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Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:52 am UTC
by BlackMage32x
I'm building a new computer soon, and I wanted a few other opinions about the final result. I'm pretty good with computers, but I'm still a novice when it comes to building one from scratch. I'd like it if a few of you could help me out by looking at the pieces I've chosen on NewEgg and see if everything is compatible and tell me if I've missed anything I might have overlooked. I'm building a gaming computer and I'm on a bit of a budget. About $1600-$1650-ish is my budget, and I don't wish to go over it. At this current time, it comes to about $1650 itself. I was wanting to get a computer to, not PLAY Crysis, but at least be able to run it in general. Thanks. If it isn't too much trouble, I'd like a speedy reply. I'm most likely ordering this tomorrow.

CD/DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827151171

CASE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811119137

HDD (2x 500GBs)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136073

MONITOR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824009157

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817171024

KB/MOUSE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6823109132

RAM (8GB total)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820220314

OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6832116488

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819103471

MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131331

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814121301

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:13 am UTC
by Carnildo

The "front-panel" ports on this case are on the top, so in addition to the normal dust, they'll also collect any dirt and debris that falls on them. I don't know if that matters to you or not.


This is a twisted nematic (TN) monitor. That makes it cheap and fast, but at the cost of color accuracy and viewing angle (that claim of 160 degrees vertical viewing angle is wildly optimistic).


This is overkill unless you're planning on adding a second video card in the future (and then it's insufficient: it's only got two 6-pin plugs, and you'll need at least three for SLI)


I'd be concerned about this: it doesn't mention Phenom II support. It might simply need a BIOS update, or it might be totally incompatible. It may also be incompatible with your keyboard and mouse: the specs say it's got two PS/2 ports, but the pictures only show one and they don't show a splitter.

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:11 am UTC
by BlackMage32x
Alright. I don't really care too much for the dust part. As for the monitor.. I guess it'll do fine for now. The motherboard itself I switched.

New MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131368

I don't plan on upgrading anything for along while after this new PC, so... The power supply is fine. I just hope the power supply will fit inside the case.

I wanted a USB mouse/keyboard. Glad you pointed this out.

New KB/M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6823109067

Switching to it now.

EDIT: Decided to save 10-20 dollars and got a cheaper priced two 500GB HDDs.

Look good?

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:37 am UTC
by Carnildo
Looks good to me.

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:13 pm UTC
by psykx
the 640GB western Digital drives have higher density platters which means they run faster. I've got two 640GB WD Black drives in a raid0 and I love them.

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:31 pm UTC
by GuitarFreak
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Total of $1661. This will run anything you throw at it for quite a while.

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:51 am UTC
by Mzyxptlk
Drop half the RAM and switch to a dual core (E8500), plus replace that GTX285 (overpriced) for a HD4870 or a HD4850 X2 1GB. A 750W powersupply is overkill, 600W is plenty, though you probably won't save much money by making that switch and the power usage will be the same whichever you pick, so it's up to you. Also keep in mind that the screen GuitarFreak picked is glossy, which might not be the best choice in some environments. These replacements should save you up to $200.

That mouse is priceless though, I wouldn't swap that out for anything in the world.

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:37 am UTC
by Emu*
Don't bother with Vista. Save your money, go for XP, and wait for 7.

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:47 am UTC
by Axman
XP costs more than Vista and doesn't come with an upgrade option as cheap, nor does it support DX10, unlike Crysis.

I'm still of mixed opinions on the GTX 285. Yes, it's freakishly powerful, but you can get two GTX 260s for an amount of money saved by not getting eight (what the hell?) giggles of RAM. They're in the same power envelope, they're in the same price range, they're nowhere near each other in terms of performance, and a dual-GPU solution will make a HUGE difference with resolutions that high.

GTX 285 is only good for people who want more than one.

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:25 pm UTC
by Emu*
Shucks, and I though everyone still had their XP retail CDs lying around...

"The motherboard broke, so I got a replacement, with parts which would fit it"

"yeah, likely story, here's your activation code"

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:33 pm UTC
by Game_boy
Good, but replace that GTX285 with an HD4850 X2 which will be faster and about $100 cheaper.

Everything else is great.