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post #1 of 18
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I know you guys are probably going to laugh, but I am really nervous about building my first rig. I will be ordering next saturday. My total budget is about $3800 US. This includes:

Case-TT Armor VA8000
PSU-Enermax 620W Liberty
CPU-AMD FX-60
Mobo-asus A8N32 deluxe
HSF- Big Typhoon 4 in 1
RAM- 2gb ocz platinum
GPU- Radeon x1900xtx
HD- WD raptor 150gb 10,000rpm
HD- WD corsair 250gb (storage)
sound card- SB x-fi plat
DVD- NEC dual layer
speaker- logitech 5in1
monitor- view sonic 19in lcd
mouse-? something cheap
keyboard-? something cheap


Are these specs decent? Anything I left out?

This is my first build and when conroe comes out later this year I might build again (prob jan07). I have researched this for two months and I have some knowledge of computer hardware. I did assemble some pc's about 5 yrs ago in college (very rudimentary training). I am just worried that I will screw something up. I read the "how to kill your pc" article on the PC Stats forum, and now I am terrified. Are my reservations justified? Do you have any first time advice for me? I am real concerned about getting the wiring right.

Thanks
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post #2 of 18
System looks sweet! $3800 will get you a ton! Most of the guys here built their PCs for $2000 or less. You're going to want some Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound for the CPU/heatsink, but other than that you've got everything you need.
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post #3 of 18
that build looks pretty decent. if you are thinking about upgrading later then I would suggest you get an x2 or dual core opty cpu instead of the fx60. the optys will OC to 2.6 very easily and you'll get the same performance for less money.
also, since you are getting an SLI board you might want to take a look at the Nvidia 7900 series cards that way if you want to run SLI you'll be able to do that. (plus I'm a big Nvidia fan)
everything else looks pretty good.
for a mouse I'd suggest a logitech mx518 gaming mouse. it's a really great gaming grade mouse that won't break the piggy bank. it costs about half what the top of the line razer and logitech gaming mice run.
for a keyboard, the saitek eclipse isn't the cheapest board, but it is by far the best keyboard I have ever used. it's well worth the extra money.

and now for putting everything together... you'll do fine. Putting a computer together is very easy. Asus boards are good for first time builders as they have easy to navigate bios and offer good performance at stock speeds and are fairly easy to OC. my first and 2nd builds were w/ asus boards and I didn't have any problems. if you're nervous just read through the mobo manual before you start putting things together. it will have step by step directions. but basically you put your mobo in your case then install your cpu and RAM, run your cables, install drives and pci cards and you're good to go.
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post #4 of 18
what about a 7900GTX 512 ?
or 2

EDIT: ive just read soloz post and agree with him
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post #5 of 18
If you pay attention to pin numbers you should be fine. There are definitely horror stories out there, but the vast majority of builds go well. Even the most basic training should be more than enough (i went into my first build with no training/experience at all)

on a side note - if u have a $3800 budget - why not try a cooling system other than air?
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post #6 of 18
Yeah. Go with a 7900GTX over the X1900XTX. That way if you decide you want more graphics power in the future, you can buy an extra 7900GTX and run them in SLI. Also, I would recommend buying from Newegg. They're really excellent.
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post #7 of 18
Very nice setup.
A lil to do I used with the TT BT, 1. because the provided screws were to short, and 2. The screw heads are a bit difficult to ge to.
I ran the screws up from the bottom and used dubble nuts, 1 under the retainer to later draw up to lock the upper nut so it couldnt vibrate loose. I did however find the head of the screw had to be ground down a bit to clear the base of the case. Installing the nuts was far easier than screwing down from the top.
Whatever means you use to mount the BT, install the CPU and BT before you install the MB!
    
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post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I chose to stick with air cooling just to simplify the process for my first time. And the fx-60 because I am not going to upgrade this system, as I will build a whole new rig later this year. This will eventually be my wife and daughters rig (they are becoming gamers). I thought about the Geforce 7900 gtx, it looks sweet.

Its good to know the mobo has instructions. I was thinking they just shipped the mobo and made me guess where to plug the wires.

I have looked for the arctic thermal paste, but can't seem to find it.

That Big typhoon is what has me really worried. It is a monster and it seems like it is hard to mount.

thanks again
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post #9 of 18
you will have no problems at all buiding that killer PC! when i built my first pc i dodnt know w damn thing about doing it, my dad was gonna help me do it, i was 14 at thetime, but allthe parts cam in the mail while my dad was at work... and anxious me just took all the parts and started putting them together, i mean its like a puzzle... there is only on place a particular part can go... so my dad came home and was like woah!... i smiled and then we installed windows 98... good times!


thing will go great for you!
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post #10 of 18
Arctic Silver ceramic:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100009

I'd recommend reading the FAQs on how to apply thermal grease compounds. It's not a dangerous task, but people tend to apply it in excess.
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