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So, this is my story. I bought my crappy PC when I got some money in December. All I got was 2 hours a day at the library with crying children around me so I didn't have much time to research. I needed something to get me online and play basic games so I went with this from Walmart. I was looking foward to playing HL2 and TF2. Sadly, this peice of crap can't even play TF2. mad.gif

So, using this PC for several months it started to get filled with FLAC files. I asked in the Hard Drive forum what some good drives were. It was then suggested that I might need a new PSU to handle the drives. So, I went to the PSU forum and asked away and was told it would be a good idea. The future plan had been to give this PC to my mom and me get a new gaming comp. so we decided that now would be the right time. So, I saw a decent iBUYPOWER PC at Walmart.com and asked about the quality. Wasn't so good, apparently. It sold out anyway. Forum member "Jim McNasty" pointed me in the right direction on my first build. So after extensive research and looking at every custom building website, including www.DigitalStormOnline.Com and www.Mwave.Com, I've decided to build myself an Intel. It is so much cheaper and you get better parts.

My mother is going absolutely ape-**** that I'm attempting this. I have money of my own coming in later but now all I have it hers. She told me if I I **** this up she'll never give me another penny again so y'know, I can't mess this up. I need your help.

These are the parts as suggested by all of you. This is my second and final list.

EDIT: UPDATED LIST AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
CASE - COOLER MASTER HAF X nVidia Edition NV-942-KKN1 Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MB - ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
COOLER - Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual14cm Round Fan Heatsink
RAM - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP8GX3M2A1600C9
GPU - EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CD/DVD - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner
SSD - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
OS - [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002NGJO4M?linkCode=xm2&tag=invihand-20"]Windows 7 Home Premum 64 Bit System Builder 1pk [Old Version][/ame]

EDIT: UPDATED LIST AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

So, I believe I have all the parts. I already have hard drives and mouse and keyboard. This is how I plan on putting it together. Please tell me if I have it down wrong or in the wrong order.

1. Put on anti-static wrist strap. Clip to case. Sit at desk. Will put hand on
case anyway to be on the safe side.
2. Take I/O sheild out of case. Put mounting screws according to mb design.
3. Put CPU in motherboard. Put bottom of cooler bracket on bottom of mb. Wipe top of CPU with towel and drop a little round drop of thermal right in the middle. Don't spread. Place cooler on top, clamp on (?), screw in.
4. Put ram and graphics card in mb.
5. Place mb inside case. Screw in.
6. Screw PSU in case.
7. Connect plugs according to ASUS P8P67 manual.
8. Connect hard drives, CD/DVD drive in in bays. Connect with SATA cables.
9. Set up BIOS.
10. Install Windows 7.
11. Close case
12. Take a crap and hope for the best (the crap or the PC?). smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif

Is this right? I am scared about step 7. What will happen if I set it up wrong? Could I damage something? confused.gif Also, does the cooler go on just like the standard heat sink?
What I am concerned about is WHAT ELSE could possible go wrong by me doing this? I've never set up BIOS before or installed Windows 7 clean. I've been reading about some horror stories on first time builds...

PSU Burnt, Odd MB, Won't Display. Windows Won't Load, PC Not Booting, Windows Crash, Won't Start Correctly, Blank Screen, PC Acting Funky, etc...the list goes on.

I want to know how to avoid these problems. If I can get a heads up I might be able to. I mean the majority of you people have this case and mb and cpu so it's not different.

Please help and give your suggestions. As soon as I get the verify and ok, I'm going to place the order. But I need some guidance first.

Sorry for lenth but it's important. Thanks for your help! thumb.gif

PS: Does anyone have a link to a GOOD quality green or purple led light for the case. I can't find nothing but crap at Newegg. Please help. frown.gif

EDIT. Fixed install order (case closes last). Another thread in case forum.
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 4/26/11 at 2:49am
post #2 of 73
Here's everything you need to know, Just on an AMD platform.

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it seems to be right. but i would personally go with amd build like the 1100t 6 core if your worried, amd is much easier to put together an is much more simple to understand, but intel i5 2500k is a beast of a cpu. of course you would also need a new motherboard if u got amd. i put my first amd build together an it was super easy. an sorry im not to good with cpu cooler.. but myself i would spend a little bit more an get the corsair h70 liquid cooler. its like 125 i think an its all in 1 an easy to install. hope this helped you. sorry if it didn't
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post #4 of 73
If you are really that worried about building it yourself, I'll drive down there myself and help you. I love building PC's. 1 hour and a half drive is not bad at all.

What's the total budget allowed?

HX1000 is old news, overkill wattage for a single 580 and outdated
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post #5 of 73
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PowerTrip;13267893 
If you are really that worried about building it yourself, I'll drive down there myself and help you. I love building PC's. 1 hour and a half drive is not bad at all.

What's the total budget allowed?

HX1000 is old news, overkill wattage for a single 580 and outdated

About 2 grand. That right there is about $1750 not counting rebates.

The 1000W is for future SLI. I coulnd't find AX in 1000W. You have a better suggestion? headscratch.gif
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You are going to have a completely unbalanced system. The 2500k will be the bottleneck in your system, unless you plan on pushing it beyond 5GHz. I personally would drop down to a 750W PSU, GTX 570. The rest of the parts are fine.
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Originally Posted by mikeseth;13267986 
You are going to have a completely unbalanced system. The 2500k will be the bottleneck in your system, unless you plan on pushing it beyond 5GHz. I personally would drop down to a 750W PSU, GTX 570. The rest of the parts are fine.

Would 750 be ok for 2 570s in SLI?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeseth;13267986 
You are going to have a completely unbalanced system. The 2500k will be the bottleneck in your system, unless you plan on pushing it beyond 5GHz. I personally would drop down to a 750W PSU, GTX 570. The rest of the parts are fine.

That's nonsense, a 2500K at 4Ghz will not bottle neck a single GTX 580.

A Corsair HX850 can handle 580 SLI.

A Silver Arrow will get the 2500k to 5Ghz+ (Especially in the HAF X)

I'll save you some money in just a little bit.
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Will that Dominator RAM fit under the Silver Arrow? I know that you'll have to remove the top fins to get it to fit underneath the DH-14, but I don't know what kind of clearances you have with RAM heatsinks with the Silver Arrow.

Edit: Also this RAM is miles ahead of those Dominators and is cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL042211&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042211-_-EMC-042211-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20231445-L0C
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post #10 of 73
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PowerTrip;13268035 
That's nonsense, a 2500K at 4Ghz will not bottle neck a single GTX 580.

A Corsair HX850 can handle 580 SLI.

A Silver Arrow will get the 2500k to 5Ghz+ (Especially in the HAF X)

I'll save you some money in just a little bit.

I went with the 1000 'cause that's what I heard from several people for 580 SLI. I mean, what the hell do I know?

Saving money sounds nice, though. smile.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by hyujmn;13268049 
Will that Dominator RAM fit under the Silver Arrow? I know that you'll have to remove the top fins to get it to fit underneath the DH-14, but I don't know what kind of clearances you have with RAM heatsinks with the Silver Arrow.

Edit: Also this RAM is miles ahead of those Dominators and is cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL042211&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042211-_-EMC-042211-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20231445-L0C

I am concerned as well. I am asking about it in the case forum.
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 4/25/11 at 12:40pm
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