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Hello OC.net ! New website looks great !

Anyways, I'm planning on building a pc in the near future but I'm a complete noobie in it! Besides the main pc components like motherboard,ram,power supply,etc...

What other components do I need to purchase? I've seen pc components websites selling controllers. Do I need those? How about cables? Do I need to purchase extra cables to connect the components together or will the manufacturer provide sufficient cables?

I`ll be using a mid-tower case namely the Corsair 600T, if I include a heatsink (currently looking at Thermalright HR-02 Macho and Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B), will the heatsink be able to fit in the case?

Thanks for reading my post.

Cheers smile.gif
post #2 of 10
If you are building a standard rig, which it sounds like you are, you will not need any extra cables. When I built my first computer, the things I ordered were:

Case
Mobo
CPU
Video Card
RAM
Power Supply
Hard Drive
Optical Drive (DVD Burner)
CPU Cooler and 2 fans to go with it. Just check the specs on the cooler you like to see if it has 0 fans, 1 fan, or sometimes 2 fans.

I already had a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS.

And yes those coolers should fit in that case.
Edited by OldMold - 11/13/11 at 9:11am
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How about controllers? Do I need any of those?
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Controllers are not needed.
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for some reason, my post was deleted.

anyway, don't forget:

os (probably windows 7)

thermal paste (may come pre-applied to heatsink, but i still recommend getting some arctic silver 5 or tuniq tx-3)

for general beginner tips, check out newegg's tri-video series on their "computer hardware" page. its full of great advice.

edit: as for controllers, you may want a fan controller if you have a bunch of fans in the case, but you don't need to have one.
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post #6 of 10
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What if my heatsink doesn't come with thermal paste and I installed in onto my processor. What will happen?

For fan controllers, what slots do I need on mobo for one?

Thanks for the link ! gonna watch all those 3 video series. hopefully I can answer my own doubts then thumb.gif
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Don't install a heatsink without thermal paste on it. Most heatsinks will come with some. Just check the specs if you will need to buy it separately.
Edited by OldMold - 11/13/11 at 9:11am
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Originally Posted by akazzz View Post

Hello OC.net ! New website looks great !
Anyways, I'm planning on building a pc in the near future but I'm a complete noobie in it! Besides the main pc components like motherboard,ram,power supply,etc...
What other components do I need to purchase? I've seen pc components websites selling controllers. Do I need those? How about cables? Do I need to purchase extra cables to connect the components together or will the manufacturer provide sufficient cables?
I`ll be using a mid-tower case namely the Corsair 600T, if I include a heatsink (currently looking at Thermalright HR-02 Macho and Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B), will the heatsink be able to fit in the case?
Thanks for reading my post.
Cheers smile.gif

Heat Sinks should be considered based on the motherboard and its layout and the type of ram you will be using to include spacing inside the case. What heat sink you may buy might not let you have access to your ram and cause you to pull you work apart multiple times.
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If you are building a standard rig, which it sounds like you are, you will not need any extra cables. When I built my first computer, the things I ordered were:
Case
Mobo
CPU
Video Card
Power Supply
Hard Drive
Optical Drive (DVD Burner)
CPU Cooler and 2 fans to go with it. Just check the specs on the cooler you like to see if it has 0 fans, 1 fan, or sometimes 2 fans.
I already had a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS.
And yes those coolers should fit in that case.

Do not forget the memory!
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Don't install a heatsink without thermal paste on it. Most heatsinks will come with some. Just check the specs if you will need to but it separately.

thumb.gif + rep for good advise.

Get your hands on some actual TIM(Thermal Interface Material) A couple tubes of AS5 (Arctic Silver 5) will go a long way, and will also prevent you to buy extra down the road when you do a cleaning of your computer. Practice placing TIM out on your CPU so that you feel comfortable with the work you have done. If its your first time its better to feel satisfied and accomplished knowing you did your work right. Things I would get, Screws, Anti Static strap, Zip Ties, Neoprene Gloves if you want and when you get your motherboard that you check the memory that you are getting is on the QVL list before you start buying all your parts.
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by akazzz View Post

What if my heatsink doesn't come with thermal paste and I installed in onto my processor. What will happen?
For fan controllers, what slots do I need on mobo for one?
Thanks for the link ! gonna watch all those 3 video series. hopefully I can answer my own doubts then thumb.gif

You do NOT install the heatsink without thermal paste. Would be very bad.

As for a "fan controller". If you are referring to an actual "fan controller", they are a completely separate unit which fits in one of your drive bays. You don't need any slots on your mobo for one. They allow you to control the fans independently of the motherboard. Some come with heat sensors that allow the fans to be automatically controlled based on the temperature in a certain sector of the case.

If you are just talking about controlling fans via the motherboard, there are 3-pin and 2-pin fan connectors located on the motherboard. The 3-pin fan connectors allow the the fans to be controlled by PWM, and the 2-pin fan connectors only allow the fans to be controlled via "voltage". For most motherboards, especially Gigabyte, their fan controllers are very behind and don't really allow much customization in controlling the fans.

Most people connect only the CPU fan or fans to the motherboard. This allows the motherboard to "control" it, and you don't have to worry about any errors for no cpu fan being connected (although you can turn this off). Then if you don't have a separate "fan controller", all the other fans can be connected directly to the psu. This causes to the fans to be run at their max speed (via 12Vs) at all times. This shouldn't be a problem if your case comes with relatively quiet fans.
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post #10 of 10
STATIC ELECTRICITY!! Sorry for the Caps but it is a big thing to remember. You have to ground yourself. You can do this by touching any metal i.e. case.

As for thermal compound: never ever install a CPU without thermal paste. It isn't that difficult to do.

Some tutorials:
How to remove and replace thermal paste
How to Apply Thermal Compound to a CPU

Top ten tips

Hope those help.
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