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Recommendations and Computer Analysis Help. Please and Thank you!

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Hi! I'm trying to build an affordable, but powerful, updated computer for the first time. I just needed help (since I barely have any idea on how to build a computer and I'm using internet aid ^-^;; So I would like to list here the computer components I would like to have and their specs, so if you have any recommendations (or if the components won't even go together) please, PLEASE tell me before I waste money on buying it O.o; Please and Thank you! (NOTE: I listed the "How to build a computer" Website, the name of the component, the website where I will buy it that also has their specs, and finally the price.)

Computer Components


• Motherboard = Nvidia MCP73 Chipset (GeForce 7100 / nForce 630i) HDMI/DVI/VGA ports e-SATA (http://www.3qstore.com/ga73pvms2h.html) Price: $82.99
• Processor = Intel® Core ™ 2 Duo Processor (http://www.pcmall.co......d Processors)
Price: $227.99
• RAM (Memory) = 4GB (Kit of 2 x 2GB) DDR2-800 Overclocking Memory (http://www.memory.co...em=TX800QLU-4GK)
Price: $187.30
• Hard Drive = Seagate ST3500641AS 500GB SATA/300 7200RPM 16MB HDD (http://www.geeks.com....41AS-R&cat=HDD)
Price: $87.99
• DVD/CD Drive/ Burner = Lite-On LH-20A1S SuperAllwrite SATA DVD Burner - 20x DVD±R Burn, 16x DVD±R Read, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 48x32x CD-R/RW (http://www.tigerdire....3&Sku=L12-1132)
Price: $34.99
• Computer Case = Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T Case - Black - 250mm Fan! (http://www.xoxide.co....-3t-black.html)
Price: $104.99
• Power Supply = Corsair VX550W 550W ATX Power Supply - SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready (http://www.tigerdire....149&CatId=2036)
Price: $89.99
• Monitor = I-Inc AG-191DPB 19" LCD Monitor - 8ms, 700:1, SXGA 1280x1024, DVI, VGA, Black, 300 cd/m˛, Built-In Speakers (http://www.tigerdire....2&Sku=H94-1911)
Price: $159.99
• Operating System = Windows XP Home Edition (http://www.bestbuy.c....egories&ks=960)
Price: $199.99

TOTAL (Without Tax and Shipping): $1136.22
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A couple of things i noticed. It looks like Newegg is cheaper on processors so i woul;d look there for a CPU. Also if you are not going to run with a64 bit system, you do NOT need 4 gigs of ram. Windows will not even see 4 gigs. It might see about 3.2 gigs of ram. I have no problems running 2 gigs of memory on all my computers.

Now what i usually do is look on tiger direct for a barebones kit that is close to what i want and buy it. I then will replace the parts i don't like with the ones i do like. I usually end up with good computer for around $500-700 for the tower.

Something like this might suit you.


Then you change the parts to what you like for a little bit more money. I usually sell off the unused parts on craigs list, or locally.

Another thing you can do is buy a OEM Windows XP cd from newegg for $99 when you buy the CPU from them. I have had no problems at all installing from a OEM XP CD.


Edited by SRX660, 18 April 2008 - 07:51 PM.

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Also, for my computer's motherboard, it says I need "2 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 4 GB of system memory. Support for DDR2 800/667/533 MHz memory modules" so that means I actually need to buy two memory cards? Also, what is the difference between buffered, registered, and non-ecc? Thanks!
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