Need help picking parts......

Hi all....

I’m a novice when it come to building a comp so I need help picking parts......

Id like to not go over $1000.....
Ill be using it for Graphics & Video Editing & random stuff.... mabe OCing

Not sure where to start.....

Should I go Pentium D or C2D or something AMD?

Not sure how to pick a MOBO.....

I want 2 GB RAM...

Video card... thinking 7600gt

Lost when it comes to PSUs... (Like how much watts and all that)

So if people want to help that would be cool!
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  1. definitely go with c2d(e6300 or e6400), it is the best $/performance cpu today, it will put any p4 or pD to shame.

    mobo, since you're on a budget and not planning on extreme gaming no point of going sli or crossfire, something like ASUS P5B-E or regular P5B or GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 will do fine.

    ram, i'd go with CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400), great ram, stable, ocable. i've never had problems with it.

    as for video, 7600gt is ok for your setup. a 550w or even 500w should give enough juice.
  2. Steer clear of the Pentium D if you can. Either the C2D or an AMD are good. You'll probably get more performance out of a C2D.

    Here's something to help you pick PSUs.
  3. Don't go cheap on your motherboard OR powersupply. About 85% of problems can be avoided if you do.

    The rest of it can be on the cheaper side, but you will avoid most problems and leave yourself room later to upgrade if you spend what it takes to get a good namebrand powersupply (about 500-650watts should do.) AND a good motherboard. Make sure the motherboard is either LGA775 for Intel or AM2 for amd.

    also see if you can increase your limit by at least $175 so you can get the parts that will keep you from lots of heartache.
  4. Thanks


    ok RAM.....

    is the G.Skill just as good
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231098

    as the Corsair
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820145590


    and do i need a CPU cooler?
  5. If you don't plan to take your FSB past 400 MHz, either one should do just fine, as you would only be running them at their specified speed. I don't really know which one is better than the other beyond that, but 400 FSB is a pretty good overclock (about a 50% increase over stock speed, assuming you don't lower the multiplier - depending on the board, this may not even be possible anyway), one for which you'd probably want something better than the stock cooler (though some people have made do with the stock cooler at such speeds, see WiZ83's budget Core2 thread).
  6. is it me or is THG forums becoming a computer building tech support

    - Computer building service ?

    :(
  7. Quote:
    is it me or is THG forums becoming a computer building tech support

    - Computer building service ?

    :(


    :) what can we do. we have to change with times
  8. Quote:
    is it me or is THG forums becoming a computer building tech support

    - Computer building service ?

    :(


    Am i not suppost to be here?

    I thought this was here to ask Q.
  9. Yes, you're fine, no worries.

    I suspect it's just a couple of old-timers reminiscing about yesteryear ;)


    LOL
  10. LMAO.
    No offense robojon, im always glad to help
  11. ok cool thanx.....

    ok umm..... heres what i have so far......

    case: $64 COOLER MASTER Ammo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811119098

    mobo: $150 ASUS P5B-E
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813131070

    CPU: $183 C2D E6300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115005

    RAM: $209 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231098

    VC: $119 eVGA 7600gt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130017

    PSU: $96 OCZ GameXStream
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817341001

    HD: $95 Seagate 7200.10 320GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822148140

    Optical drive: $30 NEC 18X DVD+R/48X CD-R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827152076

    OS: $140 XP Pro SP2b/Upgrade Coupon for Vista
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16832116175

    (Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $6) do i need this?

    Total: $1,135

    Thoughts Please!!!
  12. Looks good. Dunno about the mobo.....I heard that the P5B's were a bit finnicky about RAM. I can't confirm since I don't own one.

    Other than that, good specs for the price!
  13. So what Mobo do you recommend?
  14. I'm am gonna sound sooooooooooo biased here, but the Gigabyte 965P-S3 (or DS3) is a proven winner.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128012

    There's also the Biostar 965PT that is getting great reviews and overclocks too for even cheaper than the Giga board.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813138037
  15. Thanx ill switch to the Gigabyte board...

    is there any other comment... recommendations

    Do I need Thermal Compound?

    Is there any thing ive left out?
  16. if you're going to use stock cooler you don't need thermal compund.

    p5b is an ok board, don't know about g.skill but with corsair it's a good ocing combo. Also, if you want to raid sometime in the future, do not get p5b, raid driver is a pain in the ass.

    as i said before GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 is a solid mobo, good luck
  17. Thermal compound is not necessary, as the stock heatsink comes with some thermal compound pre-applied, but it's nice to have around. If you ever need to remove your heatsink (like if you didn't get it on right in the first place), you'll need to clean the thermal goop that's already on there off and replace it with something like AS5.
  18. yes, like i said i'm not sure how g.skill goes with s3 or ds3, or p5b
  19. The G. Skill ram you chose is fine. OCs great.
  20. yo Robo u upgrading to DX10 later ?


    so far your rig looks good
  21. Maybe when they get down to around $200

    (i dont have lot of money)
  22. Save as much as u can
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    Save as much as u can


    and wait as long as you can (dx 10 card i mean)
    nvidia should release mid-range cards next year (hopefully by summer :) )

    When it comes to vga i have no patients, from my sig you can see that my video card is s**t, so when i get 8800gts it should be quite a jump for me.
  24. Ok i wanted to order this soon......

    wanted any final suggestions

    heres what i have.....

    case: $64 COOLER MASTER Ammo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811119098

    mobo: $134 Gigabyte 965P-DS3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128012

    CPU: $183 C2D E6300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115005

    RAM: $209 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231098

    VC: $119 eVGA 7600gt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130017

    PSU: $96 OCZ GameXStream
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817341001

    HD: $75 Seagate 7200.10 250GB & WD 80GB $43
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822148140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822135106

    Optical drive: $30 SAMSUNG 18X DVD+R/48X CD-R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827151136

    OS: $140 XP Pro SP2b/Upgrade Coupon for Vista
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16832116175

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $6

    Total: $1,165

    A friend said that I should have a sepret HD for the OS is this true?

    umm do I need more fans?

    any thing else I need???
  25. I think your looking good. What case are you using that will help in determining what kind of cooling you will need. More fans can mean better cooling but silence is golden dont go super cheap on fans.

    As for a seperate HDD thats up to you. I have 5 hard drives but i have 600 gbs worth of crap also. Having your OS on a seperate drives keep it clear of clutter and puts your storage on another drive. It could be 1 more owrking part creating heat or another piece to break or a great place to store stuff you wont use often and still want. Games your going to be playing alot of i would keep on your OS drive
  26. the case is the first thing on the list....

    it says it has....

    one
    120mm Fan

    and NO Side Air duct

    so do i need to install mare fans?????
  27. i'd suggest a case with a 120mm fan exhaust and intake, everything else looks pretty solid
  28. Quote:
    A friend said that I should have a sepret HD for the OS is this true?


    you don't need to but you can
  29. There is a slot in the front for a 12 cm fan you need one there and there should be a fan in the back also a 12 ccm fan> 1 more 12 cm in the front and you should be good to go.
  30. ohh :oops: , in this case robojon you're good to go
  31. a friend said that i should go cheper on the mobo & cpu and get a 7900 vc... :?

    thoughts on this.......

    he also said that i should get an older dual cpu cuz most software dosnt use the c2d's to the fullest..... 8O

    thoughts please.......
  32. Quote:
    he also said that i should get an older dual cpu cuz most software dosnt use the c2d's to the fullest.....


    well, i don't want to offend your friend, but he's full of crap. c2d is the future, and while not all apps and games take advantage of dual core cpu(not just c2d!!!) they will.
  33. so should i get a better VC or is the one i have good for now?
  34. it will do for now
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    so should i get a better VC or is the one i have good for now?


    Depends on your budget. The 7600 is a decent card, but thee's better options out there. The 7900GS would be a very nice upgrade to the 7600GT, and is only $35 more after the rebate.

    While it's true not many apps can take advantage of both cores yet, as Assman mentioned, but you can multitask much better.

    *edit* See if you can find the S3 version of the mobo. I think newegg was out, but they're cheaper than the DS3, and you won't notice the difference. Can save a few extra bucks there to go towards your vid card.
  36. just wondering what dose the GT, GS, and so on stand for???
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