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Buying parts for my first build TOMORROW!! advice and tips?

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June 11, 2009 10:40:27 PM

hello,

after several weeks of searching, I have finally selected all the components of my first pc..and tomorrow I am going to order them...I am just wondering what tips you guys have for building your first pc (ex. really good tutorial for help once I get the parts), and what other supplies I will need (i already have thermal paste). Also, if anything looks really wrong with my build (compatibility issues) please let me know as well.

My build!! (used mainly for multitasking, CAD, and gaming)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 24 hrs

BUDGET RANGE: 800$ US

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multitasking, gaming, CAD, Burning DVD's

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but I am available to buy from the cheapest vendor out there!

PARTS PREFERENCES: Does not Matter

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050


GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail 109.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail 54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail 189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM 52.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc 20X DVD±R Burner Black IDE Model AD-7200A-0B - OEM 26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

anything that you guys suggest that will make my first build a successful and positive one will be greatly appreciated.

thanks


I am probably going to change my DVD drive to a SATA as i heard that it allows for a cooler computer.
June 11, 2009 11:20:50 PM

The build looks pretty good. I just have a couple suggestions:

I would get a 22x SATA DVD burner for sure. I don't know why they even still sell IDE drives.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

You can also get a faster HD with 70GB more capacity for less here:

WESTERN DIGITAL WD3200AAKS 320GB SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Hard Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $51.99

The price is pretty good at Newegg too:

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99
June 12, 2009 2:41:44 AM

what about being properly grounded while assembling the computer? would an anti-static wrist strap be necessary, or should i just be careful when putting the pc together.
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