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Old 09-26-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Default Building a computer, but will it work correctly the day I build it?

So my friend and I have taken on the project of building a new computer. The computer will be for my BDay gift and I will give my friend my current computer. My current computer is:

Gateway FX530XG
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q660
3GB RAM
250GB 7200rpm Serial ATA HDD 8MB Cache
Nvidia 260 GTX Graphics Card (Keeping)
SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card (Keeping and giving friend an extra I have)
Intel 975X Chipset DDR2; 3 PCI Slots, 1 PCI-E x4 Slot, 1 PCI-E x16 Slot
700 Watt Power Supply

Now what I am going to buy from Newegg.com is:

INWIN Dragon Slayer Black 0.6mm SECC MicroATX Mini Tower

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811108236

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ASUS M4A785-M AM/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131595

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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJB 320GB 7200rpm IDE Ultra ATA100 HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136109

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Sony Optiarc Black IDE DVD-Rom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131061

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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125 Watt Quad Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103727

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Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750 Watt ATX12V/EPS12V SLI Ready 80+ Cert. PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006

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PQI Turbo 4GB (2x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141366

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Nvidia 260 GTX and a Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

Now I each of these will have Windows 7 installed on them along with Kaspersky Internet Security.

I know that the Processor is an AM3 Socket which matches the socket type for the ASUS motherboard and that the motherboard also has 4x 240 Pin memory slots and im only going to use 2 of them so the PQI RAM sticks match that as well. The 750 Watt PSU should be enough to support all of the hardware since its only a bit of an upgrade from my current setup and that is using a 750 Watt PSU.

Talking to my father though, he said that once I build it not everything will work flush and it will take up to 2 weeks to get everything situated and I wanted to know if that was true? And if so, what measures must be taken? I would assume that the motherboard would come with the latest version of its BIOS and that I could hook everything up and install the OS then insert the disks for each of the pieces of hardware that I have.

Any help?
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:45 PM   #2
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For the case you could go cheaper and buy this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147153

It does the same job.
I was told on my build to buy a case not on looks but on cost and features, sure certain cases look nice and shiny but sometimes its not practical.
If you are buying that case for its USB3 support you also may have to consider a board with USB3 compatibility as i dont think the USB3 hook up on the case will be compatible with the mobo, even if I am not 100% sure its better to be safe then sorry.
Also look into DVD burners as opposed to players, most lower end DVD burners offer support for DVD playback.
For your hard drive you may want to consider a sata drive as opposed to IDE, for the CD/DVD drives IDE is still good but for HDD's Sata is the way to go.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: Building a computer, but will it work correctly the day I build it?

Thanks for the reply.

The Case and MB are a combo pack from Newegg.com so I believe they are compatible and Im not buying off of looks.

Do you have any input on running the computer after parts installation?
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No as I am building my own myself, I just know a lot of good advice I got from others
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Well as a builder, when you have completed the installation of all your parts, what do you do next to get it running? Just hit the power button and go about your merry way?
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yep, turn your comp on with the windows CD in and boot to CD-ROM

then install motherboard,videocard, etc drivers
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:04 AM   #7
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yep, turn your comp on with the windows CD in and boot to CD-ROM

then install motherboard,videocard, etc drivers
Appreciate it. Assuming all the parts fit and I connect the right cords, this build should be pretty good. Also I have the Windows 7 Student Version. And its saved to my Flash Drive. So id have to go into the BIOS first and set up USB Port as #1 in the startup.

BTW: Switched from the 320GB IDE HDD to a 640GB SATA HDD:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136319


Now just one more question:

Can anybody think of anybody problems that may occur if everything does fit flush that would cause me to troubleshoot for a while?
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:27 AM   #8
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sure, though personally it will be about 2 weeks before I build mine.
But be prepared for a lot of installation for drivers under windows, a non OEM copy of windows can be a real pain
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sure, though personally it will be about 2 weeks before I build mine.
But be prepared for a lot of installation for drivers under windows, a non OEM copy of windows can be a real pain
Well, my laptop OS was shot then I download the Windows 7 on my PC and used the Microsoft converter to make it USB applicable. And now my laptop works like a charm!

I have the Windows 7 ISO.Exe file saved to my desktop, gonna move it somewhere safer. Also the tool allows you to burn the ISO.Exe to a DVD so I could just do that.
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A couple things I would change.

Spend the extra $5 and get 100gb bigger hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136283

You definitely wanna go with this dvd drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...kim2305X575088

Other than that it should work fine
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