==Might be too long for some people==
Sorry If i was causing a problem with my questions!
I keep getting new questions every day and I posted them
in new threads WHICH I shouldn't have done.
I'll just make this the final one to get all my questions posted.
GOOD NEWS: My dad finally let me order the parts! Any day I am ready.
BAD NEWS: I still have a $500~$600 budget.
Here is my semi-final build.
Case - Newegg.com - Rosewill R5717-P BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case withTool-Free kits - Computer Cases
CPU - Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors
Mobo - Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Video Card - Newegg.com - EVGA 384-P3-N851-AR GeForce 8800 GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
RAM - Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
HDD - Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Optical Drive - Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
OS - Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B for System Builders 1 Pack - Operating Systems
*PSU - Newegg.com - Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CUL, TUV, FCC, and CB certification - Power Supplies
Cable Ties - Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
(Combo deals, MIR, etc)
(Monitor, mouse, keyboard, printer = already have)
Now, for the list of questions
1) The Case and airflow
The case seems to have a front panel fan on the bottom. It's hard to see, but I'm sure there is one 120mm fan slot.
I am going for a 1:1 ratio, and for now I am only going to use the rear 120mm fan and drill holes on the top for exhaust.
For intake, I am either going to use the side 120mm fan or front 120mm fan. I just don't know what to use.
The front seems to be a good choice, but only if the front has holes or something to bring air inside. But then again, even if it does, the airflow is blocked by the HDD slots, which is like right in front of it.
The side 120mm one... I'm not sure about that one. It probably will cool the video card well, but what does it do to the airflow?
P.S. Any recommendations on good 120mm fans? I'm not looking for a crazy powerful ones. Just OKAY ones that aren't loud. And also, nothing with shipping costs. THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE! Something I can get locally.
2) Intel Stock HSF vs Overclocking
I was told that for mild overclocking, the Intel stock HSF will be enough. But I am trying to go above and beyond, if I can, so I can get the most out of the system.
I'm thinking of not getting a after market HSF for now, and see how hot my CPU gets after overclocking.
What do you guys think?
3) PSU, oh my PSU
After thorough research, I decided to stick with my old PSU.
It poses a potential threat, with pretty low 29A for 12v
It also has been used for at least 1.5 years. I can't remember exactly how long. (Never had any problems until my old system finally
broke down recently, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't because of the PSU**)
Like the HSF, I am going to use this and see how it does.
First sign of unstability or crash, I will switch to a better one.
Or should I?!?!?
**Blue Screen of Death would appear on startup on a normal afternoon, with message saying : UNMOUNTABLE_DEVICE_FAILURE
. Any idea what the problem is? I googled it and I narrowed it down to the HDD though...
4) Wire management
I am just going to use cable ties to tie the wires and attach them to the side panels with good old tape. Is this a good setup?
Things you should know before commenting:
1) Remember the budget please
2) Feel free to recommend any new parts for anything, but
they need to be around the same price.
3) I am a total newcomer to building computers, although a devout gamer.
4) I plan to OC as much as I can without exploding my computer.
5) Like I said in #3, I will spend most of my time gaming for multiple hours everyday.
6) I probably won't be upgrading any parts for around 4~5 years (
), so don't worry about getting parts that will/should be compatable with future cards and boards.
Well, you made it! It's the end of my accumulated questions thread.
I will be replying as much as I can and editing my post when I come up with a new question.
Thank you very much for reading and replying.
EDIT: New SATA DVD Burner instead of IDE one.
Question #4 Added
Added Cable Ties to shopping list