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    Default Help a noob out

    I've never built my own computer before but I am planning on starting in April

    I plan to use my computer for a lot of gaming.

    Here's what I have so far:

    CPU
    Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
    Mobo
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

    GPU
    Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N975-AR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
    Ram
    Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    CD/DVD
    Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
    Hard Drive
    Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000333AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
    Case
    Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
    Power Supply
    Newegg.com - Antec Neo Power 430 430W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

    Am I missing anything?

    Is my motherboard an OKAY one? I saw some guy post a suggestion for a budget PC rig and he listed that motherboard.

    I don't know what type of CPU cooling to get.
    I plan on overclocking the 8400 and I know that the retail fan won't do.

    I'm trying to build a budget PC that has good performance. I don't know if this graphics card can perform well for visually demanding games. I'm not trying to run Crysis but I still want to be able to max out CoD4 or Far Cry 2. I want a good graphics card, but it also has to be inexpensive.



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    Default Re: Help a noob out

    Personally I'd spend the extra $5 for the 550W version, though I'd prefer 650W, plus I'd also invest in a P45 mainboard for overclocking as the P43's are poor in that area.

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    Default Re: Help a noob out

    Quote Originally Posted by wayout44 View Post
    Personally I'd spend the extra $5 for the 550W version, though I'd prefer 650W, plus I'd also invest in a P45 mainboard for overclocking as the P43's are poor in that area. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="0" height="0">
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    I'd get the 650W if it were me, just in case.

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    Default Re: Help a noob out

    Quote Originally Posted by aPostlePeter View Post
    I've never built my own computer before but I am planning on starting in April

    I plan to use my computer for a lot of gaming.

    Here's what I have so far:

    CPU
    Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
    Mobo
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

    GPU
    Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N975-AR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
    Ram
    Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    CD/DVD
    Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
    Hard Drive
    Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000333AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
    Case
    Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
    Power Supply
    Newegg.com - Antec Neo Power 430 430W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

    Am I missing anything?

    Is my motherboard an OKAY one? I saw some guy post a suggestion for a budget PC rig and he listed that motherboard.

    I don't know what type of CPU cooling to get.
    I plan on overclocking the 8400 and I know that the retail fan won't do.

    I'm trying to build a budget PC that has good performance. I don't know if this graphics card can perform well for visually demanding games. I'm not trying to run Crysis but I still want to be able to max out CoD4 or Far Cry 2. I want a good graphics card, but it also has to be inexpensive.


    I don't have time to add that all up, so how much does it come to?

    Also, that power supply looks a little weak... 430W? You'll want at least 500. 600 is good, and the OCZ StealthXStream is quite cheap... $69 is about £45, and the 600W StealthXStream is less than £55, < $80

    I've seen a 500W StealthXStream for $70... two dollars more than the 430W one but with quite a bit more juice. Also, I saw the 600W version for $72... four dollars is a small extra for 130W more!
    Current system:
    - Intel Q8200 Processor (2.33GHz) (7x multi, roughly 340MHz FSB)
    - Intel DG45ID Motherboard (stupid locked BIOS >:( )
    - 6 GB DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
    - PNY GeForce 9500GT (750MHz Core clock, 1900MHz Shader clock, 500MHz Memory clock)
    -585GB SATA HDD (7200RPM)

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    Default Re: Help a noob out

    Consider this case instead of the Antec 900, the CoolerMaster Scout Storm. It has pretty much the same cooling as the 900, with a single 140mm fan up front, a rear 120mm fan, and a top exhaust fan. The interior is painted black, and hdd bays are sideways for easier access. It has great cable management, and cutout access spot in the motherboard tray... incase you need to apply a bracket for a heatsink. The case is quiet, and has mesh grill. Also the top rails are handles, and makes handling very convenient. The case is extremely sturdy.

    Its also about $10-15 cheaper than antec 900.
    CM Storm



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