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1st Home Build Project- Under $400 system (non-gaming)

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October 29, 2009 3:39:34 AM

Here's a system I'm going to build for my lil sis. Bought everything from newegg.com
I changed some components then I originally planned, cause of reasons including sales and combo deals. etc.
Was $372, but after tax (sucks that my sis lives in Cali) and shipping the total price did go $400 over a bit.

Though I wouldn't say i'm new to the insides of a PC, it Will be the first PC i've built from scratch. A lil nervous about the CPU+heat sinks and PSU cableings, we'll see how it goes.

This PC will be for my lil sis, mostly for web-browsing, movies etc., (so no graphic card) will be my guinea pig/test run, b4 i build MY own gaming PC in the near future =P

I have+will read through the forums and guides as much as i can, any tips, critiqes will be appreciated.

Thank You very much.


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Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$44.99 (got free 4gb+8gb flsh card outa it :p )
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GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $79.99
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AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX
$76.00
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SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
$30.99
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A-DATA G series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel $76.99
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99
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Tagan CS-A+Curbic Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$29.99

minus $35 on combo deals ^^
October 29, 2009 12:28:58 PM

Looks like a nice budget build, but if you fill out the link in my sig then we'll be able to tell for sure. I would switch out the RAM for this set though
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 29, 2009 2:07:47 PM

Should be a very good performer and an excellent value for what you spent.
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October 29, 2009 11:17:27 PM

Thanx for the comments folks.

What are some things I might I should prepare b4 I start assembling other than my screw drivers?
Any cables or wires, CPU related stuff, etc. I should prepare separately?

again, thanx for the help guys.
October 29, 2009 11:41:19 PM

Read the manuals - look at the parts. Read the manuals again till everything makes sense to you.

Prepare the case: Watch for sharp edges. Install motherboard stand offs. Check the front panel wiring harness - if the wiring isn't marked well trace the wire back so you know what the function is - maybe even label the wire or make a notr. Check the motherboard manual so you know where the front panel connectors go. Install the PSU in the case.

Prepare the motherboard. Install the CPU and heatsink fan. Install the RAM.

Install the motherboard, DVD and HDD. Attach the cables and wiring.

Be sure to let us know how things go.
October 30, 2009 1:37:28 AM

Thanx again guys.
There's an old korean saying i heard that goes something like, "even tap/stamp/test a stone bridge b4 u cross"...something like that :p 
I'll be sure to read & reread the manuals and take it slow.
i'll be starting around next week, so i'll get back to u guys on how it went.

and for other beginners if u read this, i really recomend u guys check out the stickies, and some links i found from them.

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_To_Assemble_A_Desktop_...
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_500_p...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/how-to-build-a-pc-p...
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