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I'm building my first computer! Any advice?

post #1 of 17
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We'll not entirely... I'm replacing my motherboard, CPU, and RAM. but Ive never done any type of changes or installations before with PC's but I've been reading up a lot about it and watching a lot of tutorials.. Anyone have any advice or tips I should know? Any tips to avoid static to the motherboard?

This is my PC now:

Intel Core i7 950(3.06GHz)
ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard
12GB RAM (6x2GB) DDR3 1333

1TB (1 x 1TB) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
GeForce GTX 680 2GB
750W PSU
120mm Liquid Cooling System

This is it after the 3 new parts:

Intel Core i5-2500k (going to oc to 4.5)
CM Hyper 212 Heatsink
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Motherboard

G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB RAM (2x4GB) DDR3 1866
1TB (1 x 1TB) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
GeForce GTX 680 2GB
750W PSU
CM Hyper 212 Heatsink

I'm also replacing my boot drive with an SSD Drive
Edited by pGiPDrop - 5/1/12 at 9:25pm
post #2 of 17
Keep your old set up and OC it.
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post #3 of 17
Why are you 'upgrading'? What do you use the computer for? And where did you get such a powerful rig if you didn't build it?
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post #4 of 17
Keep the motherboard in the anti-static bag that it came in until you are ready to start installing it. Make sure you wear an anti-static wrist strap when touching the CPU, RAM, or mobo. Good luck with the build and OC.
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Touch the inside of the case before you handle components..Don't shuffle your feet on carpet wearing footy Pj's before you work on your comp :thumb.gif:
Make sure your standoffs are down tight biggrin.gif
 
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post #6 of 17
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most of it was prebuilt from newegg except for the 2tb hdd and the 680.... i cant overclock the cpu cuz it idles at 45 degrees, reaches 80-90 degrees playing bf3 on ultra, and reaches 100 degrees after only 5 minutes of prime95....
post #7 of 17
have you checked the bios for voltages on that CPU and tried to lower them to reduce the temps. Alot of pre-builds just leave things on Auto. Welcome to the family also mate. thumb.gif
post #8 of 17
I guess i could give the most important advice: don't stuff it up thumb.gif
Building Pc's is pretty simple. if you can sit there and name 80% of the things in a case you should be fine.
Just be careful if you don't know what something does, and avoid building it on carpet.
just about all i can suggest, Good Luck!
post #9 of 17
Interesting that you find the need to upgrade....

Those temps you listed on your current system could be from a few things, as others have said, and could easily be fixed. Though if you are going to upgrade no matter what, the setup looks good and should be nice.
    
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post #10 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie View Post

Interesting that you find the need to upgrade....
Those temps you listed on your current system could be from a few things, as others have said, and could easily be fixed. Though if you are going to upgrade no matter what, the setup looks good and should be nice.

Yeah, I just got a huge raise at my job and I'm kind of celebrating (i'll admit). But I've also been told that this CPU can bottleneck the 680.. and also that i7s HT can hinder gameplay...
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