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07 Aug 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1
Help with building a computer

Hello everyone. I first came here for excessive BSODs. After much troubleshooting, this forum helped me overcome them for a while, but later I found out I had some hardware issue. But I thank you all for the support you gave me.
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Now that I have some cash to play around with I want to get some new hardware. After months of investigating I came to the conclusion that I need a motherboard and power supply. While I'm at it, I need a case for an ATX motherboard.

Here's a list of what I have and what I plan to get. I just need your help making sure everything is compatible.

What I own:

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTS 450
RAM: Samsung 2GB DDR3 1333MHz x3
I couldn't find a link with all the details but here's some info I found on them.

Brand: Samsung

Part Number: M378B5673EH1-CH9

Technologic Type: DDR3 SDRAM

Storage Capacity: 2GB each

Pins: 240 Pin

Bus Type: PC-10600

Error Correction: Non-ECC

Cycle Time: 1.5ns

Cas: CL9

Data Transfer Rate: 1333MHz

Memory Clock: 166MHz

Voltage: 1.5
Hardware I plan to buy:

Case: Rosewill REDBONE
I do believe everything will work together. I would go for some better items but I'm on a low budget. If I missed anything please let me know. Thank you for your time.

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07 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

First things first. Every thing in the computer have one thing in common, the power supply. IMO your choice isn't of the quality you need. Check out this site.

A little more money but you won't regret it. You can check other sites this is just one I found.
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08 Aug 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

The only reason why I don't want to get a bigger power supply is because that is the reason why I need a motherboard. A while back when I knew nothing about hardware and was just a gamer that wanted a upgrade. I was going to get a graphics card and my friend told me I needed a new PSU. So that's what I got. He picked one out for me and i got it. Well my little stock micro ATX MB from HP couldn't handle a 750w PSU. While it was still under warranty I had it repaired for free, got a new motherboard and everything was fixed. A few months later my warranty ran out and my MB was fried again.

So I used Newegg's little handy wattage calculator and I need 400w. I don't wanna get more than I need because I don't wanna go through that again.

How about any of these? - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

If I had more money I would start from scratch and build an awesome system. But I'm limited to about $150 right now.
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08 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

A big PSU won't cause anything to burn out due to being over powered. The machine will only draw what it needs. Even if you had a 1200W PSU but the machine needs 250, that's what it would put out. However an el-cheapo PSU could do that because of poor power regulation or making "dirty" power.

none of the one in your link are high quality units. If you have $150 to spend on one, try one of these. - Seasonic SS-460FL Active PFC F3, 460W Fanless ATX12V Fanless 80Plus Gold Certified, Modular Power Supply - CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - FSP Group AURUM GOLD 500W (AU-500) ATX12V /EPS 12V 80PLUS GOLD Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Having more power available than you need is better than having "just enough".
Out of curiosity which PSU did your friend get for you?
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08 Aug 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

This is the one my friend told me to get and I bought it. - Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply

After I was having all the problems I took out that PSU and put in an old 300w from a prebuilt pc. It worked for about one month but I think the damage was already done at that point.

I meant also that I had $150 total, sorry for any confusion. I may have to save up a bit more before buying.
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08 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Mr Britton 30 once again is correct. Your power supply will only put out what is demanded of it. Any power supply that is working close to it max output will produce poor volts and amps and create heat. Their is no such thing as a cheep quality power supply IMO. You can save money many places in a computer but the power supply shouldn't be one of them. Seasonic is another quality brand.
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08 Aug 2012   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

Thank you for all of the info about PSUs. I might have just got a bad unit and that is why I was inclined to believe my sysrem was being "overpowered". I'm going to save a bit more and see if I can't get a pretty nice one. Other than the power supply, does the motherboard seem to be completely compatible with my other hardware?
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08 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Another fellow Pennsylvanian! May I suggest a better quality board than BioStar? I normally recommend Asus, Gigabyte, or Intel, and in this case, Intel wouldn't be possible.
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08 Aug 2012   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

Hello there! I was looking to buy an ASUS at first. The only cheaper one I found that would fit was an Open Box sale. I didn't really wanna trust that to much. Like I said though I'm going to save some m ore money.
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08 Aug 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Here's another two possibilities, the first two. - Computer Hardware, Motherboards, AMD Motherboards, ASUS, Micro ATX, AM3+
I would recommend the 880G chipset though I have one and it seems to perform very well. The board I have is the open box one. Well it was new when I got it.
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