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My First PC Build (Is it compatible?)

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December 11, 2007 9:25:09 PM

Heya I've never built a PC from scratch before, although I have upgraded my current one multiple times. I mainly have concerns with power supply as I know practically nothing about it/what level I need. Also, is it possible for me to salvage my old CD/DVD rom from my old computer and put it in my new one?

Anyway, here's what I'm looking at right now, not including the case/powersupply which I'll buy locally depending on how high quality I need.

Part - Brand/Type - Cost
  • Case/Power Supply Local (GIM's)

  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66mhz $189.99

  • Motherboard: ASUS P5K LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX $126.99

  • Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200RPM 16mb cache $69.99

  • RAM Corsair XMS2 2x1gb 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $71.00

  • DVD/CDRom using old one $0.00 <--going to get from my old PC.

  • Video Card EVGA 512-P2-N757-TR GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $149.99 $20.00

    I'm assuming all the other vital things are included w/ the case or an item that I can take from my current PC such as my wireless adapter, keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc. Also, i can look this up later, but can install windows relatively simply after putting everything together, or is there a guide I should look at?
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    December 11, 2007 10:00:48 PM

    youd be better with a HD3850 for the GPU

    case and psu will depend on your budget a little
    Stick with something tier3 or above the this list for PSU

    Cases that are great but cost a bundle. Antec P182, 900. Lian Li A10 & A70,A71. Coolermaster Stacker series. Silverstone TJ10 and TJ09

    EDIT: oooh oooh Thermaltake Armour as well
    December 11, 2007 10:08:37 PM

    Agreed with ^^^. HD3850 at the minimum for a gaming rig. Shave some fats off other parts if you can't dish out that much. i.e. replace P5K-E with DS3L or IP35-E. The ram is kinda expensive w/o a rebate. They're compatible with each other.

    Guide to diy pcs:

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    December 11, 2007 10:11:41 PM

    does your new mobo have a ide channel? some new ones dont. im assuming your cd-rom is ide and not sata.
    December 11, 2007 10:13:19 PM

    You can use you old DVD Burner. This would be a good PSU, a Tier 2.

    Antec makes good cases some of which come with PSUs and Antec makes good PSUs. The Antec Sonata III is a nice and I've seen it as low as $100 but generally around $130 Installing Windows is just booting off the CD. If it's a copy that's been used in another computer, you'll have to call MS to activate it. the phone # comes up when you try to activate it online, but activating it over the phone is not big deal. You don't have to lie but I wouldn't say you just built a new computer, you just "had" to replace some parts
    December 12, 2007 5:21:37 AM

    Thanks a ton guys :) 

    First though I'm sorry buti made a typo, the Mobo I think i'll get is just the P5K, not the P5K-e

    second, if you had to choose a case/powersupply combo from this site (its like 5 minutes from my house), what would you go with, if any?

    I can still just order one online but I'd prefer to buy the base locally.

    I'm on a very very strict budget though :( 
    December 12, 2007 10:08:23 AM

    I have a couple of the Antec Sonata IIs. Quiet, easy to work with, and a good PSU but $119 is on the high side. Suggest once you narrow your choices to 2 or 3 you go online to compare prices. You can always take the online price in and see if they will match it or at least come close. If it's a locally owned store, they'll have some leeway on pricing if they want to exercise it.