Hi there everyone. I'm new to THW forum, and after browsing for some time, I finally made up my mind to make my first home build system. This new computer will be used mainly for gaming and office work, and I would like it to run stable, quiet and cool. My budget is about $1,500, and I'm ordering the parts in about two weeks. I know there are already tons of similar threads here, but it would be of great help to me if someone more exprienced with this could give me a hand, make some suggestions, and point out if there is any compatibility issue with the system.
1. No idea what PSU I would need, please help me out on this one.
2. I will only be doing very light OC, if any, but I still would like an aftermarket heatsink because I heard the stock one is very loud. I have been researching budget quiet running heatsink and fans for a while, but still cannot pick one. I read in some reviews that ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro seems to do the job with a decent price tag, but if someone has other recommendations I would be glad to hear it.
3. Case is a tough choice for me. I do like the idea of light aluminum case such as Lian Li ones very much, but I am at a loss as to which one would fit everything and have nice air flow.
4. I read here that p35 mobo is the way to go, but I'm not sure whether I should go with Gigabyte or Abit.
5. Last question, after I ordered all these components, what other things would I need, like cables, wires, thermal compound?
one glaring problem with your build... the RAM, that is DDR ram and wont work with the GA-P35C-DS3R that motherboard takes ddr2 or ddr3 ram here is some very good(and cheap after the rebate) ram crucial balistix 2gb BL2KIT12864AA804, (sorry no link cant get to newegg right now)
a corsair 520HX would power your build very nicely...
gigabyte has good motherboards
most wires come with the products, you might want some thermal paste though
Rest looks just superb, except the monitor.
While I own VX922 and it's a great monitor in all aspects, with the current price tag it's overpriced. You should go with the widescreen. If you want similar response time and great viewing angles as VX922 consider these two 20":
Thank you guys so much for replying , I would have made a total fool out of myself taking those DDR 400 RAM home. I've done some more research on my build according to your suggestions, so here is my revised list:
I would greatly appreciate any comment or suggestion on my build. Again I have some questions about the build if someone would kindly answer them:
1.I always intended to get GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R before I was told that GA-P35-DS3L is a better choice if I do not use firewire or eSATA ports. Is this true?
2.I cannot decide which RAMs to choose because I won't be OCing. Could someone please recommend some RAM sticks that are relatively cheap and durable but do not necessarily OC well?
3.As I'm on a rather tight budget, I'm not sure whether I should go with Corsair 520HX or 450VX. I don't expect to upgrade in the near future, so should the 450VX be sufficient for my build then?
4.It seems that the majority of the people on this forum shop at Newegg, however, I find that sometimes the prices at Zipzoomfly are cheaper and they even throw in free shipping. Is Zipzoomfly a good place to shop for pc components?
1. I would get the DS3R. $35 more buys you RAID support, better onboard audio, better components (the Ultra Durable/Ultra Cooling stuff) and support for 8 SATA devices instead of 4. An excellent investment of $35.
3. I'd still go for the 520HX, to play it safe. It will also save you money on the electricity bill because it's very efficient. Keep in mind that a computer that actually consumes 440W will take 440*1.2 from the wall socket with a 450W PSU and only 440*1.15 with a larger PSU. OK, the numbers are invented, but that's the idea. If you want details look at this chart:
The Antec Solo is a very nice case and quiet and very tempting with that enormous rebate. The 8800 GTS will fit in. An 8800 GTX would require a bit of modding to fit. The Centurion 534 is big enough for a GTX already.
I'd go for the Antec Solo, it's a steal at $40. The only issue I have with it is that in 2010 or whenever you buy your next video card it may not fit in and you'll have to buy a new case.