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ph0cuz

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Hello gang, hoping for a little feedback on this system as far as functionality / compatibility goes. Realistically just looking to run WoW decently maybe starcraft 2, but for the most part i just want an all around solid base.

Motherboard

This is my only undecided point so far, psu + case.
PSU, Cheaper
+
Case, Cheaper setup

Or

PSU + Case Combo

Case Fan

CPU Fan

Reason for a smaller HD is because its cheap, and I don't need much storage.
HD

RAM

Sound Card

Video Card

As a first time builder I'm just looking for a little reassurance that I havn't missed anything, as far as parts, trying to build a complete PC. Also compatibility, I spent hours swapping parts and checking compatibilities, but I want to know I didn't make some sort of beginner mistake and end up with a nonfunctional and useless part. I'm not looking for a computer that can video edit, run the newest games on the highest settings, I just want a comfortable music and gaming machine.

Thank you
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Facedown98

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Greetings ph0cuz, and welcome to Geeks to Go!

You've covered your bases pretty well - this should be a decent home PC.

A few things you should consider:

(1) You have selected an OEM hard drive. OEM drives do not include SATA cables, screws, etc. You need to purchase a SATA cable for this drive so that it can communicate with the motherboard. However, some motherboards come with a few SATA cables automatically - I know mine did. I didn't see it listed on Tiger Direct, so it's hard to say, but I'm not sure that board comes with cables already. If you have a store near you, it may be worth your while to have a look at the box first - retailers don't always post full details on the web.

(2) Your motherboard comes packaged with an AMD processor. As you know, the processor will not come packaged with a CPU fan. After reviewing the product pages for both the Motherboard/CPU combo and the CPU fan, there was no mention of thermal paste. You need to apply about a pea size amount of thermal paste between the top of the CPU and the heatsink. They might give you a small amount of paste in the box, but like I said, I don't see that mentioned on the website.

(3) What about CD/DVD drives? I could have missed it, but I did not see any of those. (Remember, if you get an OEM drive, you need to purchase a SATA cable, unless your motherboard comes with a few)

(4) Which operating system will you use? Do you have a legit copy and license for this new pc?

Let us know what you find out. Good luck! :)

Edited by Facedown98, 25 July 2010 - 10:15 AM.

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