Need help with building from a barebone system

By poludasus
Jun 27, 2006
  1. Ok, so I'm going to get a new computer so I decided I would just get a barebone system and add-on stuff to it. The problem is this is my first time, so I would appreciate some help.

    Here is the barebone system I picked:

    Here is the CPU:


    Hard Drive:

    CD/DVD Drive:

    Is this all I need or would I need something else. I would appreciate suggestions. Hopefully I do not sound like a total noob.
  2. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    Don't worry, we were all noobs once ;)

    1. just so you know, barebones systems come as separate components. when you receive it you will still have to assemble/build everything yourself. also you will recive OEM versions, instead of retail which may not have documention and warranty coverage. also, it's pretty much the same price as as buying components separately so you really don't save anything.

    2. do not use the power supply that comes with the case, it will be a peice of garbage and will likely cause stability problems, or even damage your system. buy a good PSU, use this guide to help you select a good one.

    3. if you want to play games, you'll also need a graphics card, the onboard graphics are only good for simple programs and internet browsing.

    4. socket-939 CPUs run memory in dual channel mode, so if you want 512MB, then get 2 x 256MB sticks (or for 1GB use 2 x 512MB) sticks to utilize dual channel.

    5. your CDROM link is the same as your HDD link. DVD+/-RW drives are very cheap now, so I wouldn't get anything less unless you need superfast read speeds.

    hope this helps :)
  3. poludasus

    poludasus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thanks, that helps alot =).
  4. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    I didnt check out any other stuff you have listed, but i notice that you can get the exact same motherboard (mobo) for $60.99 separately, without the case.

    See here:

    So that means you are paying $45 for the case and power supply (ps)
    Considering you are getting a power supply that is generic and will be likely to either cause you problems or, worse, destroy your pc hardware when a power surge or brown-out hits it, maybe its best to simply but the mobo by itself, buy a case without a power supply, and then buy your own power supply. You can go to newegg and using the templates they have there you can bring up a list of power supplies between $25 and $40 and in that list you will find some fortrons, Antecs, and Enermax that will do a much better job for you. In addition, thats too much to pay for a very cheap case as the power supply in the case is only worth $10 at the most.

    The power supply is the engine. Would you put a lada engine in a good Ford car? A decent power supply will not only last longer and cause less problems, but usually they will protect your hardware should there be a power issue at the wall outlet as described above. So buy your own ps and we will help you find the right one.
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