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[ Question ] 2nd Build -- Setup

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February 25, 2012 2:00:29 PM

Hi, I'm currently working on my second build and need some advice as to what to get.

I currently have these parts:

- 4GB ( 2 x 2GB ) Kingston HyperX DDR3 RAM Modules @ 1333/1600MHz ( I'm not sure what their speed is, but Im almost positive that their 1600MHz ) + 1 G.Skill Memory cooler w/ 2 60mm ( I think their 60mm, but they might be 80, All I know is that theirs 2 fans on the device and it fits of the DIMM Sockets ) LED Fans.

Note: I have a motherboard that I bought for $40 from a friend BRAND NEW, but its one of the slightly older socket 1156 EVGA MB's, I know Newegg still sells LGA1156 Processors, but would it be better to buy a 1155 MB and get a SB Proc. or for the sake of being frugal, stay with LGA1156?

- x2 SATA 1.5/3.0/6.0Gbps Cables ( Not sure how long they are, but they should be able to reach any drive I put in a Mid-tower case ).

NOTE: Im going to use a STOCK heatsink! Mainly because I'm on a very tight budget.

BUDGET FOR REMAINING PARTS: $275-$310

Also, I'm not really trying to get gaming performance out of this build, so a dedicated Graphics card isn't needed ( On-die/Onboard graphics will work fine ) The builds purpose is mainly as a general use type PC.

Parts needing recommendation on:

- Motherboard ( READ ABOVE BEFORE RECOMMENDING A MB THOUGH! )
- Processor ( READ ABOVE AGAIN :p  )
- HDD ( Hard drive )
- PSU
- Case

Here is the setup I was thinking about:

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

CPU: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911628...

MB: Current MB w/ LGA1156 Socket ( Read above before posting please! )

Memory: Current Kingston HyperX DDR3 Modules @ 1600MHz

Heatsink: Stock

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

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

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That's all! :D 
February 25, 2012 2:35:36 PM

I think your plan is a good one.

I am using a G6950 in a backup pc, and it has been working well for a long time. It is entirely sufficient for normal desktop work.
I actually built it so I could run civilization 2, and it does that well.

Don't bother with the ram coolers, sell them if you can to someone who doesn't know better. They are entirely unnecessary for 1.5v ram.


I think you will want a sata dvd burner, about $20. Samsung or asus are good.

Psu is good, and of surprisingly high quality.

I think I would pick a different hard drive. Hitachi is not high on the reliability list:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/810-6/components-ret...

If your hard drive space needs are modest, see if you can't fit a SSD into your budget. It will make everything you do much quicker.
Hard drive prices are crazy now, see if you can't defer that purchase. A 60gb ssd will hold the os and a number of apps.

A 64 gb samsung 830 unit is $110:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keep an eye out for a intel rebate, I recently bought a 80gb intel 320 for $80 after rebate.

Buy the case if you love it, but to save a bit, look at the Antec 200 for $44 delivered:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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