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April 8, 2011 2:57:51 AM

I've saved enough to buy my first desktop in years! :D  Unfortunaly, I'm not that well informed when it comes to hardware... so here I'm, asking your help if this setup will fit together to make sure I don't waste my money
because I didn't buy the right motherboard (for example)

* Sound Card - 1 x PCI Express x1 and 4-pin independent power supply
* Video card: *2* of these: (The plan is to connect 3 monitors) - 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16, I know this is not be best solution but I'll be using Linux
* CPU - LGA 1155
* Motherboard
* Case - I understand this only needs to be ATX-compatible?
* Memory -DDR3 10666
* Storage - SATA II
* Power supply -

What I'm concerned about is:
* 4-pin sound card independent power supply, does the power supply include this one? and can the power supply handle the other cards?
* SSD SATA II connector, is it the same as SATA?
* Do the sound card and video cards fit in the motherboard?
* Is the motherboard compatible with the CPU, Memory and Case?


That would be all, I appreciate your help :) 


EDIT: Here's the fill out for the New Build Advice

* Approximate Purchase Date: This week or the next one, I've been waiting a lot anyway :) 
* Budget Range: The hardware listed above sum up to ~ $1370. $1450-$1500 maximum.
* System Usage from Most to Least Important: I write code and use the computer a lot as you would imagine so my requirements would be:
  • To be able to run and compile programs relatively fast
  • Have 3 monitors (I already searched on how to do this, and the best solution for me was picking two video cards without SLI support)
  • Run a virtual machine (occasionally) smoothly
  • Listen to music (I think the sound card has this covered :D , I've already headphones) )
  • Watch occasional movies (be able to reproduce bluray)
  • and the common stuff: web browsing, irc,. I'll be running Linux
    * Parts Not Required: I've picked already the keyboard and two monitors.
    * Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon
    * Country of Origin: Guatemala, Central America, but they'll ship to USA. I don't know what this question would be useful for, sorry.
    * Parts Preferences: I really don't know much about hardware manufacturers, so the items I picked were based in reviews and most sold ones.
    * Overclocking: No, I really don't see myself hacking on the CPU, sorry guys:( .
    * SLI or Crossfire: No, as I linked above , SLI won't work on linux when connecting more than one monitor. Crossfire is from ATI right? I prefer Nvidia as I read they have better driver support for Linux.
    * Monitor Resolution: I've already picked the monitors
    * Additional Comments: I'd like it to be a quiet PC and without heat problems (this can be difficult AFAIK, but I've been told the 2x200mm fans included in the Case are a good solution)

    I hope this is not too much writing, that's why I didn't post this ones at first (maybe I wouldn't get an answer like in some places).

    Thanks again!



    April 8, 2011 3:40:30 AM

    Welcome Newcomer,

    You made it to the right place! First, however, need to know some information about how you are going to use your PC once you get it built. Here is a questionnaire that will help get the answers: How To Ask For New Build Advice

    Please fill it out. If you do not understand some of the questions, or do not know the answers, fear not - we can explain!
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    April 8, 2011 4:27:11 AM

    Hey eloric, I've edited my post as requested. Thanks for your reply!
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    April 8, 2011 4:35:13 AM

    There would seem to be a great deal of overkill here.

    The first question would be, does Linux support the P67 chipset yet? The answer seems to be yes. Since the other chips on the board are not terribly new, I guess they'll be fine too.

    You understand that the CPU you have chosen is very powerful, yes? I see that Linux makes use of hyperthreading, so if you are sure you need that much power...

    I don't see any need here for the Pro version of the board. If you like Asus just get the plain P8P67. It's not a true crossfire board but you don't need one. The X4 PCI-E slot will run your lower end video card fine.

    You also seemed to be spending too much on video cards, but when I checked just now it seems more reasonable. The less expensive ATI solutions I saw last month are gone.

    That's a lot of case for your needs. If you really like it there's nothing wrong with it. This one would work fine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    This memory is more appropriate. Note the voltage and timings and especially the promo code for $25 off:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    You only need 60GB of storage? Regardless I think you need to go with a more modern SSD to use with Linux:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Trim support in Linux
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM#Operating_system_and_...

    The sound card just takes a 4-pin Molex. Any PSU has this.

    Don't worry about the SATA connections, you are fine there.

    The sound card will go in the very first slot, so yes there is room. You are buying this sound card because you are a serious audiophile? You have headphones that need the extra impedance?

    The memory was not really compatible. as noted.

    Way too much power, and you want a quieter system I think.
    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    A quiet case alternative
    NZXT H2 review
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1188-page1.html

    http://www.xoxide.com/nzxt-h2silentmidtowercase-black.h...
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    April 8, 2011 5:33:31 AM

    Proximon said:
    There would seem to be a great deal of overkill here.

    You understand that the CPU you have chosen is very powerful, yes? I see that Linux makes use of hyperthreading, so if you are sure you need that much power...


    Thanks for saying this, you see, this would be my computer for a long time(3-4 years), and the way I see it is, I'd like to be happy with it but If something is a lot as you said, I'd definetely consider it.

    Proximon said:
    I don't see any need here for the Pro version of the board. If you like Asus just get the plain P8P67. It's not a true crossfire board but you don't need one. The X4 PCI-E slot will run your lower end video card fine.

    Thanks, I'll switch to this one understanding that can handle the sound card AND both of the video cards (the sound card by PCI Express x1, and video cards by two PCIe 2.0 x16)

    What's the difference between x16 mode and x4 mode for PCI 2.0 x16?

    Proximon said:
    You also seemed to be spending too much on video cards, but when I checked just now it seems more reasonable. The less expensive ATI solutions I saw last month are gone.

    I'd prefer Nvidia as they're known to be much more compatible with Linux. My only requirements are: 3 monitors and play bluray videos.

    Proximon said:
    That's a lot of case for your needs. If you really like it there's nothing wrong with it. This one would work fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    A quiet case alternative
    NZXT H2 review
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1188-page1.html

    http://www.xoxide.com/nzxt-h2silentmidtowercase-black.h...

    Both fit my needs. I was worried about heating problems (I've had them before)

    Proximon said:
    This memory is more appropriate. Note the voltage and timings and especially the promo code for $25 off:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Switching too!

    Proximon said:
    You only need 60GB of storage? Regardless I think you need to go with a more modern SSD to use with Linux:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    I had chosen a 1.5TB HD in my list too. Will switch to this SSD too. I was a little worried about reviews saying that some SSDs lasted for 2 weeks-3 months! but I guess this is normal.


    Ok, so I'll have to get a 2.6.33+ kernel. I wasn't aware of the TRIM command!

    Proximon said:
    The sound card will go in the very first slot, so yes there is room. You are buying this sound card because you are a serious audiophile? You have headphones that need the extra impedance?

    I've these ones!. I also chose the card because it has an amplifier. I really appreciate music so I'd like the best experience here.

    Proximon said:
    The memory was not really compatible. as noted.

    Why?


    Switched!

    Thanks Proximon, I think I've no further questions on what to buy.


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    April 8, 2011 5:47:23 AM

    These new LGA 1155 boards don't really seem to like the higher voltage RAM. That's the word on the street anyway. We're all recommending the 1.5V G.skill kits around here. Speed makes little difference and latency makes just a bit more... I picked the CL7 RAM because at the price it seemed to be a good match.

    The last time I did any coding was for DOS on a 486. So I don't know how much power you need now. You will certainly have a lot.
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    April 8, 2011 6:17:46 AM

    Best answer selected by kmels.
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    April 8, 2011 7:03:35 AM


    I am a newbie here and just wanna say Hi to everyone. I am Crystal from Louisiana, US.
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    April 8, 2011 7:41:14 AM

    kmels said:
    One last question,

    Are you sure that the PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... has a 4-pin Molex? The details don't mention it. The other PSU did.

    Thanks


    At least 4 I can see in the picture :)  4-pin molex can be found on any ATX PSU. Doesn't need mentioning, you won't find one without it.
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    April 8, 2011 7:51:43 AM

    ethanbr13 said:
    I am a newbie here and just wanna say Hi to everyone. I am Crystal from Louisiana, US.


    Hello and welcome.

    I have sent you a private message regarding your XP question.
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