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Old 01-09-2006, 01:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a list of parts for a new PC, i'm am a noob here and this will be the first PC i will build,

so far i have these things bothering me:

-a Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 mobo ($80) or a Asus A8N-E mobo ($110) or any other mobo around those prices that you reccomend
-hard drive (which company is the best, not really worried about it)
-power supply (just need a company name also, 500-600watts)
-RAM (also company)
-case (want a cool one with no door blocking the CD drive bays, i dont really need an answer to this, i can find one eventually, but help is appreciated)

i was planning on the AMD 4400+, 2 512mb RAM, and either the Gigabyte or the Asus mobo (i have a graphics card). So will anyone help me decide, i'm one of those guys that wants everything very exact and specific.

thank you in advance.
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Old 01-09-2006, 07:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-09-2006, 07:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What graphics card do you have, and what do you plan on using this computer for?
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i've got a cheap video card right now, i'm getting the 7800 GT when i get the money.

this is for a gaming machine

i forgot to add should i get SLI or not. Will it be worth it to get a really good graphics card later or buy another 7800 GT later?
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Power supplies 500-600 watt: Antec, Seasonic, OCZ. If you are not on a budget i suggest picking OCZ, but the best one for the money is the Seasonic.

Case: Im leaning toward the Gigabyte Aurora 3D case or the antec P180. i like the Gigabyte case since it has certian features that might come in handy if you ever water-cool. Either way, with two 120mm fans in the back and one in the front, you cant go wrong with this case.
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thanks doodle dee!

well i got a few companies down, what about the mobo?
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Motherboard:
I suggest getting a MSI K8N Neo4-F Socket 939, it's a very good motherboard for around 80$, very reliable and easy to depend on if you aren't overclocking.
(On sale for 70$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130491

Hard drive:
The best two companies in my opinion are Seagate and Western Digital. They have awesome hard drives that are very reliable and come with a nice warranty just in case. This sort of depends on how much space you need, but I recommend a 250Gig.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148065

Powersupply:
Since you seem like you want a nice computer setup, I suggest getting a reliable psu, coming from brands such as Antec, Fortron Source, or OCZ.

RAM:
I suggest either a gig or two gigs of Corsair Valueselect or some G.Skill Value Ram, they're both very good companies and deliver good performance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145505
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231036

Case:
I recommend the Coolermaster Centurion 5, it looks very nice and doesn't have a front door. It's easy to work with and has nice airflow
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119077
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for hard drives, seagate and western digital are traditionally good brands. i have a lot of WD things, and they're a great company, and seagate also has a 5 year warranty. apparently maxtor doesn't make reliable drives from what i've read, so i'd stay away from them.

ram: OCZ if you have the money and want to OC.
if you're not gonna oc and want value ram pretty much anything will work, just make sure its compatable. value ram is usually kingston and corsair.
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i agree with infiltrator. alsoif your getting an athlon x2 and don't want to go to the trouble of flashing a bios make sure the board is x2 ready.
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i agree with infiltrator. alsoif your getting an athlon x2 and don't want to go to the trouble of flashing a bios make sure the board is x2 ready.
how do i know if its x2 ready?



also i know i can find this on the site search, but a quick clarify: what it overclocking and why is it important, i'll search it right now but an answer would be nice anyway

also thanks for the info!
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