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Does this rig I want to build have everything I need?

By leadpill ยท 7 replies
Aug 23, 2008
  1. This thread has all of the links to the hardware-

    To start off, I know my fair share of software and putting a computer together, but choosing compatible hardware is something that I know nothing of.
    I was glancing over jsv35's budget picks today( http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/172986.aspx ), I bookmarked it a few months ago while trying to find out about building computers, and I have decided that I would like the one that costs 700$ to build. It has all of these things listed for the 700$ Intel build.

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - I heard that gigabyte is not a good company to get this mobo from, due to their customer support, so could somebody please link me to a mobo that is the same as this, but a better company?

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

    Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - If possible, could somebody please find me a 2x1gb stick, or 1x2 gb stick, whichever is cheaper, but I'd prefer a link to both.

    XFX GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card

    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium DVD

    I already have a monitor, speakers, keyboard, and a mouse. Is this all the stuff I need to build a computer, or is there something I'm missing, If there is something that I am missing, please tell me because I am getting ready to purchase this stuff.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    As far as the mobo I looked it up on newegg. That thing supports ddr2 and ddr3. I would think that is odd. Maybe unstable too

    I see these mobos are X fire enabled. Before I pick another mobo will you ever use two cards for X fire. Important because you're buying nvidia based card.
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

  4. leadpill

    leadpill TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, I will only use 1 card. By the way, could you also tell me what cross fire is? I think I read somewhere that it is just having two video cards, linked by this one flat cable like thing.
  5. leadpill

    leadpill TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,509   +2,301

    IDE for DVD.......

    I'm not a big fan of Toshiba/Samsung for DVD drives. I've had 3, 2 failed outright, and the other 1 (an external USB) really doesn't impress me.

    I still prefer IDE drives, since most boards have 1 IDE buss, why waste it. This leaves all of the SATA ports for use with the HDDs.

    Myself, and many other people on this site swear by Pioneer DVD drives. I have 5 and I'm very satisfied with them.

    Here's Pioneer's latest DVD drive incarnation; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129023 Hey, free shipping too no less. Getting harder to find at today's fuel prices.
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    MM, Tigerdirects reviews are seriously lacking, that's why i dont shop there anymore. If you want some good reviews or input i should say before purchase newegg is a good place. The ram i picked would do you well but I didnt know what your budget was so I got you something similar in the same price range.
  8. leadpill

    leadpill TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I got 700$ budget, and also 100$ for OS, but by switching from 4gb ram to 2, that saved about 30$ that I can use on something else, I'd buy any kind of RAM as long as the reviews are good, and it is good for gaming. Also, the G Skill RAM is customer choice award, which aparently proves that it is good.
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