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#61 RAMSTORIA

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:27 PM

usb and ethernet are going to be included on the motherboard, you likely wont need to buy a seperate card unless you have a ton of things youre plugging in or want wifi. firewire is in a lot of mobos nowadays as well, but usb is still far more common and popular, you wont be buying a board that has 2 usb plugs and 4 firewire ones.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:22 PM

Ok have a (pretty much) finalized list thanks to hydro here:
http://secure.newegg...Number=10347605
Just one more question, how do I make the computer read wi-fi signals? I use macs that always have built in receivers so I'm still wondering about this. Thanks and make sure you let me know if any of the parts are incompatible. Like I said, I'm clueless when it comes to pc's but want one very badly.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 12:04 AM

Just want to thank everyone who is contributing to this thread. I built my current pc 3 years ago, but have completely fallen out of the loop (3-4 sockets since I built!?) and if I can scrounge money together, will be doing another build this summer, but likely in a year. Hopefully this thread will stay strong till then!

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 08:52 AM

Ok have a (pretty much) finalized list thanks to hydro here:
https://secure.neweg...spx?ID=10347605
Just one more question, how do I make the computer read wi-fi signals? I use macs that always have built in receivers so I'm still wondering about this. Thanks and make sure you let me know if any of the parts are incompatible. Like I said, I'm clueless when it comes to pc's but want one very badly.


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Your build looks pretty good for a $600 system (not counting the LCD). Everything looks fine so far. As for the wireless adapter, you can just get something like this Gigabyte PCI wireless adapter for $17.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:59 PM

I got all of my stuff except my PSU and Video Card. I can't wait to try this thing out!

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 02:09 AM

I got all of my stuff except my PSU and Video Card. I can't wait to try this thing out!


Let us know how it goes. BTW what parts did you get for your build?

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 04:23 AM

Let us know how it goes. BTW what parts did you get for your build?




I have them listed on page 3 of this thread, post #53 (the message is kinda long so I didn't want to post it again). I am basically looking to use this as an all-in-one type box hooked up to my TV. I am going to have it emulate systems up to the PS2 (will be nice not to have systems sitting around everywhere). I will also be playing PC games on it and watching movies (bought a HD DVD/Blu Ray combo drive). Lastly I am going to throw a TV tuner in it to have a DVR type setup. The only thing I really need now is an OS. I plan on putting the W7 RC 1 as my main OS for now (since its free) and I will also put Ubuntu on there. I'll let you guys know how well it performs...

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 05:44 PM

Here's my next build, for a gaming system... (but I also run a virtual machine or two with VMware Server). I'm hoping to keep cost under $1000 and have some extra 750GB and optical drives to use for this. Newegg has some combo deals going with these items now that bring it to about $800 and I'll just need to add a case/PSU...

http://secure.newegg...Number=14056648

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 07:03 PM

Anyone have any opinions on this PSU?

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W

Currently my system is a gigabyte microATX mobo w/ onboard intel video, Pentium dual core 2.8, 1 HD, 1 optical drive w/ stock cooling.

I was hoping eventually to add a low to mid level video card for some gaming. Will this PSU be okay to power a video card as well? I went this Corsair over some other brands, even though it has a lower wattage rating and is more expensive, due to the brands reputation of quality.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:13 AM

Anyone have any opinions on this PSU?

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W

Currently my system is a gigabyte microATX mobo w/ onboard intel video, Pentium dual core 2.8, 1 HD, 1 optical drive w/ stock cooling.

I was hoping eventually to add a low to mid level video card for some gaming. Will this PSU be okay to power a video card as well? I went this Corsair over some other brands, even though it has a lower wattage rating and is more expensive, due to the brands reputation of quality.



The power supply will be fine if you get a HD 4850 video card or 9800GT card. Anything faster will probably requirement at least a 450W or 500W power supply.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:22 AM

Here's my next build, for a gaming system... (but I also run a virtual machine or two with VMware Server). I'm hoping to keep cost under $1000 and have some extra 750GB and optical drives to use for this. Newegg has some combo deals going with these items now that bring it to about $800 and I'll just need to add a case/PSU...

http://secure.newegg...Number=14056648



That's a pretty decent set up and the price is awesome.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:11 PM

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Planning on getting this with an nvidia geforce 9800 gt and a 450W power supply for $850. Good deal?

I'm not actually planning on gaming on this thing, I need it for audio production... making audio for video games. So I need to be able to run the games, that's why I'm getting the 9800gt.

Anyone know where I can find some good speakers as well?

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:42 PM

theres a build on the OP for an $800 pc which is a better build (and cheaper), but theres no vista

http://secure.newegg...Number=13864168

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:44 PM

Eh...even with buying the OS and Works (by the way, look into Openoffice), that setup can be done for at least $100-150 less on your own, maybe even more.

But, I guess if you need it ready to go, then you could do worse.

Oh, and for speakers: Unless you want to shell out for some quality home theater equipment, I'd recommend the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 set, if you can find 'em. They're about the best multimedia speakers ever made. Just, please, don't buy any shitty Logitech speakers...
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 06:04 PM

Ok, so I was wondering if I could get input on a computer build.

I am going to be building a computer to go to College this fall with. I am looking for something that ends up being about $600 AR, give or take some. But here the key part, I want a computer that will run a variety of OSes because of my major.

So does anybody have suggestions on good parts? I am hoping to run this list of OSes:

Windows XP
Windows 7
Ubuntu (Or other Linux distros)
Mac OSX
Solaris

I would like it so that I could play games on it, and also having having a huge HDD is gonna be key. Also, I want hardware that will run smoothly with all of those OSes.

So, suggestions anyone?

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Also, I already have a 500W Antec PSU, Monitor and Sound Card. So those costs won't need to be added in.


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 06:06 PM

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Planning on getting this with an nvidia geforce 9800 gt and a 450W power supply for $850. Good deal?

I'm not actually planning on gaming on this thing, I need it for audio production... making audio for video games. So I need to be able to run the games, that's why I'm getting the 9800gt.

Anyone know where I can find some good speakers as well?

Then you're gonna want a decent sound card. Highly recommend M-Audio. Don't know how serious you are, but the Delta 66 is fantastic.

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#77 RAMSTORIA

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 06:11 PM

Ok, so I was wondering if I could get input on a computer build.

I am going to be building a computer to go to College this fall with. I am looking for something that ends up being about $600 AR, give or take some. But here the key part, I want a computer that will run a variety of OSes because of my major.

So does anybody have suggestions on good parts? I am hoping to run this list of OSes:

Windows XP
Windows 7
Ubuntu (Or other Linux distros)
Mac OSX
Solaris

I would like it so that I could play games on it, and also having having a huge HDD is gonna be key. Also, I want hardware that will run smoothly with all of those OSes.

So, suggestions anyone?


to build a hackintosh check for compatible parts here.

http://wiki.osx86pro...x.php/Main_Page

even if you get all compatible parts its still a bit of work to get OSX running. the others shouldnt be much of a problem

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:40 PM

theres a build on the OP for an $800 pc which is a better build (and cheaper), but theres no vista

http://secure.newegg...Number=13864168


Eh...even with buying the OS and Works (by the way, look into Openoffice), that setup can be done for at least $100-150 less on your own, maybe even more.

But, I guess if you need it ready to go, then you could do worse.

Oh, and for speakers: Unless you want to shell out for some quality home theater equipment, I'd recommend the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 set, if you can find 'em. They're about the best multimedia speakers ever made. Just, please, don't buy any shitty Logitech speakers...


Note that I don't have a clue as to how to build a computer. It has to be premade; I can replace or add parts, but anything more is beyond my ability.

Then you're gonna want a decent sound card. Highly recommend M-Audio. Don't know how serious you are, but the Delta 66 is fantastic.


Well whatever audio interface I get (probably either a Firebox or an Eiderol UA26), I'll use that as the sound card. There's no point in getting another one, the integrated's just the one that came free.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:53 PM

Note that I don't have a clue as to how to build a computer. It has to be premade; I can replace or add parts, but anything more is beyond my ability.


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:55 PM

Note that I don't have a clue as to how to build a computer. It has to be premade; I can replace or add parts, but anything more is beyond my ability.



Well whatever audio interface I get (probably either a Firebox or an Eiderol UA26), I'll use that as the sound card. There's no point in getting another one, the integrated's just the one that came free.


if you can add parts you can build a computer. its really not that hard. screw in the mobo, matching up the wires from the case and PSU is a lot simpler nowadays, they are spelled out very clearly now, pop in the processor and ram. and plug in the cards. im over simplifying, but not by much. but seriously, if you can swap out video cards and ram youre more than half way there.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:06 AM

So all the cheaper optical drives are out of stock from the list on the front page and I was hoping someone could update it with other suggestions around that price range. Thank you.


And wondering which of these is better.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102810
or
http://accessories.u...c0s558#Overview

The dell one after rebate and coupons is only 129.99. Thanks for putting up with my questions.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:48 AM

So all the cheaper optical drives are out of stock from the list on the front page and I was hoping someone could update it with other suggestions around that price range. Thank you.


And wondering which of these is better.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102810
or
http://accessories.u...c0s558#Overview

The dell one after rebate and coupons is only 129.99. Thanks for putting up with my questions.


This Samsung DVD Burner seems to be back in stock, for $24.99. As for the video card, I think the 4870 512MB is slightly faster than the GTX 260. It's not by much, and its $10 mroe than the GTX 260. I don't think you'll go wrong with either card, both are exceptional upgrades. If I have to pick one though, I'll pick the 4870.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:30 PM

ok i went a bit over the top with this build.

http://secure.newegg...Number=10382745

heres the break down, Phenom II X4 940, SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 x2, 8gb ram, 500gb hdd x2, blu ray & 24" lcd monitor.

theres $140 in discounts on the parts right now, so the price w/o discounts is as follows.

$1710 w/monitor
$1440 w/o monitor

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 11:43 AM

Note that I don't have a clue as to how to build a computer. It has to be premade; I can replace or add parts, but anything more is beyond my ability.

No, it's really not beyond your ability. I built my first and only rig 5 years ago (mostly based on an online friend's recommendations), with no experience and pretty much just my mobo and case manuals to go by. And as a testament to how easy it was to get it right, it's still running well even now, even without regular maintenance (dusted out only once or twice in a house with 3 cats, never defragged the hard drive nor reinstalled the OS). I expected something to have crapped out in it by now, which is why I got the extended warranty on most of the parts which I now regret. Granted, I poured over it for the majority of a day making sure everything I did was right, and then got freaked out when it wouldn't start up, only to realize I'd left the PSU's switch off.

If you get a retail case and motherboard, they should tell you everything you don't know already (namely how to put the board in and where each wire goes), and that FAQ on the first page is also pretty descriptive and I plan to have that pulled up on my bro's laptop while I assemble my new machine.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 07:56 PM

I guess the difference between replacing parts and building a whole computer from scratch is that when you replace, you have an idea how it looked like before. Say if you replace a video card, you just disconnect any cable attached to it, unscrew the card, push on the lever and pull the card out. Then you basically do the reverse to place a new card back into the same position, with same cable going in, and the same screw going back into the bracket. While building a computer from ground up means there is no reference and basically requires you to already have a good mental image of what the computer looks like, down to every single screw and cable. It CAN be difficult for people who have no idea what inside a computer looks like without referring to many pictures or another computer.

I would say for anyone who doesn't have an idea how to build, to read many of the available tutorials (with pictures or videos, that is a must) that are online, get a feel of it first. Then make the decision on whether to have the computer built by someone or yourself if you feel like you can handle it. And like Shinpachi said, you will most likely want to have a laptop or another computer handy to go online when you're stuck during the building process.

Oh, there is no one manual that comes with the computer parts that will tell you how to put the computer together. You'll have, instead, 6 or 7 different manuals on how to put each part into the computer.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 06:27 PM

Hey I'm looking to build something similar to the $600 Droenixjpn's Phenom 9600 + 4870 Build.

My hesitation was that the mobo says " Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+/AM3 CPU for one DIMM per channel only."

So, I would be okay running 4gb of ram in 1066, right? 2gb in each channel? but if I wanted to go up I would have to go with 800?

Is 800 a big set back for newer games?

EDIT: I think if i spend a few extra bucks and go with this mobo then my problem is solved, no? This will also allow to me to easily upgrade to a phenom II when I have the money and feel the need?

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:04 PM

How's this (audio production rig that needs to be able to play all games): https://secure.neweg...aspx?ID=7060389

$785 after rebate without tax.

I have XP, but this doesn't have Vista, which I need (allows higher specs than XP, but Vista is compatable with drivers and stuff that the 7 beta isn't). Is Newegg the cheapest Vista, as well?

Edit: Apparently other people can't see this, even though it's shared. Here are all the parts:


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:33 AM

Hey I'm looking to build something similar to the $600 Droenixjpn's Phenom 9600 + 4870 Build.

My hesitation was that the mobo says " Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+/AM3 CPU for one DIMM per channel only."

So, I would be okay running 4gb of ram in 1066, right? 2gb in each channel? but if I wanted to go up I would have to go with 800?

Is 800 a big set back for newer games?

EDIT: I think if i spend a few extra bucks and go with this mobo then my problem is solved, no? This will also allow to me to easily upgrade to a phenom II when I have the money and feel the need?


Yes that motherboard would be a better choice for future upgrade purpose. You're right about the other motherboard that was in the sample build. You cannot run 4 pieces of DDR2 in 1066MHz, it will likely downgrade to 800MHz when you have 4 pieces running. In the real world testing and usage, you cannot tell the difference between memories running at 800MHz vs 1066MHz. You'll only see the difference in benchmark numbers. So having 800MHz is definitely not a set back for games. 800MHz is the standard for gaming now for DDR2.


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How's this (audio production rig that needs to be able to play all games): http://secure.newegg...tNumber=7060389

$785 after rebate without tax.

I have XP, but this doesn't have Vista, which I need (allows higher specs than XP, but Vista is compatable with drivers and stuff that the 7 beta isn't). Is Newegg the cheapest Vista, as well?
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:39 AM

Hey guys, my system is doing well and fine. However, according to SpeedFan, it's running really hot.

My CPU and cored are under great temps (~35C), but my system apparently is at ~120C (O_O). How can I cool this system off? Should I buy a new case fan? Or maybe buy a couple small fans to put around my case?