Originally Posted by lilkoolaidman
I really need a new computer and I was thinking about building my own. So I looked to Newegg's DIY combos and will probably get one of those. However, I want to make sure I have all the necessary things. Let's say I get this (haven't really decided). The only thing I would need to add is an HDD, optical drive(I would want one), and Windows 7 right? I believe the CPU comes with a cooling fan, and I don't plan on overclocking, so stock should be fine. Would I need some thermal paste? I also would imagine all cables are included with the Case and MOBO. Also, aren't all drivers installed with W7 via internet connection?
I apologize for my choppy sentence fluency, basically I'm looking for advice and things to keep in mind for building my first computer.
And so this thread isn't too boring feel free to post pics of your battle station
In my humble opinion, this rig is not as balanced as I feel it should be
I think for the RAM, 1333MHz DDR3 should be used instead, since 1600MHz RAMs do not really have a visible performance increase over the 1333MHz ones.
With the RAM lowered down to 1333MHz, the Graphics Card should be replaced with a GeForce GTX560Ti, one of the bang for buck cards today.
If I assume your budget here is $700...
AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE + MSI 970A-G45
2x4GB Kingston 1333MHz DDR3
Powercolor HD6950 1GB
Seasonic M12-II 620W
I dropped the processor slightly in favour of the graphics card
PSU and Casing are from reputable companies, PSU is 80 PLUS Bronze and should be fine for most uses, Lancool casings are well built and are easy to install for most users
if you can find a better deal get a i5-2400, perhaps along with a P67 motherboard, and that should be fine for most uses
As for my setup,
To be honest a pretty poor setup, I should have gone for a Phenom II x4 955 + an ATX mobo and HD5770 (or even 5850) but instead gone for a i5-750 +HD5750