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August 6, 2008 4:38:13 AM

I've never built a PC before, but i want to build a new pc to replace my craptastic 2.4ghz Pentium4 radeon 9600 ancient sony vaio.

I'm on a budget of $770

Motherboard:

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L Intel P35

Case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 300

Processor:

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
E8400 3.0ghz Core 2 Duo

CPU Fan:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 + Retention Bracket

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin 4gig

Optical:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
Sony NEC Optiarc

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

Seagate Barracuda 250 gig

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

Sapphire Radeon 4850

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec EA650 650W ATX12V

Comes to $778.18 with shipping included.

My primary concern is compatibility, whether these parts will work with each other, especially the Mobo, PSU, Memory, and Case.
Any advice on improving my built will be greatly appreciated.

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August 6, 2008 5:07:43 AM

I just have two changes:

First is the case. Ideally you want a low front air intake, or two, to pull air in the front and out the back/top.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In your price range.

This case comes with a good PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but the airflow isn't the best.

I'm not sure on the PSU, it looks OK on paper for a budget build...

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

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

Both those seem to be good.

The memory you listed has some pretty hefty voltage requirements for 800.

Mushkin makes a 4Gig kit with good latencies and better voltage for the same price. I would think that would be more compatible.
August 6, 2008 5:14:51 AM

+1 for sonata 3
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August 6, 2008 5:19:05 AM

Proximon said:
I just have two changes:

First is the case. Ideally you want a low front air intake, or two, to pull air in the front and out the back/top.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In your price range.

This case comes with a good PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but the airflow isn't the best.

I'm not sure on the PSU, it looks OK on paper for a budget build...

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

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

Both those seem to be good.

The memory you listed has some pretty hefty voltage requirements for 800.

Mushkin makes a 4Gig kit with good latencies and better voltage for the same price. I would think that would be more compatible.


Changes made, thanks for the critique.
August 6, 2008 5:31:03 AM

Get a SATA burner, the revised list looks good
August 6, 2008 5:46:29 AM

dirtmountain said:
Get a SATA burner, the revised list looks good


Is there anything wong with the IDE one? Does SATA offer better performance?
August 6, 2008 5:49:47 AM

Yes and it simplifies things and no oem ribbon cable for air flow
August 6, 2008 5:55:42 AM

I like dirtmountains idea, if it's not cost prohibitive.
August 6, 2008 6:44:00 AM

good build, looks promising...i would personally save a couple bucks up for a p45 though, pcie 2.0 might come in handy in the future, unless you dont plan on upgrading?
August 6, 2008 7:08:35 AM

eklipz330 said:
good build, looks promising...i would personally save a couple bucks up for a p45 though, pcie 2.0 might come in handy in the future, unless you dont plan on upgrading?


Probably not, next time i upgrade, it'll be a new Mobo for the new intel Nehalem processor.
August 6, 2008 7:20:19 AM

The 4870 can be as cheap as $240 w/rebate and a promo code. The GTX260 can be about $230 with the same.
August 6, 2008 8:10:27 PM

Order placed, thanks for everyones help!
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