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1st build, any compatibility issues, I'm a noob

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December 10, 2008 2:40:10 AM

Going to try my first build for a gaming computer for my teen age son. I've not done much before but I'm really excited to try. These are the parts I'm probably going to use. If you see any problems can you tell me a fix. Thanks from a firefighter in Kentucky.

1.] Motherboard-- DFI LP DK X48-T2RSB PLUS LGA 775 INTEL X48 ATX

2.] Power Supply-- Gigabyte GE-MK20A-D1 1200 Watts ATX12V SLI ready

3.] Full Tower Case-- ThermalTake Xaser 6 VG4000BWS

4.] Hard Drive-- Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1 Terabyte 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache

5.]RAM-- GSKILL 8GB [4x2gb] 240 Pin DDR2 800 GHZ [PC2 6400] Quad kit model F2-6400CL5Q-8GBPQ

6.]OS-- Windows XP PRO

7.] Video Card-- Gigabyte GV-N95TOC-1 GHZ GeForce 9500 GT 1 GB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0x16 SLI Supported [going to use 2 of these in SLI]

Thanks in Advance






December 10, 2008 2:54:54 AM

Oh my :) 

Can we just start over please? There is pretty much nothing here to use.

I'm going to look at the parts you listed to guess a budget...

Ok I'm going to list out a full 1200.00 build.

While I do that you might want to look at this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-what-parts-...
December 10, 2008 3:23:48 AM

Modern cases need to be good coolers. Hardware just gets hotter.
Antec 1200
This is one of the best designed cases available. If you really don't like the looks we can find something else... but you should protect your investment with excellent cooling.

This is the best PSU you can buy in the US. Not the most powerful, but the highest quality, and way more power than you need:
Antec Signature 850
When purchased in combination with the Antec case, you save $80.00. This makes it a good deal. If you decide to add a second video card later you won't need a new PSU... this will handle this build and the next one or two as well.

CPU: You didn't list one.
Q9550 quad core

Motherboard:
ASUS P5Q-E
My favorite Gigabyte board is out of stock, but this is very similar. Crossfire board.

RAM:
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB)

GPU:
Sapphire 4870 1GB
Far more powerful than your two 9500GTs. Sapphire is struggling to keep up with demand, but be patient, availability comes and goes daily.

I'll be back with more later.
!