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Building a PC for the first time - how does it look?

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November 2, 2008 11:14:34 PM

Im building my very first PC. This is meant to be a budget PC that still has enough power to run everything smoothly.
Im not going to overclock it or do anything fancy.

Here are the components:
  • CPU --- Intel E5200 2.50GHz 2MB 800MHz
  • Mainboard --- ASUS P5KPL SE
  • RAM --- 4GB Corsair DDR2/667 Valueselect
  • HDD --- 320GB Hitachi HDP725032GLA360
  • DVD --- LG GH20NS SATA DVD-RW
  • Graphics --- ASUS EAH3450/HTP/512M
  • PSU --- Corsair CX400W
  • OS --- 64-bit Windows Vista

    What do you think? I tried to pick components that have the best quality compared to price.
    I don't know much about PSUs, hows the Corsair CX400W? It is enough power to run this system, right?


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    November 2, 2008 11:20:17 PM

    edit: the mainboard is ASUS P5KPL/1600
    November 3, 2008 4:44:28 AM

    Should be ok. The PSU is fine for that setup if you don't OC. If I were you, I'd go for a 450 or 500, at least it give me some headroom for future use, or incase u wish to OC.

    Btw, what do you mean run everything smoothly? If you mean FPS games... I don't think that specs wont cut it for some games especially for Crysis.
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    November 3, 2008 7:38:06 AM

    Oh, no games, just enough power to run Vista, office programs and other general apps smoothly.
    It is not actually a PC for me, but for a family that needs a new one since their current PC is like 5 years old. They want a cheap PC with still enough power to run programs smoothly. Their budget is 500 euros, and that's the best I could come up with that amount of money :) 
    November 4, 2008 7:11:38 AM

    Any more comments?

    I would like to get more opionions about the PSU choice.
    Also, are there any incompatible parts or bottlenecks? For example the memory DDR2/667 is fine for 800MHz FSB CPU? Mainboard is 1333MHz.
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