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March 29, 2008 6:22:46 PM


I'm looking to put together my first ever PC & would love it if you guys/gals could look over my parts list & let me know if I'll run into any problems.

Some info: this is a budget gaming rig which I'm trying to keep under $700 total (before rebates), I use a 19" 5:4 LCD (1280x1024), I already have an OS. I don't intend to future upgrade the rig much, but I do anticipate doing some light over-clocking (taking the FSB up to 400).

Case = Rosewill R604-P

CPU = Intel E6550

Graphics = Palit 9600GT 512 MB

HD = Seagate 250GB SATA 16MB Cache

PSU = Antec Earthwatts 500W

Mobo = Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L

Cooler = Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

RAM = G.Skill DDR2 800 2GB

Optical = Samsung DVDr 20x

Extras = 120mm fan for front of the case

The total on this would come to $680 after shipping. I'm hoping the 500w (34a on 12v, made by seasonic) will suffice just fine.

What do you think of the build, will I run into any hardware conflict issues? Any other sage advice?


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March 30, 2008 8:16:02 AM

40+ views & no response all day...does that mean there aren't any discernible issues or that there are too many? LOL
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March 30, 2008 4:51:16 PM

Thanks for the input chuck!

I actually found a great PSU that's on sale at Fry's. They have the Silverstone Strider 600W (42A) modular on sale for on $59.

Also, as for the e8200, great find...but how much trust would you guys put in an OEM processor? ClubIT only gives it a 90 day warranty. I can get the e6750 @ NE for the same cost. Is the performance increase on the e8200 worth the value of a 3 yr warranty?
March 31, 2008 12:59:24 AM

Gotta link for that deal at Fry's? Looks like something I need to check out.
March 31, 2008 1:09:13 AM

Well, I bit the bullet & ordered my parts just now...EXCITING!!!

I took your advice about the Corsair PSU, which I got a screaming deal on. Also, I upgraded myself to a Coolermaster Centurion case in light of my PSU boon. In addition, I decided to play it safe with the CPU & went with the e6750 + warranty lol. Here are all the components I decided on...

CPU = Intel E6750
MOBO = Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
VGA = Palit GeForce 9600GT 512MB
PSU = Corsair 550VX
RAM = G.Skill DDR2 800 2 x 1GB
HD = Seagate 250GB SATA 16MB Cache
Cooler = Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Case = Cooler Master Centurion 5
Optical = Samsung 20x DVDr/rw SATA

The total cost ended up being $642 AR ($692 BR).

All the parts should arrive before next weekend, and I can't wait to sit down & build my first PC. Hopefully I won't run into any issues, but if I do I'll be back here quick. :p 

Thanks again chuck & shadow!
March 31, 2008 1:11:13 AM

chuckm said:
Gotta link for that deal at Fry's? Looks like something I need to check out.

They're already sold out unfortunately. I ended up getting the Corsair 550VX for only $25 AR, though!!! :)