Help building my first desktop computer

June 10, 2012 at 17:27:51
Specs: Windows 7
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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June 11, 2012 at 10:20:41
Get at least 500w incase you want to put in a graphics card and don't get any cheap one, get one from a trust manufacturer like corsair.
You got the right motherboard for the CPU you chose.
The Ram will work on this motherboard.
Nearly all if not all motherboards use the same connectors to the power suppy.

Take a look at these power supplies.

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June 11, 2012 at 10:46:05
Processor and Motherboard seem to be OK. You would be better to select a Non-Intel board, which will provide you with more BIOS options. The link immediately below is filtering for the 1155 socket boards. I will defer to others as to which chip set would be your best choice. Most of the brands listed in the link are good. For a first timer I would recommend Gigabyte because they are easier to setup than say Asus. Look for a 3 year warranty on the motherboard.

I don’t much care for your case selection. There are many openings that require fans. The 1 x 120MM rear case fan is all that should be required in addition to the fan in the power supply, which you didn’t list.

Best to use RAM that is list on the motherboard QVL (Qualified Vendor List). Those lists will be found on the motherboard manufacturers site.

The wattage requirements for a power supply are determined to a great degree by the graphics card because that is the most power hungry component in the system in many cases.

You also did not list any graphic card.

List what you will be using the computer for. If you play games then list the most demanding one in order to get recommendations on a graphics card. If you intend to only use the on chip graphics then the power supply can be less wattage.

You hard drive choice is not ideal. Green hard drives are best suited for storage, not for the primary hard drive.

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June 11, 2012 at 12:26:52
To otheHill.

He should get the intel motherboard if hes not overclocking the cpu, if he is then go find a another board from another company that you think is suitable for him.

He might have a budget or he might not.

Whats wrong with using a green drive as a primary drive?

Can you give him links to parts you think are better and more reliable to make his life easier.

Not trying to criticize or anything,

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June 11, 2012 at 13:27:32
as options

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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June 11, 2012 at 14:21:24

The Intel brand board is no cheaper than enthusiasts boards from Asus, Gigabyte, etc. but have less BIOS options and may have less features. If you can get more for the same or less cash then why not go for it.

The Seagate green drive seems to have better numbers than most green drives. However, the warranty is only 1 year.

Fingers link above to a WD caviar black has a 5 year warranty.

I can't recommend a board at this time for two reasons. First off I haven't built an Intel system for years. Secondly, chivas hasn't yet responded on how he intends to use the computer.

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June 12, 2012 at 08:07:03
Well then we have to wait to see what he says.

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June 12, 2012 at 11:05:08
Thanks everyone for your reply. I am planning on using this computer for hardcore downloading and burning. I am also going to use my 500GB hard drive as my primary drive that is 7400 rpm for better performance. I am just going to use the other drive for storage

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June 12, 2012 at 11:56:00
'Hardcore downloading and burning', what?
Films, music.etc

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