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Building my own PC: First Timer

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November 25, 2011 6:17:47 PM

So, a few days ago I made at thread regarding upgrading my CPU, and you guys were very helpful. I appreciate the information. However, there's been a change of plans. No upgrading my CPU.

I'm building a whole new damn computer.

It will be my first time building a PC from the ground up. I'm fairly inexperienced but my father, who's pretty handy with this stuff, offered to help. And I found guides online, so there's that.

Anyway, before I wind up buying any parts, can I get some second opinions on the parts I've chosen? I made sure things like the hard-drive fit the case. The psu can handle the parts. The CPU/Mobo/RAM are compatible. But I like I said, newbie, so I don't think I'm being entirely thorough. A list of the information I should be looking at when picking PC parts would of been awesome, but I never found anything comprehensive.

Anyway, here's what I got so far.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard-Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks in advance :x


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November 25, 2011 11:07:51 PM

But otherwise its a solid build
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November 25, 2011 11:49:01 PM

A very good list of parts. Don't change a thing.

I would add an aftermarket cooler. It is easier to install, keeps your cpu cooler and quieter.
Look at the Xigmatek Gaia for $5!

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

Because hard drives are currently expensive, you might consider an Intel 160gb ssd for the same price after rebate.
If or when it gets filled up, hard drive prices will go back down and you can get one for overflow.

For what it is worth, I have a 120gb ssd with about 85gb used. That has the os, and about 10 games and some photos.
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November 26, 2011 12:10:23 AM

(I'm not the OP, but I have a related question) Do most heat sinks that you buy separately from the cpu come with the coolant gunk stuff already on the bottom of the heat sink? The one time I installed a cpu fan a few years ago, I think I applied the gunk/paste/glue/whatever improperly and actually contributed to the cpu overheating with my bad work. It was a good fan/heat sink and I bought some kind of special gunk that was recommended to me, but it didn't work out. Ever since then I've been scared to try it again, so I've been thinking I'd want to get one with the stuff already on it if I try it again.
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November 26, 2011 12:23:14 AM

escapegoat said:
(I'm not the OP, but I have a related question) Do most heat sinks that you buy separately from the cpu come with the coolant gunk stuff already on the bottom of the heat sink? The one time I installed a cpu fan a few years ago, I think I applied the gunk/paste/glue/whatever improperly and actually contributed to the cpu overheating with my bad work. It was a good fan/heat sink and I bought some kind of special gunk that was recommended to me, but it didn't work out. Ever since then I've been scared to try it again, so I've been thinking I'd want to get one with the stuff already on it if I try it again.


You really should not hijack the thread, and start your own post. But to answer your questions, most oem coolers will come with a tube of paste that you apply.
I think Intel stock cookers are the only ones which come with paste pre applied.
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November 26, 2011 12:26:52 AM

When someone says "buy a fan" which is something the OP didn't propose, and I ask a follow-up question about what's entailed in that, it's not "hijacking the thread." It's asking a related question.
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November 26, 2011 12:49:23 AM

it dosent matter that he did calm down
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November 26, 2011 12:58:15 AM

I don't mind if he uses my thread for that question: It is technically relevant, since like I said, I'm a newbie to all of this, so the more info I have, the better! =p

The cost of all the parts is just over $900, which is my 'technical' budget. I'm paying 500 towards it, my family has agreed to pay the difference as a christmas gift. I'd hate to push past 900, in that case. But in the future, when I can save some cash on the side, I'll totally consider upgrading to a Solid State Drive and an NVIDIA 580 GTX. I should also be able to upgrade to an i7 with this Mobo, right?

The 8gb of ram is just so cheap, I figured "Why not?"

I will totally look into one of those CPU fans as well. Anything to help keep the heat down.

Thanks for the help so far! Really appreciate the advice!
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November 26, 2011 3:00:54 AM

Yes you can use an i7 with ease, your power supply may have a little stress overtime with the gtx580 but it should hold and yes 8gb of ram is very so yea you could kkep it that way
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December 17, 2011 12:04:03 AM

So! Gonna be buying my parts this weekend. I just wanna make a quick change...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/33Gq

I -can't- decide on a Hard Drive for the life of me. I keep hearing bad things about Seasonic. Western Digital puts me majorly over budget. SSD + 1TB HHD also puts me overbudget, and I'm skeptical of SSD's as it is.

Can anyone make any decent HHD suggestions for a gamer - most bang for my buck under say, 160 bucks? (I understand that might be pushing it for some, but I doubt I could go much higher. Maybe 200 at best?)
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