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May 13, 2008 5:59:35 PM

Hey everyone,

Ive been scouring the forums for about a month now and my pc is so on its last legs that the time has come to start building. Ive never built one before, but Ive played around enough in mine that I feel comfortable building this (not to mention the money saved)

Its mostly for daily normal computer use and gaming. I dont play at crazy resoultions, but I would if I could. The new game of the hour is going to be Age of Conan which is far more graphics and pc intensive then my last addiction, WoW.

This is hopefully the link to my wishlist on NewEgg and Im looking for opinions on if it will all work together or suggestions to save a couple of bucks. I hope to order tonight or tomorrow. I much prefer the 1 GPU to SLI or crossfire.

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp?ID=11503947

Just so you know, I tend to care for my pc's and replace parts as needed... the one thats now going to be put to rest is an old Dell Dimension 8200 thats running a pentium 4 2.0 Ghz with 1GB of RDRAM. Shes still alive and kicking, but its now almost 9 years old and functions (barely)

Thanks everyone and I look forward to your advice and opinions

More about : build final check

May 13, 2008 10:12:17 PM

Im not 100% sure my wish list is posted on New Egg, so I'll link it all now. I just want to know if you think I will run into any compatibility issues or any other suggestions you can think of. I dont plan on OC'ing off the bat, but may down the road.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811129021

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813128059

MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814127325

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817139004

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115037

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231122

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148288

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827151153

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835233003

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16832116488

Total comes to 1109.90 - 85 MIR = 1024.90 which as you see includes the OS



With what I posted above about the amount of time I tend to keep my pc working and tweaking, would I be better off with a different Mobo? CPU? to protect myself down the road?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreaciated as I hope to order tonight or tomorrow




May 14, 2008 11:52:12 AM

Pull the trigger. What you waiting for? I dare you. Pull it. *sticks his head to your gun* :D 

Nonsense. Even the P965 of yesterdays can do 45nm cpus after bios updates. The P35 is fine.
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May 22, 2008 3:36:24 PM

AN update and some nubby questions...

So I have eveything installed in the case which wasnt too bad except for those awful plastic cpu cooler clips, those were awful and just didnt want to play nicely.

It got to be too late last night (around 1AM) and I coulnt stay up to deal with any potential issues when first powering up.

Today after work I'll start the powering up process and all the fun stuff that goes with installing the OS.


1 quick questions though. I feel like such a nub asking this. On the PS, the lines coming off the unit with multiple connections...can I use each connection for a case fan on one of the lines? 1 line, 3 connections... 3 fans hoooked up?

And... my optical drive. Its a SATA connection so I basically have the HD in SATA1 and the dvd into Sata2. I was reading the manual about an audio out on the optical drive, but I dont see the connection. I just have the SATA running to the Mobo into SATA 2 and the power supply connected. I didnt see any other connections.

The wires are a jumbled mess right now, but I ust want to get it working and then I'll make it all neat afterwards. Oh please let it all work with issues :) 

May 22, 2008 11:31:23 PM

Well done. Very good choices. Looks like you have done your research well.

If OCing:
GUIDE: Overclocking On P35-DS3L

About DVD drive: There is no need for the audio out. This only applies to a few old IDE DVD/CD drives mostly. SATA connection will give you audio.

I don't really under stand your fan question. Are you talking about the 4-pin molex connection?
May 23, 2008 1:58:55 AM

Yes I was but turns talking about the molex.

But it turns out Im a nub and no one picked up on it. That Mobo also needs a 12V 4-pin connector for the cpu, which I figured out when it wasnt posting. That PSU does not have a 4 pin 12-volt connection for the psu. :( 

I emailed newegg about returning it (we'll see what happens) and then tomorrow after work Im heading to microcenter to with my mobo manual and explaining what I did and letting them help me pick the right one out.

Apart from the not posting, I know did everything else rght as everything else was all powered up.
May 23, 2008 2:04:31 AM

The psu does have a 4pin connector. it simply is the 8 pin broken down. I have the exact same Powersupply. Just pull the 8 pin apart down to the 4
May 23, 2008 1:29:12 PM

kk, ill check it when I get home from work or on lunch
May 23, 2008 3:02:00 PM

If you need any help with anything let me know. I have the exact same build as you and its great ( except the memory) I Oc'ed mine to 3.6ghz. I dont plan on going any higher as id like to maintain stability.
May 23, 2008 8:06:45 PM

did you have any issues off the bat or it all pieced together nicely?
May 23, 2008 8:31:09 PM

chibanginpr said:
The psu does have a 4pin connector. it simply is the 8 pin broken down. I have the exact same Powersupply. Just pull the 8 pin apart down to the 4

+1
May 24, 2008 2:37:36 AM

It all peiced together fine. Just make sure you have all your connections secure
May 27, 2008 7:38:45 PM

everything went together with no issues... soo happy and glad I built my own.
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