thread instead of "hijacking" an existing, unrelated thread.
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