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sotsilent

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I have been planning to build my first PC, hopefully soon. I have been busy picking parts and such for the last 2 days. I have a few questions, and would appreciate it greatly if you would try to answer them, and give me opinions on the hardware i have selected.

Here is the current hardware i have picked:
Case = COOLER MASTER Centurion 541 RC-541-SKN1 Black Aluminumm bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119088
Power Supply = FSP Group (Fortron Source) FSP300-60GLS 300Watts P4 Micro ATX 12V with 20+4 pin B.B. Fan power supply with power cord 100 - 240V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104904
RAM = pqi TURBO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820141227
Video Card = connect3D 3038 Radeon X800GTO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814142052
Motherboard = ASUS A8N-VM CSM Socket 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813131570
Processor = AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103531
Hard Drive 1 = SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152025
Hard Drive 2 = SAMSUNG SpinPoint P80SD HD040GJ 40GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152023
Combo Drive = ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE Combo Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827135132
Burner Drive = ASUS Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM: 16X max. (CAV) DVD-RAM: 5X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827135061

Would the power supply and motherboard work together, since the motherboard is 24 pin and the power supply is 20+4 pin?

The main purpose for this computer is gaming, and game programming. I intend to play Guild Wars and Rakion on it. I am beginning programming with DirectX, and would like to have enough performance to handle the compilations and running graphic-intensive DirectX applications. My current PC is an EMachines t2742 with a 2.7 GHz Intel Celeron processor, 256 MB DDR SDRAM PC2100 with an integrated Intel Extreme 3D video card and on-board audio.
 

sotsilent

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Thanks for the suggestion! After reading about dual channels, i will consider them. Originally, i was going to go for a single 1GB ram stick. Perhaps i'll even go with 2x 1GB. Haha, the activity lights do sound interesting, though :p.
 
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I would certainly changed the psu, that's no way powerful enough to run what you are installing, also get one with a 24 pin plug.
You might also consider some decent fans if you are gaming.
Here's a link to help you work out what size psu you need
http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/
 
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PSU needs to go to at least 450w and heat could be a real prob. a lot of hot equipment in a small space. nice start though
 
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I wouldnt use that board.Asus does manufacture some very good boards but would go with the Asus A8n5X it is just a little more and I think you would have less problems with it putting It together.I just built a system with that board yesterday and its rock solid.Best deal on It Is at Zipzoomfly.You dont need the integrated graphics anyway.Make sure you order a 24 pin power supply such as an antec 480.Dont buy the antec true blue 480 because it Is only 20 pin.Never skimp on the power supply as It Is the most important part of your build.Make sure you order a PCI express video card and a new copy of windows xp.Best price on xp home is At Directron.Might look at their antec cases also. I have been using a 250 gig western digital sata drive with the 16 meg buffer.Its smoking fast and you can get It with free 2nd day shipping at zipzoomfly also for $109.00.
 
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sotsilent said:
I have been planning to build my first PC, hopefully soon. I have been busy picking parts and such for the last 2 days. I have a few questions, and would appreciate it greatly if you would try to answer them, and give me opinions on the hardware i have selected.

Here is the current hardware i have picked:
Case = COOLER MASTER Centurion 541 RC-541-SKN1 Black Aluminumm bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119088
Power Supply = FSP Group (Fortron Source) FSP300-60GLS 300Watts P4 Micro ATX 12V with 20+4 pin B.B. Fan power supply with power cord 100 - 240V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104904
RAM = pqi TURBO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820141227
Video Card = connect3D 3038 Radeon X800GTO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814142052
Motherboard = ASUS A8N-VM CSM Socket 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813131570
Processor = AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103531
Hard Drive 1 = SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152025
Hard Drive 2 = SAMSUNG SpinPoint P80SD HD040GJ 40GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152023
Combo Drive = ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE Combo Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827135132
Burner Drive = ASUS Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM: 16X max. (CAV) DVD-RAM: 5X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827135061

Would the power supply and motherboard work together, since the motherboard is 24 pin and the power supply is 20+4 pin?

The main purpose for this computer is gaming, and game programming. I intend to play Guild Wars and Rakion on it. I am beginning programming with DirectX, and would like to have enough performance to handle the compilations and running graphic-intensive DirectX applications. My current PC is an EMachines t2742 with a 2.7 GHz Intel Celeron processor, 256 MB DDR SDRAM PC2100 with an integrated Intel Extreme 3D video card and on-board audio.
as has been said, woefully inadequate psu and should be a 24pin type 450watt min. For a case I'd look at Antec or Thermaltake. I would also dump the ob gfx model for one without, and I'm not fond of micro-atx moboz either for that matter, I like plenty of space
 

sotsilent

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Thank you all for the advice. Yea, i was also questioning the PSU. I'll check on the links offered, thanks again.
 
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