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Hello all. I am considering building a new desktop, but I have never done this before. I just started looking, and I have found a few parts on NewEgg that seem pretty good. These are in no way my final choices. I just wanted to present the parts to make sure I have everything I'll need, and that I'm not paying too much or buying garbage parts.

- Antec Sonata Designer 500 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 500W Power Supply ($140)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 ($200)
- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler ($4)
- GIGABYTE GA-EG45M-UD2H LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($130)
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK ($59)
- SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ($90)
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (x2) ($200)
- CABLES UNLIMITED USB-1610 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader ($20)
- LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black IDE Model GH22LP20 ($10)

This all comes out to about $850. Some of the parts are part of combo deals, which is why they seem so cheap. What do you think?
 

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normally a power supply included with the case is junk....

everything else looks good
make sure you have thermal paste for your CPU
great processor choice

also make sure you have all the cables (SATA, etc)
 

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normally a power supply included with the case is junk....

everything else looks good
make sure you have thermal paste for your CPU
great processor choice

also make sure you have all the cables (SATA, etc)
I agree with both your sentiments regarding the included power supply not being top notch and the 8500 being a great choice. The 8500 can be added to the build in the sticky for a few dollars. All the cables needed should be included with the motherboard. Shouldnt need any extras
 

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Ok, I made some adjustments (in bold).

- COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($50)
- XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W 500W ATX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply ($50)

- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 ($200)
- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler ($4)
- GIGABYTE GA-EG45M-UD2H LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($130)
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK ($59)
- SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ($90)
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (x2) ($200)
- CABLES UNLIMITED USB-1610 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader ($20)
- LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 ($26)

This comes to about $835, so it's $15 cheaper.

A couple of notes: I have a copy of Vista 64-bit waiting to be installed. I agree with chowder_pants in that the stock heatsink would work ok. But with the deal on Newegg, the upgraded heatsink/fan is basically free, so I figured I might as well. But I'll keep it in mind if I change parts. Also, the reason I changed DVD drives was because the other one was part of a combo deal with the other case I had.

Thanks for your help so far!
 

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I would pass on that power supply. Do you plan on upgrading the computer in the future?
If not, I think a corsair 650tx would suffice
If yes, then grab the corsair 750tx.

Dont skimp on the power supply. Your sanity and possibly pocketbook will thank you later!
 

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Ooh, thanks for pointing that out, wrench97, I hadn't even noticed the redundant video.

So, I swapped the power supply for a 750 and picked a new MB without integrated video. Also, I decided to just get 1 HD, since I don't need 2TB right off the bat (but I plan on adding another HD eventually.

So here's how it stands at the moment:

- COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($50)
- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ($120)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 ($200)
- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler ($4)
- GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard ($103)
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK ($59)
- SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ($90)
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive ($100)
- CABLES UNLIMITED USB-1610 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader ($20)
- LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 ($26)

That totals right about $750 (with rebates). I must say, you guys have saved me a lot of time, money, and headaches already. :smile:
 

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So, with the other MB model, I have:

- COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($50)
- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ($120)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 ($200)
- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler ($4)
- GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard ($80)
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK ($59)
- SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ($90)
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive ($100)
- CABLES UNLIMITED USB-1610 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader ($20)
- LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 ($26)

I decided to stay with the 750 power supply, in case I want to upgrade in the future (which is highly probable).
 

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Alright, so now I sit at:

- COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($50)
- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ($120)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 ($200)
- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler ($4)
- GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard ($95)
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK ($59)
- SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ($90)
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive ($100)
- CABLES UNLIMITED USB-1610 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader ($20)
- LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 ($26)

I also added a couple of small things, like a bluetooth dongle and an HDMI cable, but those don't have a lot to do with the computer itself. The total now sits at $850 (including shipping).

Thanks again for all your help, guys! :grin:
 
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