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1st time build any suggestions?

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December 10, 2008 3:45:10 AM

I've never built a computer before and don't know too much about the hardware but here's the parts that I've come up with so far, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100258-1GL Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BFG Tech LS SERIES LS-550 550W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.8 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
combo with GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


So what do you guys think?
December 10, 2008 4:09:13 AM

This is very nice. What is your total?
December 10, 2008 4:13:43 AM

After taxes and shipping it comes to $975.50
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December 10, 2008 4:22:58 AM

I don't see any reason to change a thing.

Well, as long as you understand the differences between quad and dual core, and are sure you want the quad.
December 10, 2008 4:25:02 AM

Keep in mind what you are using the computer for .

If you want a quieter and cooler machine then consider an e8400 or similar . Not that many people need quad cores . Most games run better on a C2D with higher clock rates

If you have apps and games that will use 4 cores its worth considering 45nm chips . Only diehard overclockers get good value out of the q6600

Also keep in mind monitor size . The 4850 is good for almost every game on a 22 inch lcd . If you have a smaller screen and dont plan on getting a larger one then an 9800gt or 4830 could be better choices . If you plan on a 24 inch monitor then maybe a 4870 would be a better choice
December 10, 2008 4:40:41 AM

Honestly I wasn't too sure about the dual vs. quad but it seems to me now that dual would be the better choice as I honestly don't know off any apps or games that would take advantage of the quad core. The E8400 seems to be the better choice now.

Anyway, right now I have a 19 inch lcd and plan to get a bigger one soon but I don't think i'd get a 24 probably a 22 inch. Thanks guys.
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