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10 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 32-bit
 
 
Help building my first computer

So I think I am looking at the right parts, please tell me if I am wrong. I am more concerned about the ram and the power supply being compatible with the motherboard. Also how many watts should I get my power supply?


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10 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit + xp,Vista,ubuntu in V-Box's
 
 

It really helps if you say how the computer will be used and also your budget. Will you be using on-board Graphics?
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10 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 32-bit
 
 

I am just going to use it to download and burn lots of stuff. And yes I am going to be using on board graphics since I am not going to use it for gaming
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10 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just built a computer for myself using the Core i3-2100t and that exact same motherboard. I'm very impressed with the combination. I also used g.skill RAM...and have been using it for my last few builds.

I used the NZXT source 210 case in white; For a $39 case, it's pretty nice. Case fan is silent, and plenty of room for clean cable management behind the mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146076

For $10 more, you can get the elite version of the case which has front USB 3.0 as well as 2 case fans and tool less insides
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146077
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10 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 32-bit
 
 

Interesting, I think I may stick with my case. How many watts is your power supply
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10 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 32-bit
 
 

Other than having a different case, it seems like we are going to be having the same exact computer lol
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10 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit + xp,Vista,ubuntu in V-Box's
 
 

This is a good one for the price (guessing your trying to stay low)

A trusted and reliable brand 520w and it's Modular (helps with cable management)

Newegg.com - SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply:
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11 Jun 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Chivas:

That PC won't use over 200 watts under maximum load. Probably not even 150.

All you would need is a 350 or 400 watt PSU, but I would immediately jump on that 520 watt Seasonic linked by Jeepman. It's an excellent brand at a great discount and would be able to power most separate video cards should you ever decide to use one.

I probably would not get a "green" drive as my only hard drive as they are a bit slow. They are fine for holding data, but you can do a bit better for a boot drive, such as either of these:

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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11 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chivas9510 View Post
Interesting, I think I may stick with my case. How many watts is your power supply
My power supply is a Cosair 430. It's overpowered for my actual needs, but I like to stick with Corsair, Seasonic or Antec for my PSU's and the Corsair 430 was around $35 when I bought with a rebate....just I just went with it.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

I'd also recommend staying with a 7,200RPM drive for a boot drive. The green drives are great for storage, and low noise, low heat but performance is a bit less. With that said, for my server box I'm using the Samsung ecoGreen 2TB as my OS drive and my storage drive as I rarely ever boot the box and these Samsung drives are very speedy...so no complaints. However, if this was for an everyday usage computer, I would have gone with a 7,200RPM hard drive or an SSD instead.
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11 Jun 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

For what it's worth, I have both drives gnatzatsonic recommended. The Samsung is much quieter, faster and cheaper. I liked them so much, I have 5 of them. Don't be fooled by a hard drive saying 6 Gb/s. No mechanical hard drive can go as fast as 3 Gb/s. The only way a hard drive can utilize 6 Gb/s is with a sata 3 SSD.
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