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I began doing my first whole build of a system this morning, and everything is going well. In the past, I've only done small upgrades - RAM, hard drive, maybe a video card - so this is going to be quite a learning experience for me. There are quite a lot of pictures, and they're probably not that great quality, so bear with me if you can't see anything in them.

Now onto the parts. I ordered everything except for the monitor, speakers, case, and CPU cooling from Newegg, and since that's the only shipment that's arrived, I've got to make do without a case or any good CPU cooling. So, let's start off with some of the peripherals.

Firstly, we've got the Saitek Eclipse II keyboard. Got it for $54.99 off of Newegg.


Unfortunately, due to it being a USB keyboard, I had to switch over to a PS/2 keyboard for the beginning. There's a picture of the old keyboard below. If anybody knows how to use a USB keyboard well in the BIOS of the Abit IP35 Pro, please tell me, so I can actually use the keyboard.


Another peripheral is the mouse, the Logitech MX Revolution. Not a bad choice, I must say, especially after the $20 mail-in rebate. The scroll wheel works wonders. It supports regular scrolling, like you'd find on really cheap mice, plus an ultra-smooth method that scrolls through like 100 pages a second.


Now, I've got to take a break, because it's lunch time! I'll have the rest of the pics in just a bit.
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post #2 of 8
Why not just get a usb-ps2 adapter. They are only a couple dollars if that. Useful for situations like this.
    
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Hmm. I'll take a look into it. Have a rep.

Anyways, lunch was awesome, and quick. I'll snag a picture of it if I have the time. Meanwhile, I've got a bunch more parts to show. Two of those are the monitor and speakers. Unfortunately, they are the ones stolen from my previous PC, an HP midtower, so they look kind of lame sitting next to the rest of the new stuff. In addition, the speakers connect to the monitor for power, and use a proprietary connector, which means that if I replace the monitor I'll have to get a new set of speakers, too.


For installing software and what have you, I picked up the Samsung SH-S183L black SATA DVD Burner from Newegg for $38.99. Nice and black, but loud when it fires up. Luckily in the end it'll be inside a case for the most part, so I won't hear it. Plus, it's got a nice SATA connection, which means I can say screw you to ribbon cables.


Of course installing software means we need to store something, and for that I picked up a Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS from Newegg for $69.99. I planned on doing RAID (probably RAID 1, so I wouldn't lose anything) with the hard drive - same model - in my old computer, but my parents wanted it, so I only have one to work with.


On the software front, I purchased an OEM version of Windows Vista Home Premium x64. I got the 64-bit version so I can develop applications for 64-bit operating systems, since I'm going into Computer Science. It installed quite quickly. I was very surprised, actually. Plus, the CD looks so shiny with the reflections coming off the edge. I've even got pictures of the Windows Experience Index in a bit.


Here's the power supply. It's a Corsair HX520W. Should deliver stable power to the components, plus it's got the necessary EPS12V connection for my motherboard and has cool looking modular cables!


Speaking of my motherboard, here's a picture of it:

As the picture says, the board is an Abit IP35 Pro. Not much else to say about it, really, so I'll just leave you with the picture. The only problem I had with installing anything was with trying to clamp down the video card in the PCI Express x16 slot. Which video card, you ask? This one:


It's the eVGA e-Geforce 8800GTS 320MB Superclocked card. It's shiny and black, which makes it so awesome. Plus I'm fairly certain it has good gaming performance, too. The VGA adapter is attached to the one DVI port because the monitor I'm stuck with only has one VGA port. Hopefully I'll get a new monitor in August.

The RAM that arrived at my doorstep is a 2x1GB kit of Crucial Ballistix DDR2-1066. It's got awesome yellow-orange heatspreaders the pictures don't do justice to. That said, here's a picture of them anyway.

Right now I'm running them 1:1 with the FSB, which means they're running at half the rated speed. Once I start overclocking I might change the divider a bit. Let's see how high I can get with this RAM, the IP35 Pro, and the following CPU:


It's the Intel Core 2 Duo E6420! Quite a nice CPU, especially since I had a 3 Ghz Pentium 4 for the past three years. It's got 4MB L2 Cache and an 8x multiplier. It should run so fast compared to what I had before. I couldn't get a good picture of the CPU itself, so I just got a picture of the box. The CPU itself is an L650-something. I forgot to check for the rest of it, so once the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme comes in the mail, I'll check again.

There's one slight - actually, no, it's quite major - problem with the package. Attaching the stock cooler is absolutely horrific! It took me almost twenty minutes to attach the horrific cooler to the motherboard. I never did get the one fastener to go totally through, and I could see the motherboard bending as I attached it. Luckily, though, it seems to have made contact, as my idle temps are in the low 30's C, and that's with an ambient of about 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

That's about all I've got for now. I'm going to go take a nap or maybe watch some TV, and I'll come back and post the rest of the pictures I took.
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post #4 of 8
I'm not sure if you posted pictures or not. If you did, well they aren't showing. Looking forward to the pictures when you get them working!
    
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Gahh, I thought that might happen. For some reason I can see all of them, but nobody else can. Well, I'll try to find another place to host them.

Meanwhile, my other shipment of parts from Performance-PC's came about twenty minutes ago, so hopefully I'll have pictures of that stuff, too.

EDIT: Okay, all of the pictures should be good.
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Alright, I've got some more pictures uploaded, and hopefully this time, they'll work correctly. Everything set up correctly, and POSTed the first time! Yay!

Here are a couple of views with everything set up, about an hour before I got the case.






Now I'm going to try to remove the stock cooler - hopefully it's easier than trying to attach the stock cooler - put everything in the case. Wish me luck.
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Why is everything out of the case, but all connected?? im confused

You probably shouldn't turn it on when its out of the case because it is not grounded.
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Why is everything out of the case, but all connected?? im confused

You probably shouldn't turn it on when its out of the case because it is not grounded.
Everything seems to be working alright. I've fired it up multiple times now, and nothing's gone wrong, so it doesn't seem to be doing any harm.

Meanwhile, I've got more pictures to post. I removed the stock cooler and attached the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. It seems to be idling at around 27C when out of the case, but I haven't put anything in the case to make sure it works. I'll get the rest of the pictures up this afternoon.

In addition, I ordered this wireless adapter last night and I should be receiving it today or tomorrow, so I can actually connect to the internet on the new computer.
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