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New to custom pc scene. First build. Advice ple\ase!

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December 27, 2007 6:51:00 AM

Anything would be helpful, im attempting my first custom PC build and looking towards a good learning experience. So tell me what you think!

My budget is around $600, $100 for each piece.I 'm not looking for an ultimate high end machine, but more of a moderately decent one that can run certain things like HL2,COD4,Bioshock, around there.
I am VERY open to any changes and would like to consult the fourms before i get to ordering.

Im currently shopping around on newegg, just because one of my friends had good luck there.

Ok, lets get started

CASE:
$74.99

APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR S-Type X-JPJST-MG Metallic Grey SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811144194

MOBO:
$89.99

ECS KA3 MVP (V1.0A) AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813135024

VIDEO CARD:
$99.99

EVGA 512-P2-N747-LR GeForce 8500GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130285

POWER:
$39.99 (im suspicious of the price, but the reviews are good)

APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817148027

HARD DRIVE:
$69.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148262

MEMORY:
$76.99

Transcend AxeRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TX800QLJ-2GK
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820208329

PROCESSOR:
$144.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 Allendale 2.4GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115032
December 27, 2007 7:59:51 AM

You might wish to read through a few more of the new build forums. There are numerous ones that fit your budget.

So far, you have a AMD processor motherboard, and an Intel Processor selected. These are not compatible. Your MB also supports Crossfire, while your video card is SLi. Also not compatible. This MB would work well with the E4600. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The 4800+ AMD processor would work with the ECS MB. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You are correct in being suspicious of the PSU. Ignore Newegg reviews. Here is a well respected PSU list. Pick Tier 3 or above. You will find good deals on Antec Earthwatts right now. The 380 or 430 would work for your system. http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=10...

Then review the Tom's VGA charts for video cards. The absolute, rock bottom minimum for those games would be the 7600gt, and only on a 19" monitor. http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html A 2600xt card would be a better choice.

I have never used Transcend ram. I prefer brand names such as Crucial Ballistix, Corsair XMS, Geil, and OCZ Platinum. All work well with Gigabyte boards.
December 27, 2007 8:52:55 AM

This motherboard has gotten very good reviews;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

go with Crucial ballistix for ram, cheaper after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get a 2160 or 2180 processor, both are less than $100

video;
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lastly you want to get a CPU cooler
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

I agree on the Earthwatts PSU unless you want to step up to a Corsair VX450

You will also need the operating system unless you already have that
Good luck
December 27, 2007 3:07:09 PM

Thanks so much for the updates, thats exactly what i was looking for. Thanks.
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