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Parts on order for first time build need advice from the pros!

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August 1, 2009 5:01:26 AM

Experianced PC builders if you could think of some things that maybe you wish you would have known before you dove into your first desktop build and let us newbies know I have seen alot of threads with first time builders. Also what actual tools will I need before I get started?

Here is my order

Qty Product Description Price
Order #: 30448257
1 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119160
Standard Return Policy $159.99

1 ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131392
Limited Replacement Only Return Policy $199.99

1 SAPPHIRE TOXIC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102815 $174.99

1 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139006 $119.99

1 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103674 $215.00

1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231193 $74.99

1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136319
Standard Return Policy $74.99

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116677
Software Return Policy $109.99

1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100008
Consumable Item Standard Return Policy $17.99

1 Arctic Silver ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET) Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100010
Consumable Item Standard Return Policy $5.99

1 XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835233003
Standard Return Policy $36.61

1 DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #205094 -$5.00
1 DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #212377 -$10.00
1 DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #3091 -$7.99
1 DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #3093 -$7.99
Subtotal $1,175.52
Tax $0.00
UPS Ground $9.60
Order Total $1,185.12
August 1, 2009 5:09:40 AM

A #2 Phillips head screw driver should get you through everything, no need for the fancy tool kits. Work on a nonconductive surface like wood or cement, carpet is not your friend as it generates static. Touch the metal case from time to time to prevent a static discharge from killing one of your parts. Make sure you put the processor and heatsink on the board before you put it into the case, mine took a lot of force to get on and since i had it in the case the board was flexing significantly.

Other than that, just follow the manual, not counting installing vista, you should have it up and runing in only a couple of hours.
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August 1, 2009 5:25:59 AM

Good question! I have my parts on order too and will all be here by monday (oh crap I'm excited). I haven't ever built before but I heard its good to also have zip ties or heat-shrink wire wraps if you have a heat gun. I was also thinking of laying cardboard down under my workstation because my apartment is all carpet. I'm not sure if that will work to kill the static but I'm really really hoping it will.
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August 1, 2009 5:31:50 AM

hunter315 said:
A #2 Phillips head screw driver should get you through everything, no need for the fancy tool kits. Work on a nonconductive surface like wood or cement, carpet is not your friend as it generates static. Touch the metal case from time to time to prevent a static discharge from killing one of your parts. Make sure you put the processor and heatsink on the board before you put it into the case, mine took a lot of force to get on and since i had it in the case the board was flexing significantly.

Other than that, just follow the manual, not counting installing vista, you should have it up and runing in only a couple of hours.


Thanks hunter that was actually very informative!
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August 1, 2009 5:42:17 AM

You are quite welcome, i did my first build a couple weeks ago and am quite happy with it, its amazing how much faster stuff is now when compared do a 7 year old computer. Come back if you have any questions during or after your build. Oh and remember to get your ram running at the 1600MHz listed speed you are going to have to manually set the timings in bios but it should boot fine at 1333 until you set it.
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