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06-21-12, 08:38 AM #1
- Join Date
- Jun 2008
New computer build ..Opinions please
Hi folks im back here after about a million years absence. Im building a computer for my guest room / spare and wanted to lay out the items I have for the build so the experts here could maybe see if it looks generally compatible. I want to put it together tonite.
Motherboard: Asrock 970 extreme3
Processor: FX4170 Black edition
Ram: 1 stick (4gigs) Mushkin silver 1333 ddr3
Video card: EVGA 7950 GT KO ( I know its old but it should play Left4dead pretty well.)
Power: 680 watts with 8 pin (2x4) and 24 pin (I forget the brand it was cheap)
OS: Win XP 32 bit
Drive: I still have to get one on Friday (payday) my old drive is a IDE 160 gig and It has failed to boot so much that I think it is fried...
Its been about 4 years since I assembled my last computer.
I dont plan to overclock although this setup seems to promote that from what I have read so far.
Thanks in advance for any opinions or advice. : )
Last edited by kkey1066; 06-21-12 at 08:48 AM. Reason: add video card info
06-21-12, 08:47 AM #2
Avoid cheap PSUs...
A good 550w (Corsair, OCZ...) is much better than a cheap 750w. The whole system depends on the power supply.
What GPU do you plan on getting?
Better going with 2 matched RAM modules, as they work in dual channel.
What do you plan doing with this computer?Main : P8Z68-v pro/Gen3 - 3770k@4800MHz/1.38v - NH-D14 - 2x8GB GSkill Trident X@2133/8-10-10-24/1.68v (Thanks Woomack!) - 256GB 840 Evo + 1TB Seagate Barracuda - BeQuiet 1000W - Sapphire R9 290(x) unlocked + HIS R9 290x (1100/1350)
PC#2 : Intel DP67BG - i5 3470 - 2x4GB GSkill - M4 250GB - HiperM 1000W - 2x Sapphire Dual-X 280x
PC#3 : SaberTooth 990FX R2.0 - FX6300@4.5GHz - Hyper212EVO - 2x4GB Corsair vengeance - Corsair Force90 - Corsair CX600M - Sapphire Dual-x 280x
HTPC : ASUS A55BM-Plus - AMD A4-4000 - iGPU
06-21-12, 09:00 AM #3
If you don't plan to overclock; go Intel. An i5 3450 or something.. What's your max budget and where are you buying from? Is there a particular reason you're using Windows XP? It's nice but... Old now. I can't recommend it anymore lol. Windows 7 is far better at memory management and everything else.\m/ OverClockers mATX L33T Club \m/
Motherboard - Asus Z87i Pro
CPU - Pentium G3258 Unlocked, 4.2ghz @ 1.2v + Noctua U9B-SE2
RAM - 16GB G Skill Ares 1866CL10
GPU - EVGA GTX 750 Ti
Storage - Samsung 840 Pro 256GB + 960Gb Crucial SSD
Case - Ncase(Lian Li) M1
PSU - Silverstone SFX 450W Gold Modular
OS - Windows 8.1
Peripherals - Leopold FC700R Graphite Brown MX + G700s
Screen(s) - Dell U2711
Audio - Audioengine 5+ + Audioengine D1 + Wharfdale SW150 /w Shure SRH 1840 Headphones
06-21-12, 11:09 AM #4
Hey, welcome to OCF!
When trying to recommend a build to you, there's some information that's extremely helpful for us to know. If you could answer these few short questions, we'd be happy to help!
- What are you planning to do with this compuer? Please be as specfic as possible.
- What is your budget?
- Does this include a copy of Windows?
- Does this include peripheals (a keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers, etc.)?
- Are you from the United States or a different country? Are you ordering from your own country or from across borders?
- Wherever you may be from, does the store that you are planning to order from have a website? It's okay if it isn't in English, we can manage.
- Do you have any specific requests with the build?
- Do you plan on overclocking? If yes, do you have a specific goal in mind?
- Would you prefer the build to be particularly small?
- Would you prefer the build to be particularly quiet?
- In general, do you prefer this to be a computer that you can spend money on now and let it rest, or a box built for continuous upgrading?
- Do you ever plan on utilizing NVIDIA's SLI or AMD's CrossfireX technologies? These features, with a compatible motherboard, allow a user to link multiple identical graphic cards together for added performance. In real world terms, this lets you buy a second identical graphics card down the line as a relatively cheap and easy way to gain a fairly large boost in performance. However, this requires buying a SLI/CFX compatible motherboard and PSU now, which may result in slightly higher initial cost
- (OPTIONAL) Have you already looked at or considered any parts (it's okay if you haven't)? If so, please list your top 1-2 choices for each category. If you've only picked out a few of the below, just list those.
- Graphics Card
- Power Supply
- Hard Drive
- Solid State Drive (optional)
- Mouse (if necessary)
- Keyboard (if necessary)
- Monitor (if necessary)
- Speakers/Headset (if necessary)
Once again, thank you in advannce for taking the time to answer these, and I hope you enjoy your stay at OCF!i7-920 3.8 Ghz | Venomous-X w/ Panaflo HS | Sapphire Vapor-X 4890
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06-24-12, 08:49 AM #5
- Join Date
- Jun 2008
Thanks glad to be back
Finished building the computer day before yesterday. Ended up having to buy a Seagate drive as the old one was dead. Im finding out how old this Geforce seven series is tho (EVGA 7950 GT KO Superclocked) with modern games it lags a bit but is fine for a guest computer. Thanks for the replies. I consider this thread completed. I'm Glad I came back and registered. THANKS! : )