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help buliding+choosing pc parts

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mallet, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. mallet

    mallet Kilobyte Poster

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    This is my first time building a pc from scratch. And it would be helpful if anyone can help me out?
    heres the current list of PC parts:

    Asus P5N32-E PLUS SLi nForce (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.33GHz (1333FSB) (not yet released)

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 775)

    BFG BFGR88320GTS OC2EI Graphics Card GeForce 8800 GTS - 320MBPCI
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    The Crucial Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB PCI Express? both just under £200 but which would be better and work with the motherboard selected?

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB ST3160815AS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM

    Samsung SH-S203BEBN 20x20 DVD±RW Dual Layer Serial ATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM

    Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro Series -
    theres a gameport on the back, but I have no clue if it would work with my microsoft sidewinder non-usb: http://uk.europe.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=208&product=15854
    even if it didnt, has anyone seen gameport to USB converters working?

    Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case

    OCZ GameXStream 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Power Supply - can it cope with all the stuff mention above?

    cruicial Ballistix tracer two set 1GB ram. Iam bit lost with the ram list I was givin at crucial, as it has two different types of the same ram, one says: DDR2 PC2-5300 NON-ECC and the other: DDR2 PC2-6400 NON-ECC

    I know I have left the basic keyboard, mouse but what 15inch tft/lcd monitor should I consider getting under £180?
    I had a lcd in the past and has been rubbish, what kind of specs should I be looking for in a TFT/LCD monitor like Contrast Ratio or Response Time?

    I still have some questions though, Iam bit concern about the inner cables, as I know I have to buy them separately for the components to connect to the motherboard, however how many inner cables would I need? Would I also need the SATA cable for the harddrive?

    I dont have a budget as such, but would like it under a £1000

    Thanks in advance for helping me out.


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  2. Raffaz

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    The system doesnt look bad. Have you budgeted for a decent power supply?

    According to PCPRO magazine you can get the philips 170B7 17" TFT for £152, or Samsung Syncmaster 940BW 19"widescreen TFT for £134, both are good monitors.

    All your cables will come with the mobo.
     
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  3. mallet

    mallet Kilobyte Poster

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    Cheers raffaz, I keep the monitors in mind :)
    Nicely priced too.

    I am abit stumped with the PSU, as I put the OCZ GameXStream 700w on the list as most of the PSU I came across where 400w to 500w. I just thought the 700w would compensate for any error if I didnt have enough power.
    And would the PSU I chosen work with the motherboard I choose? As it says ATX2 Power Supply.


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  4. BosonMichael
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    That's a quality box. I'd recommend the Asus mobo with the Intel-based chipset, but that's just my personal preference.
     
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  5. Stoney

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    You want to be looking at the refresh rate for montiors, the more times it can refresh a second the better the quality of picture, especially of you're gaming.

    You should be able to get a fairly decent TFT monitor for £180, maybe a 19" one if you have the desk space.

    One thing I would suggest is to download the manual of the mobo you're intersted in before you buy it and check the compatability of the other parts. 9 times out of 10 you'll be ok but it's worth checking cos you don't want any nasty suprises!
     
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  6. ThomasMc

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    Here's a good place to start for your psu SLi Zone
     
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  7. noelg24

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    Ok really good spec, but you are lacking in certain areas:

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB ST3160815AS SATA-II 8MB Cache. Ok lets be honest on the spec u got 160GB doesnt cut it...500GB and you are laughing and it will only cost about £60.

    And as for the monitors, like the guys have said go for the bigger ones...19" or higher...trust me I have two 19" and im pleased I have them. With the spec u got I would say 4 19" monitors hehe...

    I cant fault your choice of case mate, cos I have the exact same one and its the bees knees..:biggrin

    Oh and I would definitely go for two X1900XT graphics cards but only if your motherboard supports Crossfire...otherwise you will have to change the motherboard...I can see u have gone for Intel CPU, I will say this, if u plan to get two ATI cards for Crossfire, an AMD motherboard is your best bet namely the ASUS M2R32-MVP motherboard.

    But still its a killer machine u got there mate :biggrin
     
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  8. greenbrucelee
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    Seems like a beast, but I would try to find a hard drive with faster cache 16mb

    I would go for the nvidia card myself

    go for the pc6400 ram its faster

    Yeah like Raff said you can get decent 17 and 19" monitors for that price
     
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  9. mallet

    mallet Kilobyte Poster

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    Thanks all for the great responses :biggrin

    However, with the current motherboard I choose fit with the Antec case? as it says its compatible with only atx motherboards.
    Do I also need a thermal layer between the cpu and the cpu cooler? or does it come with it already to stop it melting?

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  11. BosonMichael
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    I'd recommend Arctic Silver 5.

    Unsure about the case.
     
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    How much money are you spending on your system, as I am going to build one next summer and am going to budget £2000 for it:rolleyes:
     
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    the Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case PSU is at the bottom of the case, so does an normal PSU fit ok i.e will all the cables be long enough?
     
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  14. BosonMichael
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    Depends on the PSU you get... the cables are attached to the PSU. Some have long cables... some have short cables. Never skimp on a PSU, and always do your research.
     
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    That is gonna be a nice system, maybe they'll have quad core CPU's on the market for you by then 2 :p

    Agree with the others, 15" TFT is too small, You will get a decent larger one for your budget easy.

    I've had no experience with them but those stealth PSU's sound pretty cool, nothing worse than a noisy PSU IMO.
     
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  16. mallet

    mallet Kilobyte Poster

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    what a coincidence, I am gonna start mine round summer too :biggrin
    I like my budget to stick under the £1000 marker, but will likely to go over just abit.
    The reason why Iam planning on summer is my pay checks come in monthly contract plus I only just started work. Also Iam gonna sell my budget dell inspiron 1300 on ebay, hate that damn thing :biggrin

    Thanks all for the great feedback, its been really helpfull :)
    Yeah I think I go for the bigger monitors as they give the best value for money.
    I will call Overclockers about the fittings of the mobo to the case as they have both of them in stock.

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  17. mallet

    mallet Kilobyte Poster

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    just a update on the case, you can have the asus mobo fit in the Antec case. As I called up Overclockers who supply both the units :biggrin

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