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December 31, 2012 10:33:33 AM

I am attempting to create my first PC build but i am a noob when it comes to hardware :p  can any of you guys help me with this?
An important note is that this build will be running Ubuntu 12.10 64bit if that makes a difference when it comes to hardware.

CPU -
Intel Core i3 3220 Dual Core CPU ( 3.30GHz, Socket 1155, 3MB Cache, Ivy Bridge, 55W, Intel HD Graphics 2500, Advanced Vector Extensions)
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-3-30GHz-Graphics-Advanced...)

Mother board -
Gigabyte XKT-1155 Z68AP-D3 Motherboard (Rev 1.0)
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-XKT-1155-Z68AP-D3-Moth...)

Case -
Aerocool Strike-X GT Toolless Mid Tower Gaming Case with Red LED Fans
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-Strike-X-Toolless-Towe...)

PSU -
OCZ OCZ600MXSP-UK ModXStream Pro 600W ATX Power Supply
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCZ-OCZ600MXSP-UK-ModXStream-Po...)

DVD drive -
Asus DRW-245ST
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-DRW-24B5ST-Internal-SATA-D...)

These are the items that i have already brought and added to my current Ubuntu build and all work fine (Advent DT1404 if this helps?)

Wireless card -
TP-Link TL-WN781ND 150Mbps Wireless PCI Express Adapter
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-WN781ND-150Mbps-Wire...)

RAM -
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Module Kit
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B-1600M...)

Graphics card -
Sapphire 11191-02-20G HD 6570 2GB DDR3 Graphics Card
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11191-02-20G-6570-DDR3...)

Hard drive -
I shall be using the hard drive from my old computer, an Advent DT1404. As far as i know (comparing images on google) the 1TB hard drive on the DT1404 is Sata and not IDE (IDE being that big thick cable riight?). I would like to give the specific hard drive but i have extreme trouble finding any specifications on the Advent DT1404 as the product is no longer being produced.

Please also note that i would like to play some games which require medium graphics but not the high end sort of Crysis 2 games.
I tried to follow the Lifehackers guide to building a PC (http://lifehacker.com/5828747/how-to-build-a-computer-f...), Just incase anyones wondering and i have never built a pc from scratch (I've just upgraded my old one about 4 days ago the first time i touched hardware!) If anyone has any tips or reccomendations feel free to tell me. :) 

Oh by the way, I'm going to try and use the adaptor on the front of my Advent, i have no idea what type of cable it is though or if its going to fit, if anyone can tell me what an adaptor thing looks like(SD card, Micro SD card, etc etc....)

*And can we keep the build as cheap as possible but still have some speed to it? I was thinking about changing the mother board to something that supports AMD CPU's since i heard they were cheaper for there power*

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December 31, 2012 10:40:46 AM

try and get an H77 motherboard so that you can upgrade the CPU in the future to a 3570 or 3770
December 31, 2012 10:48:10 AM

What motherboard would you reccomend? Will this do? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8H77-I-Motherboard-Channe...
Also in one of the reviews it states " but only one chassis fan port", does this mean that i can only have 1 fan? or can only 1 fan be mounted onto the mother board? Sorry but i'm not an expert at hardware.
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December 31, 2012 11:01:47 AM

Thanks for that looks good :)  Do you have any tips for building a PC? Like would i need thermal paste or would the CPU come with some? And if it did would it be better for me to buy some separate?
December 31, 2012 11:03:29 AM

nope your not usign a "K" type CPU so no reason to put thermal paste on it will stay cool with the stock cpu fan
December 31, 2012 11:04:04 AM

Ah, thanks for that is this all i need then to build my first PC? :) 
December 31, 2012 11:08:20 AM

have fun and enjoy once you start u cant stop
December 31, 2012 11:26:59 AM

Emelth said:
try and get an H77 motherboard so that you can upgrade the CPU in the future to a 3570 or 3770

Not necessary, the Z68 board will work just fine with those CPUs as long as it gets a BIOS update with an older CPU installed. The Z68 board also allows overclocking, unlike H77 boards.

Edit: On the other hand, the Core i3-3220 wouldn't work in a fresh Z68 board anyway.
December 31, 2012 11:29:49 AM

So the Z68 would be the better Mother board to get? Considering it can overclock? And if i dotn use an older CPU i would not need to update the BIOS right?
December 31, 2012 11:30:56 AM

Sakkura said:
Not necessary, the Z68 board will work just fine with those CPUs as long as it gets a BIOS update with an older CPU installed. The Z68 board also allows overclocking, unlike H77 boards.

Edit: On the other hand, the Core i3-3220 wouldn't work in a fresh Z68 board anyway.


rofl
December 31, 2012 11:33:11 AM

bbno3 said:
So the Z68 would be the better Mother board to get? Considering it can overclock? And if i dotn use an older CPU i would not need to update the BIOS right?


lol just stick with what I said and make sure u read the "Editted" part of his comment. I dont go deeper into detail if i dont need to it just confuses people who dont know much about PCs
December 31, 2012 11:34:10 AM

So i'm sticking with the H77 board then? Sorry this has all confused me but as far as i can tell the Z68 wouldn't work with the I3 out of the box? so for a beginner the H77 would be best?
December 31, 2012 11:35:14 AM

Emelth said:
lol just stick with what I said and make sure u read the "Editted" part of his comment. I dont go deeper into detail if i dont need to it just confuses people who dont know much about PCs


Ah ok thanks :) 
December 31, 2012 11:40:06 AM

You can get a much cheaper motherboard though. Particularly the B75 ones.
December 31, 2012 11:41:53 AM

Alright so the main reason I made you switch from the Z68 is because its used by OCers your CPU that u have isnt a "K" type which means it cant be OCed. Also the Z68 is over a year old I would want my system to be as upto date as possible so that when u finally get a chance to upgrade your CPU to a 3570 or a 3770 ur motherboard wont be a bottleneck in a way
December 31, 2012 11:43:32 AM

Can you recommend a B75 motherboard? and I dont understand the whole OCers? and K types? I think this will be a job for me to google :p 

Ignore this i think i'll stick to the H77 motherboard
December 31, 2012 11:55:25 AM

OC=Over Clocking the cpu to get better performance

Now I havent messed with B75 but from what I understand is that B75 is more a 'business' orientated chipset with SBA (security), lacks in RAID function.

H77 is more consumer oriented with SRT (Smart Response Technology), and OC of RAM (Ivy Bridge only) but no CPU OC.

I would say this B75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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