First Build ($400-$500 budget)
Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:38 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 02:42 AM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:28 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:00 PM
Memory took forever to get in cause I was scared to put pressure on it .
Once I put the fan on there, it's no going back right? Will the thermal paste stick to the CPU forever?
Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:14 PM
Ummm, yeah - that's called the socket!
The white thing has holes for the pins in it...
It is not "paste" in the same sense some paste is used to "glue" and stick things together. In other words, it is not an adhesive. It is simply TIM - thermal interface material that sits between the CPU die and the heatsink mating surfaces. And as long as the cured bond is not broken or disturbed, then yes, it pretty much lasts forever. But if you ever remove the heatsink, or the computer gets dropped or shipped and the cured bond is broken, then you need to thoroughly clean off the old TIM and apply a fresh new layer.
Will the thermal paste stick to the CPU forever?
Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:19 PM
Nvm I got it :DD
Edited by C0pyRyte, 05 January 2012 - 01:22 PM.
Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:32 PM
EDIT: Everything is installed that I bought, I am waiting til I get the Power Supply and Hard Drive to connect all those cords haha...
Now this thing is going to be staring at me all day asking why I don't turn it on
Edited by C0pyRyte, 05 January 2012 - 01:53 PM.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:11 AM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:45 AM
Use the eXtreme PSU Calculator Lite to determine your minimum and recommended power supply unit (PSU) requirements. Plan ahead and plug in all the hardware you think you might have in 2 or 3 years (extra drives, bigger or 2nd video card, more RAM, etc.). Be sure to read and heed the notes at the bottom of the calculator page. I recommend setting Capacitor Aging to 10% and both TDP and system load to 100%. These steps ensure the supply has adequate head room for stress free (and perhaps quieter) operation, as well as future hardware demands. Research your video card and pay particular attention to the power supply requirements for your card listed on your video card maker's website. If not listed, check a comparable card (same graphics engine and RAM) from a different maker. The key specifications, in order of importance are:
- Current (amperage or amps) on the +12V rail,
- Total wattage.
PSUs are inherently inefficient. Most PSUs have an efficiency rating of around 70%. This means for every 100 watts of power a PSU draws from the wall, only 70 watts is delivered to the motherboard, with the rest wasted in the form of heat. The best supplies are 85 to 90% efficient, and as expected, cost more. A quality supply with an efficiency rating equal to or greater than 80% requires a better design using higher quality (tighter tolerances) components. To ensure a quality, efficient PSU, select one that is 80 PLUS certified and is EnergyStar Compliant. 80 PLUS certified PSUs are required to have fairly linear efficiencies. This is important to ensure the PSU is running at or near peak efficiency regardless the load or power demands. Non-linear PSUs typically are most efficient when the load is in a narrow range between 70 and 90% of the PSU’s capacity and the efficiency may drop dramatically above and below those amounts.
Too big of a PSU hurts nothing but your budget. Your computer will draw from the PSU only what it needs, not what the PSU is capable of delivering. If a computer needs 300 watts it will draw 300 watts regardless if the PSU is a 400W, 650W, or 1000W PSU. In turn, the PSU, regardless its size, will draw from the wall only what it needs to support the computer. In this example, it will draw 300 watts, plus another 45 – 90 watts, depending on the PSU’s inefficiency.
As noted, the eXtreme Calculator determines minimum and recommended requirements. If the calculator (with the changes I suggested) recommends a 400 watt minimum, a quality 400W supply will serve you just fine. However, a quality 550W – 600W supply will have, among other things, larger heat sinks to dissipate potentially more heat. It might have a larger fan too. The 400W supply will run most of the time closer to capacity, while the larger supply will be loafing along, rarely breaking a sweat. To help the smaller heat sinks get rid of the wasted 80 watts (20% of 400) of heat, the fan in the 400W supply may need to run full speed, while the fan in the larger supply, with bigger sinks just loafs along too – but in near silence. Also, it is typical for manufacturers to use higher quality parts, design, and manufacturing techniques in their higher power supplies.
Note: Capacitor Aging. All electronics “age” over time. Electrons flowing through components bang around and create friction and heat causing wear and tear, altering the electrical characteristics of the device. Over time, this weakens the device resulting in eventual failure. Power supplies have always suffered profoundly from aging effects resulting in a loss of capacity. In a large part, this is due to capacitor aging though in recent years, capacitor technologies have improved in that area. The best PSUs use the best (and most expensive) capacitors which suffer less from aging effects than older capacitor types. If planning on buying a new, high-end PSU, setting capacitor aging to 10% may result in a more realistic recommendation. However, headroom “buffer” will be significantly reduced. You can expect your PSU to last 5 years or longer. Since it is better to buy too big rather than too small, and since it is hard to predict what your power requirements will be in 3 years, using 30% for Capacitor Aging ensures you have enough headroom for virtually any upgrade.
Don't forget to budget for a good UPS with AVR (automatic voltage regulation). Surge and spike protectors are inadequate and little more than fancy, expensive extension cords.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:56 PM
You got it
Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:34 PM
You got it
LOL I forgot all about that
Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:32 PM
Edit: I see some stuff on the guide on this site.. I'm ordering that PSU as we speak.
Edited by C0pyRyte, 06 January 2012 - 09:36 PM.
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