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January 21, 2013 10:23:32 PM

This is my first time building a computer and I'm scared it might go wrong. Is there a website where you get to choose your parts and build it online as a simulator?

Just in case, this is the computer i have in mind:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $615.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 19:27 EST-0500)
January 21, 2013 10:38:23 PM

Any reason for going AMD 6core?
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January 21, 2013 10:45:51 PM

nice build. looks fine
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January 21, 2013 10:48:39 PM

I prefer amd over intel. Thats why i chose fx-6300. Only thing is that I wanna try to build it on a simulator to see how easy/hard it is before buying the parts.
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January 21, 2013 10:57:29 PM

Well of what i know and researched there is no simulator that lets you put your own parts in etc but on youtube there are Thousands of builds and they are very clear and people know what they are talking about also it's not a simualtor but you can go on websites like https://www.vibox.co.uk/ http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/ ,etc just to check comp ability and the full cost but the website you used is fine if you want to build your own pc this is a good youtube chanel showing you how to build and tells you all you need http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw and then just go to part 2 etc it's really good and if you dont like it just go on other videos and here is a list what you would need to know :D 

1) Start with the processor you want.
2) Decide what kind of graphics solution you want.
3) Pick a motherboard that is compatible with cpu, supports the number of GPUs you want and has any features you may want.
4) Get system memory that is listed on your motherboard compatibility list.
5) Get a case that will fit your motherboard and any peripherals and storage you want (If you're getting a high performance graphics card ensure that your case is long enough).
6) Pick a high quality power supply sufficient to power your build and ensure that you have a decent cpu cooler and enough fans to ensure air flow through your case.
7) Don't forget misc extras such as thermal paste for the cpu, brackets if you need them for SSDs, connectors and cable ties.
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January 21, 2013 10:58:53 PM

bbooiigg said:
I prefer amd over intel. Thats why i chose fx-6300. Only thing is that I wanna try to build it on a simulator to see how easy/hard it is before buying the parts.

Any reason?
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January 21, 2013 11:05:50 PM

Is thermal paste necessary? Or is it optional to increase your performance.
Also, will the gigabyte geforce gtx 660 fit the cooler master elite 430?
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January 21, 2013 11:09:55 PM

thermal paste is 100% necessary. and the 660 will fit
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January 21, 2013 11:38:47 PM

I found out that the fx 6300 comes with a fan with thermal paste on it. Is it still necessary to buy thermal paste?
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January 22, 2013 3:48:10 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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January 22, 2013 11:30:34 AM

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I found out that the fx 6300 comes with a fan with thermal paste on it. Is it still necessary to buy thermal paste?


As far as I know (AFAIK), all retail processors come with heat sink/fan assemblies and pre-applied thermal paste. Technically, no. You don't need to purchase thermal paste, but it is still a good idea to have some around just in case. Once the heat sink touches the CPU (and thermal paste makes contact), you cannot remove the heat sink without re-applying new thermal paste.

-Wolf sends
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