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Yesterday I finally hit the order button on newegg. Was a little nervous but feel I got a pretty solid sytem coming my way.

Here's what i got:

Antec 1200 Case
Corsair 850HX PSU
Foxconn BloodRage
i7 920 CPU
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB GPU
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB
x2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB
x2 PLEXTOR 24X DVD/CD Writer Black SATA Model PX-880SA LightScribe
SAMSUNG P2570 glossy black 24.6" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Logitech LX310 Black USB Cordless Standard Desktop Laser Mouse & Keyboard

Price: $2160

I want to take the stock fans out of the case ( don't like the blue color and want it to be more quiet,) so I'll be ordering some aftermarket fans in about a week or so. Can anyone think of anything I might have missed or that would benifit my build; cables, fan controlers, or anything else?

Also, I've never put a computer together before so i'm a little nervous. I hear it's a lot like Lego's with electricity so pluging everything together shouldn't be too hard. Cable management might be a trial and error process though. But I'm more worried about installing the OS (Vista 64,) configuring the BIOS, and don't know what drivers to download for all the hardware. Anyone have any helpful tips or links I might want to read before I start pluging everything together?

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 22
There is so much one could say. Your doing good though just being here. Your first build will come together successfully no doubt.

But, just remember once this gets into your blood, you'll be building more and more. That's when you'll really learn.

Pardon, I know that sounds vauge, but if you have a more specific question on
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installing the OS (Vista 64,) configuring the BIOS, and....what drivers to download for all the hardware.
we can help better.

There is a lot covered in those three things.
Edited by APOLLOSTEES - 8/28/09 at 9:33am
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I guess for right now I'm asking what the first few steps I should do after I get my first POST.
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The first thing I do after the initial post is check temps, make sure the cpu is an acceptable temp, check voltages while there too. Next I like to check memory voltages & timings, set to specs of memory. Reboot, & recheck temp & voltages FSB & multi. See if your hard drives & dvd drives are present. If everything looks good I usually go to OS install from there.

Thats going to be a nice rig, especially for your first build.
Edited by Cvalley75 - 8/28/09 at 11:11am
    
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post #5 of 22
That's a great system!!!
Seems a little bit more expensive than it should be though. I think you will be satisifed with your choices.
post #6 of 22
First off, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm soo going to subscribe to this thread! The hardware will more than likely have the cds with the drivers already on them (its known fact though that these drivers are usually out of date by the time they reach your front door) so you just pop those in once you are done installing the OS. For the sake of not worrying about the latest drivers you could simply use those anyways since it might be easier for you on your first build. I also agree with Cvalley75 I do that as well. Any questions feel completely free to pm me but I'm sure everybody agrees with me and wants you to keep everything public so everybody can help you.

Also what's great about your set is about $1200 of it will more than likely be passed on to your 2nd,3rd, maybe even 4th build! I've had my optical drive and case ever since my old mobo only supported AGP.

Since it IS your first time I would suggest buying an Antistatic Wrist Strap just to be safe, you can pick them up at any local radioshack and maybe walmart etc.. But I'm sure once you start getting comfortable with building you'll feel like you won't need it.

And of course if you want to justify how much you spent on your build, just go to www.alienware.com and configure a computer of the same specs and see how much you've saved =]
Edited by larsulrich87 - 8/28/09 at 11:24am
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post #7 of 22
1) The hardest part of the pc build is the installing the CPU. The x58 socket is very sensitive and people have reported bending pins while installing. Just take your time and triple check before you close the latch. I might have a video for this looking for it
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2385

2) You need to have thermal paste between the cpu & heatsink. I hope you bought some, if not OCZ freeze is really good. Now too much thermal paste and too little will give you bad temperatures. it have to be prefect. Let me know if you need help with this, i got pictures.

3) I would recommend push/pull setup on the cpu heat-sink, it will help you with keeping you cpu cool. If you don't know what push/pull is let me know . If you need help selecting fan just ask
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/pa12ulhisp.html

4) Now take the manual of your motherboard and go visit the bathroom. There should be couple of pages that will tell you what every setting of your bios does. If you have question post them here.

5) Get the system together and boot in to the bios. We will walk you thru the OS installation and maybe little overclocking.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...rage-club.html

Please ask questions if your are stuck, you don't want to mess up anything.
Edited by mickmania - 8/28/09 at 11:40am
    
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post #8 of 22
Congratulations! welcome to the addiction

Your build looks sweet, it being your first build I know you are going to be excited to throw it together as soon as you get it but speaking from past mista.... erm experience I would say set everything up on a table with the Mobo on its box and test all components BEFORE putting it all together in your case. That will save lots of time and frustration especially if something is doa.

Just take it slow and ask questions if you hit a problem

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Originally Posted by Cvalley75 View Post
The first thing I do after the initial post is check temps, make sure the cpu is an acceptable temp, check voltages while there too. Next I like to check memory voltages & timings, set to specs of memory. Reboot, & recheck temp & voltages FSB & multi. See if your hard drives & dvd drives are present. If everything looks good I usually go to OS install from there.

Thats going to be a nice rig, especially for your first build.
Thanks I'm guessing this will all be in the BIOS right?

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That's a great system!!!
Seems a little bit more expensive than it should be though. I think you will be satisifed with your choices.
Probably seems expensive because of the $300 monitor, and that I had to Purchase Everything, including the keyboard and mouse lol. Plus the HD's and DVD drives are higher quality...supposedly

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First off, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm soo going to subscribe to this thread! The hardware will more than likely have the cds with the drivers already on them... For the sake of not worrying about the latest drivers you could simply use those anyways since it might be easier for you on your first build.
I think if it's not too hard to do I'll try and get the latest drivers eventually. But then won't I need some type of application to fully delete the old ones that came from the CD's?

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Originally Posted by larsulrich87 View Post
Also what's great about your set is about $1200 of it will more than likely be passed on to your 2nd,3rd, maybe even 4th build! I've had my optical drive and case ever since my old mobo only supported AGP.
Yeah, I wanted to invest in some quality products like the case and PSU for future builds.

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And of course if you want to justify how much you spent on your build, just go to www.alienware.com and configure a computer of the same specs and see how much you've saved =]
Alienware is just for spoiled rich kids with dad's credit card...I actually want to learn something here

...And thanks to everyone for some great input so far!!
Edited by Trace - 8/28/09 at 11:51am
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2) You need to have thermal paste between the cpu & heatsink. I hope you bought some, if not OCZ freeze is really good. Now too much thermal paste and too little will give you bad temperatures. it have to be prefect. Let me know if you need help with this, i got pictures.
Yeah. I bought some of the Arctic Silver for like $5. But I'll have to check those pics out for I have no idea how much to use.

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3) I would recommend push/pull setup on the cpu heat-sink, it will help you with keeping you cpu cool. If you don't know what push/pull is let me know . If you need help selecting fan just ask
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/pa12ulhisp.html
I think my Dark Knight only came with one fan so I should order another one then?

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4) Now take the manual of your motherboard and go visit the bathroom. There should be couple of pages that will tell you what every setting of your bios does. If you have question post them here.
I just bought this month's MaximumPC mag. It has an "Everything BIOS guide." So hopefully this will be of some help too.

....Just checked Newegg. My order finally shipped! Hopefully I'll have everything by Monday.

Now I'm wanting to get a digital camera to take some pics!
Edited by Trace - 8/28/09 at 12:00pm
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