Computer build

Re: Computer build

Postby MacK » Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:11 pm

The new i5 and i7 cores beat everything out there by AMD at the moment. I wouldn't call myself a fanboy of either brand - in all honesty, I switch between AMD and Intel as well as Nvidia and ATI (AMD). I go for the biggest bang for the buck, and right now it's the i5/7.
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Re: Computer build

Postby Majik » Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:39 am

LOL Hakko,
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Re: Computer build

Postby TyraeL » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:08 pm

Pes the parts you picked are good...my concern is you need a few more things,i whouldent go with your old stock gateway case...considering your a gamer. them new parts will put off alot of heat and you will need good cooling,and if your going to overclock you really need a case with better airflow. Make sure you tie and plan out your wiring. If you leave them free it looks like crap and will hurt airflow there for adding to overheating probs. Another thing you want to get is an aftermarket cpu cooler stock ones are bad for normal running let alone overclocking..you prob sit at 60c stock easy...spend like 30 bucks your cpu will be at 20-30c easy. Just my 2 cents :)

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Re: Computer build

Postby pesetas » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:56 am

More great advise, thanks Tyrael. I added that cooler to my list. So one more question that really concerns me.

I've read several different opinions on this and the consensus is that I won't have a problem using that OEM Windows 7 for System Builders as long as I just use it in my main pc. I can't see paying an additional 50 bucks for the retail version if it is the same product. I know that the OEM version basically 'marries' the OS to your mobo so that can be an issue if you change things around too much in the future. Any thoughts?
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Re: Computer build

Postby TyraeL » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:48 pm

tbh id just torrent it save the money :P
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Re: Computer build

Postby Your Hero Jed » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:13 pm

On the OEM I've changed everything but my graphics and harddrive and it popped up saying i needed to register so I called M$ and they gave me the code no problems.
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Re: Computer build

Postby MacK » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:47 pm

OEM will be fine. Never ever had a problem loading it on actually multiple PCs.
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Re: Computer build

Postby {OF}MillerTime » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:16 am

I'm with Mack on that. I only use the OEM versions.
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Re: Computer build

Postby pesetas » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:49 am

Groovy, then OEM it is. I really appreciate everyones input!
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Re: Computer build

Postby pesetas » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:10 am

Well I'm very excited! I ordered the guts for my new rig just now AND based on your sound advice (and the gift card I got from Mom) I added this case to the mix. I decided to go with a full tower so that I have plenty of room to work in there and options for additional cooling. Wish me luck on my first build.

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Re: Computer build

Postby TyraeL » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:14 pm

good case
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Re: Computer build

Postby Majik » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:16 pm

There really is no difference between retail and OEM.
I would say over the past 10 years or so I have loaded windows a good 500+ times. If there ever is a problem you end up calling MS like Jed said and they give you a new code.
I haven't bought Vista or Windows 7 ( I just have a phobia about saying 7 by itself!) but back in the day you didn't even need to buy the OEM, you could buy the upgrade version and still do a complete fresh install. All you had to do was insert a windows cd when it needed to verify you owned a previous version to qualify to use an upgrade.
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Re: Computer build

Postby pesetas » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:05 pm

Very exciting! I got a box of goodies from Newegg today. Just waiting for my case from Amazon and I'm in business. Reading the mobo manual is kind of overwhelming...I think I'm going to go with one of those step by step builders guides on the net...
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Re: Computer build

Postby Majik » Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:19 pm

1: Get case
2: screw in motherboard
3: thermal paste then processor
4:install hard drives cd/dvd/blue ray drives
5: install any remaining peripherals
6: install OS disk and run
7: install all drivers and service packs and updates.
8: connect broadband connection.
9:Contact all FDB that you wanna kick some a**
10: kick a**
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Re: Computer build

Postby MacK » Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:17 am

To save a little time, I would screw down MBD after installing processor, heatsink and memory, but other than that pretty straight forward to build.
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Re: Computer build

Postby pesetas » Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:13 pm

Yeah looks pretty simple from what you guys say and what I've seen on line. BIOS seems a bit daunting but I'm going to hold off on over-clocking for the time being until I get the hang of things. The case should be here today so by Sunday morning I hope to be elbow deep in pc guts!

edit: Holy cow! I just got my case. It is a MONSTER! Absolutely friggin huge. I'm going to have to figure out a place to put this beast...
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Re: Computer build

Postby Majik » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:05 pm

MacK wrote:To save a little time, I would screw down MBD after installing processor, heatsink and memory, but other than that pretty straight forward to build.


Good point Mack!
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Re: Computer build

Postby pesetas » Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:11 pm

Well the beast is built and I am obviously online. Need to dl some drivers and what not but this was an awesome project. This pc absolutely screams! I'll be back with temp results after I install steam and some games. Thanks to all of you for your advice!
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Re: Computer build

Postby MacK » Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:08 pm

Great it went well! I always love building a new box. I have got to be in the 1000's of boxes I have built since I first got into it. I remember one job I had to build 25 a day for about 4 days for a local college. Those were the days when I played with hardware all day long.
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Re: Computer build

Postby pesetas » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:05 am

Well all 4 cores after playing 2 hours of BFBC2 ranged from 37-47 degrees C. Not bad I think. I need to find some software that will monitor both the gpu and cpu under load. I was using speedfan but not sure if it is compatible with windows 7. Anyone? Nvidia used to have a system monitor but I can't find it on their site anymore.
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