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Double check component list for a noob's first home-built PC, please.

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by monomach, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. monomach

    monomach Member

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    I've never built a PC before. In fact, the most serious building I've done is adding RAM/switching out optical drives. I planned on making extensive use of google for information on how to load BIOS/drivers and using a USB drive to transfer whatever I find from my old PC to the built one.

    The most graphics-intensive game I'd be using this for would be Oblivion, and my budget is ~$500. My current system is an emachines pile of garbage that I upgraded with bigger RAM and a new PSU.

    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811208009
    XION Solaris XON-403 (80mm Rear fan, 80mm Side fan)
    $40, free shipping

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813138102
    BIOSTAR TA770 (can take a Phenom chip and has a PCI express 2.0 slot for future upgrade to an 8800GT or better vid card)
    $82, $7 shipping

    Graphics:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814127304
    MSI GeForce 8500GT, 512 MB, 128-Bit
    $70, free shipping

    Power Supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817103941
    Antec 550W, Modular (Should be plenty of power for this machine, right?)
    $100, Free shipping

    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819103774
    AMD Athlon 4000+ Brisbane Dual-Core 2.1 GHz
    $60, Free shipping

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820134583
    Kingston HyperX 2x 1GB DDR2 800
    $55, free shipping

    Hard Drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148262
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, SATA 3.0, 250GB (I've only used 40GB of my old HD, so 250 seems like an incredible amount for what I'll use)
    $70, free shipping

    Extra Case fan:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835150070
    120mm to put in those extra hard drive bays in the front of the case, will blow toward the back of the case, I guess?
    $5, $5 shipping

    OS:
    Just XP Home

    DVD Drive:
    One of the writers I have sitting aound the house. Maybe the LG GSA-H42L. Maybe the old Plextor PX-716A. I don't intend to use the new machine for writing. The old one still works fine for that.

    Total price: $494 + whatever I can get a copy of XP on ebay for.

    The one thing that's bothering me is that 8-pin CPU power plug on the motherboard. None of my old computers had an 8-pin, and I can't seem to find a power supply on Newegg with that, either. I'm hoping the modular PSU I picked out has something for it.

    So...These pieces will fit together and work, right? Like I said, I'm a n00b at this, but I think I was able to figure it all out with common sense, and I have to learn how to build a system sometime, because premade machines don't have everything I want. I figure jumping in head-first will be the best way to learn. ;)
     
  2. monomach

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    Please ignore my concern about the 8-pin CPU power plug. I'm an idiot and 2 minutes of google taught me all about it.
     
  3. sammorris

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    Xion case:Sure, why not. It won't exactly be the best built case you've ever seen, but it'll suffice.
    Biostar motherboard: no, especially not for tha cost. Insead of going with a slow AM2 chip, get these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116036
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059
    You will not be disappointed.
    PSU: fine, but a little pricey. These are better built units, and will still provide ample power for your system:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
    RAM: Fine, but you can do better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034
    HDD: Fine
    Case fan: If it fits in the case, do it. Can't go wrong with extra cooling, just be advised that adds noise.
     

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