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Build Advice First self build - what rookie errors should I beware of making?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sparky1685, 28 Apr 2011.

  1. sparky1685

    sparky1685 New Member

    28 Apr 2011
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    I've just ordered the parts for my first ever self build PC, and browsing some of the very informative posts in this forum, I can see that there are lots of little traps for the unwary when putting a PC together.

    While I wait for the parts to arrive, I just thought I'd ask the more experienced builders here:

    "What do you wish you'd known before you built your first PC?". Have you ever zapped a part with static, not pushed a cooler on properly, spread thermal paste all over the motherboard, etc, etc?

    The parts I've ordered (from Scan's Today only offer) are:

    Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked Combo

    Coolermaster CM 690 II Lite, Black, Mid Tower Case w/o PSU
    650W Coolermaster RS650-ACAAE3-UK GX, 80 PLUS, 85% Eff', SLI/CrossFire, , EPS 12V, 120mm Fan
    Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, 1155, Sdy Bridge, QuadCore, 3.3GHz, GPU 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W, Retail
    MSI P67A-G45 (B3), Intel P67, S 1155, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 2133, Xfire, SATA 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX
    1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9ms, NCQ
    8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V
    Pioneer DVR-S19LBK 24x DVD±R, 12x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, RAM x12, SATA, Black, Retail Labelflash

    XFX HD 5770 AMD / ATI Graphics Card with IP-5X fan, Eyefinity, Single Slot - 1GB

    Hoping this is everything I need (and that the Intel stock cooler isn't as scary to push on as people say...) It should be a big step up from our current PC (Athlon XP 2500 with a Radeon 9500)

  2. dhicks001

    dhicks001 New Member

    7 May 2011
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    Looks good. I've been trying to find reviews of that graphics card as well...

    The scan's today only packages are deals, you've gout yourself some nice kit.

    Watch youtube videos for build help if you think you'll need it?!?! :rock:

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