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June 11, 2009 10:55:23 PM

I need help trying to decide if some of the parts I have left over would be compatible with parts my friend will be using for his rig.

I am also wondering if the parts listed are good parts for a rig that he is getting.

Parts He will buy:

Motherboard:
XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Dvd Drive:
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL (Should he get two?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan:
ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard and Mouse
Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black 105 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Ergonomics Keyboard and Mouse - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound card
No Idea could some one help

Here is the Stuff Im giving him

Graphic Card
Nvidia 8800 GTS

CPU
Intel Core 2 DUO E6700


So are all these parts compatible with each other or not?
June 12, 2009 12:43:10 AM

Does your friend plan on running the Nvidia 8800 GTS in SLI? If not... don't get a Nvidia board. I would recommend getting the a Intel P45 Chipset and run the card as a single card. I would recommend the ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail.

No need to get two DVD burners... One will do the job...

The case is a little much for his build... IMO It is a good budget build but for what his system is... I would recommend down grading to the COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail . It is a very good case for half the price. If he really wants the CM HAF 932 that is his choice and you can't go wrong with it... so have him buy it...

You don't need a sound card... just use the on board sound. It will work just fine!!
June 12, 2009 1:02:06 AM

What budget are you working with? I bet you there is a better build for the same price, also that power supply is overkill.
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June 12, 2009 3:53:03 AM

Well what he wants is a computer that would be good with gaming. Since he is getting a 8800 GTS for free and a CPU, he wants to spend less than $1000. So anything that is cheap and good would be great. What power supply do you recommend?
June 14, 2009 6:02:02 PM

So what type of power supply should my friend be looking for? Also does the motherboard have a built in soundcard or something or does he buy one sepertley?
June 14, 2009 6:10:13 PM

The motherboard comes with pretty decent on board sound. Only get a sound card if he's not happy with it. (he probably won't need it) Get a SATA burner, not an IDE one, SATA is faster and usually the same price. I'll also echo Techmo34 suggestions about getting a P45 motherboard and not the 680i.
June 19, 2009 2:06:13 AM

My friend got his parts and building it went smoothly. Problem now is that he gets a CPU fan error. I dont know why either, its running nicely and the cpu is at 28 c. Also we used his old hardrive so he can have his os and all of his files. We are now wondering how do we get the new hardrive to run with it so he can start filling that hardrive also.
June 19, 2009 2:58:40 AM

CPU Fan Issue: This issue can be many things but I would think it is one of these two...
1.) The CPU fan is connected to the wrong fan slot on the MOBO. The MOBO has a specific slot for the CPU fan and it there is nothing connected there, than it thinks there is not fan... Error message

2.) It sounds like you just put the computer together and fired it up with the old hard drive... WITHOUT doing a fresh OS install :non:  . You could be getting a driver issue from the old MOBO and the new MOBO that is causing this error. You should pretty much always do a fresh install when you build a new computer. :D 

HDD Issue: Go to Control Panel, click "Classic View", click Admin Tools, click Comp. Mgmt than click on Data Mgmt. Once you clicked on Data Mgmt, find your new HDD and reformat/assign a drive letter to the HDD. This should make it so you can see the HDD and begin using it.

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