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Help in Choosing Case and Power Supply?


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danjjj

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lZx

This is my template computer so far. First, I want to make sure all these parts are compatible with each other. Second, I want to know what I should look for in a power supply and computer case (or what some good, decently-priced power supplies and cases are that would work with these parts).

Thanks!
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Hi danjjj
Couple of pointers for you, check the MBs QVL (qualified vendors list) to ensure you purchase a CPU and Ram that have been tested with the MB, your CPU has but the Ram has not, this does not mean it will not work just that it has not been tested and passed by ASUS who BTW cannot test every new product, MBs QVL available @ http://www.asus.com/...4A87TDUSB3/#MSL

Case http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066 look for a spacious case that has a good cooling system and removable - washable dust filters.
PSU http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139020 always choose the PSU after all other components are decided on as this will make sure you have enough clean and stable power a minimum of 80+% of the time, PSUs to trust and avoid http://www.10stripe....d/psu/brand.php and use a PSU calculator such as http://www2.corsair.com/psufinder/ (example only)

What other components are you bringing to the build?
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Alright, thanks! Once I find the time, I'll check out the links you attached. I knew you needed to check if the CPU was tested with the mobo, but I wasn't aware that you needed to do that with the memory too.

I already have an old monitor, keyboard, CD reader/writer, and mouse, so other than the case and PSU, I probably won't be buying much more than you see on the template (at first) except for a separate CPU fan. In the future I'm hoping to upgrade to 16GB RAM, maybe buy a higher-end video card, a new monitor, and a new mouse.

Edited by danjjj, 31 December 2011 - 01:18 PM.

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A couple of cautionary notes, unless your OS disk is the full retail edition you cannot use it with a new MB as an OEM disk is tied to the original MB it was paired with, to use an OEM disk with a new MB is software piracy and therefore illegal.
Exceptions to the above are 1: If your MB is replaced under warranty and 2: If your MB is replaced out of warranty with an alternative type but same brand due to the original model no longer being available, an upgraded MB however will require the purchase of a new OS licence.

If you use anything other than the heatsink and fan supplied with the CPU you will void your warranty, see below;

This Limited Warranty shall be null and void if the AMD microprocessor which is the subject of this Limited Warranty is used with any heatsink/fan other than the one provided herewith.

Full article @ http://support.amd.c...earLimited.aspx
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Alright, thanks for the tips!
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You are welcome, keep us posted and let us know if we can assist you in any way.
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Can I butt in here and ask a question? I'm curious about the OEM thing.

Phil, are you saying that for us who are building a system, buying OEM software is always illegal/piracy? If I go to a computer parts store like Fry's and buy a motherboard, will there be an OEM Win7 that will be available? Does it depend on the motherboard?
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Phil, are you saying that for us who are building a system, buying OEM software is always illegal/piracy?

No, when purchased on an individual basis it is on the understanding and the legally binding licence agreement that the OS will be tied to the first MB that it is registered with, this is why you will sometimes hear them referred to as a system builder disk, read the Newegg Disclaimer @ http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116986 and a full explanation regarding OEM software @
http://graphicssoft....ftware.-UFl.htm

If I go to a computer parts store like Fry's and buy a motherboard, will there be an OEM Win7 that will be available?

Yes, see Newegg link.

Does it depend on the motherboard?

Initially no but once registered yes, OEM disks do not have all of the features that the full retail disks have and that is why large retailers such as Dell and HP for example use recovery partitions and provide their own drivers, when you build your own system your equivalent is the drivers disk that will be provided with the MB which is the missing piece in your set-up, the OS licence agreement between you and MS remains the same.
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Thanks for that info, Phillpower2.

The is the official end of this thread's hijacking. We will now return you to your normally scheduled advice on choosing cases and power supplies. :)
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:thumbsup:
I don`t think danjjj will mind as your question was relevant to the topic.
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I do not mind at all, sir!
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