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 Post subject: Thoughts on my first build?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:01 pm 
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I've posted this on another forum, so I'll just copy the same information from that post:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Publi ... r=20367787

1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
Movies, occasional gaming, photoshop, vegas
2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
Shooting for under $800 incl. shipping
3) Where do you live?
SC, USA
4) What exact parts do you need for that budget?
CPU, PSU, DVD/CD Burner, Case
5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing?
HDD (Samsung Spinpoint 2TB 5400rpm HD204UI), RAM (G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory)
6) Will you be overclocking?
No
7) What size monitor do you have and/or plan to have?
24" 1920x1200
8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
Over the next 2 weeks as I get the money
9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? eSATA? Onboard video? etc.
USB 3.0 is really all I can think of
10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit?
64bit Windows 7 Professional


The Motherboard I have on the wishlist comes in a combo with the processor for $25 off.



Any advice? Going for a quiet, but obviously not silent, pc.


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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on my first build?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:44 pm 
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Bought the case (Fractal Design Define R3)

Looking for some advice on the PSU...


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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on my first build?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:28 am 
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robollama wrote:
Looking for some advice on the PSU...


The PSU is a part that most people over-spend on. At the same time, getting a quality unit is a good use of your funds, as it will outlast any other part that you might buy with that money. (As power supply technology is not as fast-moving as CPU and GPU tech.)

HardwareSecrets does the most detailed reviews on the electronics, but they do not look at fan noise. Corsair (SPCR advertiser) brands a lot of good units, and they often have 25 decibel fans on them. XFX and others sell similar supplies, but they might use louder fans.

If you are trying to keep your costs down, you could get one of the "Builder" units, like the CX430 V2. Your system will have a max power draw of about 330 watts, so a 430 watt supply should work. At just 35$, after rebate, you could void the warranty and replace the fan if you find it too loud.

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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on my first build?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:20 am 
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Personally i like to spend a little more on the PSU, this is the base of you setup, stability and future upgrades will depend on it.

I would do a little effort into going with a Seasonic PSU like SeaSonic SS-400FL or slightly cheaper with a fan Seasonic SS-560KM.

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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on my first build?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:29 am 
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Abula wrote:
Personally i like to spend a little more on the PSU, this is the base of you setup, stability and future upgrades will depend on it.


Some think it is fun to have fancy stuff, like name-brand PSU's.

You can start with a cheap PSU and then upgrade if needed. I was using a $20 "500 watt" PSU that came with a case. It was quiet and worked fine on my OVERCLOCKED system, until I bought a high-powered video card. It turns out that the "500 watt" PSU was only a 250 watt PSU on the inside.

The CX430 is not a bad PSU for a single-GPU computer. It will not be as quiet as a fancy unit, but you can upgrade if it turns out to be the loudest part of your system.

I bet anything that your video card cooler will be the loudest part of the system. The Newegg reviewers of the ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850, call the fan "odd" and "noticeable".


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