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Matt90

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So this is my first build and I have done some research on building computers. I am not sure if all the components i picked out are compatible. This is what I have so far:

Motherboard and CPU $112.98
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.190816

HDD: $69.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136320

RAM: $47.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231122

Power Supply and Case : $84.98
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.190683

DVD Drive: $24.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136152

Total Cost including Shipping: $351.48

This is not for gaming and it is a budget system for my parents who just browse the web. Not sure if i need a graphics card or sound card since they are already on the mobo. I don't need HD sound just regular sound and graphics. If you guys could give some advice on how to make this build any better or cheaper without low performance it would be appreciated.

I already have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. I think I will buy windows xp or vista(if xp available then that).

Also on the mobo what does this mean for sound and how will i fix it during the build:
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (Note)
Note: To configure 7.1-channel audio, you need connect with the port of HD Audio standard via front panel and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver. Budget around 400$
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Hi Matt90,

Below would be a much better power supply, the one you have picked I know nothing about and it is more common for the tech savvy to go with names like Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, or Cooler Master regarding power supplies. You don't want to go off brand or cheap on the PSU.

Corsair 400watt This will actually be more stable and provide better power than the 500watt you picked out. Be sure to use the promo code.

$15 off w/ promo code EMCLSMX24, ends 5/25


Try out this case Cooler Master Elite RC 332 Made by a much more reputable manufacturer, a little nicer looking too. While staying around the $85 dollar range between the case and psu you had originally picked.

Other than that, everything looks excellent. I really like the HD you picked, the optical drive is very good, and since this is a budget system, the mobo and cpu will be sufficient for your parents. RAM will be good too.

Not sure if i need a graphics card or sound card since they are already on the mobo.

If no Gaming or Video Editing, you don't need a dedicated Graphics Card. Same goes for the sound, unless they are planning having this hooked up to some extreme sound system for home theatre and they care about minute details in sound quality, you don't need a sound card either.

Also on the mobo what does this mean for sound and how will i fix it during the build:
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (Note)
Note: To configure 7.1-channel audio, you need connect with the port of HD Audio standard via front panel and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver.

I don't know how to do it, but like I said above, unless you are going to be using some extreme sound system with 7.1 surround sound(8 speakers) you don't even need to do this.

Hope that helps!
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