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jthuang
01-04-2006, 08:45
Thanks to GT who helped me with my first PC build. Posted these same pics over at ar15.com as well.

1. Pile of parts

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d93/huangover/2005%20PC%20Build/Step0-PileofPartssmall.jpg

2. POST test. Note Mr. T's watchful gaze.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d93/huangover/2005%20PC%20Build/Step12-Postsmall.jpg

3. Completed PC with can of Guinness to celebrate.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d93/huangover/2005%20PC%20Build/Step21-BIOSsetupsmall.jpg

4. Internal workings.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d93/huangover/2005%20PC%20Build/Step22-internalrunningsmall.jpg

David_G17
01-04-2006, 09:31
nice job, but you have to post the specs ;)

Nyper
01-04-2006, 09:34
Originally posted by David_G17
nice job, but you have to post the specs ;)

Ditto. I can't read those boxes.

jthuang
01-04-2006, 10:07
Whoops. ;J

Motherboard: Asus A8N SLI AMD Socket 939 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131524)

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103539)

Case and power supply: Antec 640B Performance Case with 400W Antec power supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129157). Additional cooling provided by Antec 80mm blue LED fan (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835129007).

Video card: XFX GeForce 7800 GT (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150124)

Monitor: Dell 2005FPW 20.1" widescreen LCD (http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=20053YR&c=us&l=en&cs=19&category_id=2999&page=external)

Memory: Corsair 1GB (2x512MB) 184 pin RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440)

Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB 7200rpm SATAII (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136003)

Optical Drives: NEC dual-layer DVD R/W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152058) and Lite-on DVD-ROM drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827131417)

... plus a new copy of Windows Home XP ($200 :( ). I recycled my existing Dell USB keyboard, Harmon/Kardon PC speakers and GE optical mouse.

Grand total, after rebates, and including shipping, was around $1600. A comparable Alienware system would have cost me $700 more!
:cool:

IndyGunFreak
01-04-2006, 15:49
Just for future reference, unless for some reason you absolutely must have the Retail version of Windows, most places(Tigerdirect, Newegg,etc.), sell the full version of Windows OS's for $89, provided you buy either a Hard Drive, Motherboard or Processor from them(and sometimes, they don't even require the hardware purchase)... From the Link below, it looks like Tiger no longer requires this. Last time I bought an OEM XP from them, they included a generic, free USB wheel mouse to get around MS's hardware requirement with the OEM Software.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=335878&CatId=672

As you can see, you don't get any documentation, etc, just the CD and a CD Key, but who really uses MS Tech support?. :)

Great job on the build, looks nice.

IGF

dennis67
01-04-2006, 16:52
Nice job, congratulations on your build - now get yourself some wire-ties and tidy up your cables and such, it'll improve your air flow a little (and of course look nice).

Washington,D.C.
01-04-2006, 17:48
Wow,that's a lot of PC!On the retail vs OEM Windows.I guess the OEM version is cheap enough that it's a good deal.A friend changed some hardware in his PC a couple of times and Windows XP said each time,because of a significant hardware changes that reactivation is required.Well The first activation includes only two activations.The original and a second.He called Microsoft and they told him bacause it's an OEM version and not the reatail version that they needed a credit card number to help him and give him a new activation.

I'm building a new PC right now and going to use mostly Linux but I'm going to give Windows 64 bit XP a try.Right now it's only available in the OEM version.Hopfully I won't need too many activations.

Furant
01-04-2006, 18:34
Nice job ...drool. This has got to be my next project.

BTW, Mr. T and Guiness, nice additions :cool:

IndyGunFreak
01-04-2006, 18:43
Originally posted by jferrante
Nice job ...drool. This has got to be my next project.

BTW, Mr. T and Guiness, nice additions :cool:

Yep...

But I always thought pics like this must include a firearm casually laying on the desk, its unlocked hair trigger ready to discharge semi automatic gunfire into the house next door, blowing it up.

IGF

jthuang
01-05-2006, 08:04
Thanks, yeah I know I had some issues with the build (being my first), but I am definitely learning.

I know I gotta get some zip-ties and clean up that interior. At first it was so bad the CPU fan was jamming up on loose wires. ;g I heard they make some round IDE cables which might be able to make airflow even better.

As for Windoze XP Home, I sure learned my lesson on that one ... could have bought a retail version of XP Pro for $50 less from Newegg (sale). :(

And doesn't the A-Team figurine count for the hair trigger firearm? I mean the A-Team put so much brass on the ground ... and never hit anything. ;e

ngray
01-05-2006, 08:20
I would suggest you tidy up the ribbon cables in the case... they're certainly impeding airflow.

Bronson7
01-05-2006, 10:21
That's a pretty high-end rig! Very nice. Spend the few extra bucks and get some round cables to replace the ribbons. Very nice indeed.
Bronson7

RaiderRodney
01-05-2006, 10:37
Nice build ;) Makes me wanna break out the credit card :)

I agree with the OEM XP thing though. Last one I got was XP Home for like $55 shipped I think. Just have to look around on the net and see what you can dig up.

IndyGunFreak
01-05-2006, 14:20
Originally posted by jthuang

I know I gotta get some zip-ties and clean up that interior. At first it was so bad the CPU fan was jamming up on loose wires. ;g I heard they make some round IDE cables which might be able to make airflow even better.

http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/SubCategory.asp?SubCategory=317

That's what you're referring to., They do help give the interior a clean look.

IGF