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please criticize my hardware choices for my new computer

by chopficaro / April 25, 2008 9:37 AM PDT

hi, i need some real knowledgeable people to tell me if i'm making any mistakes building my first gaming machine. i know i'm being a real pain in the *** asking you to check all these links but i really need help! this is my first build and i'm a total n00b. i will be eternally grateful for anything you can point out.

am i making any huge mistakes with these choices?

$500 approx circuit city bought tn panel 24"+ monitor (I gotta watch it perform before I pick)

$320 e3110 processor + dp35dpm mother board bundle 12" x 9.6"
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0281869

$190 8800gt 512mb 9? x 4?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150253

$40 2 x (1gb memory card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066

$75 internal 320gb hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148140

$90 esata 320gb hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822216039

$25 dvd burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136142

$21 cpu fan and heat sink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150082

$50 Case + fan + 450w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156070

$5 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&SelectedRating=1&PurchaseMark=&VideoOnlyMark=False&Page=

$60 shipping


$1376 total

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power supply
by satish_997 / April 25, 2008 10:01 AM PDT

I can't really tell you to change specific things without knowing what you want to do with this computer; gaming, school, media, etc... Everything looks compatible though EXCEPT for your power supply. It says it has '20 + 4 pin main connectors' which, I'm pretty sure, is not the same as the 24 + 4 pin power connectors that motherboard needs. Also, 450 watts seems a little low. If you get a different power supply I would say nothing under 550 watts just to be on the safe side and check to make sure it has SATA power cables for your hard drive and optical drive.

Other than that..

What I would point out though is

motherboard only has one pci express x16 slot which is fine so long as you don't plan on adding another card later on which would require that kind of slot

DDR2 is going to be outdated by the end of the year. DDR3 memory is uber expensive now though so it's up to you whether or not to change now.

CPU is very powerful nice! : )

not sure why you would want that external hard drive rather than just another internal one

good stuff =)

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THANX
by chopficaro / April 25, 2008 10:12 AM PDT
In reply to: power supply

extremely good advice, especially about the psu.

the only advantage to ddr3 is power saving and up to double speed right? is memory speed really going to be a problem in my heavy games by the time i buy another computer?

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Your Welcome
by satish_997 / April 25, 2008 10:17 AM PDT
In reply to: THANX

You're right about the ddr3. I don't play any pc games though so I wouldn't know how much of a difference it would make. Just be aware that it will become increasingly difficult to upgrade your ddr2 RAM in the future as ddr3 takes over.

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you need a quality power supply
by ramarc / April 26, 2008 2:55 AM PDT

a decent 500w power supply is $50+ so $50 for a case and power supply means you're getting a cheapo unit.

with that said, i'd tweak your build with the following.

antec sonata iii case+500w ps (very quiet, quality power supply), $130 before $30 rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
gigabyte ga-p35-ds3l mobo, $97 (widely considered the best mid level p35 mobo): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059
e8400, $199: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
arctic cooling freezer 7 pro, $27 (quiet and effective cooler): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
geil 2x1gb ddr2-800 cl4, $52 ($5 more for ram with better timings): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144062

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i just read the reviews ang googled stuff for your reccomend
by chopficaro / April 26, 2008 3:12 AM PDT

apparently that case package has some problems with static electricity

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static is the user's fault, not the case
by ramarc / April 26, 2008 5:07 AM PDT

cases don't generate/cause static electricity -- users do.

like any case, ground yourself when you build it, and make sure you its rubber feet are on if you're putting it on carpet. (the feet are prone to come off but just add your own dab of goop.) i have 2 of these and zero problems.

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/reviews/Antec_Sonata_III/index3.shtml
"The bottom line is: the Sonata III would make an excellent enclosure for someone needing to build a new system and needed a PSU. I would like to thank Antec for sending this unit out for VH to review." recommended

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1109&pageID=3532
"The Sonata is a well-crafted case for keeping the system running cool and noise level down." rating 8/10

http://www.pro-clockers.com/review.php?id=251&page=5
"The Sonata III is designed for whisper quiet operation and it delivers. Coincidentally, it is elegant and sturdy." Editor's choice

http://www.bonafidereviews.com/article.php?id=236&page=4
"The Sonata III is an all-around good case... if you are starting from scratch, haven't bought a PSU yet, and want a great looking case that's well built the Sonata III is right up your alley." Great Product

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