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Thread: Custom Building A Pc

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    This will be my first time making my own pc from total scratch. I am going to list everything i will be purchasing below and I would really appreciate it if you guys would tell me if I am missing anything important, or if I don't need something. Also if there is some compatibility issue. any other advice/comment is welcome and personal opinions on things are even more welcome. just by the by I will be trying to purchase all of this from googleware.com and i want to keep it under 1300$ if possible. Thats including a monitor and printer.


    Case- $87 - Antec Lanboy http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=140024
    MB- $160 - Intel D875PBZLK i875P P4 Socket 478 (800FSB) Dual Ch DDR400, 6CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, Serial ATA/RAID - ATX http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=240886
    Cpu- $268 - IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 Processor 2.8GHz, 800MHz FSB, Socket 478 http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...tCode=80656-800
    Hd- $79 - IBM (Hitachi) Deskstar 180GXP 80GB ATA100 7200RPM Hard Drive http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=100418
    cdrw- $49 - Samsung SW-252B 52x24x52 EIDE CD-RW Drive (8MB Buffer) w/Nero Software http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=332614
    Ram- $112 - Corsair CMX512-3200C2PT 512MB DDR400 PC3200 XMS Memory w/Silver Heat Spreader http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...uctCode=80097-1
    vid- $164 - Albatron FX5600P GeForce FX 5600 AGP 8X 128MB DDR Video Card w/TV-Out & DVI http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=323312
    sound- Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy PCI Sound Card w/FireWire Port - http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=290207
    floppy- $15 - Mitsumi 1.44MB 3.5in Floppy Disk Drive http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=110403
    key- $83 Logitech Cordless MX Duo Elite Keyboard w/MX700 Optical Mouse Combo http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=211086
    Fans-

    - $29 - Vantec Nexus Fan Controller (Silver) http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ctCode=142408-2
    2- $15 - Vantec SF8025L Stealth Double Ball Bearing Case Fan http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=370809
    2- $14 - Vantec HDC-502A Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=370811
    - $30 - Thermaltake A1545 P4 Spark 7 Highest Performance Cooler for P4 Skt478 FMB2 3.06GHz and higher http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=370417


    I know I need Gpu Fans and cables still (preferable round.) but i am having a hard time finding those.


    any feedback is appreciaed again. Thanks.

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    Looks like a very sweet setup. I would recommend u buy some arctic silver 3 thermal compound to get a good thermal connection between cpu and heatsink. I would assume that the graphics card would come with a fan attached so u wouldn't need another, (or is it because the standard one is too noisy, i've heard some of the latest geforces are really loud?) Also u probably won't need a hard drive cooler unless u want to look flash there are hard drive silencers with built in cooling which might be worth a quick look tho. If your a hardcore downloader u might want to get a larger or another hard drive cos 80 gigs can go so fast. (I've got that exact hard drive and mines permanently full )
    Also don't forget a mouse, monitor, speakers. DVD rom drives are also fairly cheap and this would allow u to play and rip dvd movies.
    I don't know much about RAM latency so can't help on that one.
    Lookin good

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    Spend a little more on the hard drive, go for sata for better performance.
    How come that motherboard doesn't support ata133 ?
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  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    Nice, but what is bottom line price after you pay for shipping for all that stuff?

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    everything I listed costs $1105. However after add another 300-400 to that for printer/monitor/shipping. so all in all 14-1500 dollars total. is that good, bad? i might downgrade a few things just to make it cheaper.

    I already have a 40gig hard drive I will be putting in it also. so that makes 120 gigs.

    I have thought about adding a dvd-rom and I also need to get new speakers. However I don't need those things right away. I have speakers that I can use for a while untill I work up enough cash to get some good ones. and Dvd-roms arent that expensive. I have a normal dvd player to watch movies so its not necisary yet.

    I also may dunp the soundblaster because the motherboard has built in 6.1 audio. that will lower costs some.

    I don't know why the motherboard doesn't support firewire, however I can always add it on with a psi card later.

    i won't be ordering for another month or so. so all these things can be changed and upgraded/downgraded.

    Thnaks for the help so far.

  6. Software & Hardware   -   #6
    from all my friend's experience dont buy any IBM hard drives if thier 40 GBs...fail horribly. get maxtor or WD

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    ATA133 isn't firewire (which is 1394) ATA133 is your ide bus speed, so with that motherboard u won't be getting the most out of your hard drive(s) and cdrw.

  8. Software & Hardware   -   #8
    er.. Oh... Yeah. I did no know that,

    Maybe I should reconsider on the hard drive then.

  9. Software & Hardware   -   #9
    reconsider on the motherboard instead maybe?

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    Originally posted by Xelotath@14 July 2003 - 21:03
    everything I listed costs $1105. However after add another 300-400 to that for printer/monitor/shipping. so all in all 14-1500 dollars total. is that good, bad? i might downgrade a few things just to make it cheaper.

    I already have a 40gig hard drive I will be putting in it also. so that makes 120 gigs.

    I have thought about adding a dvd-rom and I also need to get new speakers. However I don't need those things right away. I have speakers that I can use for a while untill I work up enough cash to get some good ones. and Dvd-roms arent that expensive. I have a normal dvd player to watch movies so its not necisary yet.

    I also may dunp the soundblaster because the motherboard has built in 6.1 audio. that will lower costs some.

    I don't know why the motherboard doesn't support firewire, however I can always add it on with a psi card later.

    i won't be ordering for another month or so. so all these things can be changed and upgraded/downgraded.

    Thnaks for the help so far.
    I could set up a set system with similar storage capacities that would perform within 3 benchmark points of that system for less than 700 dollars easy. Unless you plan on using this pc for a LONG time, I don't think some of the components you're going with are worth it.

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