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ttkiljan

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I am a high school student wanting to build a new computer from parts I plan on purchasing from newegg.com. I do know a lot about computers but I have never actually built one. I was wondering if there are any foreseeable problems with the hardware I've chosen and if someone could tell me how to assemble a computer (order of assembly, installation of win xp ect...). I appreciate any input. My dad thinks I should just buy a low end computer with a good motherboard and upgrade from there because building a computer yourself has too many potential problems. He has told me a story about how he spent 60 hours getting his computer he built to run perfectly and a story about how he was given incorrect installation instructions that ended up with him only utilizing part of his hard drive's max space. Please help me convince my dad that building a computer yourself is a much better choice then going to DELL or COMPAQ and getting the same or worse for a much greater price.

Here is the hardware I have chosen. All of these items come with great reviews. Also, Will the dvd drive work with a pent 4 only or is that just how fast it should be around?

Mother Board
DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU SOCKET TYPE: Socket 939
CPU TYPE: Athlon 64 FX/Athlon64/Sempron
FSB: 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)

Number of DDR Slots: 4x 184pin DDR
DDR Standard: DDR 400 (PC 3200)
Max Memory Supported: 4GB
Dual channel is supported

0 AGP SLOTS
2 PCI EXPRESS x16 SLOTS
1 PCI EXPRESS x1 SLOT
2 PCI SLOTS
Other Slots: 1x PCI Express x4

PATA: 2 x ATA 133 up to 4 devices
PATA RAID: Raid 0/1
SATA: 4 x SATA2
SATA RAID: RAID 0/1
Additional SATA: 4 x SATA 150
Additional SATA RAID: Raid 0/1/5
Additional RAID Controller: Sil 3114

Non-Integrated Video

Audio Chipset: Realtex ALC850
Audio Channels: 8 Channels

LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps
Second LAN Speed: same

Rear PORTS
2xPS/2
6xUSB2.0
1xIEEE1394
1xS/PDIF Out
1xS/PDIF In
Audio Ports 6 jacks


Onboard USB Connectors: 2 x USB2.0 (2x headers)

Onboard 1394 Connectors: 1 x 1394a

Form Factor: ATX
Dimensions 12.0" x 9.6"

Features: EZ-on / EZ-touch onboard switch button
nVIDIA nTune(embedded overclocking solution)
CMOS reload


Case
ASPIRE X-Navigator ATXA8NW-AL/500 Silver/Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

External 5.25 Drive Bays: 4
External 3.5 Drive Bays: 2
Internal 3.5 Drive Bays: 7
Expansion Slots: 7

Front Ports: USB, IEEE1394

Cooling
80mm Fans: 5
Side Air Duct: no

20.5" x 7.8" x 19" (H x W x L)


CD/DVD DRIVE
PLEXTOR Beige 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 4X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner - OEM

Data transfer rate:
Sustained Read/Write Speeds DVD:
16X (read/write) 22.16 MB/sec; 12X (read/write) 16.62 MB/sec
8X (read/write) 11.08 MB/sec; 6X (read/write) 8.31 MB/sec;
4X (read/write) 5.54 MB/sec; 2.4X (write only) 3.32 MB/sec
Sustained Read/Write Speeds CD:
48X (read/write) 7.2 MB/sec; 40X (read/write) 6.0 MB/sec
32X (read/write) 4.8 MB/sec; 24X (read/write) 3.6 MB/sec
16X (read/write) 2.4 MB/sec; 12X (read/write) 1.8 MB/sec
10X (read/write) 1.5 MB/sec; 4X (write only) 600 KB/sec
Burst Read/Write: 16.6 MB/sec (PIO Mode-4/DMA Mode-2);
33 MB/sec (Ultra DMA Mode-2)

CPU: Pentium? 4 1.4GHZ (minimum)
HDD 800 MB - 1 GB free space for copying CD to CD image
10 GB free space for DVD authoring
RAM 256 MB
Monitor Display Resoution 1024 X 768 at 16-bit color


Internal Storage Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

Capatity 250 GB
Cache 8MB
RPM 7200 RPM
Avg Seek time 8ms
Avg Latency 4.16ms
Interface SERIAL ATA150

Form Factor 3.5"

Memory
gigaram 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) DUAL CHANNEL System Memory

Capacity 2GB (2 x 1GB)
Speed DDR 400 (PC 3200)
Timing 2.5-4-4-7
Voltage 2.6V
ECC No
Unbuffered
Heat Spreader yes


Monitor
SONY SDM-S93/B Black 19" 25ms LCD Monitor

Processor
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

Operating Frequency 2.2 GHz
FSB 1GHz
blah blah
HT supported: yes
64 bit
1.35/1.4 volts
heatsink and fan


Sound Card
CREATIVE Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum 70SB035000003 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card


Video Card
a very impressive eVGA 256-P2-N528-AX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card

PCI Express x16
runs fast



I have a keyboard on there too but I've never heard of problems installing a keyboard or problems installing because of a keyboard... speakers too.

Obviously I wish to play some games.

I would like to know how long this computer would still be considered "up to date"




This all comes out to a whopping $2,320.78 inc shipping
 
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