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My First Build

by jotajota16 / November 19, 2004 11:07 PM PST

Hi, after getting fed up with DELL I have taken the plunge and decided to build my own computer. Based on reviews and prices I put together the following computer. Please tell me what you think of it, and any compatiblity issues I might have. Also if there are any areas where I could save money please let me know! I want the computer to last for about 3 years. Thanks!

Case (and Power Supply)
RAIDMAX Blue 10-Bay ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB 2.0, Model "ATX-847WUP" ?RETAIL $47.50
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-156-132&depa=0

Hard Drive
-SAMSUNG 160GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model SP1614C, OEM Drive $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?DEPA=0&description=22-152-015&ATT=Hard+Drives&CMP=OTC-d3alt1me

RAM
-CORSAIR VALUESELECT Kit 240-Pin 1GB(2 x 512MB) DDR2 PC2-4200, Model k8VS1GBKIT533D2 ? Retail $254.27
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-526&depa=0

Processor
-Pent 4, 3.2 GHz: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-116-183&depa=0 (REQUIRES LGA775 Motherboard) $218

Motherboard
Intel "BOXD915PBLL" 915P Chipset Motherboard For Intel LGA 775 CPU ?RETAIL $153.75
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-121-230&depa=0


Video Card
-ATI X700 Pro 256 mb: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=14-102-414&depa=1 (PCIe) $215

Sound Card
-onboard sound

Speakers
-DCT Desiny OG-850 2.0 Multimedia Speakers ?RETAIL $4
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=36-131-006&depa=0

DVD Drive and DVD Burner
-Samsung 16X DVD

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Re: My First Build
by Coryphaeus / November 19, 2004 11:57 PM PST
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Re: My First Build
by JK654 / November 20, 2004 7:19 AM PST
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You should skip the Pentium 4, and build a system using an Athlon 64 instead. The Athlon 64 provides great performance running 32 bit software. Many who buy a 32 bit processor in '04 or early '05 will regret that decision in the second half of '05 as plenty of great 64 bit software starts appearing.

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Re: My First Build
by Steven Haninger / November 20, 2004 10:22 PM PST
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Congratulations and have fun. First, I have had good luck with your vendor choice. I don't see major problems with your components but you did not mention what the PCs primary use will be for. This will affect respondents opinions. You have chosen a mix of relatively higher end and "value" components. You did not go with a dedicated sound card and chose a large capacity case so I must presume you are considering possible expansion needs.
Now, might I offer some construction tips. You will likely find that getting everything to fit in a precision fashion is not easy. Placement of the motherboard in the case can be tricky and is key to getting everything just right so add in cards, connections and such aren't strained to fit just right. You will find the board has screw holds which are to secure the board on standoffs in the case. You should have a metal or plastic standoff at each hole but none where no hole exits. Extra standoffs are potential short circuit spots. Check this carefully. Put the MB in and some screws but do not tighten right away. Note that you can move it around just a bit. Put add in cards in place and align the rear ports noting the plate may have some springy projections that want to bend and get in the way. Critical is getting the VGA card in just right. It should not need to be forced to fit and tightening its screw should not want to lift one end out. Newer boards have a lock on the AGP slot that fits in a cutout tab on the VGA card. Take note of this and lock it properly. Once everything is in place, tighten the MB screws just snuggly. Do not over tighten. Once you get the MB, processor, RAM, floppy drive and video card in place and wiring connected, try to boot the system from a bootable disk just to see if all is ok at this point. If not, you need to fix what does not work. Then, you can add your drives. I suggest starting with one HD if you are going to be slaving one that already has data on it. This way, when you load XP, it will designate the system drive as C. Otherwise, a valid partition seen will take the drive letter. Install the OS and get it working. Add other devices one at a time and get them recognized. Take some time to update drivers as necessary. Do not activate XP until you get the system fully built up and are happy with its operation because XP starts to count up your hardware changes from this point. Sorry to be so long winded. You should have some fun and post back your progress. Good luck.

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Re: My First Build
by jotajota16 / November 21, 2004 1:42 AM PST
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Thanks for the advice. I actually switched to a Seagate Harddrive and a better type of ram (Kingston HyperX series). I also ordered a different type of mobo (supports DDR and DDR2 ram) by the brand called Gigabyte. The computer will be for all around use. High end gaming down to typing up a school essay.

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