This is a fun project cause I am waiting for the 3d style gaming to really get some good footing and see what new technology develops out of it.
I typically buy my motherboard/CPU as a combo. They offer free testing and clock speed. This way you know the motherboard and CPU will be a brother/sister instead of a nosy neighbor.
The first most important part of the computer I think is the case. Without the case, the computer has no home.
The case is from 3btech.net. $69.99 and I dealt with this company many times. They offer great service and reply to any request you have that day. This case is very cool when you have the lights off. It really displays a cool look with water cooling devices which I would add later.
I would also take their option to add a Power Supply as they will give you a discount for buying both together.
This is a viotek 600W 20/24 Pin Power Supply. I chose this because this would help the cooling as well as provide the power needed to add the various addons. This is $29 to add on to the case. They will also position and screw into place for you. It’s not real scary to do, but that is the most trouble I run into when it comes to zapping the computer.
Now the fun part; The motherboard and CPU with fan. Well, I have always been diehard Nvida and Gigabyte fan. I just think they work the best together and that’s only thing I would put in my computer. I like to buy it in pairs as I said in the introduction. Pricewatch is great for showing me the newest and best available on market. I don’t like to buy the most expensive but I do want a solid machine.
This combo is a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3; is able to hold up to 32gb memory, as well as two separate PCIe X16 video cards. This also has attached the AMD fx8150 8 Core processor. This will have onboard sound, so I won’t need to select a sound card unless I wanted a surround sound setup for the computer. This was pulled from PortaTech.com and has a pricetag of $447.75
The great part is they do the testing and put the right fan with the CPU. So far, I now have 4 case fans and the CPU Fan. The last step of the process will be a water cooled system before I add the rest of the hardware. Rest will be just plug and attach.
I am going to install the water cooled fan system now. This is kinda cool depending on what I would buy. I would probably buy this locally cause I would want to see how it operates as well as looks. This is like buying a car online. You won’t know how it feels until you see it live.
I found this one from TigerDirect.com. Thermaltake is a well known name. They have great products and great support. Especially when dealing with water type products that can potentially damage your system, you want only the best companies that know the business. Model # is CLW0211 and price is $129.99. Again, this is not needed, but it does make the system run smoother.
Video Card is to me the only time price doesn’t matter. I really want to go with a 3d style gaming machine but you need a solid video card that can carry you all the way till the end. This one is $194.97 from PortaTech.com The main reason I would wait to build would be until the price of some better video cards come down in price.
I found this on tigerdirect.com for price of $129.97. Solid Slate drives are nice but I won’t be moving this around much. Therefore, there is no reason to increase the costs on this. I have been a fan of Western Digital since I knew what a hard drive was.
The board max is 1600mhz without having to overclock machine. Therefore, I have 4 x 4gb chips equating to total of 16GB of memory. They are priced on memory-up.com at $98.92 per pair. $197.84
This was from 3BTech.net again. This one is a 16x Blue Ray with 3D support. It sells for $89.99 and will be my only drive for the computer.
Keyboard/Mouse combo both wired. I don’t like wireless stuff that is going to never be moved. No reason to use my keyboard 50 feet away. Therefore, Logitech is my first choice in these input devices. $18.73 from 3BTech.net
HP has a great deal on this 23in LCD Monitor with two 3D Glasses for $269.99
This webcam is about as nice as they come. It can actually record 1080p video and is more then double then its next competitor. TigerDirect.com has it listed for $99.99 and it will be worth it if you plan on gaming with friends.
I would also run linux on this system but Win7 is still needed for most of my programs. Therefore I found this for a price of $104.99 on DiscountMountainSoftware.com It says full version but that is a really good price.
Overall, the main system is together and any additional software, devices, etc maybe added down the road. For now, I have a good mean machine.
The Steps I listed the products I would install at that time
1. Case and Power Supply will already be together
2. I would then install the motherboard and connect the Power Supply to the board, the CPU and fan will already be on the board and has already been tested.
3. I would also attach all the fans from the case to the board at this time
4. Next, I would add the cooling fan to the bay. I would then connect this directly to the board.
5. Now I would add the components: Memory, Video Card, Blue Ray Player and secure them into place.
6. Now I am able to hook up the monitor, webcam, keyboard, and mouse and I am ready to boot it up
7. I would then install the Win7 OS via the blue ray player which also acts as my main CD Drive as well.
Total Price: $1783.20 So maybe I will see that price cut in half in two years!