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First custom system:Could use some knowhow


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Hello,I am trying to build a gaming PC with some money I had earned though a bonus at work. I promised my self to stay within my 500$ dollar budget. (Including OS but not keyboard,monitor,speakers, or a mouse)

I intend for it to be a gaming PC that can run Source games,Oblivion/Skyrim,GTA4, and Borderlands 2/Diablo 3 (when they come out) to a playable degree (On a 1280*1024 monitor)

I built this on a budget as you can see but tried to value products with great reviews/awards over those that have been released more recently.

I really just want to be notified of any parts that aren't compatible or aren't known to work well together and possibly some suitable replacements if not.

This is my list as of now
Case:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811147153
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX 
Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139026
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813138283
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI 
Processor:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103911
AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core
Video Card:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102934
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 
Ram:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233192
CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
CD Drive:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106276
LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA
OS:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116986
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Hard Drive:
I shouldn't have to worry about this as I will probably re use the Barracuda from my old tower or drop some money on a new one

Thank you for taking interest on this topic and thank you in advance for any help on this project.

Ps. I was wondering if this mother board alone can find and use a Wi-Fi signal as well

~Nomworthy

Edited by nomworthy, 14 May 2012 - 08:36 PM.

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:welcome: nomworthy

Couple of pointers for you;
The video card** you have selected requires a PSU with a Minimum output of 400W so the CX430 does not give you much headroom, a 500W PSU should be the bare minimum you should use and Corsair would be my suggestion, however Antec are also a good brand and was the nearest to your budget that I could find, it is also 550W and has an 80% output efficiency rating http://www.amazon.co.../?tag=pcpapi-20 less expensive than the CX500 at present and modular if that appeals to you.

** You will struggle to play games on above medium settings with the above card.
You mention using your present Barracuda HDD to save funds, do you also have a DVD drive that you could utilise as this will free up extra funds which can be put towards a better add on video card.
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Thanks for the reply. As for the Power supply I think that I am going to get the one you recommended (Thanks for the tip)and concerning the fate of the CD drive I cant say as I have one spare but I do have a friend with more dead computers at his house then living creatures so I think I may ask him for a spare. That just leaves the graphics card and the whole wi-fI thing. The wi-fi thing is just me not knowing whether my Motherboard (http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813138283) can pick up and use a wi-fi signal by itself. The other thing is that W/o the CD Drive I have 85$ max for a Graphics card(Including Shipping)and I have no idea as to how much bang I can get for my buck. If you could show me the way to some good cards in that price range (with a DVI port) I would really appreciate it. If not i'm sure I could find something that is at least operational.

Thanks Again

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Double post -_-

Edited by nomworthy, 16 May 2012 - 01:50 PM.

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Yes borrow a DVD drive until you can afford to add one further down the road, it has to be a DVD drive to be able to install Windows 7.

Sorry no your proposed MB is not Wi-Fi ready, look for Wireless LAN WiFi IEEE 802.11 n in any intended MB purchase.

PSU and video card Combo deal http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.924247 + a DVD burner http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106333 $136.97 before $10 mail in rebate + free shipping on both - please confirm the above before ordering as these deals do change.
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Wow that Combo deal is smexy. I actually meant to say that the monitor I am planning to use only has a VGA input. Ill just buy an adapter though.
So anyways, if I was to order this set tonight and combine it with the DVD drive and HDD I shouldn't really have any issues right? (aside from possible defects)

Edited by nomworthy, 16 May 2012 - 03:48 PM.

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You should be ok with a DVI to VGA adapter but can you post the brand and model of your monitor so it can be checked.
I will double check your list and post back.

After going over your list again I notice that your proposed Ram has not been tested and approved by Biostar (see my canned speech below) your CPU has and is good to go.

For the best and most stable performance you should where possible purchase a CPU and Ram that have been tested and approved by the motherboard manufacturer, this is referred to as the QVL ( qualified vendors list ) understand though that there are too many products released for them all to be tested so other hardware will be compatible but not proven to be.
Your MBs QVL http://www.biostar.c...?S_ID=492&tab=3

It is a couple of $s more but it is better Ram and has been tested and approved with your MB http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231311
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Thanks for the info once again, and yeah 2 dollars more for RAM that's sure to be compatible with the MB is no problem
The Monitor is a HP Vs19e
http://www.geeks.com...?invtid=VS19E-R
An adapter like this should be okay right?
http://www.google.co...ed=0CM8BEPICMAI

Edited by nomworthy, 16 May 2012 - 04:13 PM.

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Good decision with the Ram.
Please check that you are looking at the correct type of adapter for your screen as there are two types, the one at your link and the one @ http://www.amazon.co...&hvptwo=&hvqmt=
Just to confirm will be using your present screen lead and plugging it into an adapter that is plugged into your video card.
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Yeah I am sure that the Female VGA/Male DVI I found should work. So this setup should be okay then?
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From my last reply;

Just to confirm will you be using your present screen lead and plugging it into an adapter that is plugged into your video card.

Confirm please yes or no.

Just to clarify, the adapter will be connected to your video card at the back of your PC and not at the back of the monitor.
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Urmm... my bad Yes I will be doing so
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Thanks for confirming - as long as you are now happy with the parts you can order them :thumbsup:
Let us know when the parts arrive and let us know if you have any questions along the way.

Signing off now as it is nearly midnight in the UK and I have work at 6am :whistling:
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Well, thank you so much for clarifying all of that and dealing with my inexperience with this. I will be sure to let you guys know how it goes and I will defiantly come back to this site for any other problems I may have and possibly help others wherever I can. Thanks again!
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Thanks for the follow up and yes do let us know how the build goes or if we can assist in any way.
Here are a couple of tutorials to study while you wait for your parts http://www.geekstogo...r-own-computer/ courtesy of Troy/Artellos and Digerati respectively http://www.geekstogo...rface-material/
Good luck and shout if you need us.
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