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First timer Build Check
06-21-2011, 10:14 PM,
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First timer Build Check
Looking for a quick review of this mostly Tier 3 list of components for compatibility and completeness. I know I left off video card but would probably add later if needed. Not really a gamer but might want to later. Also trying to stay around $600ish (currently $606)

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drive -Bare DriveAntec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power

ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power SupplyG.SKILL

NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Thanks for reading and commenting,
Bob
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06-21-2011, 10:21 PM,
#2
RE: First timer Build Check
That looks like a great build, however I would suggest you save about $40 by going with this great case instead, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...challenger
And check out this power supply, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817371034
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06-22-2011, 06:33 AM,
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RE: First timer Build Check
(06-21-2011, 10:21 PM)cubsrule93 Wrote: That looks like a great build, however I would suggest you save about $40 by going with this great case instead, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...challenger
And check out this power supply, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817371034

Thanks cubsrule93!
Like the recommendations, especially the case and the $ savings.
A couple of ?'s on the power alternative:
1. Is the 430 vs 550 watts ok?
2. I live on the tail end of a power grid... lots of surges and outages; is this still a good alternate? I know they both have 3 year warranty and I do have an extra power cord.

Thanks again,
Bob
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06-22-2011, 07:08 AM,
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RE: First timer Build Check
1) 430W is fine for this build.
2) You definitely want a surge protector, I would worry about your motherboard getting fried.
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06-22-2011, 07:48 AM,
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RE: First timer Build Check
Ok, Great! Really appreciate the quick and helpful feedback AndrewJ and cubsrule93!

I will order today from Newegg with some additional savings from these suggestions. (I have an APC ES 550 surge protector/backup because of electric utility problems).

Looking forward to my first build and thankful for this site's help!

Thanks again to AndrewJ and cubsrule93,
Bob
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06-22-2011, 10:41 AM,
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RE: First timer Build Check
Let us know how it goes!
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06-24-2011, 07:59 AM,
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RE: First timer Build Check
(06-22-2011, 10:41 AM)cubsrule93 Wrote: Let us know how it goes!

Sure will!
Can you point me at a good setup guide for having an ssd for W7pro and a 1TB hdd for data?
Looking right now like a Monday delivery from Newegg. yeah.
Thanks again,
Bob
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06-24-2011, 08:13 AM,
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RE: First timer Build Check
Just don't plug the hard drive in until after you install Windows, then you can simply format the harddrive through the partition manager as NTFS and it will automatically be accessible in My Computer.
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06-28-2011, 09:19 PM,
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RE: First timer Build Check
(06-24-2011, 08:13 AM)Andrew J Wrote: Just don't plug the hard drive in until after you install Windows, then you can simply format the harddrive through the partition manager as NTFS and it will automatically be accessible in My Computer.

Thankyou, Thankyou!! This site is GREAT!
Received my pc build parts yesterday at 4pm and got it all setup and running my programs today thanks to all of you!

Could not have done it without this site and the help from you guys.
Hardest parts for me were all the wiring connections and doing the drivers updates. Assembling all the parts and installing Window 7 has been a lot easier to set up than I thought. AND this pc works outstanding with the SSD. Had to be the smart people here spec'ing things out. Everything just works! Thanks for the recommendations.

Everything from the the build specs/options to the recommendations for parts and suppliers. Newegg came through great, too. Everything was well packaged and the case from Tennessee arrived with the internals from California; same delivery time.

Your FAQ section that listed the How to videos from ARS and others were so helpful. I also watched the 3 videos from Newegg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw) and they were helpful, too. (You might want to add them to your already good list)

This system is so much of an improvement from my 10 year old Dell Dimension clunker. Its even showing up my 5 year old IMac. The SSD is so fast combined with the I3 and now I have so much storage with the new Samsung 1TB HD. Everything on the Tier 3 went together great and the case and power supply recommendations also worked out great and saved me money!

Thanks Mathieu Bourgie, cubsrule93, AndrewJ and those that help to prepare such a great site and forum.

One really happy first time builder,
(builder)Bob
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06-29-2011, 06:44 AM,
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RE: First timer Build Check
Glad it worked out for you! Smile
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