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Brin7

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Hi guys, This is going to be my first build . In the past I replaced hard drives,video/sound cards and worked a little with bios .If I take my time I think I can do it . What are some common first time builder mistakes? Any advise or tips would be greatly appreciated . Here is what I picked out . Please look it over and see if everything is compatible or if you don't like any of the products . This pc will be used for gaming and video editing . I will be getting Vista 32 bit . Thanks , Brin


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129021

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813127030

Antec NeoPower 650 Blue ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371010

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115028

EVGA 640-P2-N829-A3 GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130305

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231148

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136074

ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135156
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Hi guys, This is going to be my first build . In the past I replaced hard drives,video/sound cards and worked a little with bios .If I take my time I think I can do it . What are some common first time builder mistakes? Any advise or tips would be greatly appreciated . Here is what I picked out . Please look it over and see if everything is compatible or if you don't like any of the products . This pc will be used for gaming and video editing . I will be getting Vista 32 bit . Thanks , Brin


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129021

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813127030

Antec NeoPower 650 Blue ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371010

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115028

EVGA 640-P2-N829-A3 GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130305

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231148

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136074

ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135156



Hello, all of those parts are compatible and its a good solid build. I have some of the same parts on my machine.

The most common mistake for the first time builder is static. Static will mess up any device that has a circuit board on it. ESD is electro static discharge, keep yourself grounded to the bare metal of the case at all times since you are a new builder. If you follow that procedure you will not mess up your hardware as long as you follow common knowledge. Don't install the memory in backwards meaning don't try to force it in if its not going. Look on the motherboard and the memory stick you will see a line in it where the memory and motherboard memory slot will match up then press it in firmly. The memory is really easy and you probably already know how. Its really not a complicated process at all just follow the motherboards manual and hook up all the wires like it says. You really cannot mess up anything if you go slow.
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My only suggestion, would be to purchase a HD3870 or 8800GT, unless you play games with resolutions above 1680x1050.
Also the new 8800GTS will be released on December 11th, it should perform better then the GTX at the same 8800GTS price point.
It's your call if you want to wait.
James
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Also, another common mistake is with the standoffs. Make sure you have them installed in the case before the motherboard is installed. Here's a picture I found that explains it nicely:

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