View Full Version : Advice for building computer

30-01-2009, 11:11 AM
hi everyone

I'm building a computer and these are the components

CPU: Intel core 2 duo 8400 3ghz
*Ram: 2gb 800mhz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L
*GPU: nvidia 9800gt 512mb
*Case: unknown brand but has 7 expansion slots
OS: Windows Vista home premium OEM
*Power Supply: 500 watt Silverstone

ones with with a * i already own

I'd like to know if

Any of these parts that i'm goinig buy doesn't work with another part
Any big system bottle necks

like to hear your opinion :)

30-01-2009, 11:58 AM
Looks good to me, just make sure the case is big enough for an ATX board. I probably would have gone with an ATi HD4850 instead of the 9800GT. Maybe get a 3rd party cooler and oc that 8400

30-01-2009, 11:59 AM
Welcome to PF1

What are you going to use the computer for.
Eg: general day to day stuff, Gaming, etc

30-01-2009, 12:53 PM
Good good

maybe in the future i'll get a cooler and yes i'm sure the case is ATX

i'm going to using my computer to play games

30-01-2009, 02:13 PM
id suggest another 2gig of ram (especially for vista) otherwise it looks sweet

30-01-2009, 02:25 PM
Another 2Gb of ram is not much use unless you use a 64Bit OS. 32Bit OS will only see about 3Gb.

Hard Drive = Seagate IMHO

30-01-2009, 02:51 PM
I'd get the WD 640 Green or blue, black has 5 yr warrenty

30-01-2009, 02:52 PM
should of pointed that out oops

i use 64bit and its actually suprising how vista uses it up. i had 2gig for ages and at idle used a gig, now with 4gig i idle using 1.3gig

30-01-2009, 02:54 PM
Another 2Gb of ram is not much use unless you use a 64Bit OS. 32Bit OS will only see about 3Gb.

Hard Drive = Seagate IMHO

Seagate is in the middle of a sh*t phase, WD is on top atm so i say go with the 640gig

30-01-2009, 05:05 PM
hueybot-all hard drive manufacturers have had a stuff up before, even reliable brands such as seagate and WD. Overall Seagate is still more reliable. And as far as I'm concerned, the 500gb drives works OK with the updated firmware and the 320gb have no problems at all.


30-01-2009, 05:15 PM
thats fine, but ive had 5 seagate drives die within the last year or so, under the same conditions as the wds right next to them. and then following the seagate changin there warranty thread has left me with little faith in what once was a reliable brand so i use wd only now

im not saying your wrong, just my opinion

30-01-2009, 05:42 PM
Ok, sure different opinions make this forum great;)

From my personal experience, seagate is more reliable, and from yours, WD is.

Anyways, Tomo, remember to get this stuff from a reputable shop such as ascent or Computer Lounger. It'll be much easier when something fails/breaks


01-02-2009, 10:19 AM
i'm goiong to stick with a 320gb hard drive but i'll try and get a warnety and a seagate or Wd one.

Thanks for your help but if you notice anything still post it

01-02-2009, 11:38 AM
Out of curiousity is the 2gb of RAM CL4 or CL5?

And what brand, also?

02-02-2009, 07:45 PM
the brand is Power memory

how am i supposed to find out if its CL4 or CL5

07-02-2009, 11:55 AM
oops :horrified

my memory is actually PQI
the series is power memory