First Build! Need Advice

Raidmax case $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156090

Western Digital 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387

XFX Radeon 4870 1GB 256-bit Video card $146.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150394

Xigmatek 750 Watt PSU $123.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815002

G-Skill 2x2GB DDR2 1066 SDRAM $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231246

AMD Phenom II X2 550 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680

Microsoft Windows home Basic Vista SP1 64-bit $89.99

Total cost $770.92.


I am wondering if there are ways I can decrease the cost without sacrificing much performance. Also do I need that big of a PSU or can I go with one with less watts? Now I already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, CD-RW drive, and DVD-RW drive so i don't need those. I would like to do some pretty good gaming with the build. Now I do have a laptop (HP) running windows vista home premium 32-bit. Is there some way that I can use this OS and put it onto my home build? Thanks for looking.
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  1. That power supply should be enough. I always go with quality over quantity with a power supply though, and you want to be looking at the 12V rail on a PSU to make sure it has enough amperage to power your video card.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

    That is plenty and should shave a couple bucks from your cost. PCP&C makes quality products too. And, the single 12V rail gives more reliable power from what I've read.

    Why do you need to "take" the OS off of your laptop if you're buying Vista?
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

    A better case that isn't so God-awful ugly and cheaper. You can even bundle a PSU with it for $115 total.
  3. Well if I can take it off my laptop then I don't need to buy another OS, thereby saving me $90. I did look at that PSU, but it still is hard to beat the warranty on the xigmatek (lifetime) versus 5-year warranty for PCP&C. $14 is worth that to me.
  4. jjnorkol said:
    Well if I can take it off my laptop then I don't need to buy another OS, thereby saving me $90. I did look at that PSU, but it still is hard to beat the warranty on the xigmatek (lifetime) versus 5-year warranty for PCP&C. $14 is worth that to me.


    The only way you could do that is if you had an install disc with Vista on it of the same version and used the CD Key off the laptop (bottom?). But you would only be able to use that key for one computer or the other. Not both. If you want to use it for your desktop instead of the laptop, you can use any version install disc with the help of vlite (www.vlite.net) since Vista is an image-based installation.
  5. NZXT Beta.
    Corsair 750TX.
    Sapphire 4870.
    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB.

    Also buy one extra fan for exhaust with the NZXT beta, change these things and you're cutting costs and getting better quality. Download Windows 7 RC for your OS until you get some spare cash for when it is released.
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