1st time builder, any advice for putting it together?

So I just finished buying all of the parts for my very first build. :)

Anyway I still have a few micellaneous things to buy like speakers, a gaming mouse, and keyboard which I'm going to pick up locally.

Are there any other things I need to have for a new build that I might not think about till I go to put everything together when it all comes.

Maybe an internal speaker that does the beeping for diagnostics?

Is thermal paste needed or can I just apply the CPU heatsink directly to the CPU?

Cable management solutions like clips?

This is my first time building a computer so any tips are appreciated. Thanks!


HP LP2475w Black 24" 6 ms (GTG); 12ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 1000:1 $549.99

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor $288.99

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $309.99

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $179.99

SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail $409.99

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive $219.00

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb $89.99

Case HAF 922 $109.98

CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $169.99

Bay Converter $7.99

Optical Drive Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R $29.99

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler $64.99



2 x Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan $19.98 for both
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  1. I dont know about the Megahalems, but most coolers come with one application of some cheap to mid-grade thermal goo. If you mess up the first install and have to re-apply then you will likely need to get more. Given the megahalems history of not even coming with the fan clips, you better check or just get some good stuff of your own.

    I looked at your link and the megahalems says it comes with premium thermal stuff.
  2. A case speaker is not required since the HAF922 comes with one. You might want to pick up a 8-pin ATX power extension cable to help with your cable management. The 922 has good cable management setup, so you don't need clips and at best maybe some small zipties to bunch your cords together to make it look neat.

    Here is a guide to building a PC for your reference & information... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building
  3. is the thermal compund really nessecary or just an option that will improve performance?

    oh and is the 8pin cable just so you can route cables where you want them because of the extra length it provides?
  4. Yes, you need thermal paste to efficiently transfer the heat from the cpu to the heat sink. Usually the stuff that comes with (aftermarket) coolers is quite enough. The more premium stuff is mostly for overclockers and those that want their computer as silent as possible. Cooler components = less noise from cooler fans.

    Oh and pay attention to the instructions on how to apply the thermal paste. Some pastes are applied like painting.. as in you spread a layer over the whole cpu heat spreader, while for other pastes you need to apply only a small blob in the middle of the cpu heat spreader and then gently squash it down with the heat sink. This is because the different thermal pastes have different properties.. some are thicker and others smoother.
  5. The extension is to make it easier to run the cable behind the motherboard tray, instead of across the motherboard or having the cord real tight to fit.
  6. thanks for the replies guys, yeah i do plan on overclocking a lot so maybe i'll check out that arctic silver stuff i've seen, i'm not comfortable with the sandpaper stuff i've read about when "lapping" so I assume its ok just to put the arctic silver stuff right on the cpu right out of the box?
  7. Yes... You don't have to "lap" your CPU before installing the thermal compound. Here is a link going into more details on thermal compound application.

  8. If you run out of thermal goo, you could use a slice of american cheese as long as you dont overclock.
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