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January 27, 2010 12:06:28 AM

So im almost done with building this just need a bit more info.

I started with my leftover case from my old PC. Here is the link for the case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was sent this link from someone on this forum of a bundle i should buy. It includes:
Motherboard
CPU
CPU Fan
Video card
2 sticks of 2gb ram
Hardrive

here is the link for the package:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Now i only have a few questions left:

1. Will this all be compatible? (will it fit in my case properly)
2. What size/type of psu should i buy, even a specific model would help.
3.Keeping in mind that ill be using the PC for Graphic Design College classes, not sure exactly what programs ill have to use but some sort of 3d animation programs, and possibly be used for some gaming. Will these components be able to do those things?
4. if there are any other parts you think im forgeting that i should include besides keyboard,mouse,moniter...etc just the internal parts.
5. If all this is right for me, some instruction on how to put it all together, i took an IT essentials class in highschool so i know pretty much the basics of where it all goes, but i don't want to screw it up so if you have any tips. Thank you in advance for all your help "i love this site" :) 
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January 27, 2010 12:37:00 AM

1) It is all compatible as a bundle pack.
2) An Antec EA-430 or Corsair 450VX is plenty enough for your build.
3) I'm concerned with the power of the PC for your uses in 3D programs for school. 1) CPU is a dual core and will get stressed under graphics heavy programs like CS4. 2) You are running with 2GB of RAM, which will be quickly used up with your 3D programs required for schooling. 3) It has DDR2 RAM vs DDR3, which DDR2 is going away and will be harder to upgrade and more expensive.
4) DVD drive is about all that I see, along with PSU & OS.
5) Read through my sticky for instructions.... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

Recommendations:
1) After purchasing this system, plan to quickly upgrade to at least 4GB of RAM to help with your programs.
2) Look to upgrade the CPU down the road to at least the Athlon II X4 620, if not the Phenom II X4 955 for more CPU horsepower for your 3D apps.

Overall, a good starting point but upgrades will be needed to make it a better PC for your uses as the time comes.
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January 27, 2010 5:55:38 AM

Ok so its way more expensive than i was going for, but I changed the motherboard to one that supports DDR3, changed to 4 gb of ram, and changed the CPU to quad core, lol so this is just a whole different setup. This is now what iv put together.



Case(already own):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Motherboard:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

x3 Fans:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Video Card:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

DVD+R:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard drive:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Here are my questions now.

1. Are these parts compatible?

2. Will this work for my 3d animation?

3. What power supply will i need for these components?

4. What am i missing?
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January 27, 2010 5:57:05 AM

Sorry forgot to mention this, if you have any suggestions on cheaper parts that i could get close to the same performance from would be apreciated.
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January 27, 2010 3:43:36 PM

My recommended build...

  • MOBO & CPU Combo: Intel Core i5-750 & GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 - The i7 750 will out perform the II X4 955 for your applications (& most)... Here is a link of them to compared: Review
  • RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - Great timings and low voltage requirments
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
  • GPU: SAPPHIRE 100289L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB - This is more than enough GPU power for 3D applications and gives you a good basic gaming card, since it isn't a priority. The ATI 5770 is a decent upgrade, if you have the additional funds.
  • PSU & DVD Combo: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX & Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable

    Cost: $722.92 & your build came out to $723.94, not including the 3 xtra fans

    You will need an OS for either build, if you don't already have one. I would recommend Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
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    January 29, 2010 9:12:38 PM

    tecmo34 said:
    My recommended build...

  • MOBO & CPU Combo: Intel Core i5-750 & GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 - The i7 750 will out perform the II X4 955 for your applications (& most)... Here is a link of them to compared: Review
  • RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - Great timings and low voltage requirments
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
  • GPU: SAPPHIRE 100289L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB - This is more than enough GPU power for 3D applications and gives you a good basic gaming card, since it isn't a priority. The ATI 5770 is a decent upgrade, if you have the additional funds.
  • PSU & DVD Combo: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX & Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable

    Cost: $722.92 & your build came out to $723.94, not including the 3 xtra fans

    You will need an OS for either build, if you don't already have one. I would recommend Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit






  • "The ATI 5770 is a decent upgrade, if you have the additional funds."

    I took a look at these ATI 5770 Video cards, and i noticed there is quite a variety of that type, a few different brands too, i cant seem to figure out the difference in them all. Any recomondations on wich of these i should get for this system, if it will help alot they only seemed to be around another $50 to $80 so i think ill invest in that.
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    February 15, 2010 12:08:24 AM

    Ok so i got it all shipped, and put it all together yesterday, and im having some sort of problem. Here is my build....


    Case (REUSED):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    CPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Memory:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Video Card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    HDD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    CD/DVD Writer:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    OS:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Using the motherboard manual, and the "Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC" from this site, I hooked everything the way its supposed to be as far as i know, when i hit the power button i heard a beep. I thought the beep may have come from the case speaker, so i removed it, and tried again. On the second try i heard the beep again, and found that it was coming from the power supply. So i looked around on this forum and tried the breadboarding that i found on this site as well. So after all that i still ended up just getting that beep from the power supply when i press the power button. No fans come on nothing boots up nothing does anything at all except for the beep from the power supply. What did i do wrong? Oh one other thing i should mention. When I was going to place the standoffs, i noticed the motherboard has spots for 9 of them, my case only had six, could this be stoping it from booting?
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    February 15, 2010 1:54:10 AM

    Already did that checklist as well, and i didnt exactly do the breadboarding, i attempted it, but i cant get any power to anything.
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    February 15, 2010 1:55:45 AM

    I think im gonna give up :(  i was supposed to have this computer 3 days ago for class and i cant afford to have screwed it up. i might just pay someone to fix it for me. unless anyone has any other ideas?
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