Building first computer!

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  1. Windsock

    Windsock New Member

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    And I'm terrified I'll mess up. My sister wanted a computer and I said I would build her one for some reason. I don't know, seemed like a good idea at the time. Anyways, she wants a computer for gaming mostly. She's crazy about those Sims for some reason.

    So I found some computer building sites and it seems pretty easy, so heres what I got so far?

    eVGA GeForce 6200 Video Card

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+

    ECS KV2 Extreme Via Socket 939 ATX Motherboard

    Kingston Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory (2 x 512MB)

    Samsung / 200GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-133 / IDE / OEM / Hard Drive

    Aopen / 52x32x52x CD-RW / 16x DVD-ROM / Internal Beige Combo Drive

    Diablo / 550-Watt

    Sabrent 6-Channel 5.1 3D Surround Sound PCI Card


    Premium 2531 Silver ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB and Audio Ports


    Well, that's about it. Just wondering if it'll be ok to play most games. Just wondering if I got everything for the computer building part and/or every thing is pretty compatiable. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Maverick

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    I'd at least get her a 6600GT. The 6200 is really weak.
     
  3. Keyzs

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  4. Windsock

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    Well, thanks Maverick, and since I like replies in my thread, thank you too Keyzs. Any thing else would be kind of helpful.
     
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  5. Keyzs

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    Sorry the advice...

    Asus A8N-E and Audio/GbLAN/SATA
    Get rid of the sound card also...

    NEC3540 DVD Burner.

    I second at least the 6600GT, personally I prefer ATI but it's not a popular name on OT.
     
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    A 6200 is fine for the "sims". More extreme games need more, tho.

    eVGA GeForce 6200 Video Card

    Get something better than eVGA. They're more a "budget" brand. XFX is good.

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+

    Good chip

    ECS KV2 Extreme Via Socket 939 ATX Motherboard

    I'd be forced to kill you if you got this board. Look at the Asus A8V, instead.

    Kingston Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory (2 x 512MB)

    Get corsair. Kingston actually buys generic ram and puts their sticker over it :o Corsair makes the good stuff.

    Samsung / 200GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-133 / IDE / OEM / Hard Drive

    Get a SATA-150 hard drive. there is absolutely no reason not to get a SATA drive with a new system.

    Aopen / 52x32x52x CD-RW / 16x DVD-ROM / Internal Beige Combo Drive

    I've had abnormally high return rates with AOpen drives. Keep that in mind.

    Diablo / 550-Watt

    Holy smokes batman that is a BAD power supply. And I don't mean it's not good, I mean it is BAD BAD REALLY BAD. I'd recommend an Antec case w/PSU (sonata, for example). But if you don't want that, then just get a fortron psu, or something.


    Sabrent 6-Channel 5.1 3D Surround Sound PCI Card


    Get rid of the sound card entirely... The onboard audio is just as good.

    Premium 2531 Silver ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB and Audio Ports

    That case is about as cheap (quality-wise) as it gets. Ditch it in favor of the Antec Sonata. You'll want black drives, to match.
     
  7. Windsock

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    Cool, thanks everyone. Guess I'm really horrible at picking out computer stuff. The case had pretty lights on it, guess that distracted me. I'll look around a bit more. Thanks for the help.
     
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    I used to be into all that case modifying and light stuff. :o I don't care about it anymore. As long as it's clean inside and my computer performs well, then I'm OK with it. :dunno:
     
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    the dvd is okay. For case, are you doing the sonata?

    DO NOT GET THAT HARD DRIVE. First of all, ata133... eww. Second of all, Maxtor... eww. Lastly, Refurbished... that's the kiss of death.

    Personally I'd go for a seagate sata150... But regardless of brand, make sure it's sata150 NEW.
     
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    Good man. I have a Seagate SATA 150 coming soon. :coolugh:

    Btw, what are these issues I hear arising with SATA 200?
     
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    It's new. All the new technologies usually have some hiccups when they first come to market. SATA-150 had some issues, at first, too. I won't buy a HDD above 250GB because of the issues they're having at the higher capacities. Likewise, SATA2 is technically available, but you see very low adoption rates due to cost and stability issues.
     
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    Ok, I found a seagate Sata150, and you can click on the word case up there and it'll take you to the sonta case thingy.
     
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    nothing wrong with ata133 or maxtor
     
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    :ugh: please do not speak of what you do not know
     
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    take your own advice kthx
     
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    uh, do you know that sata is faster than ata133... and it's newer. So you must also know that it's more reliable? And that it's hotplug? And that it promotes better cooling/airflow, and reduces cable clutter? And you must know that maxtor has the highest rma return percentage out of the "big 4" (samsung, seagate, western digital, maxtor) It is only beaten in the "worst" category by Hitachi. In fact, Maxtor has such a high rate of returns, that they've started a sister-operation called "MDT" that's sole purpose is to remarket the returned drives! :mamoru:
     
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    I use way more than 200GB and it's not all pr0n :wavey:
     
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    HD porn is the future
     
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    hideon9 The plane will take off.

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    I thought you hated Antec jollyogre? You told me in my thread that their cases and psus were crap.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I agree with this entire post :eek4:
     
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    I do not use antec cases in my systems. However, the cases that I do use are much more expensive, and require 3rd party power supplies -- which is financially and logistically outside the scope of many consumer's abilities.

    I would much rather see someone get an antec sonata, than get some $40 "UberLED" case
     
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    you aren't smart enough to build a decent computer, especially when you obviously havnt done research (you want us to tell you what is good and what isnt). dont bother reading the buyer reviews on newegg.

    register at www.ocforums.com and start reading, ask as many questions as you want, but they will be a lot more helpful, and much more knowledgeable when you define the specific needs of the computer usage.

    when it boils down to it. what is your budget? tell us that at least, because then we can build our own setup and post it for you instead of critiquing your shitty ideas.

    step 1. whats the budget
    step 2. register on ocforums.com
    step 3. what happens if you fuck something up?
     

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