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Building my first computer


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lmckay92

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I'm going to be buying these parts in a few weeks and I just want to make sure that they're all compatible, etc. Also, if you have any recommendations to replace them with, let me know.

I've read all of your guides, watched a circa 2003 video TechTV had of two guys building a computer, and just ordered the Dummie's Guide to Building a Computer from Amazon. I'm super excited for this.

Case:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811208005

Mobo:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128358

RAM:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146731

Processor:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115057

Harddrive:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822145233

Videocard (Concerned about this one. Is it enough?):

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150394

DVD Drive:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150394

Does it all work? Do you guys think this system will be able to run games like Crysis, etc? Does the videocard need to be a bit stronger? I plan on running a 32-bit Vista on the system. All together this runs me around $700.

Edited by lmckay92, 19 August 2009 - 10:21 PM.

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None of your links work. :)
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Huh? My fault, my fault. I copied and pasted this from another forum I just posted the topic on. Editing.

I've read up on the video card and I realize that it's an excellent card for what I want to do. The case comes with a 450w power supply, and now I'm a little concerned that that might not be enough.

Edited by lmckay92, 19 August 2009 - 10:22 PM.

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A case is largely a personal preference, but XION PSUs are pretty horrible. In fact, this XION PSU apparently has no PCI-Express power connectors. Your video card requires two! You can still get the case, but you'd need to replace the included PSU. I'd recommend you get this PSU.

Other than that, it looks good. I would like to ask, though, why you are going with 32-bit Vista? It won't be able to utilize all 4GB of RAM.

Also, the link to the optical drive leads to the video card again. But I'm sure you picked a fine optical drive. :)
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I figured the case psu would probably be a cheapie. Thanks for the heads up, I wasn't overly fond of it in the first place. I just liked that it came with a PSU. And I was gonna stay with 32 bit because I've heard a lot about compatibility issues etc. You don't think so?

Gonna go with this case http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066 and your PSU. Thanks :)

Edited by lmckay92, 19 August 2009 - 10:43 PM.

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I've used 64-bit Vista for two years, and I've never had any compatibility issues. Also, I use my computer as a gaming computer, so if there were any issues with 64-bit Vista and games, you can bet I wouldn't use it.

EDIT: Love the new case choice. :)
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Alright then. I'll definitely go with 64 bit. Is there anything special I have to do during installation besides using a 64 bit version of Vista?
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You don't have to do anything different than if it was 32-bit Vista. When installing any operating system from a CD/DVD, you have to set your computer to boot from the CD/DVD drive in the BIOS. So I guess you could say that's special.
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I knew that stage :). I was just curious if you had to set anything in the BIOS to make it run in 64-bit. Kind of a stupid question.
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Contrary to the cliche phrase, "there are no such things as stupid questions," I do believe stupid questions exist. Your question, however, was not one. :)

Let us know if you have any more questions, and let us know how the computer turns out!
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