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Can you take a look at the hardware for my first home built computer? Answered

I need someone to assure me that I've done this right before I order parts. I plan on playing a lot of graphics-heavy games and watching a lot of HD video. It would be nice if you could point out incompatibilities and possibly find cheaper hardware that works just as well or better. I want to run Windows 7 Home Premium on this.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811226039&cm_re=N82E16811121067-_-11-226-039-_-Product

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128421

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067&cm_re=intel_core_i5-760-_-19-115-067-_-Product

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027&cm_re=silencer_mk_ii-_-17-703-027-_-Product

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104202&cm_re=KHX1600c9d3b1k2-_-20-104-202-_-Product

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533&cm_re=wd_caviar_black_1tb-_-22-136-533-_-Product

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150489&cm_re=nvidia_geforce_9800_gt-_-14-150-489-_-Product

Sound Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102034&cm_re=pci_express_sound_blaster_x-fi_titanium-_-29-102-034-_-Product

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136169&cm_re=N82E16827136147-_-27-136-169-_-Product

Wireless Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166051&cm_re=N82E16833124069-_-33-166-051-_-Product


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Best Answer 10 years ago

I didn't examine each item on your list for compatibility, you need to do that as you make your parts selection. However, I have a few suggestions that I believe will save you some dollars that you can invest in upgrading your overall build.  You can get a much better, higher end full size ATX board with the savings I suggest. The full size board can accommodate more RAM, has more PCI and PCI Express slots and the ability to handle more internal and external drives and USB devices, and are generally easier to keep cool than a Micro ATX mobo.

Case: Just looking around Newegg, I saw several equivalent ATX midtower cases for nearly half what the one you have picked costs. Save $30
Mobo: Why a Micro ATX? Get a full size ATX board with more features and far greater expansion/upgrade possibilities.
CPU: Okay
PSU: I saw several equivalent PSU for $50 less than your pick.
RAM: The RAM you selected is out of stock and unlikely to be restocked.
HDD: Good choice
Video Card: Okay
Sound Card: Use the sound card built into the mobo. Save $100
Optical Drive: That's about right.
Wireless Card: Okay

The nice thing is you can upgrade most of these at a later date with relative ease, extending the usefulness of your build for several years.


Answer 10 years ago

Personally, I would recommend this one:


AsRock mobos are an economy mobo made by ASUS which means they cut a few corners on hardware and technology to keep the price down. It is my belief that you should always go for the best mobo you  can fit into your budget, it pays off in the long run.

The Gigabyte mobo I linked to supports Intel core i7 processors and USB 3,0  which means that it has the capacity to use some of the newest hardware on the market. Accordingly, it will have a longer useful life because of its ability to adapt and upgrade to newer products. It is about $80 dollars more than the one you list here, but the savings I pointed out to you will more than cover that cost.
I suggest you start with the mobo, then select a CPU, your video card and PSU in that order. Get those four right and everything else should fall into place to complete your build.