Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

building a computer for the first time, need help!

Last response: in Systems
Share
February 13, 2011 9:08:59 PM

Hi guys! I'm a computer newbie that wishes to build his own computer. I play alot of games and I will reuse my Radeon HD 5670 in my new computer. I was wondering if this list is good, however I would definitely like cheaper suggestions (PLEASE use Amazon). Anyways, here is my list:

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-High-Tower-Black/dp...

http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-W0070RUC-430W-Power-S...

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Blue-Case/dp/...

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Extreme-Desktop-Motherboard...

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-1333MHz-LGA775-BX...

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Scorpio-Drive-WD5...

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MRW620-U1-181-Internal/dp/B0...

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Office-Home-Student-Ver...

Again, if there are cheaper items out on Amazon that will work just as well please post them!

I also have a few newbie questions:

Are all the wires for computer-building supplied with the products? Or do they have to be ordered separately?

Is there a good youtube video that explains all the wiring to the motherboard?

More about : building computer time

Related resources
February 14, 2011 8:48:50 AM

I was also wondering if there is a better, cheaper motherboard
February 14, 2011 2:17:59 PM

You appear to have linked to a core 2 duo cpu which is socket 775 and a socket 1156 motherboard. The are incompatible with one another.

Assuming those were the actual parts you selected and not a typo, I'd recommend ditching the core 2 duo line. They're fine cpus and certainly 'good enough' but when you're buying new, for around the same price you can get a core i series. And if you wait a month or two for the whole socket 1155 recall to get squared away, you could pick up a top of the line core i sandy bridge cpu for around the same price.
February 14, 2011 7:43:59 PM

max40watt said:
You appear to have linked to a core 2 duo cpu which is socket 775 and a socket 1156 motherboard. The are incompatible with one another.

Assuming those were the actual parts you selected and not a typo, I'd recommend ditching the core 2 duo line. They're fine cpus and certainly 'good enough' but when you're buying new, for around the same price you can get a core i series. And if you wait a month or two for the whole socket 1155 recall to get squared away, you could pick up a top of the line core i sandy bridge cpu for around the same price.


How about this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-Processor-LGA1156-I5-7...
February 14, 2011 9:33:05 PM




That would be a much more appropriate cpu choice. Quick question, are you located by a Microcenter by any chance?

I live in Boston with a Microcenter just a few miles away and their cpu/mobo combo prices can not be beat.


I would also caution waiting, if you can, for the dust to settle from the Sandy Bridge motherboard recall. If you can wait a month or two, a Sandy Bridge unlocked i5 2500k cpu and mobo would be in the same price range as what you're looking at, and give a higher degree of performance.
February 14, 2011 9:34:51 PM

cmichael138 said:
Iwould recommend a different and more powerful PSU. This is one component you don't want to buy "on the cheap" Here's an alternative:

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Memory-Compatible-Certifi...


please for my benefit, and possibly Jabbathewut's, would you explain why this is so important?
February 14, 2011 9:45:31 PM

tpadgett1 said:
please for my benefit, and possibly Jabbathewut's, would you explain why this is so important?


The thinking is that a when a bad/low quality powersupply fails, it may take the motherboard and other parts of the computer with it. If a graphics card or ram stick fails, you typically just need to replace that one part. But a bad powersupply or motherboard failure can take the rest of the system with it.

Also, 'low end' power supplies tend to overrate their stable wattage. They may be sold as a 500w psu, but in reality they may not be able to stably power a system requiring that much power. Whereas 'high quality' psu tend to underrate their stable wattage.
February 14, 2011 9:46:08 PM

I would pick a better hard drive, as your choice is outdated i think.
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-3-5-Inch-Internal...
I picked it from newegg for 50$ =\ wish i checked it on amazon earlier.
Do you really need full tower 120$ case? I mean here: http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...
great company, amazing price, good quality. I bought NZXT M59 only because it was in a nice combo. Otherwise I would have picked this one.
Your mobo is super expensive compared to cpu you picked initially. Do some research to understand difference. But I will agree with matt40watt, wait for lga 1155 motherboards and buy one of sandy bridge cpu.

knowing your budget would also help us help you.
!