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Hardware List For Building New Computer!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mr.Magee, Feb 10, 2007.

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  1. Mr.Magee

    Mr.Magee Thread Starter

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    I'm going through the first steps on my way to building a new computer. I have never done this before, but I'm looking forward to it. I have just started to put together a parts list, I don't really have too tight of a budget. I would just like to build something reliable, upgradeable, and also good for gaming. So I'm going to post what I have so far, and hopefully get some info good or bad:

    All of this is debatable, its just what I have picked out so far, nothing is certain yet.

    CPU:
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003

    MOBO: (I have a few choices here)
    MSI P965 Platinum http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130055
    BIOSTAR TForce965PT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813138037
    Intel BOXDP965LTCK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121035
    ASUS P5B-E http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131070

    MEMORY:
    Kingston HyperX 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820134009
    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145153

    PSU: SeaSonic S12-600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817151025

    I have had a hard time picking a case, but these are some that I have looked into so far:

    Antec Solution SLK3000-B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129152
    Antec Solo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129018
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119077
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119094

    Those are just a few, I'm up for whatever. I must say that I really like the Centurion 5, but people were saying that you can't take off the front panel without removing the drives? Thought that sounded like a pain.

    Things I haven't picked out so far:
    VIDEO CARD
    SOUND CARD
    HD's
    ROM DRIVES

    So if anyone wants to point me in the right direction in regards to this other undecided hardware, that would be great. Also is there anything missing from my list that I can't run without? Any and all info/input would be great Thanks! :D
     
  2. TheSeventhArtist

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    For gaming, it would be great to get the nVidia 8800GTX but it cost a lot. In my opinion, the 7900 GT or the 7950 GX2 seems good enough.

    Make sure that the hard drive you are getting can be supported by your motherboard (SATA etc.)

    If your planning to install Windows Vista, get a 2 GB memory.

    Get a DVD Burner with lightscribe. The HD DVD and Blu-ray players are not yet reasonable to buy.

    I hope that helps...
     
  3. win2kpro

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    I've made a few builds with the C2D processors and the E-6600 is an excellent processor.

    I haven't used the DP965LT board, but have used the DG965RY and DG965WH boards and both have been trouble free.

    You can compare the boards here;

    http://indigo.intel.com/compare_cpu/default.aspx?familyid=12&culture=en-US

    The memory I have used in all the builds is here;

    http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=4EF401D1A5CA7304

    and the memory has worked flawlessly.

    I normally use PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous or the Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails. Although I haven't used a Seasonic unit I understand they are excellent power supply's.

    I've used the Antec SLK-3000B in quite a few builds and it is an excellent case. I add a Vantec 120mm stealth fan or a Nexus 120mm fan for the front intake and the cooling is excellent. The CPU with the stock Intel cooler normally runs about 38-42c according to the temperature of the inlet air.

    The video card is strictly a matter of your choice but I have been using eVGA cards for the last couple of years and they have worked extremely well.

    I haven't been using any sound cards, only using the onboard sound on the 965WH and 965RY boards. The sound card is again your choice.

    I've also been using this HDD; Seagate Barracuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s and have had no problems with them.

    As to optical drives, here again it is a matter of choice. I have used NEC, LITE-ON and SAMSUNG and had no problems with any of them.

    For floppy drives I have been using NEC, SAMSUNG or MITSUMI and all have worked well.

    Good luck with your build. :)
     
  4. Mr.Magee

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    Yeah, I would love to get that video card, but your right it is very expensive. Yeah, I was planning on going with Vista. So your saying 2GB as a minimum for Vista? Also do you know which version would be best. Is the Home Basic version enough? Yeah, the Blu-Ray drives are a little outrageous. Thanks.
     
  5. Mr.Magee

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    So is it really necessary to have a sound card? Also, what do you think is the absolute best mobo for the core 2?
     
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    not an expert... but everything i've read so far says not to get the basic version, get the home premium. seems the basic has nothing worth upgrading for... according to the experts... good luck with your project... sounds like fun!
     
  7. win2kpro

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    If the board you select has onboard sound, try it with the onboard and if it is not satisfactory you can always add a card.

    I've only used the Intel 965 series boards, haven't had any compelling reason to use a 975 series, but from what I have heard from other builders the 975 series are very good boards.

    If you are planning on overclocking I suggest you look at ASUS or ABIT boards.
     
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    I would suggest a asus p5w dh deluxe board. It's a i975x chipset board. It has built in wifi for wireless internet and a remote control as well as being an excellent, high-end board which is great for overclocking. For a vid card you should look at the x195o pro cards which is a cheaper version of the x1950 xtx which is ati's highest end card right now. The pro version has most features that the more expensive card has and is really a good deal, also you could later buy another of these cards and run crossfire later with this setup.
     
  9. Mr.Magee

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    Thanks for the info, I didn't know that. That price tag hurts though! (n)
     
  10. Mr.Magee

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    I know I didn't post it, but I kinda wanted to go with an Intel nVidia setup. Thanks for the input on the mobo though, I'll have to look into it. :D
     
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    Really the only reason you need the 975x is that is supports SLI. If you don't do SLI, you won't really need it. It's an excellent chipset, but so is the 965.

    If you do the 965, go all SATA, including your optical drives. Native IDE support is no longer included with those. There IS a third party controller onboard, but SATA is really the way to go.

    Seasonics are great power supplies.

    Of the boards you picked, the Intel is the best choice, but it's clock locked. If you intend to overclock (although I don't know why anyone would overclock an E6600), the ASUS would be the choice. Biostar and MSI are mid-quality boards. You would be OK with either of them. Just be sure you're getting an Intel chipset and you'll be in good shape.

    Of your opticals, Lite On is my personal favorite, but I see nothing wrong with the others. If you don't have Nero already, get a retail version and you'll get Nero with it.

    As W2K said, try out the onboard sound before you buy a soundcard. Onboard sound these days is pretty good.

    Good choices!
     
  12. Mr.Magee

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    Thanks for the input. I'm think I'm going to go with a top of the line Intel mobo. I don't really know how to overclock, and I just want something that is going to be reliable and stable. So the 965 boards don't support SLI? Although I probably won't get an SLI card right off, I would want to be able to upgrade later, without having to get a whole new mobo.
     
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    If you want stability, Intel is an excellent choice.

    No, the 965 boards don't support SLI. For an Intel board, you have to go to the 975x, like this one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121016

    This is actually Crossfire, which is the other tradename for dual GPU support. You have to get video cards that support Crossfire.

    Truthfully I wouldn't recommend a dual card setup. If you're really in the market for screaming graphics, I'd be looking at a single 8800GTX. That's a really powerful card. Plus it's already DX10 compatible, and once that business all gets settled, you'll be ready for the new games that will be DX10. This will be a pretty big jump in graphics technology.
     
  14. Jones

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    Couple of things:

    If this computer is going to be used for gaming, avoid Vista for now. There have already been numerous reports of major gaming issues with Vista. I won't get into them, but do a search around the web, and you'll see what I mean.

    Second: As much as I love nVidia products, I'd avoid the 8800 series for now, since DX10 is still a fair amount of time away from becoming mainstream, and prices will drop considerably once ATI introduces their DX10 cards. Like a previous poster suggested, a single 7950 or dual 7900's will give you massive amounts of gaming power.

    Just my two cents...
     
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    Those are good points. Here's a great card per these suggestions: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150189

    I personally wouldn't touch Vista until a service pack comes out.
     
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