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Old 05-20-2011, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, Iím planning on building my first gaming computer but have never attempted to build a computer before so I was wondering if I could get some advice before I purchase everything. Iím on a bit of a tight budget but I was thinking about getting:

OS: Windows 7 Home premium

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 Quad 955 Core 3.2GHz Processor 4 x 512 KB Boxed - Black Edition
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Motherboard: ASUS AMD 880G AM3 Motherboard
ASUS AMD 880G AM3 Motherboard (DDR3 1066/1333/1866(OC), SATA 3Gb/s, RAID, Micro ATX, VGA): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

RAM: Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 2 x 2GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory
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Graphics card: Sapphire 11163-02-20R HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCIE
Sapphire 11163-02-20R HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 1TB SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Green Internal Hard Drive OEM
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Power supply: Corsair CMPSU-600CX 600W
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DVDRW: LG GH22NS50.AUAA 22x SATA DVDRW Drive - Bare Black
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Case: Suza Advance NeoXblade 8813B - Mid tower - black - USB/Audio/E-SATA
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Monitor: Dell IN2020 20 inch HD Widescreen Monitor with LED
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Again, I am completely new to this so all suggestions/modifications are welcome.
However, I also have two questions:

1. Iím not really sure how which/how many fans to buy. Any suggestions?

2. If I buy EVERYTHING listed there (except for keyboard, mouse, fan and speakers) will I have everything I need to build and use the computer? I donít want to order everything and then realise that I canít finish putting it together because I should have bought a certain wire/connector.

Thanks for your help
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Are you planning on doing any serious overclocking?

If so, you're going to need a Heat Sink for that CPU and also may want to look into some better cooling options.

Personally I prefer XFX's 5770's to Sapphires, but the specs are practically the same.

Also with how cheap that RAM your getting is, I'd go on and throw 8GB in it. But that's just me.
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No I'm not planning on overclocking. Wouldn't really know how to anyway
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1. I’m not really sure how which/how many fans to buy. Any suggestions?

2. If I buy EVERYTHING listed there (except for keyboard, mouse, fan and speakers) will I have everything I need to build and use the computer? I don’t want to order everything and then realise that I can’t finish putting it together because I should have bought a certain wire/connector.

Thanks for your help
1. Buy as many fans as your case can handle. They are cheap and will help your computer run nice and cool.
2. Seems like everything to me. All of the parts come with connectors if they are needed. For example,

RAM/CPU goes straight into the mobo. Power cords to everything come with the PSU. SATA cables come with the mobo for the HDD. Fans screw into the case and the cables are part of them...

Let us know how you go.
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Thanks for all of the advice. I have begun to start buying components but have decided to make a few changes to the original build:

- I put in 8GB of RAM

- I changed the 600W corsair PSU to a 650W corsair PSU ( Corsair TX Series, 650 Watt, ATX, PS/2, Power Supply, UK Version (CMPSU-650TXUK): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories )

The only problem is that I showed my build to someone who 'knows computers' and they said that the current 650W PSU just wasnt up to the job. Thats confused me a bit because I was convinced that it would and I dont really want to spend any more money on a 700W+

Can anybody tell me if he is right or has no idea what he is talkign about?
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1. Buy as many fans as your case can handle. They are cheap and will help your computer run nice and cool.
if you arent overclocking and you dont want your computer to sound like a jet engine at all times, buying more fans probably wont be necessary. I would go the other route and see if you could get away with removing a fan while maintaining reasonable temps.
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