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Old 04-16-2005, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to try to build my first computer soon (tired of the Dell) and i wanted to see if i am doing anything wrong or need some more things, remember i am a noob at this so try to be nice hehe. Any suggestions are appreciated


ASUS A8N n-FORCE 4 SLI
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-524&depa=1

Corsair Value Ram Dual (512 x 2)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-440&depa=1

AMD64 3200+
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-500&depa=1

19' PureFlat CRT Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...197-002&depa=0

120GB HD Maxtor
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...197-002&depa=0

550 Watt Case
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...162-029&depa=1

eVGA 6600GT
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...130-220&DEPA=1

NEC DVD/CD
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...106-967&DEPA=1

Creative Audigy 2 ZS
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-162&depa=0

Windows XP Pro
LogitechMX510
Lite-On Keyboard

Should I get...PSU?
um...CPU Fan?
Better Ram, OCZ?


One more question about the build, When you are done setting everything together, you just turn on your computer and the bios is ready, remember im a noob. someone told me something about firmware, got no idea what that is.

Thanks a lot and any advice is appreciated

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You are going to want a better power supply. The one that comes with the case isn't good.

Also you don't need an SLI board. Just get an Nforce4 Ultra board with one pci x16 slot.

If you aren't into overclocking just get the retail processor and use the fan that comes with it.
Again if you don't plan on overclocking that ram is fine.

The MX510 is an awesome mouse.
When you put everything together you just choose boot from CD in the BIOS and put in your windows disk and install

dvd burner looks good, video card looks good, sound card looks good

you could do better on the hard drive, you might also consider 2 hard drives in RAID
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Thanks dale, I was thinking about overclocking after reading all these forums, if i do overclock, what would you recommend? Any cases with a good power supply you can recommend? Thanks again,

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You could always just buy the case that you like then buy another power supply. 550W thats is a hefty PSU.
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get a case without a power supply and buy another power supply (ocz modstream 450, antec neopower480, or fortron bluestorm 500)

get a non-sli board like the DFI lanpaty ultra-d ut (around $139 at teh egg) and get corsair XMS 1 gig(around $160 at teh egg)

oh, and you can either get the zalman-7700cu for your cpu cooler, or you can use the stock cooler (the boxed version comes with it, it's $190 w/ cpu [also 90nm])
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The motherboard and video card wont work, AGP VS SLI

It's all good besides that, and get an DFI Nforce 4 Ultra D or even an SLI if you want
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get a seagate hd, they run much quieter and better than the maxtor's/...
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Truebe, if your going to OC. Your going to NEED some type of cooling system. Either Air or liquid cooling. Your also going to need some type of temp monitor.
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http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...148-040&DEPA=0

two of those in RAID

or

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-039&depa=0
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The motherboard and video card wont work, AGP VS SLI
Thanks for catching that. I saw eVGA 6600 gt and thought excellent and didn't bother clicking the link.

You need to get a pci-e video card. Look for the pci-e version of that same card.

Ok so since you are thinking about overclocking I will recommend a couple things.

If you like quiet and powerful this is the cooler for you:
http://www.xoxide.com/zalman-7700-cu-cpu-cooler.html

It provides a lot of airflow at minimal noise levels. I get 21C idle, 28C load on this thing.

If you like loud then get a thermalright heatsink and an 80mm tornado fan.

For the RAM I would suggest some higher speed RAM only because being new to overclocking your biggest problems will be overclocking the RAM. So if you get the higher speed stuff you won't have to worry about the RAM and you can jsut focus on overclocking the processor which should be no problem.

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...231-004&depa=1
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Load: 72C--------------------------------------Load: 28C
ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe-----------------------GIGABYTE K8NF4-9 NForce4 4X
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