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Q: Building a new system for iRacing

My experience with computers is limited I want this to play iRacing http www iracing com membership system-requirements I already have a monitor keyboard mouse case graphics card Here is what I have so far looking to see if it will new Building for iRacing a system all work together in harmony ASUS P Z -M LGA Intel Z HDMI SATA Building a new system for iRacing Gb s USB Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http www newegg com Product Produ rue amp Keywords keywords amp Page scrollFullInfo COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS -PCARE -US W ATX V V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply http www newegg com Product Product aspx Item N E G SKILL Ripjaws X Series GB x GB -Pin DDR SDRAM DDR PC Desktop Memory Model F - CL D- GBXL http www newegg com Product Product aspx Item N E Western Digital WD RE WD ABYX GB RPM MB Building a new system for iRacing Cache SATA Gb s quot Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http Building a new system for iRacing www newegg com Product Product aspx Item N E LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk X DVD R X DVD RW X DVD R DL X DVD-R X DVD-RW X DVD-ROM X CD-R X CD-RW X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS - - OEM http www newegg com Product Product aspx Item N E Microsoft Windows -bit Full Version - OEM http www newegg com Product Product aspx Item N E EVGA G-P -N -TR GeForce GT HDMI GB -bit DDR PCI Express x HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http www newegg com Product Product aspx Item N E Thanks for your help in advance Let me know if I m missing anything I forgot the processor Intel Core i - Sandy Bridge GHz LGA W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX I http www newegg com Product Product aspx Item N E nbsp

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A: Building a new system for iRacing

Hi I would make some changes:

ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
EVGA 01G-P4-3650-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

I'm not quite sure if you said you already bought the graphics card. That'd be too bad IMO a 9800gt 1gb is a poor choice.
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you guys should check it out, its getting better every month
they just added the nationwide cars, and talladega super speedway....

If you decide you want to join, PM me so i can give you my referral to help you out, and give me some credit too

I didn't really read about it but, from the movie clip, it sure looks like fun... how much is it anyways?
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Hello I get a bsod while plying games and watching you tube videos I have all ready run a mem test all memoery came back good I have also ran chkdsk in command line no joy there I have ruled out heat as an issue I have a h 100 on the cpu and 2 h 50s on the gpus also I have temp monitoring cpu never gets above 47 c gpus stay around 30 to 35 c when gaming l I use mse for virus protection a freind of mine built this computer for me and has since quit helping me because he doesn't know whats is wrong with it that it keeps bosd so I know very little about how to fix it so any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

A:bsod while playing world of war ships and iracing

I7 4770 cpu mobo asrock z87 extreme 6 2 navidia gtx760 in sli 16mb of mem 1250 psu oprating sytem windows 7 in 64 mode triple 32 screens
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I have been getting this blue screen of death under Technical Information it reads as follows:
*** STOP: 0x00000116 (0xFFFFFA8007920010, 0xFFFFF88004260E8C, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000002)
*** atikmpag.sys - Address FFFFF88004260E8C base at FFFFF88004254000, Datestamp 56de0199
Seems to be doing this more so when im playing this IRacing game
Any help on how to fix this would be much appreciated, I am technically stupid lets say so if you have an answer, dumb it down a bit
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I've been having constant BSOD's occur on this machine since early last year. I was running Windows 7 Ultimate for about a year. In the past two weeks I switched over to Windows 7 Professional in hopes that it would solve the problem but it has not.

In the past the BSOD's would occur while watching Netflix and burning CD's and DVD's. I have not done either of those activities on this machine for months now. Lately, it has been crashing when running the simulator.

The BSOD error codes I'm getting are mainly 0x00000101 and sometimes 0x00000050. Screenshots attached.

After examining the dump files using BlueScreenView (Blue screen of death (STOP error) information in dump files.) it looks like the main culprits are:

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Constant BSOD playing - error 0x00000101 and 0x00000050

117 views and no replies? I'm beginning to think this problem will not be solved. Time to build a new machine and relegate this one to secondary status I guess.
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Hi I have System) System Own (or Bare a Bones Building been aiming to design my own hardware system for years Last year I amplified that goal and almost started the project I had made shopping cart lists of essential parts cpu gpu motherboard ram hd cooling case and the like Unfortunately I got snagged for Building a Own System (or Bare Bones System) financial reasons Building a Own System (or Bare Bones System) and uncertainty on hardware compatibility of some of the components So I compromised by triple-booting ubuntu windows home prem and mac os on a pre-existing imac While the experimenting with multiple OSes was grand and enjoyable I am very unsatisfied with apple products their babylike interface heinously overpriced locked-down OS plus I just don't care for the apple company and need to get a new setup My alternatives are a high quality laptop with some kind of multiple monitor configuration the addons and software for that I have researched fairly well a pre-built rig almost certainly Dell building my own Bare Bones System or From Scratch Because of the enjoyment learning and personal and possibly professional rewards not to mention that I think it's about time considering how long I've used computers and my considerable interest in them IF the bare bones system worked and I've heard of incompatibility problems just as well or better than the two other options I'd much rather do building one from scratch So aside from typically unhelpful tutorials and looking at system specs like I so alphanumeric's which looked quality in parts not sure how to go about this but this forum was incredibly informative for at least one thread so I posted here Initial question s is what's the best way to have a very clear accessible bit of data like a table of known in compatibilities with hardware components For example many cpus won't work with certain motherboards correct Will only certain ram work for certain motherboards How do you know which cooling system is powerful enough for givne cpu s and hd and other component heat This is a project that I value and IF I can get affordable high-quality parts AND they al compatible and it works will be rewarding Additionally DIY and desinging a system from scratch is very congruent to how I operate I have some minimums such as ideally tb HD gb Kingston ram Was eyeing Eyefinity graphics card ports but it's price seems a bit out of range NVIDIA gpu Intel ideally i cpu I also realize that some companies like dell basically just assemble computers from different manufacturers making it like an assembled machine However the benefit to the bbs would be the reward of diy technological learning and customization so this is obviously something I value but buying parts and having them not work is probably the main impeding fear What's the best way to have crisply defined compatibility incompatibilities with parts Thanks a ton I guess ideal responses would be people who have experience successfully building their own bbs also I am not too clear on a bare bones system and building one from scratch Sounds like a BBS is in between building one from scratch and buying one pre-assembled How does one pick out some of the components like a case or motherboard Aside from a few brands like asus that I like some components I am uncertain on how to pick one out Learning more about the componens will probably be decisively informative RAM CPU and HD are components of which I am more familiar so selecting those is simple I'd prefer to build a system from scratch but it sounds like a BBS takes care fo the case cooling power supply and mother board is that correct For example let's say I decide on a motherboard likely asus that is compatible with an i that I select how do I know which case and cooling and power systme will be compatible with that motherboard and cpu Or a more detailed question the asus P H -M motherboard Newegg com - ASUS P H -M amp REV amp LGA Intel H HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard says it has an aud... Read more

A:Building a Own System (or Bare Bones System)

You don't need tables or documentation to build a system. My brother-in-law, for example, built his own with no prior experience. he asked me a few questions, and did the research on his own. First, choose your processor. Do you want Intel or AMD? Then choose a series, like Sandy Bridge. That will dictate what motherboard chipset you need. Once you do choose a motherboard, you'll know what memory, video card, and hard drives you can use. Choose those, add in a case, optical drive, and good power supply, and you are done.

Then, total it up, look at your budget, and adjust the processor as necessary...maybe going up a step or down. Other components can be adjusted as well, like maybe a lesser video card for a nonn-gamer, in exchange for more memory.

You are getting FAR to hung up on compatibility. Cases, for example, can handle most motherboards, unless you buy a full ATX motherboard and expect it to fit in a MicroATX case.

Honestly, building a system from scratch, in terms of compatibility, is very simple. Tweaking it to fit a specific budget is where any difficulities will arise.

I've built over a hundred systems, and even my wife, who's now an entry-level IT worker, built two of her own before getting into I.T. A place like Newegg helps you refine your searches down, compare many options, and build a wish list to watch costs. Compatibility isn't an issue if you take the time to read the descriptions. You can't buy an AMD processor and expect it to work in an Intel chipset board, obviously. But, it isn't like some memory brands won't work with some motherboard models. As long as you buy the right type of memory to go with your board, you are fine. It's far easier than you are making the project out to be.
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Video Card
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My existing hard drives

If you have any other suggestions, please let me know

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A:Building new system

Hi, I'll give it a shot
CPU: -Intel i5 750 retail ($220)
Motherboard -Gigabyte P55-UD3R ($150)
Memory: - 4Gb (2x2Gb) G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3-1600C9 ($99)
Graphics card: -MSI HD 5750 1Gb ($148)
Power supply: -OCZ StealthXstream OCZ600SXS 600watt. ($75)
Harddrive: - Western Digital Caviar Black 500Gb WD5001AALS ($75)
Computer chassis: - Thermaltake M9 ($80)
Blu ray/DVD combo drive: -Lite On iHES208 ($123)
Total cost : $870
Add speakers : - M-One Studiophile AV 30 2.0 ($119)
Just need to add a cheap optical mouse

It's not the cheapest build but it has quality components that will work well together.
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Coolermaster AMD Approved Cooler (forget the model)
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A:Building a new system

The college of what? game playing , ah yeah that looks good for writing papers, and reseach and stuff, yeah, real nice. I had a lousy TI calculator for cryin out loud.
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Abit KT7 MB
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Sound Blaster Live Platinum
Geforce 32 MB Vid card
30 GB 7200 RPM HDD
Standard boooooring 3.5" Floppy

Any suggestions on specs/compatibility and maybe some good links for building it would be helpful...I've done plenty of Plug and Pray things like CD-ROMs, Sound cards, network cards, and all that other fun stuff.

A:Building a system

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also, i own a G4 ti 4400, i wanna upgrade, is the 9800pro a good choice,



A:Building your own XP system

You should be fine with just pluggin tia ll together and booting from the OS CD, you may need to install the drivers for your new cards but other than that it should be fine, any probs you get just let us know.

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A:Building new system

That board doesn't support DDR3, true. But you won't really want DDR3 RAM for a Phenom II anyways, so it's nothing to worry about... DDR2 prices have gone quite much up recently though.
Two options for that: +
OR: + (not tested compatible, and I'd be pretty cautious. There are no compatible tested DDR3 RAM kits for any AMD board)

You could want to consider: + + If this is beyond your budget (please note the two following notes before doing an estimative calculation), you will want DDR2 + Phenom II 945.

You will need a better power supply for this level a system. More actual output and higher quality. Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Enermax, Seasonic are very good, OCZ, Antec, Thermaltake are very decent. Corsair 550VX, 600W models of the other brands would be a recommended minimum. For case, Antec 300 Illumination is a good choice. A lot of effective and adjustable fans pre-installed, solid quality and a good price.

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A:Help building new system....

*BUMP* anyone?
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A:Building a new System

The HD 4850 outperforms the 9800GTX easily and will obviously be faster than a 9800GT, so I think the extra $80 is absolutely worth it. And no, the 1GB model will not be a good investment.
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I am looking to build a somewhat low budget machine that will have some gaming done on it (Titan Quest and Dungeon Siege are the two that I play the most) and will be running Windows XP.

Here are 3 builds that I am looking at:

Abit LG-95 LGA 775
Intel E7200 Core 2 Duo
2x1GB Kingston DDR2 667

Intel G965 Express
Intel E7200 Core 2 Duo
2x1GB Corsair DDR2 800

Intel G35EC
Intel E7200 Core 2 Duo
2x1GB Corsair DDR2 800

A question I have is, can I use my Kingston DDR 667 memory in either of the two Intel boards. The reason I ask, is I have 2x1GB Kingston DDR2 667 memory sticks I can't return (lost the receipt from Fry'

Also, I am looking at these boards because they have on-board video and I don't have to purchase a video card right away.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts..


A:Building new system

Intel onboard video is pretty useless... You can use such slow memory, it won't be too bad.

If you're on a budger, an AMD setup would be cheaper and include decent 3D graphics, good enough to play Dungeon Siege... you could use more 3D power than CPU power. While intel does have the fastest chips - I don't think $1000 is in your budget. AMD is still quite good for the money.

Here is your $70 board: and uses very old tech and may not be compatible with the CPU you selected.

This one is $20 more, but is state of the art and will do 3D pretty well: It has more memory options, DVI & HDMI output.

$90 CPU (instead of $140) =

Its easily faster than my CPU... but even I can play some of todays games very well.

You'll need a modern PSU... budget $40~60 for a cheap one... unless you have a good one that is ATX 2.x And your DDR2 memory will work on the board above.
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A:Help building a system

You have an excellent start. But be sure you buy a case with adequate room, and extra space for cooling fans. Most important device is the power supply. Do as well with your power supply as you have with the CPU. Then you will want better than average optical drive... might consider the new and expensive Blues... A Seagate or Western Digital 500 Gb to 700 GB to 1 TB of hard drive space with a backup drive as well... SATA of course. The Seagate has a five-year warranty whereas the Western Digital and others have a three year at best. Then be sure you have a top CPU fan and heat sink. I like the high end Zalman, but there are many. Memory is very important. Get as least 4 GB of a known brand such a Crucial, Kingston, OCZ, Corsair, etc. Be sure to check the ASUS website. They have restrictions of memory that will work for some of their boards. In fact, I would get an Intel or Gigabyte board over the ASUS gaming board.
Good luck. You will likely get a lot of advice on this one on this forum. So wait for all the thinkers to post.
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Hard Drive: Seagate 500 GB, Ultra ATA/100, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache.

Memory: 512 MB, DDR 400, PC 3200, 184 Pin.

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Sound Card: Diamond, Xtreme Sound 7.1, 7.1/24 Bit Sound Card.

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A:building new system

If you actually need 16 GB of RAM, you only have 2 choices:

Throw away what you have and buy 16 GB of new sticks.

Add 8 to the 8 you now have.

If money is no object, throw away what you have and start over.

If the cost is of some concern, add 8.

The closer the added 8 matches the original 8, the less likely you will have issues.

Matching would include details such as brand, model, part number, voltage, timings, non-ECC, and any other factor you can find in the specifications.

I don't think you can know with absolute certainty what will happen until you add the new sticks to the old. All you can do is reduce the chances of a poor outcome. Most people would take the chance and I would myself.

You're the one who knows about your budget and willingness to take a chance. If you are indifferent to the price, then of course you would start over.

I assume all of this RAM will go into a new motherboard that you don't yet own, so I'd at least take a look at the qualified RAM list for that board and pound on Google to see if any owners of that board are having any RAM issues.
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TIGHT at that! I was wondering, what's a budget CPU that's
fair in performance? The same for a GPU and HDD (has to be IDE though.)
I have experience in building PC's, so don't worry ^^;

A:Building New System

Hit up Ars's or Tom Hardware's Value build guides.
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A:new system building

How do you have the HD's hooked up? One as master and the other as slave or are they both set to master on separate channels? Did you also change the jumpers to master or slave? As for the CD-ROM, just change the boot order to CD-ROM and then save the settings to boot from it.
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I'm going to build a new base unit and am pondering about which processor to choose. Here's what I've decided so far.......

ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
2 x 256 MB DDR PC3200
80Gb HDD (probably SATA)
Chieftec case (I like the pretty colours)

Now the processor I 'was' going to go with is an XP3000 with Abit NF-s motherboard.
But for a bit extra I'm looking into a P4 3ghz(800fsb) along with a Abit Canterwood board.

What do you think (by the way my budget is 1000 or there abouts)

Also thinking of audigy 2, but heard some bad stories with regards to these cards.

Please no 'I hate ATI/Nvidia/Intel/AMD', since I've used all and have had no complaints. This is simply the biggest bang for your buck (well pound )

A:building a new system - what do think ?

personally i would recommend the AMD option
u would get so much more 'bang for your buck' with a A7N8X Deluxe, a XP3200+ and 2 sticks of Corsair DDR3200(400Mhz) RAM and if u had the money i would get a TwinX LL set from corsair (that is 2 matched DIMMs with low latency SPDs - very very fast)

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Help! What should I do next?

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2 DDR2 1G PC5300 667Mhz RAM
Albatron GeForce 8600GT 256MB PCI Express
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3
500 W power supply
Pentium D 2.8
Seagate 150 GB Sata

A:Building new system...

The lack of operating system could be a problem.

The rest looks fine.
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Since im not good with computers i need some help picking out my processor and power supply


Mother Board:

Hard Drive:



Optical Drive:

What i need to know if all these so far would mix together alright if so i need help picking out a processor, and maybe a power supply. The case comes standard with a 450 W power but is that enough? or do i need more.. Thanks

A:Help with system building.

Infrared Reflex said:

Since im not good with computers i need some help picking out my processor and power supply


Mother Board:

Hard Drive:



Optical Drive:

What i need to know if all these so far would mix together alright if so i need help picking out a processor, and maybe a power supply. The case comes standard with a 450 W power but is that enough? or do i need more.. ThanksClick to expand...

No-Dont use the cases PSU, buy a PSU from antec, id recommend this PSU
or if you want more
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A:Building an old P2/P3 system-need some help

In my opinion, it isn't worth mucking around with stuff that old.

No warranty, slow, and Drivers can be extremely difficult to find.
You'll only be able to run '98 or a small Linux Distro on it, and Games will be a joke.

I'm not trying to be negative, but I'm speaking from experience.

You can knock up a cheap Core2 system for probably well under 200 pounds (I'm not sure of the exchange rate, but a Pound is about $2.20 Aus)

E2180 $80
1Gb DDR667 $30
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The Mobo:
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The Processor
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CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB RAM (Will Upgrade W/ Another Stick Later)

The Video Card
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A:Building a New System

Change the Mobo to this:

and the Processor to this(yes i know its out of stock try to find it somewhere else):
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A:Need help building a new system

Intel Q9550 + Gigabyte P45:

i7 is not worth it, mainly because DDR3 is not worth it. Yet. In a year or so, it will be quite worth its price.

RAM.. or

Vid card, get one GTX260 (216 core edition, not the old crappy 192) or Radeon 4870. Or something higher, maybe a GTX285. SLI is not worth with anything that you can outrun with another single card... If that made any sense. SLIing GTX260s is a decent idea. 9800 GTX or lower is not.

There's no minimum power supply "size" to get this running. The amperes on the 12 V rails(preferably a strong single rail), and especially the quality of the unit matter. Be ready to spend, if you skimp out, things can get really nasty. Here's a good one:
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A:Building a new System

It would help if you could give us a rough estimate of how much you're willing to spend on this system.
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F: Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E - $15
Mobo: ASUS P5N32-E SLI - $260
RAM: Buffalo Firestix FSX800D2C-K2G DDR2 800 - $190
GFX: eVGA 8800GTX 768MB - $520
Speakers: Logitech X-530 - $54
PSU: OCZ GameXStream 700w - $135
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HDD: Western Digital 320GB SATA II - $100
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Do I discuss it here, in Hardware, or in Gaming? Didn't want to start the post in the wrong place and get moved


A:Building a PC System

Here or in hardware is probably OK.

What do you need to know?

If you are concerned with getting the correct parts, the following would help;

Intended purposes for the PC


Parts not needed (carried over from an existing PC)

Preferred vendor in your country.
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I'm not a gamer but just want something fast.

My build so far...

Power Supply
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Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667

Asus P5N-E SLI LGA775 Nvidia nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA775 (Does the processor come with the fan or will I need to get one.)

Hard Drive
Will use old 40GB HD for internal and buy a large external.

Am I missing anything?

A:Help building a new system

GET DDR2 PC2 6400 800Mhz

Processor should come with a fan if RETAIL, unless store states its a OEM chip.

HARD DRIVE : TRUST ME you need new hard drive 7200 or 10K rpm SATA 300.

I had a single WD 250Gb HD SATA, and it was the biggest bottle neck of my system.. I got a SECOND 250Gb HD Configured in RAID 0 , MUCH better perfromance.

and you're missing a video card.. a 8500GT for under $100 should be fine.
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Sony AW-G170AB2 18xDVDRW/RAM Dual Layer
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A:Building a new system, need help

I think it was this forum that I read NOT to use cheap RAM. As for the speed, the manufacture's web site will give you all the stats on the board you need. I hear Gigabyte mobos are pretty good. I like DFI .
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A:Building a gaming system for $800... help!

You could go either the Intel or the AMD route, and there will be people who will suggest you go in different suggestions. Currently the newest Intel CPUs (the core 2 duo lineup) is the best CPU on the market in just about every way.

However, with AMDs price drops they are still is competitive and sometimes the better choice at the low budget level.

The choices you have listed above are... all over the place and incompatible with each other!! lol. You have AGP cards, PCI-e cards, socket 939 boards, AM2 boards...

Here (in my opinion) is the first thing we need to know before anyone can help. You said:

I want to build a computer that will alow me to play multiple games and do my homework at the same time.Click to expand...

What exactly do you want to be able to do? When you say gaming, what are the names of the games you play? Are we talking some online flash based smurf game, or first person shooters? This will greatly change your system if you need a gaming graphics card for today's newer games. What software do you use for your homework?
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A:Need an advice, building my own system

Both Nividia and Radeon have upsides,
They are both capable of doing what you say,
As a personal choice i would go for a radeon but i know nividia is very good for graphical development ( Just take a look at there homepage )
Pick the one that you get more for less on.
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Hard Drive:

CD/DVD Drive:

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A:Need help with building from a barebone system

Don't worry, we were all noobs once

1. just so you know, barebones systems come as separate components. when you receive it you will still have to assemble/build everything yourself. also you will recive OEM versions, instead of retail which may not have documention and warranty coverage. also, it's pretty much the same price as as buying components separately so you really don't save anything.

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A:Help building a multimedia system out of old PC

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A:Guide for building your own system.

Nice guide. Is this not more related to description of parts then assembly ?
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A:System building advice please.

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A:Building New System -- Nothing happens on powerup

Take out the memory and the graphics card and see what your get.
Test the power supply.
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A:Building a system - OEM or retail

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A:BSOD after building new system

hello ,

what do you have the jumpers set to on the harddrive (cable select or master)?

what position of the data cable to you have the hardrive to ( then end connector or the middle connector ) ?

dose the system start ?

if it does then

now what i need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

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here you will find 3 to 4 subcatagories

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performing a (sfc) system file checker

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a window will open
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another window will open
#3 type in ( sfc )then press enter
another window will open
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#5 type in (sfc /scannow ) then press enter ( notice the space between the (sfc & / )

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A good place to start would be in the hardware forum.

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A:Building an new system from scratch

That sounds great. You dont need the cd with your drivers on it until after the install, it worked for me. Everything looks fine. Should work great.

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A:Building/Buying a New System

The system you listed is a good price. Dont like the included power supply.
The Gateway system, while refurbished has someone else's mileage on it- does it come with warranty's of the same length as new product? If not, would this bother you?
I quickly put together a system based on your pre-built. I came up with:
Motherboard : Gigabyte H55M-UD2H ($105)
CPU : Intel i3 530 Retail ($130) i3 530
RAM: G.Skill 2x2Gb DDR3-1333 CL8 ($100)
PSU : BFG 550watt modular ($60)
Chassis : Cooler Master Centurion 534 mid tower ($51)
Harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750Gb ($73)
Optical drive : Sony Optiarc CD/DVD burner ($32)
$551 + shipping and local tax.+ the 9500GT card you listed in your post

The card you have picked is good for only very light gaming.
Something like this...
is a quantum leap above the 9500GT and also supports native 7.1 sound over HDMI
gives you a degree of future proofing and has excellent connectivity.
Both these graphics cards would be supported by the BFG power supply with ease, but not with the Ultra PSU listed in the prebuilt.

You could probably save a few dollars by checking out other etail/retail in your country (Tiger Direct, Direct Canada, NCIX etc) but a good system is do-able on your budget
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Go here and knock yourself out. and on the mobo your not going to find 16x/16x/16x anywhere
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A:Help: Building a system for $1000

Take a look at the configurations in the Guides section of this forum. Some of the suggestions there are worth strong consideration.
You selections are good, except that I would go for a Gigabyte or eVGA over the ASUS board... it has been so much trouble for so many.
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Hit that buy button man... what are you waiting for?
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A:Advice on building a new system

What resolution do you want to run the game at? Do you want all the graphic settings turned to high?
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Black Evercase, comes with one bbfan
VGA LEADTEK GeForce 4 TI4600

Thanks again!

A:Building new system. Opinions?

All I have to say is must be nice to drop that much money on the comp. Looks good to me though. The manufacturers look good and you can't go wrong with newegg.
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Athlon XP 1600+ - $54
CoolerMaster DP5-6L11A HSF - $6
ASUS A7V8x - $126
ATI Radeon 7500 64MB DDR - $62
256MB Kingmax DDR400 - $69
80GB 7200RPM Seagate Barracuda IV - $110
120GB 7200RPM Western Digital SE - $162
Sound Blaster Live! Audigy Gamer - $84
Lite-On 40x/12x/48x CD-RW - $57
Antec SX630II Mini-Tower Case - $75
Creative Modem Blaster V.92 56k PCI Modem - $19

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A:Building new system...Opinions?

What are you goign to be doing with it? You don't have broadband correct? Then I think if you are looking at saving money then you should stick with the 80 gig.
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A:Building new system Update

Looks fine.
You're adding an optical drive?

The core of the system is compatible- as I ascertained before recommending the mobo/RAM components- and you should have a great system once you put it all together.

Harddrive choice is probably a coin flip:
The Caviar Black has faster read and write times (probably not noticeable in real world use)
and a 5 year warranty. The Caviar Green will be quieter, run a little less hot, has a larger capacity (in this instance) but has the warranty reduced to 3 years.
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A:Building a system image

If the machines are all networked the usual way to do it is via site licensing and creating a boot disk that automatically logs onto the network. You select the option to install and the installer runs over the network. How it's implemented I do not know. That's what IT guys are for. The licensed image is on the server that the boot disk connects to.

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A:Building a gaming system


Well for one, never get a gigabyte motherboard. jus so ya know.....

Heres my system, it scored a 6202 on 3dmark03 v330. not to shabby if i say so myself.

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A:Building a new system. Opinions?

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Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 250GB Sata

Power Supply: Cooler Master 600W

Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD/RW

Case: I am getting one on my own

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