First time builder

This will be the first time I ever built my own computer so any help would be very much appreciated. I ordered all the parts (with the exception of the case from newegg yesterday. My question is after all the parts are together in the new box is there a breaking in period, like when you rebuild a new motor for a car? I won't be over clocking this new box any time soon, so I thought I could get away with using the factory heatsink and the case has three 80mm fans in it already. <font color=red>please review parts and let me know what you think.Thanks :smile: </font color=red>

Case: Bean Tech all aluminum ATX Igloo 1 Mid Tower with slide out MOBO tray $95.00+ $15.00 for shipping

Epox Motherboard for AMD Athlon/Athlon XP/Duron Processors, Model# EP-8RGA+
CPU Supported: AMD Athlon/Athlon XP/Duron processors
Chipset: nForce2
FSB: 333MHz Max
RAM: 3x DDR SDRAM PC3200, 3GB Max
IDE: 2x E/IDE Ultra DMA/133
Slots: 1x AGP(8X), 6x PCI(32-bit)
Ports: 2x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard, 2x Serial, 1x Parallel, 2x USB, 1x RJ-45
Onboard Video: Geforce4 MX Graphics
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC650E 6-channel audio
Onboard LAN: Realtek RTL8201 PHY
Retail box (see pics) more info-> N82E16813123194 $119.00 $119.00

Fortron - FSP400PFN 400W Power Supply Retail
Features: Noise killer, Active PFC with full range AC input.
Power Supply Type: ATX
Max Power: 400W @ 70% output, Peak at 490W
Dimensions: 5 7/8" x 5 1/2" x 3 3/8"
Fan(s): 1-80mm Ball Bearing Fan
P4 Ready: Yes more info-> N82E16817104974 $60.00 $60.00

►On Sale!
CPU: 1.83 GHz
Type: XP 2500 Barton Core
Cache: 512K L2, 128K L1, Total 640KB
BUS: 333MHz
Socket A
Retail Box (Heatsink and Fan included)
more info-> N82E16819103379 $96.00 $96.00

2 sticks 512Mb ea GeIL Golden Dragon DDR 1GB 400MHz Model GD3200-1000DC Retail
Dragon Eye: One red led on PCB board for memory module ON/OFF detection
Hand Picked Golden Dragon 5ns!
Advanced WLCSP Package
6 Layers Ultra Low Noises Shielded Golden Color PCB board
Pin Count: 184
Chip Denisity: 32x8
CAS/Timing 2 6-3-3 1T @PC3200
Voltage: 2.5v-2.9V
Warranty: Lifetime more info-> N82E16820144603 $210.00 $210.00

Zalman Northbridge Chipset Heatsink Gold Plated includes - Heat Conducting Adhesive & Mounting Kit. Retail more info-> N82E16835118202 $5.99 $5.99

COOLER MASTER TLF-R82 (TLF-R82-E1) ( Blue )Neon L.E.D. Fan. Size: 80 x 80 x 25 mm. 4 LEDs implemented to the outer rim of the frame which gives the best glowing effect. 3-pin connector for mainboard speed detection. 4-pin adapter included. Rated Voltage: 12 VDC. Bearing Type: Rifle bearing (patented). Input Current: 0.15 A. Rotation Speed: 2500 RPM. Air flow: 32.11 CFM. Acoustical Noise: 25.0 dB(A). Input Power: 1.80 W. Life Expectance: 50,000 hrs. continuous at 25 , 45~85% relative humidity. TLF-R82-E1. Retail. more info-> N82E16811999051 $5.99 $5.99

<font color=purple>The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. uglyboyjohn </font color=purple>
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by uglyboyjohn on 05/25/03 01:03 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. you ordered this already correct? If not I have a couple suggestions. If you have then take this as questions about your choices, not that they are neccessarily bad, just my questions for you to ponder.

    First why the integrated graphics? Maybe a Radeon 9500 - 9600 pro might be in budget?

    Second why the 1GB stick instead of 2 512MB sticks to take advantage of the Nforce2's capabilities?

    third is that I am assuming you have all the other parts req'd from your old pc yes?

    Just a computer junky
  2. Yes all the pieces on the list have been ordered and should be here Wednesday.

    The reason for the integrated graphics is two fold, first curiosity as to how good the performance of the IGP is. After hearing good reviews about it and 2 when I get ready to retire it, it will make a great computer for someone that just wants to surf the web or use it for email or less demanding games like cards :smile:

    yes 2 sticks of 512 ea =1gb Ram (I'll have to edit post)

    And yes I have DVD rom ,52x24x52cdrw 3 1/2 floppy 1394 fire wire card a 120Gb hard drive & a 40Gb hard drive 19 inch monitor etc... from my old computer.

    <font color=purple>The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. uglyboyjohn </font color=purple>
    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by uglyboyjohn on 05/25/03 12:50 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  3. I forgot to answerthe breaking in period question. If you are not going to overclock then a "break-in" or as some call it "burn-in" period isn't required, but I would still use sandra and other apps like it to do a burn-in just to make sure you have 100% stability.

    Just a computer junky
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