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Building my first rig - my parts list

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September 16, 2010 5:16:56 PM

Spent the last week or so researching parts, my main goal was to simply learn how to build a computer, learn the ins and outs of the components, and hopefully end up with a solid machine for a budget price. The most advanced applications I will using this system for is light gaming (WoW, SCII), and video and photo editing.

I'm looking for any input on the parts list i've come up with in terms of compatibility, brand quality etc. Also, are there any other parts I would need such as cables etc to complete assembly?


AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor

SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Lite-On iHAS-324-98

AZiO AWD102N IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Wireless Adapter

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Acer AL1916W 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor (already own this)

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September 16, 2010 5:46:38 PM

Everything sounds good for a entry level pc build! Except your missing just a few things

1. OS. My reccomendation - Windows 7 64 bit home.
This a 1 pack installer, meaning that once you install it on that computer, it can't be installed on anything else. Just a heads up.

2. CPU fan. Unless you want to use the stock cooler it comes with (not my suggestion at all), I would get something like this for your cpu:

I'd also suggest grabbing some thermal compound to. It's very inexpensive and helps the heatsync on your cpu acquire the heat more efficiently:

Hope this helps!
September 17, 2010 1:31:52 AM

Thanks for the reply. Any other inputs on the CPU cooler? Based on what I've read the stock AMD cooler is good enough if I'm not going to OC too much.
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September 17, 2010 12:59:44 PM

Well, if your not going to OC, thats a whole different story.
You can probably go with the stock CPU cooler. But if you ARE going to overclock, I would get a different cpu cooler, just in case you want to go higher in the future.

But, if you are not, you don't have to.
It's your descision!

And your welcome! I hope my input helped =)
P.S. It would be awesome if you could select one of these comments as a best answer so the thread would be closed for discussion if you think you got all the information you need. ;) 
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September 17, 2010 2:33:45 PM

the other thing I'd suggest is look for combos to cut your costs down.
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September 17, 2010 9:06:34 PM

I'd get at least a Phenom II series CPU; putting an Athlon II on that seems like a big waste if you're getting an AM3 motherboard.

AM3 boards will also support triple channel memory, so you could get 6GB of memory instead of just 4GB. Food for thought.
September 20, 2010 12:04:24 AM

Best answer selected by farkus3.