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May 20, 2009 2:35:35 AM

So this is my first build and I have done some research on building computers. I am not sure if all the components i picked out are compatible. This is what I have so far:

Motherboard and CPU $112.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply and Case : $84.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD Drive: $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost including Shipping: $351.48

This is not for gaming and it is a budget system for my parents who just browse the web. Not sure if i need a graphics card or sound card since they are already on the mobo. I don't need HD sound just regular sound and graphics. If you guys could give some advice on how to make this build any better or cheaper without low performance it would be appreciated. Will I be able to use broadband with all these parts(wired).

I already have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. I think I will buy windows xp or vista(if xp available then that).

Also on the mobo what does this mean for sound and how will i fix it during the build:
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (Note)
Note: To configure 7.1-channel audio, you need connect with the port of HD Audio standard via front panel and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver. Budget around 400$
Thanks
May 20, 2009 2:45:13 AM

You were doing fine until you got to the PSU :) 
This may be more case than they need, but the price is right:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
That gives you excellent cooling and a high quality PSU.

Since you don't need HD sound, you don't need to worry about it. You can plug in regular computer speakers to the back of the board.
May 20, 2009 3:04:24 AM

Proximon said:
You were doing fine until you got to the PSU :) 
This may be more case than they need, but the price is right:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
That gives you excellent cooling and a high quality PSU.

Since you don't need HD sound, you don't need to worry about it. You can plug in regular computer speakers to the back of the board.


I am not sure how much watts i need but are you sure it is enough power (380 watts)for what I have? Thanks for the advice.
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May 20, 2009 5:25:50 AM

Absolutely. You don't even need that much. It will probably pull under 200W full load. Once you factor in margin and efficiency 320W would do, but this is too good a PSU to pass up for the price. There are many other factors to consider when selecting a power supply. If you would like to read up on it there are links in my guide.
May 20, 2009 12:14:44 PM

+1 for case and psu. Both are better quality and will last longer than the combo in the OP.

If you decide to lower the amount of ram then go with xp. But if you stay with the 4gbs, go with Vista 64. Windows xp is dated now and Vista has come a long long ways. Very solid OS now.

I'd say go with 4gb's of ram...but that's just me. I ussualy have tons of things going when i'm surfing the web (music, 100 web pages, bunch of monitoring apps, programming enviroment..ect). But gkay is right you might not need 4...*shrugs* Depends on how much u want to multitask.
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