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Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by ChelseaBoggs, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. ChelseaBoggs

    ChelseaBoggs Thread Starter

    Feb 6, 2005
    I'm going to tackle building my first computer (and I realise there are other threads but I didn't know if I should post there or start a new one....I'm okay with the post being moved if the admins prefer it with the other threads though).....

    Back on the subject - I'm struggling with choosing my components. I want to build a pseudo-gaming computer because I don't play any of the games with hardcore graphics (like World of Warcraft) or anything but I do frequently play the Sims 2 which often runs slow on the computer I use now. Here are the parts I was considering...

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6420

    ASUS AI Lifestyle P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket 775 Intel ATX Motherboard

    Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641A 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

    BFG GeForce 7950 GT Overclocked (PCI-E, 512MB)
    Manufacturer: BFG Technologies Part number: BFGR7950512GTOCE

    Samsung 740BX (17” Monitor)

    Sony 18x DL DVD+/-RW Drive, Internal, ATA

    Antec Performance One P180B Black

    I plan to run Windows Vista Ultimate on this machine. My questions are

    a.) Am I overbuying for my needs
    b.) Are there any other parts (and brands) that you could suggest that are better
    c.) I'm not really sure what I should choose for the case....that one was just in a book I read so I could really use case (and psu) suggestions

    Oh and these are all priced from Newegg.com
  2. susandan


    Jul 5, 2007

    Just built my third PC, may I sugest that if you don't get many reaplies here this is an excellent site to post your questions...


    I'm not an expert enough to advise you on parts!

    my spec is -

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail
    GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC)
    Asus P5B Deluxe (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
    Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU
    HIS ATI Radeon X1950 Pro ICEQ 3 V2 TURBO SILENT Heatpipe 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)
    Western Digital Raptor 150GB WD1500ADFD 10,000RPM SATA 16MB Cache
    Pioneer DVR-212D 18x18 DVD±RW Serial ATA Dual Layer ReWriter
    Akasa AK-ZEN-01-BK Zen Black Case
    Labtec Ultra Flat Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
    Windows XP Home Edition

    best of luck with the build...susan
  3. skoville


    Mar 24, 2007
    Hello ChelseaBoggs,
    Toying with the idea of building my own. Just wondered why you would choose an IDE hard drive over a SATA ?
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