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First time pc builder, need advice on rig

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June 7, 2006 1:54:37 PM

Alienware Case (from ebay)
- $150.00

EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI ATX Intel Motherboard
- $109.00

Intel Pentium D 805
- $121.00

SAMSUNG SpinPoint 250GB sp2504c
- $80.00

Cd rom & burner
- $38.00

Random PSU
- $100.00

connect3D Radeon X1600 Pro 256mb
- $97.00

CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
- $142.00

ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink
- $64.00

ALPS Black Internal Floppy Drive
- $7.00
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Total $908.00

How does this look. I think everything is compatible. I might get a better video card and my goal is to get the pentium d to just 3ghz. Could i use a better overclocking motherboard?
June 7, 2006 3:04:01 PM

I haven't gone intel in a few years so I wont comment on things I don't have recent experience in.



Alienware Case (from ebay)
- $150.00

If you like the look go for it, but there are equal if not better cases out for cheaper

EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI ATX Intel Motherboard
- $109.00

Intel Pentium D 805
- $121.00

SAMSUNG SpinPoint 250GB sp2504c
- $80.00

Cd rom & burner
- $38.00

You should consider upgrading to a DVD-RW, they are cheap now, and i'm sure there will come a time when you will need to read/play a DVD disk.

Random PSU
- $100.00

Random PSU to me sounds like you are willing to spend up to 100 bucks, but might go for what looks like a deal somewere in there.

I like to spend a little extra and go for the solid, name brand on PSU's I seen/had had to many stock case PSU's burn out within 6 months (best case scenario), and sometimes take other parts down with it (worst case scenario).

Im sure others will post which manufacturors they like, but I have stuck with Antec for a while now, and they seem very solid to me. Also depending on how much power you think you need you might save some cash. Here are some options from newegg...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


connect3D Radeon X1600 Pro 256mb
- $97.00

CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
- $142.00

ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink
- $64.00

Nice choice with the Heatsink, enjoy your OC =P

ALPS Black Internal Floppy Drive
- $7.00
_________________________________
Total $908.00

Also what is this comp going to be used for? Gaming or just regular everyday use?
June 7, 2006 3:10:53 PM

Nice budget sytem.. my only comment is about the Pentium 805. If you plan on eventually overclocking..which is what's made this processor famous..consider getting better ram than ValueSelect. I don't know about the board, but most are able to OC atleast some which is probably enough for a first time builder. Better Ram for another 100 is all i'd consider if i were in your shoes though. Good Luck
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June 7, 2006 3:25:15 PM

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Nice budget sytem.. my only comment is about the Pentium 805. If you plan on eventually overclocking..which is what's made this processor famous..consider getting better ram than ValueSelect. I don't know about the board, but most are able to OC atleast some which is probably enough for a first time builder. Better Ram for another 100 is all i'd consider if i were in your shoes though. Good Luck


Agree, if you want to overclock you really need DDR2-800. OCZ will sell you 2GB with a CLS 4 for $186 after MIR @ newegg. This is a steal for DDR2-800 RAM.

EDIT: A link might help eh?
OCZ Platinum 2GB DDR2-800 CLS 4
June 7, 2006 4:11:58 PM

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Also what is this comp going to be used for? Gaming or just regular everyday use?

Everyday use.

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If you like the look go for it, but there are equal if not better cases out for cheaper

Yeah i know. But those cases look so cool. :D 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
My last concern is this mobo. It says that the ddr2 standard is 667. Does that mean that this is the only kind of memory i can use?
June 7, 2006 10:24:50 PM

can it use faster ram than specified.. the answer should always be yes, but the ram will run at the slower supported speed. Ram rated for a certain speed is rated for an ideal maximum. The real question is what brands does epox support? Check the epox website and forums to be sure. epox The final answer is, if you get 667 you can push it to OC with your 805 which runs stock on a 533 bus. It may be all the head room you can achieve on this board anyways since it's not a 975 chipset. Those boards cost gobs of cash besides. If you get 800 you will have increased room to OC, but may never realize it on this board. Look and see what other users of this board are doing and what results they get..then you'll know
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