Need some advice on parts

By skymead87 · 9 replies
May 26, 2008
  1. I have picked out most of the parts that I think I would like to use but I am unsure about some of them. I have never built a system from scratch so if I am missing something vital, any input would be very helpful. Well here is what I have picked out so far:

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Motherboard:ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

    GPU:MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB (512MB per GPU)

    GPU Cooler: need a suggestion on this one

    Power Supply: I am unsure on what size I will need so any input would be helpful

    CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core

    CPU Cooler:ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

    RAM:OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK - Retail

    Hard Drive:Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    DVD Drive:ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail

    Thats what I have picked out so far, but I'm open to suggestions and any tips to help make my first build as painless as possible. Thanks in advance for the help.
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I'd recommend the GA-P35-DS3L over the P5K-E, unless you need the WiFi capability of the latter.
    Also, the Seagate Barracuda ES.2 is a much better drive than the 7200.11, but is slightly more expensive, so consider it as an alternative if your budget permits.
    In addition, for the GPU cooler, there is none available at the moment, so no-go. But the current cooler throws all the hot air out of the case anyways, so it won't heat things up in your case.
    Lastly, I recommend this PSU for your system. It's very cheap with the rebate and provides a hefty 52A on a single +12V rail, which is more than enough for your system.
  3. skymead87

    skymead87 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok I switched the hard drives and added the psu to my list, but about the mobo, what makes the one you suggested better than the one i have picked out? is it just a price thing?
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Yes. Both mobos are identical except for the features offered. If you don't need the extra features of the ASUS one, the one I recommended will do fine.
    Also, I recommend this video card over your current choice. It's slightly overclocked and with the rebate (which eVGA is known to honor), it's almost the same price as the MSI one.
  5. skymead87

    skymead87 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok, I kinda liked the idea of the WiFi so I think Im gonna go with that one, thank you very much for the help
    is there any other parts im missing or would this system be ok to go ahead and order once i find the right prices?
    also what are some good sites to order parts from?
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The only thing is you could get the Freezer 7 Pro cheaper from here. Otherwise, everything looks great. I have the Freezer 7 Pro on my current CPU and have had it on my previous ones too. I personally love it and I think you will too. Also, nice drive choice. It's a rebranded Pioneer drive, so it will deliver fantastic performance and reliability.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)

    EDIT: TigerDirect, Newegg, ZipZoomFly, M-wave, ClubIT, Directron,,, Jab-Tech and FrozenCPU are all great sites. Also, you can sometimes find good deals on eBay too.
  7. fenris

    fenris TS Rookie

    I have had success at newegg, tigerdirect, zipzoomfly, and mwave in the past.
  8. skymead87

    skymead87 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    once again thanks for all the feedback, I have another question though, can anyone recommend a decent UPS? I guess the UPS and a moniter is all I need to find before I can start ordering so I'll keep you guys informed. Thanks again for all the help and advice.

    EDIT: I was wondering if anyone had a brand recommendation for a 22" widescreen monitor, and a good choice for a UPS. Thanks again for all the help.
  9. skymead87

    skymead87 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Just wanted to update, I've ordered the parts so when they come in I'll be sure to let you know if everything works out or ask questions if it doesn't lol. Also I'm still wondering if anyone can recommend a good UPS. Thanks for all the help.
  10. skymead87

    skymead87 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well all the parts came in last night and i was able to get it running first try :) got the OS installed and called it a night lol. Tonight was spent getting all my drivers up to date and now I'm typing this out on my new system :) Everything is working great so far and I'm installing Age of Conan so I can really test it out soon. Thanks again for all the input and feedback, I don't think I could have done this by myself, at least not on the first try lol. Thanks again for all the help guys.
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