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First time building a PC, need suggestions.

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July 30, 2009 3:02:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tommorow BUDGET RANGE: US$500-700)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, programming, photoshop.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I already have mouse/keyboard/speaker and will be using the windows 7 rc.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: A intel pc and I would prefer g.skill ram and aus or gigiabyte mobo.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes but when I learn more about it. All I know right now is how to change the clock speed in the bios, but I know there is more like keeping everything stable. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 until I get a new monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't care about what the case looks like. I would also like if you could change parts like the case and PSU so they're cheaper but just as good.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail + Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

xfx Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 30, 2009 3:11:22 AM

IDE drives are not what you want, please use the format in the sticky at the top of the forum so we have all of the information we need to help you. There are lots of improvements that can be made, first one i spot is this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Saves you quite a bit
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July 30, 2009 3:24:21 AM

I edited it.
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July 30, 2009 3:27:41 AM

Looks like a good build, although you need to get a better cooler if you plan to overclock.
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July 30, 2009 3:28:04 AM

AKM880 said:
Looks like a good build, although you need to get a better cooler if you plan to overclock.

I know, I'll be getting one later.
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July 30, 2009 3:38:24 AM

Looks pretty good, i still suggest the case/PSU combo i posted earlier. Also swap out the DVD burner for this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sata cables are easier to work with than IDE cables and block less air flow. Other than that everything else looks pretty good, that ram is the best you can get for a C2Q.

That 4850 will also fare quite well on 1280x1024, you will enjoy your new system.
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July 30, 2009 3:53:11 AM

hunter315 said:
Looks pretty good, i still suggest the case/PSU combo i posted earlier. Also swap out the DVD burner for this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sata cables are easier to work with than IDE cables and block less air flow. Other than that everything else looks pretty good, that ram is the best you can get for a C2Q.

That 4850 will also fare quite well on 1280x1024, you will enjoy your new system.


I did change them and thanks for the DVD burner suggestion, I'll be going with that. But one question is: does antec make good psu's that last a long time with good quality?
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July 30, 2009 3:55:34 AM

yes, antec makes some of the best PSUs out there, seasonic, antec, corsair, and PC Power and Cooling make some of the best PSU's out there, i suggested the antec one because of the combo with the case, its also enough power if you decide to crossfire 4850's in the future.
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July 30, 2009 3:28:07 PM

hunter315 said:
yes, antec makes some of the best PSUs out there, seasonic, antec, corsair, and PC Power and Cooling make some of the best PSU's out there, i suggested the antec one because of the combo with the case, its also enough power if you decide to crossfire 4850's in the future.

Thanks, just one more question. What does the version on a PSU mean like version 2.2 or 2.3 mean? is that like the firmware or like the psu model?
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July 30, 2009 4:23:25 PM

The 2.2 and 2.3 on the PSU mean which version of the ATX standards they are compliant with, there were some very mild changes between the ATX PSU standard 2.2 and 2.3 so there is nothing to worry about, you just dont want to get one that is 1.x as it wont have a strong enough 12Volt rail.
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July 30, 2009 4:43:42 PM

I would personally go with a Antec 900 over the 300, but thats just me.
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