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January 10, 2012 4:45:17 PM

Hi there, I am wanting to build a PC for home use. It will be used for office work, youtubing, web-surfing, Skype etc. It will not be used for gaming or video editing.

I'm no expert but I want to build it myself, even though I probably wont be saving any money doing so. No monitor, keyboard or mouse required. I also already have a HDD: WD Cavier Green 500gb.

I would appreciate your feedback on my list. I'd like to keep the cost at around $400.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thanks

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January 10, 2012 5:00:42 PM

That should do just fine, but there is only a single D-Sub connection for video output on that motherboard. Does your current monitor have D-Sub as well? Check to make sure or you will have to buy a graphics card too. You may also consider getting a different motherboard that includes whatever connection your monitor supports.

Also, unless you don't have one already, you won't need that toolkit. To build your PC you won't need anything other than a philips head and possible a flathead screwdriver. If you already have those then you can drop it.
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January 10, 2012 5:01:07 PM

Looks the part, you can skip on the rosewill thing for $30 since you'll only use a philips head screwdriver (which i'm guessing every household has at least one).

And of course, you can look at AMD too for a better integrated GPU (helps with flash and other web apps) like this sort of combo deal http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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January 10, 2012 5:02:18 PM

Everything should work but the board you picked is 1333 ram and the ram you got is 1600. You can save a few bucks by going with a 1333,hz ram, or you can get a little more performance by getting a board with 1600 ram.
If you want a a 1600 board this will be a little more.

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

Or if your on a budget get this board and this ram.

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

This will save you about 30 bucks.


The tool kit is a waist. Why do they include hex keys and sockets? All you need is a good long shaft screw driver, if you work on HPs and Dells you might want a screw driver with a star tip, and a good pair of needle nose pliers. I also use a 10 inch hemostat(roach clip) because I am clumsy and this works well for picking up screws dropped in the case.
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January 10, 2012 5:02:34 PM

Do you want a Dual core for budget or quad core for multi tasking. And its not hard. I have some building under my belt. Private Message me if you have questions. Ill be looking up parts. Also i hope you don't already have windows on that drive. cause your gonna need a new copy building a whole new computer
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January 10, 2012 9:21:25 PM

No, anti static bracelets are not needed, save the $10 or so dollars that it will cost. You can ground yourself by touching the metal of the case every so often (should do it fairly frequently).
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January 10, 2012 11:32:58 PM

I have been building and fixing computers for 15 years, never wore a static bracelet in my life. Just touch the bare metal of the case beofr you handle the parts. This allows the static to discharge safely so you don't shock a new part. It's also a good idea to use the plastic anti static bag that the mother board ships in as a work surface.
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January 26, 2012 2:49:35 PM

Just to bring things up to date here is what i ended up buying.

MB-Asrock N-68-S-UCC
CPU-Athlon II x2 250
PSU-Corsair CX430
Case-NZXT GAMMA Classic
Optical drive- Asus

Total $217.00

I put it together; the CPU and case fan work, the LEDs work, there's power to the USB ports, the OD seems to work, but nothing on the monitor and no beeps. I did some reading and realized that there was no MoBo Speaker, so i bought one and then set everything up again, this time outside the case but still nothing on the monitor and no beep. The monitor definitely works. I bought a PSU tester and the PSU tested ok. What now?
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January 26, 2012 4:12:04 PM

Did you rember to plug in the aux power connecter its the 4 pin connecter on the top left of the board. Its just above the top left of the CPU when facing the board.
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January 26, 2012 5:27:19 PM

Yes I did that - i know that's a common rookie error so i triple checked .
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January 26, 2012 5:43:22 PM

Silly question... theres no ram on your list.. Do you have ram in the stystem? Some times the ram does not snap in all the way. Pop it out and snap it back in. After its in, make sure the side clips are locked all the way up.
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January 26, 2012 5:49:30 PM

Also earlier we the posts were for ddr3 ram and boards. From what i can find the Asrock N-68-S-UCC is a ddr2 board. What is the make and model of the ram?
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January 26, 2012 5:59:45 PM

bucknutty said:
Also earlier we the posts were for ddr3 ram and boards. From what i can find the Asrock N-68-S-UCC is a ddr2 board. What is the make and model of the ram?



I believe it can take either DDR2 or DDR3. I used GSKILL DDR3 1600.
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January 26, 2012 7:06:14 PM

ram should be ok then... and you reseated it... can you link the CPU?
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January 26, 2012 7:21:49 PM

bucknutty said:
ram should be ok then... and you reseated it... can you link the CPU?




I don't know what that means - I Googled it and I still don't know.
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January 26, 2012 9:46:40 PM

Send the web link to the Cpu u bought so I can look at it.
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January 27, 2012 4:44:37 PM

Well i checked and double checked and it looks like all your parts should work together perfectly. I do not belive you have an incompatibility. So that leaves us with 2 possibilities.
1 something is put together incorrectly.
2 a part is defective.

Start with this trouble shooter. Go over every line of it and i bet you will find your issue.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...

On a side note there were alot of people complaining about that board being DOA.
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