Building My Own Computer *UPDATED*

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20-10-2007 14:24:25

I am gonna be building a PC for my senior project and would love some advice. I have a few parts already but need almost everything. Below is what I am considering or already have. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Hoping to spend around $800.

Case 10-Bay Eagle Sidewinder ATX Mid Tower Case (Bought - Free)
MoBo GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard (Bought - $$97)
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache (Bought - $193)
PSU Ultra X-Finity 600W Power Supply (Bought - $14.17)
Video EVGA GeForce 8800GT Video Card (512MB DDR3, PCI-E 2.0, DX10, OpenGL 2.0) (Bought - $237.69)
Memory Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400 800MHz 240-pin DDR2 Memory (Bought - $49.99)
HD Seagate 500GB 3.5-inch SATA II (Bought - $84.99)
Optical LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Model LH-20A1L-06 (Bought - $36.99)
CPU Heatsink COOLER MASTER GeminII RR-CCH-ANU2-GP CPU+ Board Cooler (Bought - $6.33)

Total Price = $720.16


20-10-2007 14:25:20

What do you plan on using this computer for?


20-10-2007 14:49:13

I am hoping to make it good enough for games but don't want to make it that expensive.


20-10-2007 15:44:29

What kind of games?


20-10-2007 17:15:54

Like Halo 2 perhaps

Would this work for a video card?

EVGA 512-P2-N757-TR GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP


21-10-2007 17:05:00

I believe nVidia is coming out with a new line of chip sets, you should wait until mid november before making a decision on a graphics card. I'm trying to build one as well, but I've put it on hold until I figure out whats going on with nVidia


21-10-2007 17:35:11

I really don't want to spend more on a video card then I do on the monitor and I plan to spend around $200 on that.


21-10-2007 19:22:08

I'd just recommend to get a 256-bit video card.


21-10-2007 20:04:50

Oh, yeah if you're not looking for a high end card then yes go with what TFOAF said


21-10-2007 21:13:10

Well I don't want to go all out for the video card but I don't really want something cheap either.

Should I bother with an audio card for music? I have a 5.1 Yamaha surround sound system i plan to plug it in to.


22-10-2007 10:08:01

the 8600 GT is a good card and you will not struggle with Halo 2 at all. Were you planning to run Vista or XP cause Halo 2 is a Vista only game (unless you plan on cracking). I have a 7600GT at the momemnt and it can run Halo 2 really well. I am starting to look at parts for my new system and I was debating between a 8600 GT and the 8800 GTS, I personally am going to go with the 8800, but it is about 150 more than the 8600. but both are great cards.


22-10-2007 11:31:47

I have a better idea than building a computer - use that money to pay up on your trades


22-10-2007 11:56:19

The 8800 GTS are going for about $250 currently I have noticed an XFX and an EVGA for that price after MIR.


22-10-2007 12:18:52



22-10-2007 12:33:49

doylnea is such a silly alabaster


29-10-2007 19:36:47

8800gts, Get it. Should run everything very well + It'll last a few years easy.


04-11-2007 19:19:24

I went with the new EVGA 8800 GT for $240


18-11-2007 20:08:48

I meant 8800GT. Im actually getting a similar rig. Hows it holding up for you? I'm getting same everything almost, except I opted with the Quad core QX6600.


19-11-2007 10:29:29

[quotea3e397b507="coolvaughan"]I went with the new EVGA 8800 GT for $240[/quotea3e397b507]

sweet, was that instead of paying back your debts?


26-11-2007 22:02:17

[quote58ea02a523="KnightTrader"]I meant 8800GT. Im actually getting a similar rig. Hows it holding up for you? I'm getting same everything almost, except I opted with the Quad core QX6600.[/quote58ea02a523]

Well I just put it together tonight and couldn't get anything to show up on my monitor. Everything including the video card was receiving power so I'm pretty confused.


28-11-2007 13:36:19

You deffiently will save over 1000 in making your own CPU. My friend and i did that just a few weeks ago, MAKE SURE YOU GET AN ANTI STATIC WRIST BAND, IF NEEDED I COULD SEND YOU MINE.... but on another note make sure your sizes all FIT FIRST, its very frustrating to buy all the parts and realize they do not fit lmao...