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Windows 7: System Build

30 Jul 2010   #1
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
System Build

Okay. Please correct me if I am in the incorrect category. I am planning to start building my new computer. However, I am still scared about it...since it is my first build. I was going to get a Mac Mini, and dual boot in Windows 7 and Mac OS X, but it is >$200 for a Mac Mini than the PC that can really handle the 64-bit of Windows 7. I probably wouldn't need the dual boot anyways. And, besides, the PC I'd build would come with a Quad-Core processor, instead of a Dual-Core, like the Mac Mini. Here is my parts list. How is it? Am I missing anything? The case includes all of the necessary case fans. Thanks in advance for your help!

  • Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard
  • AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor
  • Corsair XMS2 4GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz - 2x2048MB
  • Cooler Master Centurion 5 - Blue ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports
  • Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500-Watt Power Supply
  • LG GH22NS40 DVD Writer - DVD+R 22x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 12x, SATA (OEM)
  • Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G
  • Windows 7 Professional - 64-Bit



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30 Jul 2010   #2
merkat106

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Looks good thus far Consider adding more ram so you could get the most out of the phenom & 7.

I'm curious as why you chose a micro-atx board? your case can fit a atx board which would allow for easier expansion in the future (ie graphics card etc)... just a thought.
I almost got this board last year, but the local store was out. stuck with a micro-atx board, & now wish i hadn't.
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31 Jul 2010   #3
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks for your response! Yay! The CPU and Mobo was a combo deal. Thanks for the advice on the board. I see what you're saying. I don't plan to expand it that much in the future. I am not a big gamer, so I assume I'll be okay. I do play Microsoft Flight Simulator occasionally. Will that work okay with the onboard graphics card?
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31 Jul 2010   #4
grimreaper

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jm1 View Post
I do play Microsoft Flight Simulator occasionally. Will that work okay with the onboard graphics card?
The onboard graphics will have a hard time with that game, but overall you will be ok.
Check out the minimum system requirements jm1, and it will give you an idea how the game will run.
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31 Jul 2010   #5
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Okay. I will. Thanks for your help! Wish me luck on this build!
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31 Jul 2010   #6
grimreaper

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jm1 View Post
Okay. I will. Thanks for your help! Wish me luck on this build!
Good luck!! if I'm around I'll try to help you any way I can....ciao
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01 Aug 2010   #7
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I was peeking at the motherboard manual online and it says prior to installing the CPU, apply a thin layer of thermal grease. Is that really necessary?
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01 Aug 2010   #8
merkat106

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, grease allows the heatsink and cpu to maake proper contact so that the cpu won't overheat
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01 Aug 2010   #9
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Okay. And, is the 500-Watt PSU necessary for my specs? Can I go with a 460 W, or even lower?
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01 Aug 2010   #10
merkat106

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

With a quad core cpu, I'd stick with a 500W psu. 460W would be the absolute lowest, but I'd wouldn't risk power issues cropping up, so 500w.

http://www.corsair.com/psufinder/default.aspx Should help you decid the correct wattage you need
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