From scratch!

Posted by Whit Barringer , Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:40 PM

I'm building a new computer, and I've spent about 10 hours researching parts for it. I want it to last, but I don't claim to know a lot about what I'm doing. If you know anybody who can help me out, tell them to look at the table below and let me know their suggestions. Too little hardware? Too much? Am I paying too much? Are there better prices for these parts? Or better parts for better prices? It's going to be a gaming/multimedia computer, so it needs to be able to keep up. Otherwise, I'm listening.

Components Needed Model Best Price
Case Thermaltake Armor Plus (Armor +) VH6000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower 204.99
Power Supply OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V 129.99
Motherboard ASUS P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard 299.99
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 209.99
Processor Cooling Fan (included)
Memory Modules CORSAIR TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX 4GB Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory 105.99
Hard Drives SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive 99.99
CD-ROM/DVD-R LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06 37.99
Video Card PNY XLR8 VCG98GX2XPB GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB (512MB per GPU) 512-bit (256-bit per GPU) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card 424.99
System Disk Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium FULL VERSION w/ SP1 259.95
CPU Cooling Compound ZEROtherm BTF90 92mm Silent UFO CPU Cooler 54.99
Thermal Compound XIGMATEK PTI-G3801 Thermal Compound 5.99


2 Response to "From scratch!"

Jeremy Says:

My only suggestion (having never made it past the planning stages of my dream computer) is about the case: It's probably going to sound like a Harrier at takeoff.

If you want something just as tough, and much quieter, check out the Antec PerformanceOne series. I hear their power supplies are really good, too.


Monda Says:

$1,834.85. Eighteen HUNDRED dollars. I spent $500 on my first car.

You know I'm not going to be any help, especially since I still don't know how to work my cellphone. I could, however, give excellent advice on buying a typewriter. It might be tough to play games on it, though.

Good luck!

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