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My first attempt to make a custom computer

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October 19, 2006 2:36:37 AM

Those parts are for paracting on how to find the right parts, so I won't make a computer out of them (no money).

Case without included PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Hard Drive(SATA)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Power Supply Unit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Gfx Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

I know I may be missing the burner, cd/dvd drive, and the soundcard, but that's not the point in this exercise.
The main reason is to see if I can improve on my quest to find the right combination of a decent computer. BTW, if your curious about the price, then post, and I'll edit my post on how much this costs.
October 19, 2006 4:40:28 AM

bump, because a novice needs help on researching so that I don't screw up my first build when I do that a few years later.

Edit: Great, I posted in the wrong forums. Can this topic go to the General Homebuilt section, as I have must been seeing things.
October 22, 2006 5:31:55 AM

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bump, because a novice needs help on researching so that I don't screw up my first build when I do that a few years later.

Edit: Great, I posted in the wrong forums. Can this topic go to the General Homebuilt section, as I have must been seeing things.


Dont go there, its a horrible place :D 

I dont feel like clicking all those links. So post the actual parts pls
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October 24, 2006 6:09:29 PM

Everything looks good, except:

I would recommend a better quality PSU.
Try this one, it's worth the extra money.

Your graphics cards link is dead. Apparently the card you wanted is no longer available through Newegg.
October 24, 2006 6:47:38 PM

the important thing is what you plan on doing with this computer...if you want it for gaming, then i would go with the am2 platform and an amd dual core, and then upgrade your processor when they release the 65nm cores. if you wanna do vidoe editing and photoshop, then stick with the core 2.

amd - better for games
intel - better for video editing, encoding, and crap like that.

i personally went with amd, because i play lots of games, but also, i've never been a big fan of intel. yeah, they have really good processors, but i'm just not a fan of their architecture. i think amd did a better job when it came to processor architecture.

one other thing to keep in mind is temprature. that's where i made my mistake when i built my current rig. if you want a cool running computer, then get a case with lots of 120mm fans. i upgraded to the NZXT Zero, and the thing is amazing. it has lots of room, four 120mm fans on the side that blow on the motherboard, and also room for three other 120mm fans and one 80mm fan up top.

other than that, only other thing i can say is your cpu cooler. don't skimp. people tend to spend lots of money on their hardware, then when it comes to cooling the computer, they just overlook it. the cooler your computer runs, the longer it will last, and the more you can overclock it. i had my x2 4800+ running at 2.93ghz per core and idled at like 36. under load, the most it went up to was 47.

hope this helps.
October 24, 2006 7:40:41 PM

Sorry, but your argument lost all weight once the Core 2 Duo platform was released.
October 24, 2006 7:44:30 PM

umm, not really. i spent less on my amd gaming system than a friend of mine who just had to get the core 2 extreme, and in gaming benchmarks, my computer always outperforms his by about 500 to 1000 points. keep in mind, we both have gx2's, x-fi platinums, and 2 gigs of ram. and you know what...you can dobut me all you want. i really dont care.

i will give him this, when it comes to encoding video and audio, his is faster.
October 24, 2006 8:19:24 PM

I agree with Anoobis, c2d is better for gaming. i am talking from experience and official benchies.
we'll need a little more concrete evidence than the one you provided comparing your pc to friend's.
gaming perf. depends on a lot of things
October 24, 2006 8:21:47 PM

Your friend must have fallen out of the stupid tree. There is no AMD system that can match or even come close to the x6800 in any game... Even the FX62. Am2 still wins on the low cost single core setups, but other then that... um yeah.
October 24, 2006 8:22:31 PM

LOL, yes you are right
October 24, 2006 8:25:51 PM

It really depends on your budget. What you will use it for. I went with AMD because I have a very tight budget.
For a tighter Budget go with:
AMD system
1GB ram
GF 7600GT
If you have 2g to spend go with.
C2D E6600
WAIT FOR GF8 which is coming out in 2-3weeks
2gb ram
October 24, 2006 8:33:30 PM

Quote:
It really depends on your budget. What you will use it for. I went with AMD because I have a very tight budget.
For a tighter Budget go with:
AMD system
1GB ram
GF 7600GT
If you have 2g to spend go with.
C2D E6600
WAIT FOR GF8 which is coming out in 2-3weeks
2gb ram


So if AMD is so inexpensive, please list out your budget specs you used...

How does it compare to a...
Cheap 3GHz Core 2 Duo System for $631?

CPU: Core 2 Duo E6300 Allendale (Retail Box with HSF) - $178
HSF: Stock HSF - $0
M/B: Gigabyte 965P-S3 - $105
RAM: 2x 512MB Corsair DDR2 XMS2 Twin2X PC2-5400 675MHz (4-4-4-12) - $129
GPU: 7300GT 256MB GDDR3 - $85
HDD: Seagate 160GB SATA2 (3.0Gb/s) - $52
DVD: 16x DVD Writter - $29
FDD: 1.44" Floppy Disk Drive - $5
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 430W - $25 ($35-$10MIR)
CASE: Generic Case (without PSU) - $12
FAN: 4x 8CM Fan ($1.50 each) & 1x 12CM Fan ($5 each) - $11

TOTAL: $631
Credit goes to Wiz83
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&all=1&t=205223&postdays=0&postorder=asc
October 24, 2006 8:51:31 PM

Quote:
It really depends on your budget. What you will use it for. I went with AMD because I have a very tight budget.
For a tighter Budget go with:
AMD system
1GB ram
GF 7600GT
If you have 2g to spend go with.
C2D E6600
WAIT FOR GF8 which is coming out in 2-3weeks
2gb ram


So if AMD is so inexpensive, please list out your budget specs you used...

How does it compare to a...
Cheap 3GHz Core 2 Duo System for $631?

CPU: Core 2 Duo E6300 Allendale (Retail Box with HSF) - $178
HSF: Stock HSF - $0
M/B: Gigabyte 965P-S3 - $105
RAM: 2x 512MB Corsair DDR2 XMS2 Twin2X PC2-5400 675MHz (4-4-4-12) - $129
GPU: 7300GT 256MB GDDR3 - $85
HDD: Seagate 160GB SATA2 (3.0Gb/s) - $52
DVD: 16x DVD Writter - $29
FDD: 1.44" Floppy Disk Drive - $5
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 430W - $25 ($35-$10MIR)
CASE: Generic Case (without PSU) - $12
FAN: 4x 8CM Fan ($1.50 each) & 1x 12CM Fan ($5 each) - $11

TOTAL: $631
Credit goes to Wiz83
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&all=1&t=205223&postdays=0&postorder=asc
I stand to be corrected that is a great system for the budget..
And when I meant I really meant BUDGET. LIKE AMD single core system. BUT wow that is a great system for $631
October 24, 2006 8:58:53 PM

Nice setup, the Gigabyte is a bit more than $105 right now though. You could also consider the Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H. It's running about $100 right now on the Egg. I'm not sure about the lack of multiplier adjustment though. I don't know if that's something an updated BIOS might be able to add. I don't know if CM ever looked into it.

Honestly whether or not you use an AMD or and Intel processor, you can build a decent gaming system on the cheap right now. Which video card you put in your system has a bigger impact on gaming than which processor you use.
October 24, 2006 9:26:44 PM

just buy it, man. make the decision. we believe in you.
-cm
November 9, 2006 2:24:39 AM

Thanks for the suggestion on the PSU. The Graphic card if I am correct is a HIS graphic card(ati chipset if thats how you call it), with 550 mhz core clock, and I think 1200 memory clock, but I can be wrong. About the topic, I'm not going to really buy the parts, because it was more for training, and learning how to get the parts at the best price. My mistake that was pointed out is the choice of parts and the amount of websites being used to buy parts (need more suggestion on websites like newegg).
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