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Final look at build

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August 27, 2012 7:19:08 PM

I'm ready to start ordering parts for my build, and I just wanted a final check to make sure everything would work. You know the whole "Measure twice, cut once deal" haha. Here is what I have:

Case: Antec 300 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Video Card: XFX CORE Edition FX-777A-ZNF4 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
RAM: Ripjaw Series 2x4 DDR3 1600
Motherboard: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

I was curious about a Windows 7 OS, should I get the retail version, or the OEM version?

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August 27, 2012 7:26:35 PM

This is definitely a very decent budget build, however, what is your budget? There's a few things I would personally change.

Also - Windows 7 OEM is the way to go. The retail package comes with BOTH 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions whereas the OEM only comes with EITHER the 32bit OR 64bit.
August 27, 2012 7:28:03 PM

Everything total (including OS) total around $650, and I'd like to keep it there. Out of curiosity, what would you change though? This build was originally intended to run SWTOR at high/max settings at good fps, and browse the internet.
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August 27, 2012 7:35:48 PM

I would personally swap out the HD7770 for the HD7850. The HD7770 isn't a bad card, however, it lacks a certain 'oomfph!' that I prefer to have in my cards :lol: 

For your needs in SWTOR, I wouldn't worry :)  It will do just fine. I apologise for any concerns I may have brought up.
August 27, 2012 7:37:33 PM

Hahah, its alright. This is my first computer building process, so I'm a little nervous xD
August 27, 2012 7:39:19 PM

Oh I see! :)  I totally understand how you feel, haha.

Good luck building and have fun! :) 
August 27, 2012 7:40:52 PM

Thank you! Does everything up there appear to be compatible with each other and such?
August 27, 2012 7:45:18 PM

Everything looks ready to go except one thing - the RAM. The RAM is supported by the motherboard, and the frequency is supported by the CPU. However, can you make sure the voltage of the RAM is 1.5v? If it's 1.65v it will automatically void the CPU warranty.

If the RAM is 1.5v, you are ready to go and start ordering!
August 27, 2012 7:47:38 PM

Yup! The RAM is 1.5V. Would you say this is a fairly decent gaming computer? Hahaha, sorry for all these questions!
August 27, 2012 7:52:18 PM

Alright you're all set and ready to go! :) 

Yes, this is a VERY modest gaming rig. You may need more CPU horsepower due to the nature of MMORPG's, so you did a very nice job selecting the CPU.

If there are any more questions/concerns, feel free to ask them :) 
August 27, 2012 7:55:29 PM

Thank you! It has taken me forever to find all these things. Everyone here has been quite helpful! One last question, how would you rate this future-proof wise?
August 27, 2012 7:58:42 PM

This rig is pretty decent 'future-proof' wise. You could easily swap out the i5 for an i7 in the future if you wished. The one thing I would say is holding you back is your PSU. It's a very reliable PSU however, you may have a very limited upgrade path due to its wattage.

If you would like a truly 'upgrade ready' PC, you may want to consider a 500w PSU :) 
August 27, 2012 8:00:45 PM

Alrighty, I'll consider it. I lied, one more question, hahaha. The thing that scares me the most about building a computer is the cable routing, and finding where they all plug in into the motherboard. Any advice, or would that all be in the motherboard manual?
August 27, 2012 8:01:58 PM

Inside your motherboard manual, you may want to look up "Front Panel Headers" :)  as they're all different for each motherboard.

As for cable management, here's a picture of my rig to give you an idea. Granted each case will be different in terms of cable management, but this will give you an idea of how to do it.

Front - you want the front of your case to look very clean to allow enough airflow.

Just make sure the cables are nice and tidy in the back so you can close the side panel :) 

Feel free for any more questions! :lol:  I don't mind at all :) 
August 27, 2012 8:14:30 PM

I assume the manual would tell me where fans and hard drives and optical drives are supposed to be plugged in, correct?
August 27, 2012 8:18:19 PM

Oh yes, definitely.

Your case will come with a manual to tell you where to put each individual thing as well.
August 27, 2012 8:21:50 PM

What are the PCIe ports that the newegg guy keeps referring to when talking about the video card?
August 27, 2012 8:22:33 PM

Hahah, oh. That would make sense. I see that this is designed to be not very hard. Would I be okay if I just kept referring to the manuals that came with everything?
August 27, 2012 8:22:57 PM

PCI-E slots are where you put in your video card :) 
August 27, 2012 8:29:32 PM

Haha, yes, building a PC isn't as hard as most people would think. I think someone called them 'Legos for Adults' on here...can't remember who.

But yes, it will be fine if you referred to the manuals that came with your components to look at how to install things. Your motherboard should come with some instructions on how to install your CPU. And if you need more assurance, you can always come here for instructions! :)  There's also a great guide on the "CPU" section of this forum on how to use the Stock Intel heatsink.
August 27, 2012 8:33:35 PM

I was planning on using the hard drive from the computer I'm using right now, would that cause any problems if I transferred it? Should I completely wipe it before I move it?
August 27, 2012 8:37:09 PM

Yes, I would recommend a complete wipe of a HDD if you plan to transfer it to your new rig. However, make sure it is a Sata drive, not IDE :) 
August 27, 2012 8:37:51 PM

And how would I figure out if it is SATA or IDE?
August 27, 2012 8:47:00 PM

I believe my hard drive is SATA. I looked up specs on my computer.
August 27, 2012 8:47:51 PM

Alright, then! You're all good to go in that area! :) 
August 27, 2012 8:49:26 PM

I was planning on using the disc drive form this PC as well. That is SATA as well. Is that good to go?
August 27, 2012 8:55:04 PM

Yes, it is :) 

Generally speaking, as long as you've never had any problems with your Case, DVD drive, or HDD, they can be reused.

(Depends on case, however. If it's from HP, Dell or any other OEM, I wouldn't recommend reusing it)
August 27, 2012 8:55:57 PM

Alrighty, thank you! My video card is gonna fit in my tower, right?

This computer is a slimline, so I can't really resuse that, haha
August 27, 2012 9:12:56 PM

Yes, it will fit in the tower you have selected :) 
August 27, 2012 9:18:11 PM

Fantastic! Any advice on dealing ESD and not frying your components?
August 27, 2012 9:22:17 PM

Hmm a few pieces of advice, NEVER build on carpet. I suggest a place in the kitchen (if it's big enough) or ontop of your dining room table. Also try and avoid plastic, as they can give off static as well.

One thing I personally do whenever I build my computer - plug my PSU into the wall, and constantly touch it to discharge any static I may have. Or touch your PC case (I tend to not do this due to the fingerprints :lol:  )

Basically touch any piece of metal to get rid of static :)  be sure to do that before touching crucial components such as your CPU and Motherboard.
August 27, 2012 9:25:09 PM

If I set up like a card table on carpet (since I wouldn't have to move my monitor) would that be alright? And what about those anti static wristbands?
August 27, 2012 9:28:10 PM

Those anti-static wristbands are a waste of money unless you live in an extremely dry area. I'm in the southeast so I'm not too concerned about static (almost 70-80% humidity year round). The same can be achieved if you do what I said in my last post :)  touch a PSU that is plugged into the wall every so often, that will discharge all of the static built up on you.

What kind of table is a 'card table'? :sweat:  I'm sorry, I'm not very familiar with those. However, if that will allow your components to be off the carpet while building, yes that is fine. As long as it's not on the carpet itself, you won't run into any issues.
August 27, 2012 9:29:27 PM

I think you should be fine with it.

But in all honesty, I've built on carpet before (shame on me) and I didn't have a problem, so I would assume you should be fine with that card table :) 
August 27, 2012 9:29:31 PM

It's a table with metal legs, and I think the top is vinyl, not 100% sure about what its made of.
August 27, 2012 9:33:38 PM

Alright, should the PSU be turned on, or just plugged in to the wall?
August 27, 2012 9:34:16 PM

Just plugged into the wall is enough :) 
August 27, 2012 9:40:06 PM

I think I have only one more question. If I have a paid anti virus installed on this computer, how can I transfer that to my new one?
August 27, 2012 9:40:28 PM

If you still have your product key from the virus software, you can try installing that on your new PC :)  I haven't really done that before so I'm not too familiar with the process unfortunately.
August 27, 2012 9:43:59 PM

Hmm, alright. I think the product key is laying around somewhere. You've been such a great help! I'm not as nervous as I was before!
August 27, 2012 9:44:36 PM

That's good to know! :D  :)  Glad to know you've gained some assurance in building your own rig!
August 27, 2012 9:48:50 PM

Once I've installed the motherboard in the tower, do I have to worry about grounding myself still, or should I keep grounding throughout the whole process?
August 27, 2012 9:50:07 PM

Yes, keep grounding yourself out throughout the entire process! You don't want to take any risks :) 
August 27, 2012 9:51:04 PM

I guess that's true, thanks so much! :D 

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August 27, 2012 9:51:55 PM

You're very welcome :) 
August 27, 2012 10:15:30 PM

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