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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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Computer Gurus, setup help needed.....

well, my old comp decided it just flat out doesn't want to work anymore (not to mention it's been obsolete for about 7 years) so i decided i'm going to build my own instead of buying a pre-built system. i've already decided these are the parts i'm going to get, i just need someone who knows a little more than i do to look the specs over and make sure all of these parts will work together properly. this comp isn't going to be used for any video/audio editing or heavy gaming, just internet some light gaming and cd/dvd burning.

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I just built a system from, good choice of vendor.

A few suggestions:

Get a SATA drive instead of ATA100, you can get up to 3GB/sec with SATA. Newegg has a Western Digital 320GB SATA for $99.

You might consider dual core processor, like the Pentium D 805 or D 930. They're fairly cheap and the 930 has 2MB of L2 cache. If you do that, you might want to upgrade to a better CPU cooler. Zalman makes good stuff.

ASUS motherboards are excellent, good choice.

You may consider upgrading the power supply in your case to something better quality. 400W is probably adequate, but the power supplies that come with cases is usually junk. For about $40-$50 you can get a Thermaltake 430W power supply and it's much cleaner power.

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Or call Dell and get one with a 5 year warrenty!

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 11:22 PM
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like Gas man says, buy a low end name brand. you can't beat their prices and it comes with a warranty. you can even get good deals from a ma and pa store brand computer system.

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You can get the auction close out Dells for cheap. When I bought my desktop dell I looked at building my own but when the dell came with the 5yr warrenty I would be stupid not to buy it. Even the custom built will have problems but this way I won't have to pay for the repairs!

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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bah, screw Dell. had a bad experience with them in the past. and i don't speak hindi or whatever it is well enough to talk to their customer service. i seriously could not understand what the hell that guy was saying.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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okay, will an ATAPI/E-IDE CD/DVD burner work with this HDD?

and will my motherboard work with it?
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 11:00 AM
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1) Case looks crazy!!! (thats good) anyways if it were me I'd go with a simpler design for a case from a better brand company.
2) any reason you are getting a micro atx vs atx mobo?
3) I've had bad experiences with no-name company's memory sticks. I'd spend the extra 20 bux and get something like corsair or kingston.
4) your dvd burner should work fine w/ that mobo, it plugs into the PATA ports.
5)the dvd burner and hdd dont really hafta "work together", no problem there as long as you have enough ports (which u do). your hdd will work, it needs an SATA port which you've got 4 of. but its rated at 1.5 GB/s so you wont be getting the best you can out of it.

oh yeah, let me know how that lightscribe stuff works out, i thought it was pretty cool.
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Go AMD 64 and get you a dual nvidia SLI setup. Big 600W power supply as well because those cards eat power. I got mine hooked up to a dual 19" LCD displays. I spend a lot more money on my computers than I do on my bike.

Dell is overrated, never buy premade computers. It's way too easy to just build it yourself and get better deals for a high end computer instead of spending less to get a POS setup.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 12:08 PM
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As a rule, I like Asus boards, but have had issues with the Micro ATX "X" series. The onboard video of that board has a history of problems (I've blown up three of them on units I've built for POS systems which don't use much video capability. I've had much better luck with the ATX formfactor board from Asus... they make two levels of quality; their standard series and the X series; meant to run head-to-head with the cheapie makers stuff; this board is the X series (look on the model designator...the "MX" designator denotes the cheapie model). Pick a better Asus board. The board you picked has only three PCI slots, built in video and audio, and lan and you are going to use upgraded audio and vidio, so you are paying for capabilities better spent on more robust componentry. Buy a full size, standard Asus might spend 100-125, but you'll get better capacitors and controller chips, faster real bus speeds, lower heat and longer life, with more PCI Slots.

And pick a name brand power supply, 450 watts or better: As a rule, a higher rated power suppy will be less stressed for average daily use than a marginal supply, meaning it will last longer, and give cleaner power. Thermaltake are good, VPower are ok, I use CoolMaster 550 watt sata ready power supplies exclusively, and I've not had a failure. 90 percent of the service calls I make that are hardware related are power supply or power supply related (like dirty fans and overheating, or failed cooling fan bearings).

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