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Question: New to building a PC


Im new to here and to pc building in general I could really use the help in choosing the parts I have been saving for this pc for a few years now.

The parts are:
Msi z97 gaming itx
Msi 980ti 6g
1tb hard drive 3.5
Ssd 240gb
Psu wilk depend on the support of the case if it has support for sfx or atx
Now I really want an itx case and the most important is that it has good cooling because where I live it can reach around 45 degrees C and if the case
Also has filters that would be great.
Cases that I have in mind are:
Bitfenix prodigy and phenom
Enthoo itx
Node 202
Now the node 202 and rvz01 I was really worried about heat and thats the only thing keeping me from choosing them
If you guys can recommend a case I wont be doing any water cooling its all air cooled because all the parts will be shipped over sea.

Thank you

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Preferred Solution: New to building a PC

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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So the president of our company just bought some new offices next to some other properties we own, we're going to be installing about 16 surveillance cameras that will require around 30mb/sec + network access so we can provide internet to the new building, heres a map from google earth


and the original

you will see that we own all the land in the green, and that is where we need to connect to, we also own the small property in yellow and there is a tiny little bridge which is owned by the city that goes over a drainage ditch between the yellow property and the one in blue which we need to connect to our network.....

does anyone know any companies that could do this sort of work for us? i would love to run dedicated fiber without paying time warner another service fee per month, oddly enough we have time warner in the green but just across the street in the blue is AT&T territory so thats a big hassle there, wifi might be an option if it can be dependable and fast, there are a few large oak trees in the way though , we cant just run wire across the city land either and im not even sure where to begin to get estimates and need some tips who to speak with, fyi this is in simi valley, california

Answer:Need to connect new office building to existing building 1/4 mile away, need help

Best route is to have someone lay a conduit between the two buildings, however depending on lenght and bends, that can be a royal pain to pull wire through.

You can get large wireless cannons which may get you the throughput you need, but then you have to deal with the wireless setup/

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I have two floor concrete block building with one extra room that has 2 tanks and about 1 meter x 1meter free area. In this area. I want to build 6 meter tower that is going to have 7 APs and might add more. The APs are 6 ubiquiti nanostation and Rocket M2 AP with 120 degree sector antenna(AP directed to different locations). I might also build 12 meter tower from the second floor if more area required for the base of the tower.

What I want videos or pictures for idea for a good tower that easy to climb and change or fix APs.

Answer:building WiFi tower in roof of 2 floor building

no body has ideas for Wifi tower on a building

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I am the Pastor of a small church in Texas. I recently purchased a laptop to replace my desktop and plan on passing down my desktop to our treasurer. I just purchased a D-Link Extreme N Gigabit router and have networked the 2 computers to the DSL.

We recently purchased an all in one print/copy unit that has wireless capabilities that I would also like to incorprate into the network with the DSL and Other Computer.

We have our main Church building where my office is located, however; the copier and treasurers office are in our youth building behind the church. When I'm sitting at my desk I can sometimes get a low signal strength connection with the printer on the printers "network" in the other building.

With my Laptop I get great signal strength from the "DSL Network" just outside the building. The meter is around 4 bars and stays 48-54mbps. As soon as I step in the door, the signal is lost(it's a metal building).

The copier room is the first room inside the door and the next room is the Treasurers office. The room right above both is my Teen Classroom for Wednesday Night bible studies. These three rooms are really the only place in the building i'm needing to reach signal.

Currently in both machines I have one Intel A/B/G card and the other just is labled USB B/G Card. Would changing these cards to N enable me to pick up the signal inside the building? Is there a cheap meathod of bridging from building to building? This is all comin... Read more

Answer:Affordable Building to Building Wirelss for Small Network

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I had asked about a year ago on building to building wifi, with the voip phones it was recommended not to do this. I am looking at setting up wifi for just docs, pulling across the internet is miserable.

Looking at the unbiquiti stuff, since the "trip" is under 100', are these the units I should use? How do these affect neighboring wireless networks? My other thought was to try point to point with som

Answer:building to building wifi link:redux

What sort of bandwidth needed and budget?

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Hello, I'm sorry if this comes out spoonfeedish, but I have been out of the tech advances for the last 5 years and I'm turning back into a noob.

Here's the thing, my wife's father has two apartment buildings in the same street and are within direct line of sight with no obstacles in between, the distance is between 100 and 120ft. This apartments are changing tenants constantly because it's close to a business district and most people only stay for a couple of months.

So onto my question, the plan is to have fiber to building A and share it to building B with an antenna and in each building there will be a cable running to each apartment from a main switch/router which will have it's max speed capped so every apartment has it's own WiFi. I need a lot of help here because I need to know what to buy, I can research how to configure each thing but the amount of products and selection that is available nowadays is overwhelming.

Short version.

-Building A and Building B are apartment buildings.
-Building A has fiber internet
-Need to connect Building A to Building B with an antenna.
-Each apartment in both buildings has to have it's own speed capped ethernet connection

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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I had asked about a year ago on building to building wifi, with the voip phones it was recommended not to do this. I am looking at setting up wifi for just docs, pulling across the internet is miserable.

Looking at the unbiquiti stuff, since the "trip" is under 100', are these the units I should use? How do these affect neighboring wireless networks? My other thought was to try point to point with some dd-wrt routers to see how well this works.

Answer:building to building wifi link:redux

Is that 100' line of sight with no obstructions? If it is you can do it with almost anything

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I just noticed this recently, after I had to reinstall Windows xp home. When I start a game everything runs fine until I load a map, then the performance slowly gets worse and worse. My cpu is dedicating all the cycles to swapping stuff to the page file I suppose. I monitored task manager while the game was running in the background, and the page file just gets bigger and bigger until the game crashes. The game ran quite nicely, until I recently when I reinstalled Windows. Windows is up to date, with SP3 and everything.

I took a few screenshots, the first one is while the game is still going, and I think it just crashed. The second being after the game closed and the page file returns to normal. You can see the definite decline on the page file history.

PC Specs
1.7Ghz processor
768mb ram
Windows Xp Home
80 gig hard drive
128mb Nvidia GeForce MX4000 (Runs the game fine..)

Answer:Page file building and building and..

Welcome to TSF....

It could be the game that is causing this problem, what is th ename of the game?

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First off I will tell you what my goal is and then what I have tried and any comments or ideas are greatly appreciated.

At our church we recently got dsl, since I am the tech guy, I got asked to tackle the challenge. We are trying to get dsl at our parsonage as well, which is aprox 50 yds away.

This is what I have done. From our dsl modem I have hooked up a router for the normal operations in the church. Also from this router I have ran cat V to a wireless router next to an exterior wall. The wireless N router has a detatchable antenna, so I got an ext. cable and placed the omni antenna on the ext. of the building. That antenna didnt seem to have much range so I bought a high gain yagi antenna. Now the range is good, but the parsonage next door is brick. The signal seems to register on the computer but no internet access. The internet works fine on the outside, I guess brick and wifi dont mix.

My question is what would you suggest, get a second yagi and go into and access point? They want wireless in the house. Also since it is a different building , but has the same phone number would it be possible to have two seperate dsl modems?

Any help is appreciated, Im ok with direct wireless, but wireless to wireless and access points, I dont have a clue.

Thanks, Shane

Answer:Networking from building to building

good work (so far).

recommend you use a LAPTOP to verify the remote connectivity.

First, config the laptop so as to connect to your secondary router (ie: wireless router next to an exterior wall).
To avoid routing complexity; wire your connections like this

notice that the secondary.router connects to the primary using a LAN slot, not the typical WAN connection.
This will allow all systems on your lan (regardless of wired/wifi, or which router they connect to) to use the same ip subnet
(ie all devices will have the first three values of the ip address identical; 192.168.1.x)

To do this, connect a system to the secondary.router (and nothing else connected to it),
access the internal config of the router and disable the DHCP service.
The primary router will then control all IP addresses for the devices.

[a]Either or both routers may use wifi too
TRICK: use different channels, same WPA phrase, and make both SSIDs similar, but unique (ie: parishA vs parishB)

Now reconnect the routers and verify the laptop can connect to the secondary.router when it is in the same room. Now step across the yard (but still outside) and verify you're still connected.
Walk inside and try to get connected again.

They want wireless in the house. Also since it is a different building , but has the same phone number would it be possible to have two seperate dsl modems?Click to expand.... Read more

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I had another thread about Cat6 and my T1 setup and it was suggested I run fiber from my office building to my house building.

I obviously only want to run fiber between the two switches, and then from the switches I will run Cat6.

I have no idea what fiber I need, or what are quality switches that won't break the bank.

I believe I need:

50/125 OM3 LC-LC fiber cable

And obviously a switch that accepts the type of cable. If possible I'd like switches <200 as this is my home/business connection and not a huge network that will support a lot of users. 4-8 port depending on price, I don't mind running another switch for the Cat6 off the fiber switch if it's only a 2 or 3 port if that saves good amount of $$ too.

So questions:
- Where can I get 125 or so feet of the correct, quality, fiber with the ends on it already?
-- Can fiber be coiled at the end if I get too long?

- What are some good switch choices?
- Do all switches need "transceivers" for the fiber or do some come built in?

School me please

Answer:fiber help --- building to building

If you only need gigabit speeds, you can use fiber optic media converters on each end to change the fiber into gigabit copper, then connect that to a regular gigabit switch with a patch cable.

It may or may not be cheaper to go that route, depending on how hard it is to find a pair of gigabit switches that fit your needs, with the correct fiber connections.

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New to forums, great resource, anyway will get to the point. Setting up a wireless networking solution at work to connect two manufacturing facilities (.75km apart at most) together so they can use the same distributed network program (Epicor's Vista if anyone cares). Both sites are a coimbination of wired and wireless, with a a router at each site, and many switches + hubs littered throughout the buildings. My thoughts were two higher end AP's (maybe cisco Aironet) running in bridge mode along with Hyperlink technologies antennas to boost signal ( Any suggestions? Also, can each building still use their own dedicated DSL line to access the internet?


Answer:Building to Building Wireless

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Question: Building a pc


i am a newb at computers and please dont think my talk is stupid!

i have a 98 and it stinks so i want to renew it and i dont know what it is called i think its called "reboot"? well basically i want to refresh its whole memory, i have my backup cd and a bootdisk floppy.

can someone tell me how to do this how to "reboot" or refresh ur computer?

Answer:Building a pc

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i was wondering if u think a 14 yr old could build a new pc

Answer:building a pc (14 yrs old)

he could, i know a guy who just turned 15 yesterday, he knows more than I do about computers and I can build a computer. (i am 18)

If they are a computer boff and enjoy messing around with computers and stuff then yes but I wouldn't advise it...I would say no.. thats my opinion

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Question: Building a PC

Hey i want to build a it looks easy, and cheaper.Ive found a few websites for parts. click herei dont know what the differance is between petium and AMD except AMD is cheaper....and wondering y?Anyone know a good cheap website for parts?

Answer:Building a PC

Take a little advice from an old timer if you don't know what your doing building computers DON'T it will cost you money if you get it wrong.AMD and Pentium is a matter of choice in my view AMD is better it is up to you.

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Question: Building my own PC

Thinking of building my own PC from scratch. How easy is it? What problems can I anticipate?Will be Core 2 duo based with an Asus Wifi motherboard and will include a CPU cooler.Any advice?Thanks

Answer:Building my own PC

Never done this,but judging by past posts,you would not be making a saving,however I suppose there is a feeling of accmplishment,in that respect,its worth it.

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I'm new to all this building a computer from scratch malarkey and need some help. I'm planning on building a gaming machine that is capable of running the latest games (not exactly to highest settings). So far i have decided on what components to buy and need some help on what case to buy, and what cooling components i will need.Here is my build so far:Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 120Motherboard-ASUS P5KC AiLifestyle Series iP35 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX 70Ram-2GB 30Graphics Card-ATI Radeon HD3850 512MB PCIE 100 Hard Drive-160GB 30DVD Drive-16OS-50All in all this comes to around 420, and i have a top budget of 500 (hopeing to keep it lower if possible)So the big question is, what case and cooling components, and any other equiptment would be suitable for this build, that would keep it all under budget in whole?Many Thanks

Answer:Help building my PC

do you need a screen?

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Question: Building a pc

im just about to order these components from novatechBarebones Bundles - Heatsink and Fan, 1GB DDR2 667Ram, AMD AM2 X2 4400 nVidia Motherboard LG GSA-H55NBA 20X DVDRW / RAM - Black - IDE - OEM Western Digital Caviar SE16 250Gb 16Mb Cache Hard Disk Drive SATAII 300MB/s 8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM Novatech Scom 32Bit 10/100M PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter 400W ATX Power Supply for AMD, P3 and P4 mainboards 24Pin and want to make sure iv got everything i need before i place the order.

Answer:Building a pc

extra fans? graphics card?

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Tried building my own PC, much more of an experienced software guy than hardware, and as I expected, I screwed it up.

I'm trying to run:
Intel D875PBZ Motherboard
Intel 3.2 GHz Pentium IV
2xKingston 512mb PC3200 DDR
GeForce 5200 128MB

I've also scavenged two hard drives from my old computer, but I have no idea what they are.

Here's my problem: I get 3 long beeps at startup but nothing on the monitor, it reads from the hard drive for a bit, then nothing until I turn it off. I've tried reseating the RAM as I read that's what the beep code could mean. Any suggestions on what to do next?

Answer:Need Help with Building PC

try one ram stick at a time.

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I am putting PC together and would like some input. The items I am thinking about are below. Can someone let me know if this is good or not. The total cost is $605.00. I am very open to any and all suggestions.

Thank you.

ASUS "A7V880" VIA KT880 Chipset Motherboard

AMD Athlon XP 2700+, 333MHz FSB, 256K Cache

Apacer 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-2700

Video Card
Chaintech XGI VOLARI V3 Video Card, 128MB DDR, TV-Out+DVI, 8X AGP Model "SLV3-128"

Hard Drive
Maxtor 40GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model 6E040L0

CD/DVD Burners
BenQ 16x DVD-/+RW Drive with Software, 2.4X Dual Layer Black Model DW1620
Samsung Black 52X32X52X16 DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive, Model TS-H492A/WBGH

A-Top XBlade Black/Silver Ultimate Gaming Machine With 450W PSU & Side window, Model

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I am looking at puttting together my first pc from scratch. I like to do a lil gaming (mostly DF Black Hawk Down online), internet, mp3 music, and programs like Paint Shop Pro 8.

#1 I am looking at this mobo on ebay:

#2 Any suggestions as towards video cards, sound cards, ect. any opinions would be nice. I do have a GeForce FX 5200 128MB PCI card in this pc and am considering just using it in the new pc.

#3 Any tips or tricks anyone would care to share would be nice.

Thanks and hopefully my first venture into this will be sucessfull.

Answer:Building my first PC

Opinions?Click to expand...

Don't buy this board.
Here's a few reasons why.
The chipset they use on this board is 3rd on a list of 3 chipset makers.
The first being Nvidia then VIA then SiS, others may say VIA is first but that
doesn't matter because SiS will always be 3rd.

Hers a review of the board (not very flattering).
Motherboard Review

If your looking for a budget board ASROCK is a good maker of budget boards.
They are somehow linked to ASUS boards.
Here's a good price on one from
The board is $5 more but shipping is $10 less.
ASROCK board

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Question: Building own pc

Hi, I am going to build my own PC. Any advice on good websites for processors and mother boards? Also OS software.I have an old PC that has a licence for XP, is there a way that this can be transferred to the new pc? i.e can i just use and xp disc and that licence code aslong as it isnt used on the other pc? i.e the drive wiped?Thanks

Answer:Building own pc

I get my stuff from very reliable delivery date + you can pick a day of your choice for delivery.If you have a full retail copy of xp you can use that, if you only have a oem version you need to get a new copy of xp or vista. I would always get a new hard drive as drives wear out. + hard drives have improved in the last few years and are now faster.

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Question: Building a PC

I bought a Soyo moBO. It's intel socket 478 pentium based ATi rc350 Micro Atx MOBO. It doesnt support DDR and i was wondering what would be the best p4 processor for this MOBO and what kinda of power supply should i get for this mobo.


Answer:Building a PC

Processors Supported Intel Celeron up to 2.80GHz
Intel Pentium 4 up to 3.40GHz

Cut and paste from spec sheet.

Depending on how many drives, etc. you are going to attach, you'd base the power supply requirements from that. I wouldn't get anything less than 350 myself, and probably more.

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Question: Building a pc

I am interested in building my own pc as a hobby and I would just like to ask does anybody know of any good websites that sell the component that I would need at reasonable price. I have been on novatech and that seems good but is there any more

Answer:Building a pc

Novatech as you suggest; I use them most of the are also very good but I have free delivery from them so use them also.Many here use ebuyer with positive experiences.

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Question: Building a pc, AMD

I'm just looking for some opinions from everyone. I'm looking to build a pc for myself. I'd like to make it with an AMD chip probably a triple core. I've never tried overclocking anything and would like to try with this one, so something that overclocks well is a must. I think it would be nice but not a must to have a board that supports AM3 and DDR3 for future considerations. What do you all think would be a good CPU/MOBO combo? I'd also like to keep the cost of this down too!

Thanks for the help guys/gals!!!

Answer:Building a pc, AMD

An AMD build I can help with, I have had several (unfortunately).

Firstly I would avoid both of these, X3 cores & Phenom's. If you want it to be good it needs to be a Phenom II or a high end dual core (6000+ or 6400+).

Secondly AM3/DDR3 motherboards aren't backwards compatible with AM2 or AM2+ as far as I know, but they definitely won't support DDR2 RAM so it's you're choice really AM2/+ or AM3.

Lastly You need to give us a budget & what you will be using it for, gaming?


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Question: Building a PC

Hi, I'm trying to build a pc on my own and i was wondering if anybody know where i can find reasonable prices for all the pc parts. Also, what brand names are good for Video Card, Mother board, Hard Drive, Sound Card, DVD/CD Burner, Monitor, Processor?


Answer:Building a PC

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Iv decided its time to build a PC, after years of using my dads old and used systems. i think its time for a fresh start! I have assembled components which i think will suit my needs. if theres anyone out there that can help with any compatibility issues and general advice, i would be most grateful! here are the specs:Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 95W G0 Stepping Retail 775 Motherboard: ECS 650iSLIT-A nForce 650 LGA Socket 775 Motherboard Memory: GeIL 4GB PC2-6400 Black Dragon (2x2GB) Video (graphics)Card: Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT Silent Fanless 512MB DDR2 HDTVDV PCIe Hard Drives: Western Digital Caviar 500GB S300 16mb 7200rpm(x2)DVD Burners: LiteON LH-20A1S-10C 20x DVDRWRAM SATA Beige (x2)Case: Thermaltake Soprano SECC Silver, Window VB1000SWS Power Supply: ?? (no idea whats suitable here)Already have monitor, keyboard+mouse and speakers!If there anything else anyone thinks im missing, or that you might know where to get them cheaper or better then could you please post it!Thanks in Advance

Answer:Building a PC anyone??

Look at this power supply, it comes with all the connector that you would required Hiper 630W 85% efficient Power Supply Unitclick here

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Question: Building A PC

Hey all, Bit of a stupid question coming.. I'm building my first PC soon, and I'm a little confused about what goes on once you have plugged and wired all the hardware in..I have been told that I just need to boot the computer, put the OS disc in and make sure it boots from the disc.. then install all my drivers and internet from there.. is that right? It seems a little odd that the PC would recognise all the hardware without any installation to me.. :>Thanks for any replies, Brainz

Answer:Building A PC

If building with new hardware your mobo should come with the driver and utilities disc.Installing windows will use there own generic drivers to start with,then load the mobo drivers and any software that requires drivers for other hardware...such as printers etc.

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hey guys im building a pc and i want u to tell me what u think, give me advice on what i should add or change
ok thats all im ordering so far...tell me if its a good gaming pc for the price.
o and should i get the radeon x1800xt or a geforce 7800gt

right now im running a p4 2.4ghz, 1gb ddr ram 333mhz(pc2700), and a 256mb grforce 6600 oc'd at 555/370

Answer:building a pc for $860

I would get a better power supply brand. Here are some better options in the same price range.

Personally, if I was building an intel based system, I'd go for a dual core system, it costs very little more money.
Newegg has a combo deal on a Abit AW8 and a intel pent D 930

x1800xt vs 7800gt, depends on your preference.

Best wishes.

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Question: pc building

hi, i want to build a new pc (first time)..i can put it together easily, but want to know what else their is to it..i know that i will have to install driver and windows, but what else is i have to do anything with bios or anything..thanks to all

Answer:pc building

The three main things you need are -
4.A good step by step guide -

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Question: building a pc

i am just about to attempt to build my own pc, can anybody help as i am wondering how you find out which motherboard will fit inside the case

Answer:building a pc

As long as you are building a normal tower just make sure the mobo and case confirm to ATX or Micro ATX form factor - everything should fit ok then.These are industry standard sizes used by virtually everyone.

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Question: Building a new PC

I need to get rid of this PC and build a new one. Here's the list I've made so far:

- Intel i7 920, D0 SLBEJ S1366, Bloomfield, 2.66 GHz, QPI 4.8GT/s, 8MB Cache, 20x Ratio, 130W, Retail

- Asus Rampage II Extreme, Intel X58, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 1600(OC)/1800(OC), SATA I/II, ATX

- 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3, PC3-12800 (1600MHz), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, Classic, CAS 8, XMP

- 2x 1TB Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP, SATA 3Gb/s, 5900rpm, 32MB Cache, 5.1 ms

- 1792MB Gigabyte GTX 295 55nm, 2000MHz GDDR3, GPU 576 MHz, Shader 1242 MHz, 480 Cores

- 850W Corsair TX Series ATX, 4x PCI-E/ 8x SATA, PS/2 PSU

Are these okay? Should I get the ATI video card, instead of GTX 295? Anything else?

I'm also unsure about what kind of coolers to get. I'm expecting to overclock this system, so I need a few good coolers. Is GTX 295 a big card? If so, I need a big case, right? Hmm... which case...

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Building a new PC

You may want to look into a 275. It's cheaper and can play games very well if you want to save some cash However 295 is the best of the nvidia cards right now.

As for case a good mid tower or full ATX case would be good for you.

Rest of setup seems good.

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I am building a new PC and need someone to let me know if the following parts are all compatible with each other...Here's the link to the hereHere's the link to the hereI am getting two sticks of that RAM. I've noticed it doesn't mention DUAL CHANNEL on the page for RAM but does on the mainboard page, does this RAM still work?Here's the link to the hereHere's the link to the graphics hereI would be really grateful if someone with extensive computer knowledge could take a look and help me.Thank you very much :)

Answer:Building my new PC- I'd appreciate Help

yes all will work together but id not get the graphics cardreason.the board supports both pci-e and agp its an upgrade boardso you can use your old ddr and agp products on it until you decide to upgrade to ddr 2 and pci-e ive put in the links on your budget and from a retailer higher cpu lower priceclick hereram 1 gb click heregfx card click heregrfx card benchmarksjust to show how it compares note it is more powerful than the bog standard 7600gsclick herewith these two items there is no postage cost as anything over 49.99 gets free deliveryfrom ebuyer you will get free delivery on anything over 49.99 also if you go with them on the order youll get a card on par and above 1650pro (game dependant but nothing drastic were talking 4/8 fps in some either way)an extra 512mb ram ,,a higher proccessor for lessyoull proly save a fiver the point is if anything conks out etc there on the end of the phone to get replacements asapthey very good at returns with no quibble HOPE THIS HELPS IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS DONT HESITATE TO ASK get a first build built right n youll only need to upgrade as and when , saving cash in the long run

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Hey everyone, Can you guys please provide me with your expert advise as far as, what components, mobos, processor, video card, etc... i should buy to build a fast pc.....My price limit is $1100.00 provide me with your best advise please.........i want to get AMD processor....thanks alot :knock:

Answer:Help building a CPU

I'd recommend you read a little bit around these forums. Theres lots of discussions on the best of this and that for what prices.

Besides that, you don't say anything about what you will use this PC for. Designing a "fast" pc on a $1100 budget can be highly speculative. I can sell you a computer that runs calc.exe really fast for that much money. Oh, perhaps you have a pocket calculator which would make this machine unnecessary...

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Question: Building a New PC

hi all-

i'm going to be building a new Pc and wanted to know if this looked good. i will be using it for web surfing, office stuff, photo editing etc.

AMD Sempron 2.0 GHZ 1600 MHZ bus
AMD socket 754 motherboard
1GB crucial memory PC3200 DDR 400
17Inch LCD
Windows XP Home
100GB HD
DVD/CD-RW drive
Nvidia Graphics
standard keyboard and mouse
basic speakers

tell me what u think!

Answer:Building a New PC

I think it would be better to get a Socket 939 motherboard and maybe an Athlon instead of a Sempron. Its not much more expensive if not the same.

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I was directed here, so here I am

My pockets can be pretty deep, I'm nearly 50 and am a union millwright.

As stated;
I want to build my own PC, this VIAO is old and I would like to learn how

I am a general user, some office, some design (drafting etc), keeping my life on track, and I'd like to be able to play WOW (or any other morpeg type game) without the interminable lag

I have only the barest concept of how to go about this, what kind of case?, what motherboard, dual or quad core, and why any of it?

one more thing, my pc sits at a south wall next to a BIG window. temps here can get high in the summer, which has caused problems with the old viao on occasion

any advice would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Building my own PC

Hi manfromchiron

Have you seen this thread.....

The only real issue you have is making sure the parts you have are compatible, putting it all together is absurdly simple nowdays
*will put a post together later with a full rec' from me*

edit: as for the sun/heat problem... more/bigger/better fans are gonna be the solution but bring a problem with more noise.

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Hi there,

Not sure if this is the right forum section but...

I am thinking of going into the pc building "Industry"

Do you think there is money in buying individual parts and putting them together and selling them as a "Gaming" PC on ebay or something similar?

I'm Talking 600 Pc's, maybe 1 a week, theoretically its profitable, but im just looking for people with experience give me some advice.


Answer:Pc Building for £££££

Think long and hard, the greatest issue you must consider is follow up support service because that is what people who don't build their own PCs will be wanting. Can you produce a product better than Dell (as an example), at a cheaper price and then offer a better guarantee/after sales service. You will have idiots that ring you on a weekly basis because they can't get the printer to work, their Facebook account got hacked, they can't scan a document, they have been foolish on the net and have virus infestations that have crippled their system (and BLAME YOU), etc, etc, etc.

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Hiya Ladys & Gents, Building for the first time from scratch..A little nervous about this, as i don't really want to F' it all up. I Read a guide over on click here which was ok. I'm wondering wether or not there are better guides out there (Magazines, Books & Net links) for people like me building a pc for the first time.+ Pro's & Con's of me going it alone?Thankyou for your time.Spoony

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The link looks a good guide.The main Pros are that you get the p/c that you want and it is very satisfying feeling when you start it up for the first time. There is also usually a small cost saving than buying a p/c from a retailer.The main Cons are that of course you would not have the shop guarantee (but if you've put the p/c together then I suspect that you would be able to sort out any problems) and it can be frustrating if things go wrong when you are putting it together. But then there are many experts on this forum who are happy to help if you hit a problem.Good luck.

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first off hello guys I have a question about basicly upgrading my current pc heres what I got going I have a dell 2350 (ya I know)and Ive ordered A new motherboard and case and psu and I want to transfer everything else from my dell. so will I have to do anything with my hdd's or anything else?

I know this is a little vague btw Im running xp home and and my cpu is a p4 1.8 northwood.

also Im getting a msi 9800pro If it makes any difference.


Answer:building new pc

You will have to either get a new HDD or format and reinstall XP on the one you have now. All your MB and chipset drivers will be different and won't let it boot. Put a new one as Master and your current HDD as a slave so you won't loose any programs and such.

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I want to build my own pc and looking at around 500 budget, I'm looking to build a good games machine.I already have the following from my old pc which i will re-use to save a little money and will upgrade later.Already have: Monitor/keyboard/mouse Serial ATA 200gb Hardrive Hiper 580W Type-M Black PSU SONY DVD-ROM DDU1613 NEC DVD_RW ND-2510A 10 in 1 Multi format card readerSo any advise on what you reacon would make the best gaming machine for the budget would be great.Thank you for your time

Answer:Help building own PC

click here

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Question: building first pc

i going to build my first pc, but first i need to buy all the hardware, and i was wandering what cpu, motherboard and graphics card to get. i use my pc for gaming, internet, video editing, website design etc.

Answer:building first pc

Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

You came to a very helpful place... :bounce:
TS has a very good buyers guide, not to mention
the forums here. You can get "very good" advice
on hardware....

First we need to know your budget, how much $$
you want to invest..Also what games are you into?
The PPL here will even help locate best places and prices.

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Well first off I have never built a pc before, but I know my way around a little. I am looking to build a new pc starting with a barebones kit or something. Can you guys give me some ideas about what else I would need with this ( A) ? I don't know what the rules are for posting links to sites here, so apologies in advance if it was against the rules.

Anyway that deal looks pretty good to me, it's priced well for me and ALOT better than my old AMD 2800+. I figured I would post here cause you guys have helped me alot in the past and I would hope you can point me in the right direction if what I am choosing is not wise.



Answer:Building a new PC

Hi!! Well, the first change I'd make is the PSU!! I would go with a brand name and higher wattage PSU. Especially if you plan on upgrading in the future. Not only that, but I've had my share of problems with 'off-brand' el cheapos and the quality just isn't there and it isn't worth putting your system at risk. Personally, I'd recommend something like this or this You'll spend more for a good PSU, but it'll be worth it in the long run. Granted, there are other good PSUs out there, but I've had nothing but good luck with Antec. Other good ones are OCZ, Thermaltake and Corsair.

As for the remainder of your system, I think I need to let that up to some else, who is more well versed in those areas! Just want to make sure you get the best advice possible!!

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Hi, this is first time on this forum. I need help building a PC, its mainly going to be playing games. I have no idea what i need all i know is i have 450 pounds. I need everything for a computer - monitor, case, processor etcIf you can help me please do.Thanks for reading and posting if you do

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this is my first build so any input is appreciated:
mother board: intel d915pbll socket 775
cpu: intel p4 640 3.2ghz 800mhz fsb 2mb cache
ram: pc2-4200 ddr2 533mhz
hard drive: 200 gb sata 7200 rpm
not sure on a graphics or sound card yet, this board seems to have good sound capibilities already

Answer:building a pc

jeffstang said:

this is my first build so any input is appreciated:
mother board: intel d915pbll socket 775
cpu: intel p4 640 3.2ghz 800mhz fsb 2mb cache
ram: pc2-4200 ddr2 533mhz
hard drive: 200 gb sata 7200 rpm
not sure on a graphics or sound card yet, this board seems to have good sound capibilities alreadyClick to expand...

Just make sure that you throw that stock heatsink/fan from Intel as far away as you can throw it! It is useless cooling the cpu. I have the same CPU. It's in my sig. Also when you do get a decent heatsink/fan make sure you use Artic Silver 5. Google it to find instructions on application. Other than that "Build On" and have fun.

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Hi I plan on buying parts and building my own PC and before I begin I wanted to make 100% sure everything will work together fine.

First off, the motherboard is a Foxconn 915A01-P-8EKRS2 Socket T LGA 775 Intel 915P ATX Intel Motherboard.

The type is a Pentium 4 Prescott/Celeron D.
The bus speed is 800/533 and has HT technology. It takes DDR2 533.

The processor is a intel Pentium 4 540J Prescott 800MHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor. Its speed is 3.2GHz.

I've decided to try and get pqi 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory.

I'd like to get the Sky Hawk/Eagle Tech ATX-GM620SC ATX 12V, EPS 12V, AMD ATX-GES 620W Power Supply, with the Standby mode where you can listen to a CD/VCD/DVD without entering the operating system.l
Sounds neat, eh? Im debating whether or not I should get this PSU or something for 40 dollars less.

Im looking to get a LCD monitor, but Im kind of weary about the dead pixels. Should I just pass this up and get a CRT?

I'll be running Windows XP Professional on this.

So can you guys find any reason for this NOT to work? I can't find anything...although this is my first time actually building a full PC. I just want to be sure... Read more

Answer:Building a PC, are these okay?

These parts seem fine to me but the power supply seems a bit insane

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i am building a pc , i want to have a dvd/cd burner then the hard drive. the hard drive stores memory and my question is when u go to MY COMPUTER is c & d drive how many hard drives do i need. i need 1 for disks is that all?

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i am building the pc for mostly gaming. Americas Army, Age of Empires...... it is my time building a pc but i am on a tight budget. so far i have looked at

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Question: Building a PVR

I am trying to set up my computer as a PVR. In order to do this, I need to run audio/video cables so that I can send data both ways. i.e. I want to run the video from my reciever to my computer, then record it, then be able to send it back to the reciever.

Is it possible to do all of this with one cable running from my reciever to my computer (they are in different rooms). I have video in and out on my ATI AIW 128.

I know that this is very easy if I just run two sets of RCA cables, but my wife would kill me. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Building a PVR

I'm not sure if you can do this with one RCA cable. If you absolutely had to do it with one cable, you would have to run back and forth between your PC and receiver, and switch plugs. That would be quite hard if you're trying two at the same time. I don't think S-Video will allow I/O on the same cable, so that wouldn't help...

Run two and wrap them in electrical tape so it only looks like one big one

BTW what do you mean by PVR? Personal Video Recorder or smth?

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Ok, I've finally decided to go ahead and upgrade. I have ordered a Shuttle AK32A MB W/AMD athlon 2000 CPU and a cpu cooling fan for Athlons up to 2800. I intend to use my current case, which is huge and has plenty of room. I also intend to use my existing floppy, cd-rom, and burner, as well as zip drive, but I am upgrading the hard drive to a 40G 7200. I am also purchasing a new power supply 300W Antec smartpower. Here's the deal. I have RAM from my old setup, and I believe it's pc100 SDRAM dimms(384Mb). My new motherboard will support both DDR and SDRAM. Actually here's the specs.:

- 2 x 184-pin DIMM DDR
- 2 x 168-pin DIMM SDRAM
- Supports 4 banks up to 2 GB DRAMs (512Mb x8/x16 DRAM technology) for register DDR SDRAM module
- Supports 4 banks up to 1 GB DRAMs (512Mb x8/x16 DRAM technology) for unbuffered SDR SDRAM module

Now does this mean I can use my existing RAM in this setup? Before answering I should say that I plan to use XP PRO or WIndows 2000 Pro as my OS. ANother question is can I combine the two RAM types and utilize all four banks, or must they all be the same type of RAM.This is a little fuzzy to me with this make and model of MB. I am not sure about this, but if I were to be abloe to do this, would my over all RAM SPeed be only as fast as my slowest module? If I can't use them in combo, then DDR seems the way to go. I think I'd probably skip the pc 133 crap and just buy a stick at a time(as my budget allows) of DD... Read more

Answer:Building it!

Your existing RAM will work in that board.
No you can't mix the 2 ram types.

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I would like to build a new PC and I am unsure as to what motherboard I should use. I mainly use my computer for Photoshop and therefore I need the ability to have plenty of memory and reasonable speed. Can anyone recommend a mother board and a CPU. I am willing to spend 200-250 for these two items.Many thanks- Phil

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click heremight be the way to go deals include memory...

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Hey, I've recently started to do some web design/development/webmaster work and am considering pursuing it as a career. I'm going to be building my own PC as well as purchasing the Adobe Creative Suite Web Standard package(Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Flash etc.). My need as far as performance goes is basically I need it to be able to run those programs since it's for work. I will also want to play a few games, but I'm sure if it can run Fireworks CS3 and the other CS3 products it will be able to run the games I'll play.

I'd like help choosing parts for this PC. Originally I wanted to keep it around a $800 budget, but that quickly went up to around $1200. A lot of these parts were recommended to me by a couple of people on another forum. Some of the items(keyboard, mouse, etc.) don't really matter but I'll include them in the list since I will need them and they do effect the total cost. Anyway, here is the list I came up with. Tell me what you think.

New list:


keyboard: (doesn't matter)


mouse: (doesn't matter)

hard drive:

motherboard: Read more

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I would have rather seen a list of parts than a list of links. Other folks with slower web connections will probably choose to not even comment due to all the links. I tried a couple, but got an error at Newegg saying the page or product couldn't be located or had been moved....
Sorry, I tried.

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I have been a user for 10 years. I am now running a 486 Dell XP T500, 11Gig
Hard Drive, 256k Ram, Win 98 SE. It's old. I want to build a HUMMER and use
some of my old hardware if possible. I have a 21" Trinitron Monitor and have a
Altec Lansing ADA 880 Dolbyy Digital Multi-channel surrond sound speaker system.
I would like to spend $500 to $600, but am not Geek enough to know what components to buy that would give the most bang for the bucks.

Answer:Building a New PC

Hi and welcome to MajorGeeks.

You can't, and certainly shouldn't, use any of your old hardware. (apart from things like monitor and speakers etc) It's not really compatible with modern stuff.

What do you use the PC for?

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hi i just ordered one of these (scroll to the description) and i have a question.
i have an emachines t1220 and im planning on putting its hard drive in this new machine. im buying the cpu and memory but im using everything else from the emachines- graphics card, hard drive, dvd rom. so my question is, if i put my old hard drive in this new pc, will it just be like turning on my emachines with different hardware (windows booting up normally with all the junk on the hard drive still being there) or will i have to wipe out the hard drive and put it in and then install windows and everything, fresh start? i dunno how to explain it really but if you understand my question i would eppreciate the help.


Answer:help building pc

if you change the motherboard, windows will not boot and you have to reformat/reinstall windows.

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Ok hey guys, thanks for helping me out :)
I'm currently looking into making my own pc for playing a couple of games. I've never done anything with computers before, but i heard it was cheaper to make it yourself, so i've been trying to teach myself online.
However, i need a bit of help finding out if my parts are compatible.. also if its a good decision to buy these parts (if there's a certain part that's too bad, or that isn't a very good choice) please tell :)
Also i'm running on a budget of around 300-350 brittish pounds, so i know it's not going to be amazing
Case - CIT 1009B ATX PC Tower Case
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 840 Socket AM3 3.2GHz 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
CPU heatsink (i didn't really know what to get) - Titan DC-K8M925B/R CPU Cooler for AMD Socket AM2+/AM2/AM3/940/939/754
RAM - Corsair 4GB Computer Memory / 1333MHz / DDR3 / 240pin DIMM / CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 / PC3-10666
Motherboard - ASUS M4A78LT-M LE - AM3 Socket - 760G - Micro ATX Chipset
Sound card - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express - sound card
Hard Drive - Hitachi Hds721010cla332 3.5inch 1tb 32mb Sata 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
Graphics card - Asus EN210 Silent GeForce 210 1GB DDR3 64-bit PCIe-X16 Low Profile Graphics Card HD15/DVI
I also have a couple more questions
1. Do i NEED a sound card? or will one come with the motherboard
2. Is there a less expensive option for the PSU?
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Answer:Building a pc, sorry i'm new

but i heard it was cheaper to make it yourself
Used to be but you cannot really beat the big manauctures especially when you are going to need a Operating system as well.

Your Board has VIA VT1708S Support 8-Channel High Definition Audio
Never scrimp on a PSU if it blows it could take the drives and motherboard with it.

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Sorry for double post...

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I am trying to replace an old 533Mhz motherboard with AMD A6 and put newer one. What steps do i need to take before installing a new motherboard and what are the problems that i will encounter ?

Answer:Building a new PC.

First question: Is this going to be standard size ATX or micro-ATX? What size is the case? Micro will not fit in a standard case and vice-versa.
Second: Is my current RAM compatible with the new board/CPU? If so, will it be enough to handle the demand from a new CPU and OS (if that is being considered)?
Third: Graphics card. Unless you are using onboard video and/or the new mobo has it, will your current card be compatible with the new board?
Fourth: Current power supply unit (psu) it adequate for the new component(s)? How old is it? The psu is just as important as any other component.

I'll stop there for now. It would be helpful to know what your current mobo is and the type/amount of RAM. Also the exact model of the mobo you are considering.

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What's your opinion on the best performance-to-budget PC build I could buy with $800-$900? ONLY taking into account MOTHERBOARD, CPU, VIDEO CARD, RAM and POWER SUPPLY. NOTHING ELSE, no case, no hdd/ssd, etc. I'm looking to use it for middle to high level video editing and 3d rendering (After Effects, 3Ds Max). All help appreciated!

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ok so im building a new pc for my parents... instead of them buying a $2300 p4 sony from the store... now i have a few questions, do you think i would be able to build a good p4 system for well under that price? maybe spend about a grand on the system itself? and they can buy their own monitor??

well here is this, im looking over some MB and processors, and i want to know if these will go well together

Intel Pentium 4 / 2.8 GHz Northwood 512K Socket 478 Processor 533MHz Processor Bus OEM
CPU: 2.8 GHz
Type: Pentium 4 Northwood
Cache: 512K
BUS: 533 Mhz
Socket: 478 OEM (Processor Only) Model#: RK80532PC2800D $189.00

for $193, i can get a 3yr warranty? is it worth it?

and this

Asus Motherboard for Intel P4 Processors Model P4PE-X Retail
Supported CPU:Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4/Celeron Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
Chipset:Intel 845PE + Intel ICH4
FSB:800/533/400 MHz
RAM:3x 184-pin DIMM Sockets support max. 2GB PC3200/PC2700 / PC2100/ PC1600
IDE:2 x UltraDMA 100/66/33 Max 4 Devices
Slots:1 x AGP 4X, 6x PCI
Ports:2xPS2,2xCOM,1xLPT,4xUSB,1xLAN and Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: ADI AD 1980 SoundMAX 6-channel CODEC
Onboard LAN:BROADCOM 10/100 Mbps Ethernet $72.99

open to some other suggestions, (ram)

Answer:building a new pc

Sounds like a great system to me. Under $1,000 is attainable, just take a look:

HARDDRIVE=$100 (80gig)
GRAPHICS=$100 (GeforceMX)

That's $760 bucks, and a system that will rock the house. The Asus motherboard is real nice, I would recommend 512 DDR RAM

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I'm planning on building a computer this summer. Here's a list of items I'm looking at getting. Just doing some preliminary research. This is the first computer I've ever attempted to build, so any tips, criticisms are welcome.

Mobo: ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP (AM2+ socket) (AMD 790FX chipset)
CPU: AMD phenom QC 9600
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400 800MHz DDR2
Video Card: ATI RADEON HD 2600 Pro 512MB
HDD: Western Digital 500GB SATA
DVD drive: Pioneer 20x Dual Layer DVD Burner DVR-115D
Case: Antec 900 Gaming Case w/ 500 watt power supply (is this enough?)

Also, would I need a network card in addition to the motherboard? (for plugging in ethernet cord)

I'm currently looking for good heatsinks for the processor. I've read some reviews/guides and most say that the one that comes with the processor isn't very good.

I'm also looking for good guides as this is the first time I've ventured to do this.

Anyway, thanks.

Answer:Building a PC

Heatsink: The one that comes with the processor is good enough unless your overclocking.
Network card: Most Motherboards come with one built in. Check your board's specs.
HDD: Make sure it's SATA2 (Sata300, etc), and your MOBO supports it.
I'd go with a bigger power supply (At least 650).
I'd suggest if your going for an ATI card, get the 3870HD. I prefer NVIDIA right now, but I understand what your doing with the AMD let me know how it works out, because I'm curious.

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In 2 months i will be "trying" to make my 1st pc with these components (I am buying them from Ebuyer and using some other components eg power supply, harddrive and disk drives from my older pc which is about a year old):

Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Prescott Skt478 FSB800 1MB Cache---58515
Ebuyer 512mb DDR PC3200 400MHz Extra Value Ram ---49447
Ebuyer S-313BSS Blue Body All Silver Front Atx Case With No PSU---76429
Abit AI7-GURU SKT 478 865PE 800FSB Dual DDR SATA Raid Firewire Sound---63165
Some 120mm Internal Case Fans In Black---63281
O/S Windows xp pro corporate (not quite sure what to use yet)

I am using another 512 ram which is same speed and a "XFX Geforce 6800 GT 256MB" from my old pc and the other things i said above. Are there any tips you might be able to give me on making it and if i should require anything else or get rid of something i have put in wrong? I have added the quckfind codes for the website so you can find them easier.( I will be using it for gaming alot so i need it cool and fast.

Answer:Building New PC. Any Help Plz

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I decided to build my own pc. I don't have all the money to buy all the parts at one time. So today I bought two items.

Part #1
Computer Case. It's silver at black. Pretty nice box. It has 4 bays for CD-ROMs and 2 bays for the floppy. It has a nice design.

Part #2
Maxtor 160GB HD

My question is....I want to get a nice motherboard and processor. I dont want the best because I dont want to spend too much, but I also dont want a piece of crap. Something in the middle. Price is not a factor but dont want to go overboard on the cost. So does anyone have any recommendations on a MB and Processor. Maybe this can help to. I deal with alot of video so I need something that can keep up.

Thanks for your suggestions.


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Ok as you may have seen from the title i am building a new gaming PC my budget is $2500 - $4000 just depends of heres what i have so far

CPU: - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
HEATSINK: - XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
GPU: - SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
RAM: - GeIL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV36GB1333C9TC - Desktop Memory
HDD: - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - Internal Hard Drives
MOBO: - ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
PSU: - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
CASE: - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Also for the GPU i may wait for the 58XX cards to come out.

so tell me if these parts are compatible, etc

also would i be able to run crysis on max if i get the 58XX series cards?

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Answer:Building a PC

it all looks good except for your cpu.... (but i'm sure you'll stick with that )
um.... i'd wait for the 5000 series and as of now... there is not sure speed for them.... but i'm betting 10% to 35% faster than the 4890 so its worth the wait nice case choice btw oh look at the patriot memory...... the viper series to be exact and see whatca think

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About how much would it cost to build a good and fast computer? And as long as you get parts that are compatible, is it hard to build a computer?

Answer:Building a PC

build a sweet system for around $1000, give or take depending how sweet you wanted it

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This thread relates to one I posted yesterday...

SInce then I did some more investigation last night.

If I power up the system with nothing connected except the motherboard /cpu and the HDD and CDrom drives by power only (No IDE cable) then both disc drives are operational.
This system doesnt include any cards or memory at all just as a troubleshooting process.

If i then connect the IDE cable to either or both of the disc drives and try powering up the system (keeping all other variables constant) the drives connected by IDE do not power up. The CPU fan does though.??????

By putting memory in, graphics card in etc the same problems still occur. the drive connected by IDE cable does not start.

I thought the IDE cable was simply a data cable?? It seems strange that the drive is not able to power up through connecting a data cable??? It would appear to be some kind of shortage in the motherboard? am i right?

I have tried several IDE cables and they all have the same outcome.

Any help is much appreciated.

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I am a first time builder and am planning to build a PC and I have several problems I need help with.1. My motherboard is microATX, is there anything wrong with this? Are they worse than normal ATX motherboards?2. Is there anyway I can see if the parts I am getting are all compatible with each other, or will all hard drives, wireless-G adapters, PSU's, and graphics cards work with virtually any case and motherboard?3. Will buying the following parts (I know I'm missing a PSU) for a total of 392 british pounds (650 us dollars) be a good deal? * AMD Phenom X4 9650 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 2MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor * Asus M3A76-CM 760G Socket AM2+ onboard VGA DVI 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard * Antec 300 Three Hundred Black Case - No PSU * Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM * Tenda Wireless-G PCI Adapter * Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 HyperX Memory CL5 2.2V * MSI HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI VGA Out PCI-E Graphics CardThank you in advance

Answer:Building my own PC

1. Smaller in size, fewer expansion slots (& not very good for overclocking)2. Tell us what your looking at (with links) & we'll let you know what's compatible & what's not!3. That spec looks OK for the money - about par for the course. More importantly, they are all compatible with each other. You missed couple of key components? The PSU & optical drive.G

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Motherboard - ASUS P5Q SE iP45 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard* Processor (CPU) - Intel CPU Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 1333FSB LGA775 6MB cache* RAM (Main memory)- OCZ Memory 4GB Kit (2x2048) Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 PC2-8500 1066 MHz RAM Dual Channel* Graphics card - XFX GeForce GTX 260 896MB Graphics Card Black Edition PCI-E 2.0 Dual-Link DVI/HDTV* Power Supply Unit (PSU) OCZ PSU 600SXS StealthXStream 600W* Hard drive (HD/HDD)Western Digital 1TB hard disk drive Caviar 1000GB SATA Black* Optical drive (CV or DVD reader/writer) Plextor PX-DB608AL Internal 5.25" Dual Bay DVDRW* Case UNKNOWN YET* Operating System (Most likely Windows XP/Vista) - Vista 32 Home PremiumMotherboard site click hereCPU site click hereRAM site - click hereGraphics card site click hereHDD site - click hereDVD drive site click herePSU site - click here

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is this all compatiable and good for gaming?

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Question: building Q's

ok curious what size tower i'm wanting i thought atx mid but just arrived and it's too big someone please help :con

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I have wanted to build a pc for some time now and this is what I have come up with. I think it gives me above average performance now with very good upgradeablilty in the future. I just have a few qustions. I want to make sure that everything is compatitable annd that it is pretty balenced out(No major bottlwnecks to performance).
ASUS An8 - SLI deluxe $175
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Winchester $267
eVGA GeForce PCX 6800GT $380
1024 Crucial PC3200 DDR DIMM $102
2x Seagate Barracuda ST380817AS 80GB Hard Drive $130
Antec True Power 550W Power Supply (will this work with mobo?) $100
Antec Super LANBoy Aluminum ATX Mid Tower $91

Total cost = $1215

OK here are my three questions. Should I go with a different power supply sucha as an antec true power 2 or is the power supply I have selected going to be suffecient. How about if choose to add a video card in the future. Second is the video card I have selected a good one? From what I have read its near the upper end. I m opem to suggestions but I want to saty away from ATI. The fianl question is if I should go the DFI verion of the sli card. Wiyukd rather not becasue its more expensive but can be convinced.

Answer:Building a PC need some help

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I am building a computer for the first time.

I will detail most of my components here, so that your advice can take those into account.

I have the ABIT AV8 3rd Eye motherboard, for the 939 Pin AMD 64 bit processor. I have a AMD 64 3500+ processor installed and ready to go.

I have 1Gig of memory installed.

I have an Audigy Soundblaster 2 zs soundcard.

I have an Antec Neopower 480 power supply

And I currently have both a Lite-on CD Rom, and a Samsung DVD ROM installed.

Here are a couple of questions I hope one of you can answer.

On the Neopower, power supply, there is a wire. It uses a 3 pin connector and its purpose is to monitor and help match the case fan speed, as needed for conditions and to match it to the fan on the power supply itself.

It says in the instruction manual to connect it to a 3 pin fan switch on the motherboard, excluding the CPU fan switch, which of course will be used by the CPU fan.

My question regarding this is: I have several of these 3 pin fan switches on the ABIT motherboard I have one which is sitting alone and says MBfan, I have one which says SYSfan, and I have two which say AuxFan1 and AuxFan2. Now, which one would you expect I should hook this wire, coming from the power supply to? Those of you who are familiar with this power supply will know that you have almost limitless choices about wiring with this unit. I am using the 'fan only' cables to power my 2 case fans.

Now here's another question, which I'm sure I wi... Read more

Answer:Building help, please.

You can connect the optical drives to either ide channel. DVD burners often like to be the master device on the channel so I would connect the burner as master on ide1 or 2 and connect the cd drive as the slave device.

As to the fan connector, I am not familiar with that ps, however I believe it just for monitoring speed and it should not matter which fan header you use. I would just use aux1.

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I am trying to built my own PC to use to record from my dish satellite receiver and to transfer all my digital media(photos, music home movies) to it. My major concern is what video card to use. Do you recommend any one? I want it to have the kind of inputs and outputs that I can connect the above sources and the output so I can connect the PC to my TV. With all the other components I think I can manage it ( hard drive, motherboard, os...). By the way, do you recommend any motherboard? how about the new vista? should I go with it or the old fashion XP, or any LInux distro?
thank you for your time.

Answer:Building my own PC-PVR,DVR

It may be easier to just buy a ready-made media OEM pc like HP, Compaq, etc. Then if need be, plug in a video capture/input device to record your satellite. Hauppauge makes decent video capture devices. Make sure the device comes with a PVR/DVR program that can schedule recording of tv.

Is the satellite high def or standard def?

What's your budget?

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Hi all. I've recently decided to build a new gaming rig, and after some talk wit coworkers and friends, along with browsing the internet, I've put together a list of hardware. Unfortunately I'm no expert at hardware compatibility and so I decided to look for help.Hre's the pieces so far....

Case: Antec 900

Mobo: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel $239.99

Chipset: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core

GFX: MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI
Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

Memory: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Newegg prices this at a grand total of $1,139.04, so here is where the questions arise.

~Is this setup going to work? (have I pikced parts that wont work well together?)
~Am I getting the best price at newegg? what other sites should I copare?
~Are there similar parts for less that I am better off getting? I'm not on the tightest budget but I don't want to spend too many unnecessary dollars
~Is there anything else I really should add on?

Thanks in advance for the help and info!

Answer:Help building new PC

There are a lot of other parts you need. But the stuff you have will work together. Some people love OCZ RAM, a lot of people have problems with it, might want to think about corsair, it's the most stable and most reliable on the market. Just an idea.

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Question: Building my own PC

HiI am thinking of building my own PC having upgraded and altered my computers over many years. I have never attempted a build from scratch and wonder whether anyone can recommend a foolproof book/internet guide that would set me on the right track?

Answer:Building my own PC

try and buy all parts from same supplier if possible easier to sort out if you have faulty parts.make sure RAM, CPU, and M/B are compatable

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I will be building/buying a new PC in the near future, and was wondering several things...

First is there any site that would let me fully customize a PC to be built that wont charge me about 5x the cost of if i built it myself, and if not, is the best site to buy individual parts from?

I plan to use this computer for just about everything. Gaming, multimedia, basic word processing, etc, So i know I will end up spending around $1500-2000 if I get a mid to upper line premade / semi-custom, but was just checking to see what your thoughts are, and any and all suggestions as far as hardware is concerned and what I should go for...

Things such as duel core vs quad core, one 512 or higher video card vs 2x 256 etc, will definately be taken into consideration, so please, any and all input is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Building a New PC

We all have to start somewhere but let me ask, is this the first pc you have ever build??

If this is the case, then my suggestion is as follows. Visit lots of forums reads lots of threads and instead of working with preconceived ideas as to your build take note of what will actually work.

PC HW can be fickle in that some components inherently do not like others and act remarkably like people at times

Godd Luck

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Question: PC building

I am working on a pcchips mainboard m571 with a AMD k2-500 cpu...
no signal is going to my monitor...
Changed ram, checked jumpers and changed Cpu from k2-400..
tried a couple of old harddrives...
this Mainboard is new with built-in video...
still no display at all....
any answers here?

technical questions..
1. Does a harddrive have to be installed to boot to bios menu?
how important are all the tower wires to front leds etc..
I got the power led working but not sure all are wires are properly installed. the wires dont correspond with my manuel of M571 and the led in front reads "31"... but it does power up and harddrives seems to read, fans work etc..
thanks in advance


Answer:PC building

Is your CPU fan running? You might want to try reseating it.
No you don't need a hard drive installed, You should see a check of the graphics card memory, (virtual?), then a ram check, then it should search for drives.
As for the LED leads I don't think the bios cares if the signal is recieved, it just send it.

I found this;

Maybe you should check the manual listed for wiring and troubleshooting.

I'll check back later.

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Question: building a pc

Hii am looking for a book on building a pc any ideaon a good onethanks Brian

Answer:building a pc

but plenty of info Build your own PCVideos click hereInfo click herePCmech click here

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i would like to try to build a pc from scratch. are there any sites or books available for a very non technical person. how do i choose a motherboard,cpu etc. ive looked at some sites about bios setup and i was totally confused. thanks,franco

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I am building a new pc and was wondering. Why that after i installed a video card there is nothing coming up on the monitor. It wont even power the monitor on.I have reseated the card several times. But each time i start the system up the monitor acts like it is gonna wake up from hibernation mode then it goes automatically back in to hibernation mode. I have not been able to configure the system bios yet because i can not see to do it. I have an ecs k7vta3 Ver 2.0 mobo and an athlon xp 2000 cpu with 256 mb of pc2100 ddr ram. Does it matter if the video card is ddr or sd ram in this system.

Any advice is greatly appreciated

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Hi everyone,
Can anyone be kind enough to help please? I have tried to build a 2nd PC for my good lady. I have everything one needs to build a PC, hdd, video card, mobo, Ram, CD-roms etc.
After I put all the components together onto the mobo nothing happened however, when I lifted the mobo from the base unit and tried again, the PC fired up but when I placed it back in the case it tripped out again, anyway, I think that's the least of my problems for when I do get it to fire up I have nothing on screen, no bios screen nothing its as if the monitor wasn't there. I swapped video cards so its not that, has anyone a clue as to what is happening and how I can get the PC up and running?
Thanks for your time,

Answer:Building a new PC, trying to anyway!

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Question: Web Building

Can anyone tell me please what i need to to do to get a Header, Menu name, and Author for the wbsite i have.Thanks

Answer:Web Building

to answer that one, Birder 1What software are you using to design your site, and is it online now? If it is, post a url so we can take a look at the problem.

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Hi all, am contemplating re-building an old PC for the kids (to keep them off of this one !!). It's a fair few years old and has a socket-7 motherboard with a din-type keyboard socket, not the PS/2 type. The board measures 22cm x 23 cm.Could I replace this with anything newer & if so, what should I be looking for ? I'm not talking state of the art here, am likely to pick up cheap stuff on ebay, but I need to know that the board will fit in the case !!!Any ideas / suggestions (polite ones s> !!!) >

Answer:Re-building an old PC

Sounds very much as though you have an old AT (as compared to ATX) motherboard and more importantly, power supply (do you have a case?).This limits you to this type of equipment, which ended with the very early Pentiums.You may be better off looking on e-bay for a complete base unit that is of the later ATX type, or at least a shell (case, motherboard and CPU - memory if possible) and then add the peripherals to that. You can pick up a brand new keyboard for under a fiver!

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i have just built a PC from scratch, all the parts are new and all are as far as i know compatible. i thought that i would turn it on and it would work. all it does is beep? how can i find the trouble? thanks jim

Answer:building a new PC!

BIOS Beep Codes click here

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Question: Building a PC?

I am not a technologically savvy man. That being said, I like to think I'm not technologically handicapped either. My computer is beginning to show it's age, and with my tax return coming in, I'm interested in getting an entirely new system. I've taken apart old, scrap computers and put them back together before fine, but beyond that, I have no experience with building computers, and my knowledge of setting up drivers and BIOs is basically non-existent. Taking all that into account, my questions are these:

Is it worth it to build my own computer, or am I likely to screw it all up?

If I do decide to build one, I may be woefully ignorant on compatibility between parts, and may need help picking things out in addition to putting things together. Is Major Geeks the right community to seek help on these matters?

Thirdly, my budget will be $1,000-1,200. Will spending that much on a computer allow it to remain useful for a few years?

Answer:Building a PC?

Hello and welcome! :-D

Major Geeks is great community that will get you there in the end, with friendly advice.

I'l pressume you trust Newegg, play games and need everything bar a monitor for now.

This is a really fast machine, will handle any games thrown at it with the high settings, and will last you a good few years. (Totals at $1,092.00)

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here is a link i think some people will be interested in.


Answer:Building a PC

Thank you... another useful file for the technician's library.

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Looking at these parts-

hard drive 320 gig $85

motherboard - lga 775/ chipset 965 $104

heatsync / cooler $30

2 gig ram $186

video card $300

sound card maybe not needed $29
floppy drive - $7

I was wondering what types of 'cables' I will need to hook all this stuff together, what type(s) of (thermal?) glue, if there are any obvious no-no glitches I'm not seeing, and how big of a power supply. I was hoping to start with Windows XP and move to Vista when it's been out a bit longer. Any help is appreciated.

Also, I was trying to keep this sub $800, but a bit over is OK. I will get the OS software free so that isn't a problem, although I was wondering if I should take the ~$150 hit in order to get 4 gigs of ram in there, or if the 2 gigs will be sufficiently even with the 8800/processor.

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Need help building a PC

It will include all the cables you will need. I would say get at least a 500 W PSU..Antec is a very good brand.

You will be fine with 2 gigs of ram..A better upgrade would be the 8800GTS to a 8800gtx.

Also Intel E6600 is a good processor.

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hiim planning to build my own pc here are the specs:the case comes with a 525watt powersupply click here 90AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Stk 939 1Mb Cache Retail 299.95 [352.44 inc VAT]Corsair 1024MB TwinX 3200XL X-Treme Low Latency DDR400 Dual Chan 129.95 [152.69 inc VAT]Maxtor Serial 160GB UDMA 150 7200RPM 54.95 [64.57 inc VAT]XFX GeForce 6800 ULTRA PCI-E 256MB DDR3 TV + DUAL DVI 299.54 351.96 inc VATCreative Labs SB Audigy 2 ZS OEM 45.95 [53.99 inc VAT]Microsoft Windows XP Professional - OEM 86.95 [102.17 inc VAT]MSI K8N SLi Platinum nForce4 SLi Skt 939 PCI-Express Motherboard 104.95 [123.32 inc VAT]NEC ND-3540A 16x6x16x8 Dual Layer DVDRW ReWriter - OEM Black 32.95 [38.72 inc VAT]total= 1319.26inc vatsorce:click hereAnything else ive missed, or can you lot turn out a better specs for less?I also have a screen and mouse to buy.thanksmatt

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sorry the case button that did nt work is hereclick here

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Hi I would like to have ago at building a PC.Where would you advise me to go on the net and purchase the goods and is there a site when buying the equipment would make sure that it was compatible.D

Answer:Building a PC

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I am relitively new to building pc's but im very good at putting them together and taking them apart, i want to build my own and want the budget price to be from 700-1000 $, im thinking i want AMD Compatible this pc is going to be a gaming pc mainly. i have my Case picked out as well as my monitor, i have an idea of what mother board i want but still iffy

Proccessor(you can get me to sway my opinion, aka not final and open to debate)
anyways i use newegg so try sticking to the website, any feed back would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Building a PC

Take a look at the combo offers at,,,,, and others.
They frequently bundle the cpu with decent motherboards at very low prices leaving you a better budget for video card and memory.

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Hey everyone,

I am in the process of building a new computer for the first time and I have a couple of questions. First, these are the specifications of the computer:

-Case: Antec Quiet P180 Black /550Watt Power Supply (Seasonic)
-Motherboard: eVGA nForce 680i SLI
-Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40 GHz, FSB1066, 4 MB L2)
-RAM: OCZ 2GB DDR2-800 (2 x 1GB)
-Hard Drive: Raptor SATA 10,000RPM 150GB
-Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7950GT 512MB
-DVD player (Sony Blu-Ray RW)
-Floppy Drive
-Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
-OS: Vista

Here are my questions:
1. I was wondering if I should replace one of the fans with the Arctic Cooling fan, or just add the arctic cooling fan to the build? The Antec p180 comes with 3 built in 120mm fans. Also, the E6600 came with a fan, should I just use all the fans that I have now, a total of 5?

2. I was thinking about switching the WD Raptor 10000 RPM with a SCSI 15000 RPM drive, what do you think? Also, I don't know much about SCSI, so will it be compatible with this build?

3. Will I need any extra drive cables, or should all the parts come with the necessary cables?

4. Finally, if anyone has any experience building an Antec P180, do you have any advice for me? Should I start by installing the lower chamber first?


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Im not to sure abou all of your q's but what i do know according to your specifications, is that at 15,000 RPM , that is a hot hard drive. Im not too sure how well that does with heat, i just reccommedn you leaving good spaces inbetween the HD to give it a good cool.

The fans you have now, should do well (although i dont know much about that stuff.) but with the core 2 duo, that also means less heat as compared to a higher clock rate speed CPU.

Why do u want such fast HD? Gaming?

I didnt know they made 160gb raptors, i tought they only went up to 74gb.
AND 15000 hds exhist? wow. what is the average seek time?

What I know is that Raptors get pretty hot at 10K RPM. So leave good gaps to give it a good cool. Try to organizeyour cables the best possible way. Maybe hide them on the back hatch holding your MOBO. Thats what i did.

Now I dont have all the answers to your Qs. But Im guessing that your fans should do well. Also make sure to clean or check periodically for dust.

Higher RPM means more heat.
But the lower clock speeds of c2D MEANS ;LESS HEAT ALSO.

Just make sure the HD gets good ventilation and isnt obstructed ( in my case My VID CARD is big so it blocks some air, so i had to turn my side fan window arround to turn the fan arround.)

If it gets good ventilation , i think youl get good cooling whith what u have.

Why do u want such high RPM? Gaming? Y dont u give a try to that RAID type that allows for alternating hd WRITING.
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i have a serious question to ask about a tagan 2 force 580w (tg580-u22)psu...i am building a computer from scratch and i had connected everythingup, i then turned on the power using all the supplied cables, the fan in thepsu moved only very small bit then halted and the psu popped and there was asmall blue flash and the circuit to the house tripped...i instantly thoughtthat i had connected sumthing up incorrectly so i checked everything in the system with the manuls again...and everything was connected correctly including the ground cable for the psu...and so i tried again with turningthe system on..the same thing happened moved a little distancethen stopped suddenly and the psu popped and a flash...i dont wana my question this a fault with the psu? or is this a faultwith something connected to the psu creating a wrong circuit? pleasehelp...thanks mike

Answer:HELP with building a pc

Hi unbent. If the PSU has an input voltage selector (240V / 120V or thereabouts) then it's most important that you get that right. Other than that about the only thing you can get wrong is a short circuit between the motherboard and chassis. Nothing should be able to cause the house circuit to trip. A decent quality PSU should have sufficient protection to prevent that happening. If by "the circuit to the house tripped" you are referring to the RCD leakage protector, then the cause has to be a short circuit (or partial short circuit) between line or neutral and earth. Try a different power cable to see if that is faulty, otherwise it looks like a problem inside the PSU.

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Hiya im making a new pc, and would like ask if these would all go together, without any compatibility problems, and the items are as shown below:

Thanks for your help:wave:

Answer:Building a new Pc

Looks Great

That setup looks really balanced and will give you great performance. Although I dont think the p975 chipset supports SLI. If in the future you want to nab another GTS for SLI you will have to replace your mobo. If this is a concideration, grab a board with a 650i or 680i nfore chipset.

Otherwise you are good to go with a really nice setup.

Also, again, if your not worried about SLI this board is worth a look also as it has intel's newest chipset and looks like an awesome board.

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does anyone ever use an anti-static wriststrap when building a pc?and is carpet a bad place to build a pc on?regards,jesta

Answer:when building a pc....

yes you should use one and stand on a rubber mat if possible

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Hello guys,
I want to build a new pc for gamesslurp, and i want to share with you and to hear youre opinions about it.
This is my sistem:
-Motherboard Asus P5N-E-SLI (after i see TechSpot review i love this "toy")
-Cpu Intel Core2 Due E6750
-Video card Leadtek WinFast PX8800GT TDH, 512MB DDR3, 256bit
-Memory Geil Ultra PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz CAS 4-4-4-12, 2GB Dual Channel kit
-Hard disk Western Digital 400GB SATA-II 7200RPM 16MB Caviar SE16
-PSU Thermaltake W0093RE TR2 500W
-DvD Writer Asus DRW-1608P3S-B-Retail Black
-Case Thermaltake VC2000BNS MAMBO Black
I want to play Crysis, Bioshock, NFS Carbon, offcourse at high details and good frame rate.
If anyone have a ideea to change something iam more then happy to hear it.

Thanks and forgive me if i open this post in wrong section and for my bad english :blush:

Answer:Building new pc

Seems decent enough to me. Nice that you have a big enough budget

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here is what i have planned.....

Motherboard - ASUS P5W DH
Graphics - XFX 8800GTS
Ram - 2GB OCZ PC6400
Monitor - LG M228WA
CD/DVD - NEC AD-7170A-0B
Hard Drive - 500gb

i dont know what psu i will need for this, what is the lowest watt that will work with this system?

also will there been adequate cooling?

any comments will be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Building a PC - Need Help!

Right off the bat I see a 8800GTS. Instead, why don't you buy the 8800GT? It's cheaper and more powerful than the GTS.

I really like this Antec PSU.

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