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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

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    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
    ($186.00)

    ASUS AI Lifestyle P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket 775 Intel ATX Motherboard
    ($192.99)

    Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail
    ($79.99)

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641A 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
    ($99.99)

    BFG GeForce 7950 GT Overclocked (PCI-E, 512MB)
    Manufacturer: BFG Technologies Part number: BFGR7950512GTOCE
    ($219.99)

    Samsung 740BX (17” Monitor)
    ($215)

    Sony 18x DL DVD+/-RW Drive, Internal, ATA
    ($69.99)

    Antec Performance One P180B Black
    ($129.99)

    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

    susandan

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    Hi,

    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...


    http://www.buildyourown.org.uk/forums/

    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

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    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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