/ Sign-up
Your question

First Time Builder: How's Everything Look?

  • New Build
  • Systems
  • Product
Last response: in Systems
November 1, 2008 6:15:55 AM

This is my first experience building a computer and I'd like to get some reassurance that this build will function properly and that everything will be compatible. The current price just under $1300 (after making some changes to my original post.) -Added independent power supply, better MOBO, heatsink and upped the E8400 to 8500.
-Thanks for any advice/input!

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

POWER SUPPLY: Antec NeoPower 650 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

RAM: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail

MOBO: MSI P45 Platinum LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

MONITOR: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

VIDEO CARD(s): (2) ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

DISK DRIVE: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM

PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM

HEATSINK/FAN: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler [...] %20Freezer1

CASE FAN: SilenX IXP-54-14B 80mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail

PCI WIRELESS CARD: EDIMAX EW-7128G PCI Wireless Card - Retail

More about : time builder

November 1, 2008 7:22:33 AM

I would recommend the following upgrades:

MSI P45 Platinum

COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-750-ACAA-A1 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
November 1, 2008 3:05:11 PM

Ok thanks, the reviews for the MOBO were all good except that the BIOS needs to be upgraded from the 1.0 version.
Related resources
November 1, 2008 5:32:14 PM

Another $10 will get you an 8500.

Does that Memory come with an additional $30 rebate card? that would make it $40 total!
November 1, 2008 5:43:12 PM

About the RAM, I think it was at an additional special discount when I added it to my cart but that was at 11pm on Oct. 31st and I think it ended at the end of the month :( 

I'll look into the 8500, it seems like it's exactly the same but 3.16GHz instead of 3.00GHz (I don't plan on doing any overclocking) and $20 more so I guess it's about even either way.

edit: Just was askin' if it mattered whether the wireless pci card had an x16 2.0 slot or not.
November 1, 2008 5:51:14 PM

The card uses a standard PCI slot and not a PCI Express slot, you have two standard PCI slots on the motherboard selected. You should have no issues.

November 1, 2008 8:57:34 PM

Ah ok thanks I thought that might be the case. Thanks for the tip Slomo4shO I chose the first CPU cooler you suggested.