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December 11, 2011 9:53:20 PM

Is there any website where you can enter all the computer components you are planning to buy to find out if they all fit together before you purchase them. You don't want a heap of computer parts turning up if none of them go together.
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
December 11, 2011 10:00:50 PM

publish the list here
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December 11, 2011 10:06:03 PM

ya...us! :-) . I tried googling an online or offline program that would tell ya, but unfortunately couldn't find one. Couple general rules though:

CPU and Motherboard: Match socket types. Aka an LGA 1156 processor will only fit in a LGA 1156 motherboard.

Match Ram Types: All newer boards take DDR3. What speed you should buy is dependent on the max capability of the CPU. Example: If you google the i5 quad core 2400 processor, you'll find that that max speed will be PC3-1333.

Buy the right power supply for your needs: That there is a tool for! Brands like thermaltake and Cooler Master have their own tools on their website to do that: http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/. OR use newegg's: http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html . Thermaltake one's more detailed.

Graphics card: Make sure your power supply has the power connectors you need. Make sure your motherboard has not only a PCIEx16 slot, but make sure your computer case can accommodate for the horizontal length and vertical length (aka most high end cards occupy two slots even though it only utilizes 1 slot) that it will span. Also graphics card factor in the most on wattage of power supply.

All other "cards": Again, just making sure your motherboard has the right slot (aka PCI, PCIeX1, PCIeX16, etc.) and power supply have the right connectors.

Hard Drives and DVD drives: Just check on SATA or PATA and whether the PSU has enough SATA connectors (or molex connectors for PATA drives). Check also whether mobo has SATA or PATA connections.

In terms of analyzing its power as well, thats where we come in. Just post your build and we may make recommendations on how to make it better.

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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
December 12, 2011 5:25:15 AM

Not a bad summary, but a little simplistic.

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CPU and Motherboard: Match socket types. Aka an LGA 1156 processor will only fit in a LGA 1156 motherboard.

Frequently CPU's are incompatible with motherboards. Sometimes a BIOS update will fix things, sometimes not. Intel has some problems with this, but AMD is particularly bad.

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Match Ram Types: All newer boards take DDR3. What speed you should buy is dependent on the max capability of the CPU. Example: If you google the i5 quad core 2400 processor, you'll find that that max speed will be PC3-1333.

Sometimes RAM is incompatible with a specific motherboard. You can check the motherboard QVL (Qualified Vendor List). That will give you a list of specific brands and models that have been tested with that motherboard. Unfortunately, just because some RAM is not on the list, doesn'rt mean that the RAM will not work.

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Buy the right power supply for your needs: That there is a tool for! Brands like thermaltake and Cooler Master have their own tools on their website to do that: http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/. OR use newegg's: http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html . Thermaltake one's more detailed.

Many of the tools pretty radically overestimate the power needed for a specific system.

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Just post your build and we may make recommendations on how to make it better.
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A very good idea. There are people here who are superb at system configuration, especially on a budget. I, alas, :(  am not one of them.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 12, 2011 7:31:54 AM


+1 ^^^ jsc
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March 13, 2012 3:59:28 PM

Hello,
Case: NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case 921RB-BL
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
Mobo: EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1556-KR
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms
HD: Western Digital 250 GB Scorpio Black SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Notebook Hard Drive
CD Drive: Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B
Monitor: Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers - Black

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

I want to know if all these components will work together. The HD I have I know is 2.5" and thats why I put the one at the end, because I wasn't sure if I would need that 3.5" or if http://www.goharddrive.com/2-5inch-to-3-5inch-mounting-...
would be sufficient to mount the other one.
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February 20, 2013 3:56:55 AM

Please look at this computer and tell me if all the components work together, and if the computer is overall good for gaming. Not fast paced action gaming but games like minecraft and slender.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EH8D
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2013 3:58:44 AM

Make a new thread instead of bumping a dead one.

This build won't run anything except for powerpoint. What is your budget?
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