Hello, want to thank anyone in advance for reading my post.
Like many, I'm building my first PC. I really want to get back into it, so I have been doing a lot of research. This computer is definately not meant for gaming, or extreme Graphic/video editing... but more utility.
Can someone rate my build, tell me if all the components are too weak, strong or just right for a computer only being used for the basics?
Will it run solid? Will all my parts work together? Any major red flags? Any suggestions on replacing a part? Total cost is about $550 for all that I listed(not including operating system, keyboard, speakers, etc) how would that compare if I was buying this same PC in a store?
Also I was reading the Rate my build survey and it says that building a computer for anything under $900 is low-grade crappy computer. REALLY??? or is that one person's opinion? Thanks a lot
Also a quick question, when it comes to Motherboard/CPU FSB speeds, I've read it's ideal to get the same FSB speed for both parts. Buy my CPU is 800 and the mobo supports 1033/1066. Should I assume that it will run at 800 and I have room to upgrade for a better CPU down the road? Should I even worry about Specs like this being that it's only going to be used for more every day use?
I very much appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks a lot,
You could easily and safely replace the Gigabyte P31 motheboard with the G41 motherboard. The G41 has onboard video and saves the cost of getting the Radeon HD 4350 video card. Net saves of about $38(-$28 if rebate counted. P31 vs G31 motherboard
For $12 more you could get a bump up in CPU speed with E5200 2.5Ghz vs E2200 2.2Ghz Both are 800Mhz FSB. And you're right the MB supports 800Mhz FSB CPUs and the motherboards actually run at the FSB speed of the CPU anyway.
High quality parts, all compatible and easily replaced if necessary. It should be a well balanced, excellent performing general purpose computer. As for the $900 opinion - that might be true for a gaming build (with OS/keyboard/mouse, etc) but not for a general purpose utility computer.
Price comparisons with store/e-store bought systems (like Dell and HP) will be very close in price and come with the typical 1year in home warranty. Based on Dell Inspiron 530, E5200, 4GB RAM, G31 MB w/X31 onboard video, Vista, 320GB HDD, DVD burner keyboard/mouse and 19" widescreen LCD for $634 and free shipping.
You've picked higher quality parts but would be your own "tech support and warranty service".
And you can even save a couple bucks. Get the OEM model SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD burner. Your motherboard comes with a SATA cable and Vista can handle the DVD management & burning tasks. For advanced DVD tasks (ISO burns) you can use a free program like ImgBurn
My 2 cents:
A sata dvd drive is easier to install. Samsung is very good.
A motherboard with integrated graphics will preclude the need for a graphics card, and be cheaper. Get one with a pcie-x16 slot in case you ever want to add a vga card for gaming later.
Gigabyte makes some good ones.
Hey all, thank you very much for the feedback and advice. I very much appreciate it.
Unfortunately I spent more money then I should have already...(hehe, I guess that tends to happen), which makes me want to go with the Gigabyte G41 that WR2 suggested and nix the video card. But I have a question about that. Because Vista is such a memory hog and with the 3D enviroment, shouldn't I get the Video card?
It's true that Vista has a reputation of being a memory hog. If there is RAM available Vista will try and put it to use.
On the other hand - Vista is actually better than XP at giving up RAM when other programs start up. Vista can "shrink" itself down to a smaller amount of RAM than XP could. The 4GB of RAM you're looking at should go a long way with Vista. Do you have, or are you getting the 64bit version? It's the version you'd want to pick up if you have a choice. If you already have the 32bit version of Vista even that will run really well with 4GB of RAM.
The onboard GMA 4500 video can easily handle all that Vista Aero goodies. It's actual 3D overhead isn't all that great and even old & weak laptop GMA 950 graphics chips (circa 2005) handle it fairly well. GMA 4500 was released just about six months ago.
Do you plan on using the PC for HD DVD movies? The G43 might be a better option with it's HDMI port. Blu-Ray HD 1080 playback? G45 with its GMA X4500HD version is probably what you want.
geofelt's suggest for using the Antec NSK4480 has merit. Price it out (including shipping) with your current options.
A little less spent on the case/PSU and a little more spent on the CPU makes sense to me. And a video card upgrade is easy to do, and easy to sneak in, at a future date.
Thanks a lot for the info...I have a 32bit version and that is good news about the video card because I was first looking to find a motherboard with onboard video. I am actually building this for someone else which I am sure will not be using it for HD movies. I'll go with the 4 gig RAM also.