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October 11, 2006 3:00:01 AM

After a few years of wanting to upgrade i've finally decided to do it. and i am going to do it myself. So heres what I have so far:

Mobo: Gigabyte ga-965p-ds3 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813128012

CPU: Core 2 duo E6600
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115003

GPU: radeon X1900XT 512 (I already bought this because i found it for 100 bucks off open box dealy).
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814195002R

memory: Corsiar XMS2 DDR800 PC26400 2gb
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145590

Hard disk: I don't really know about this..could someone suggest something around 100-150?

Case: I dont really know but this looks ok:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811156180

Then I have some CD drives but I can get that myself I think.

So heres my questions. Firstly, does all this look ok? Second, I dont really know much about the case part of it, so is that case ok or would something else work better?

Also..I know nothing about fans and heatsinks. Could someone set me up with those? I'm not picky on them..as long as they keep everything cool and running smoothly.

Lastly..is there anything else I will need? Thanks!

Branden.
October 11, 2006 3:33:38 AM

Ok thanks. Could you possibly suggest a better case or better PSU?
October 11, 2006 4:34:44 AM

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

Something like that as a case would do quite well. Its cheap, well built and well ventilated. It comes in different colors and a few different styles (side windows to). Just look up coolermaster cases on newegg.

As far as the PSU goes anything over 450 watts from Antec or FSP should do. May want to go for 500 if you really want space to manuver.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Hard drive ^^^
250gigs, 16mb cache, perpendicular recording for $80. Nuff said.
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October 11, 2006 5:17:51 AM

I would look at a Seagate 7200.10 drive, they should offer good performance and storage.
October 11, 2006 5:34:05 AM

I would suggest if you want quality these:
CHENMING CMUI-601AEB-W Black 1.0mm SECC Server Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

610W Pc Power and cooling
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

This psu is rock fkin solid i didnt know they come so affordable now or id have one. back when i looked into them they where like 200+$.

I highley recommend that psu im sure other forum'ees can back me up on this.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2006 10:44:52 AM

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

Something like that as a case would do quite well. Its cheap, well built and well ventilated. It comes in different colors and a few different styles (side windows to). Just look up coolermaster cases on newegg.

As far as the PSU goes anything over 450 watts from Antec or FSP should do. May want to go for 500 if you really want space to manuver.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Hard drive ^^^
250gigs, 16mb cache, perpendicular recording for $80. Nuff said.


I would have to agree with him. A good cool (temperature wise) case and good PSU. I have had good luck with Raidmax, so if you were building a lower end system you might be okay, but with what you have included you should consider the better more reliable setup.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2006 1:22:25 PM

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I would look at a Seagate 7200.10 drive, they should offer good performance and storage.


I second that suggestion. You can grab the 320BG version for $95 with free shipping from the 'egg.
October 11, 2006 2:00:10 PM

Do you plan on overclocking? If you are then I'd suggest getting the E6400 instead. Same a few bucks and it oc's extremely well.

If not, then don't bother with that memory. This memory will be fine. PQI Turbo 2x1GB DDR2 667 - $180

For the Case & PSU, depends on how much you want to spend. Though for the PSU, mpilchfamily offers sound advice. I would also include the Enermax PSU's.

Even though the PSU doesn't quite live up to the standards by mpilchfamily, this Antec Sonata II is a nice case/psu combination.

That 610W PSU that Shata recommended is way overpriced. Here's a HIPER 580W for 50 bucks cheaper and it has molex cables. One word. Sweet.

If you decide to get a separate PSU, then I'd recommend the Lian Li PC-B20B case - $176 or the Antec P180B - $120. If you get the P180B and Hiper PSU, make sure you get the new revision to the Hiper. The old one didn't have a long enough power cord to reach some motherboards since the PSU is installed on the bottom on the P180B.

HDD: Seagate Barracude 7200.10 320GB Perpendicular Drive - $95

Mobo: A couple others for you to look at. ASUS P5NSLI or the ASUS P5B.

Heatsink: Only if you OC, otherwise, use the one that comes with the CPU. I've read some good things about the Scythe Ninja, but it's pretty big. Just make sure it will fit the case. This Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is also very good and the OEM version is dirt cheap at 17 bucks with free shipping.

Sidenote: The ACF7 Pro is compatible with C2D, here.

Get some Artic Silver 5 to help with cooling the CPU.
October 11, 2006 3:34:43 PM

Thanks a ton for everyones help.

One more question..how much difference will I see between a 7200 and 10000 HD? is it worth the extra money or is that something to wait on until prices drop a bit more?
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2006 4:28:31 PM

Quote:
Thanks a ton for everyones help.

One more question..how much difference will I see between a 7200 and 10000 HD? is it worth the extra money or is that something to wait on until prices drop a bit more?


Compare a WD Raptor (10,000 RPM) to the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (7,200 RPM) on Tom's Hard Drive Chart:

Toms' Hard Drive Chart

You'll see that the only real advantage that the Raptor has is in access time. If the word "budget" is anywhere in your vocabulary, stick with the 7,200 RPM Barracuda.
October 11, 2006 5:10:28 PM

Ok, this is the 2nd post in a row I've read where mpilchfamily has stated the PSU was not adequate. Now I accept that you get what you pay for in life, but I believe he's being overly harsh on the included PSUs that are coming with cases. They probably won't last as long... the fans might be a bit louder... they're probably not as efficient... they might not have any overclocking headroom... but I still think they work fine for most users.

I'm beginning to think mpilchfamily works for a company that makes high-end PSUs.
October 11, 2006 6:39:28 PM

Ok so heres what I have going on now. Everything else is the same, and I have chosen on the following:

Case: Thermaltake Tsunami modern dream
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811133133

PSU: Raidmax rx-630A 630W
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817152026
(I was going to get the same model but the 530W but this one is only 10 bucks more after rebates)

HD: barricuda 7200.10
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148140



and i'm going to buy a copy of XP home

Now..I know everyone says i dont need heatsinks unless i overclock....but for an extra 60 or 70 I think I might just do it anyway for my own peace of mind. I'll probably put one of my CPU..should I use one for my GPU as well?

How does all this look?
Is there anything else I will need?
Thanks!
a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2006 6:51:07 PM

How about try out the stock heatsink and see where your temps are? If your temps are low, then stick with it. If not, go aftermarket. Maybe pick up some Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound while you're at it.

With that 7200.10 Barracuda, don't forget to remove the teeny tiny jumper on the back to enable SATA 3Gb/s mode (this is the tiniest jumper I've ever seen, I hope you have needle-nose pliers or forceps).
October 11, 2006 7:13:41 PM

ok. finalizing purchase now. i'll keep everyone updated. i'm sure i'll need some help later on, especially with the BIOS setup.

Thanks to everyone who helped me out. Truly appreciated
October 12, 2006 6:16:06 PM

Anyone know of any good guides to help walk me through putting all this together?
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