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Old 08-09-2007, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to building computers and this will be my first one. I spent my whole spring/summer saving my money to buy the componets for a new computer. I will manly use this computer for gaming. Please take a look at my build and feel free to post any suggestions. I am trying to cut this list down to make the computer cheaper without sacraficing performace or quality. Also, I want to make sure I didnt miss any componets I may need including cables for each componet, thermal grease, IDE or SATA cables (I am completely confused on the difference between the 2 and wether my motherboard come with enough cables) or any other things so please feel free to tell me if I am missing something.

Processor - E6750
Micro Center Online - the center of .computer shopping

Power Supply - Corsair 520 (I am looking to go cheaper on this but if it is possible I would prefer modular)
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

Motherboard - P35-DS3 (I noticed gigabyte offered cheaper versions and am unsure what the difference between them are)
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Memory - Crucial Ballistix 2 x 1gb ddr2 800
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Graphics Card - EVGA 8800GTS
Newegg.com - EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Hard Drive - Seagate 250gb 7200.10
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Case - NZXT Lexa
Newegg.com - NZXT LEXA BlackLine Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

CD/DVD Burner - Samsung
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM

Heatsink - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

Monitor - Samsung 216BW
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 216BW Black-Silver 21.6" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 3000:1(1000:1) - Retail

OS - Windows Vista Home Premium (not sure if this is the right one to buy)
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM


I plan to purchase all the parts from NewEgg except for the processor because I found a better deal at my local retailer. I have a keybaord, mouse, and speakers already. Thanks for any help
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OMG, all these parts are the PERFECT build that TF recommends.
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Is the after market HS absolutley necessary? I wouldn't OC the CPU much perhaps 3.0 GHZ max, and was wondering if thats possible on the stock heatsink. Also if I plan to purchase the after market heatsink at a later point is it difficult to remove the stock one and replace it with the one I have listed? I read somewhere that the thermal grease melts itself on to the CPU so I was unsure how difficult it is to remove when switching heatsinks. Also does the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro come with thermal grease pre applyed?
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AM HSF is not necessary if you don't O/C. But buying one for the heck of it will help the CPU run cooler, thus faster. The TP doesn't melt. It is usually ALWAYS at a peanut butter consistency.

The AC Freezer 7 Pro does come with TP. Just buy one and install it the time.
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Finally a new member who actually did his homework around here, unlike most new members. Good job!

Hey Battlefront,

Get the Corsair 520HX, from buy.com....alot cheaper:
Buy.com - Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX
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Finally a new member who actually did his homework around here, unlike most new members. Good job!

Hey Battlefront,

Get the Corsair 520HX, from buy.com....alot cheaper:
Buy.com - Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX
Yea, I was like o.0, a new member with the parts that we recommend. lol
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Finally a new member who actually did his homework around here, unlike most new members. Good job!

Hey Battlefront,

Get the Corsair 520HX, from buy.com....alot cheaper:
Buy.com - Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX
Ya it looks like he lurked alot or just read all of your past posts :P
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Finally a new member who actually did his homework around here, unlike most new members. Good job!

Hey Battlefront,

Get the Corsair 520HX, from buy.com....alot cheaper:
Buy.com - Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX
is buy.com just as good and trustworthy as newegg? also am i missing any cables for the monitor or any sata cables or anything? I breifly talked to a bestbuy employee and he told me I needed to buy a dual link DVI cable because the one the monitor came with he said was cheap quality, is this true? I already purchased the monitor and it does have a DVI cable but I have no idea how good it is.
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I bought a few parts from buy.com, and the service was great.

The DVI cable included with the monitor, should suffice enough.

All the SATA cables you need, is included with the motherboard.
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Don't worry. A cheap DVI cable should suffice. Buy when you realize you need it. Same with other cables.
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