Building a new PC
I recently built a new desktop PC. I was looking to build one as a budget gaming machine. I also wanted to move into more recent technologies. I was still using a five year old single core P4 with hyper-threading, AGP graphics card, DDR 400 ram, IDE hard drives, etc.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200
Motherboard: ASUS P5N-D
Power Supply (PSU): Corsair vx550
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.11 500GB 32MB Cache (SATA)
CD / DVD Burner: LITE-ON iHAS220 (SATA)
Video Card: EVGA 8800 GT 512MB
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion
CPU Fan: Golden Orb II
A lot of these choices were based on prices, reviews, and features. The e7200 seemed very over clock friendly. The motherboard was a hard choice. There are cheaper boards and I couldn’t decide if I wanted a 750i or P45 board. I ended up with the 750i just incase I wanted to do SLi in the near future. But honestly, still unsure if I made the right choice.
I bought an aftermarket CPU fan because I really don’t like the stock Intel coolers. I’ve had bad luck with them in the past. The particular cooler I purchased doesn’t cool much more than stock but is very quite.
Nothing substantial to note here. Was all pretty straight forward and simple. Even the CPU fan wasn’t that hard. Although if you were to put this fan on an already built computer it would be a pain. It would require you to take out the entire motherboard.
The side panel on this case is more annoying to remove and put back on than more expensive cases though.
Next time I’ll cover the first boot, bios, and some of the *fun* I had installing Windows Vista 64.