Computer Build

By r3claimer ยท 16 replies
Mar 3, 2008
  1. I am trying to build a computer for the first time. I have compiled a list of components I need, and where to get them. Unfortunately, I do not have all the money I need right now, so it is likely I will post an updated version later. Here is the list:

    - Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 975X ATX Intel Motherboard- $230
    Processor- Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4- $270
    Video Card- EVGA Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512 DDR3- $200
    P/S- 600w Power Supply- $60
    Computer Case- Tagan Aplus EL Diablo Case/ Black- $120
    Hard Drive- 250GB hard Drive 7200RPM- $100
    RAM- 2GB of Random Access Memory (May not be needed)- $80
    DVD/CD Dual Layer Combo Drive- $40
    Windows Vista Home Premium- $190

    Total Without RAM- $1,210
    Total With RAM- $1,290

    I would like to know if I build a system with these parts, will it function properly?

    I actually think it would be cheaper to build this system on or so if you think this is the case, please let me know.
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Here is a slightly modified list of the components you chose. Likely both a better PSU and RAM.

    The total after rebates and before shipping is $1,157.91.

    If you're willing to buy an "Open Box" version of that motherboard it'd be $1,057.91.
  3. r3claimer

    r3claimer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 74

    Yeah, looks nice, and all of this will work right? no conflicting parts?
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Actually yes, there is. My mistake. I hadn't really looked at the specifications of the parts you chose, I just went to Newegg knowing it'd be cheaper based on the prices you listed and made a cart really fast. The motherboard will not support the RAM's clock frequency (maximum is DDR2 800MHz and I chose DDR2 1066MHz to match the FSB on your CPU). You should choose a different motherboard.
  5. r3claimer

    r3claimer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 74

    Do you have a suggestion? preferably not SLI as its way too expensive. (I'm trying to keep it name brand with Intel, but if there are other, well-known-to-be-reliable manufacturers, I won't mind in the slightest.)
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    What about something like this?
  7. r3claimer

    r3claimer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 74

    It looks great, hmmmmm, but why at less than half the cost I wonder? Surely the one I chose must out perform this one in some way. I have a hard time believing that a mother board less than half the price of the other is better in every single way. If this is in fact the case however, then why is it so cheap compared to the other one?

    Also, in the event I find this one suitable, woould it be a good idea to buy the Core 2 Extreme Processor instead? Is there any good reason I should buy it instead of the Core 2 quad? Or should I spend the saved money on a GeForce GTX instead of the originally planned GT? OR (Third Option) Should I just stick with the current setup and save green overall?
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    No way in hell I'd pay the extra cash for a Core 2 Extreme, not even close to being justifiable it to me. If I were you, I'd stick with the Quad for now.

    I'd run with the third option if I were you :).
  9. r3claimer

    r3claimer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 74

    You're my hero! :D
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Heh, hardly.

    What's the total come to then before shipping and after rebates out of curiosity?
  11. r3claimer

    r3claimer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 74

    I made a couple modifications to your "quick cart."

    1.) I changed the place i get the 8800GT to a link from, same card, only $200.
    2.) I changed the Vista version to 32 bit, it uses less RAM, and there is no advantage to the 64-bit version other than video editing stuff. I'm not gunna use it. It's only ten dollars less. good enough for me. I was wondering why the P/S is so expensive, I had found one for $60. That doesn't seem cheap enough to be a piece of junk. Anyway, with the $100 motherboard you showed me, the total is $1195. With the $230 motherboard, $1325.
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    :) Not bad...
  13. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 381   +86

    Sounds like a nice rig!
  14. fairytale00

    fairytale00 Banned Posts: 56

    Quite a nice build.
  15. Imatyta

    Imatyta TS Rookie

    It looks good but for these days I would ensure you motherboard has an ability to input SLI video cards and run a Dual Channell RAM.
  16. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    There is virtually no reason for 99% of PC users to go out of their way to buy a SLI compatible motherboard, and motherboard support of the dual channel technology has been a mainstream implementation for years...
  17. complover

    complover TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Well, it looks like you've got a pretty sweet build. A couple of things I noticed, though. You seem to be spending quite a bit of money on products that can be found cheaper at other sites. Have you looked through newegg and tigerdirect??? For example, a 500 gb hard drive on newegg is half the price of your 250 gb. The same can be said for ram and such. 2gb of ram on newegg costs $20. If you're low on money (a position most of us have often found ourselves in) you might want to go for less expensive stuff. Also, if you don't have them, don't forget to add speakers, mouse, keyboard, and monitor to your list. They can add up to a couple hundred dollars. As far as quality goes, the things more expensive seem to be better, but usually this can be replaced by quantity (8 gb of cheap ram will probably be as good as or better than the expensive 2 gb) Last, don't forget to purchase all necessary cables, etc. Have fun and good luck!!!
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