Re: System component selection comments




"RussellS" <rsullivan@tastycomputersdotcom_replace"dot"with"."> wrote in
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: "Mellowed" <nospam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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: > "RussellS" <rsullivan@tastycomputersdotcom_replace"dot"with".">
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: > : "Dave" <never@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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: > : > "Mellowed" <nospam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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: > : >> This is the parts list that I am about to order in putting
together
: > my
: > : >> first system. I was looking for performance Vs value
trade-offs.
: > I
: > : >> also tend to keep a computer for many years. i.e. I'm
currently
: > using a
: > : >> 1998 PII-400 with upgrades along the way.
: > : >>
: > : >>
: > : >> Item Model Price
: > : >> Case CoolerMaster RC-534-KKN2-GP
$50
: > : >> Power Supply Epower ZU-550W ATX12 VER2.0 $55
: > : >> Keyboard Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 $22
: > : >> Mouse inc
: > : >> Motherboard Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
$135
: > : >> Memory Patriot PDC22G6400LLK 2gb 800mhz $200
: > : >> CPU E6600
: > : >> $335
: > : >> Heat Sink Zalman CNPS9500LED
$44
: > : >> Operating System Win Vista Hm Premium - retail $228
: > : >> HD WD5000KS 500gb
: > : >> $190
: > : >> DVD/CD Lite-On SH-16A7S-06 SATA $37
: > : >> Floppy SONY MPF 920 Black OEM $8
: > : >> Video Card Nvidia Gforce 7900GS
$200
: > : >> Modem
: > : >> Monitor ASUS MW201U
: > $379
: > : >> Wireless card EDIMAX EW-7128G PCI $24
: > : >>
: > : >>
: > : >> TOTAL $1,907
: > : >>
: > : >> I would appreciate comments on any omissions, warnings,
: > : >> incompatibilities, better choices, etc. I'm 'green' at this
and
: > have
: > : >> many opportunities to screw it up.
: > : >>
: > : >
: > : > One major problem, and one minor problem. Your RAM is not
: > compatible with
: > : > your mainboard (timing, voltage, according to gigabyte). That
would
: > have
: > : > been a nasty surprise on build day. The following sets look
like
: > they
: > : > will probably work:
: > : > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231098
: > : > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820146438
: > (times
: > : > two)
: > : >
: > : > Everything else looks good, other than the iffy quality power
: > supply. For
: > : > about the same price, substitute the following:
: > : > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817101111
: > : > 460W will have plenty of power to run your rig, and this one is
much
: > : > better quality than the 550W you chose.
: > : >
: > : > Or if you would feel better with 550W, the following will work
OK on
: > a
: > : > rev.2 mainboard, and costs just a little more:
: > : > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817709004
: > : >
: > : > Overall looks pretty good. The memory would be an easy mistake
to
: > make,
: > : > and at least the power supply you chose was not terrible, just
could
: > be
: > : > better. I cringe to see most posters list really high-end
components
: > and a
: > : > 20-buck power supply to run them, or a power supply that's
included
: > with a
: > : > case (always junk, no exceptions). So at least your choice was
: > better
: > : > than average. :) -Dave
: > : >
: > : -----------------------------------------------------
: > : Dave has good suggestions regarding the memory and PSU.
Additionally,
: > you
: > : might want to look at these monitors, which are larger and
slightly
: > less
: > : expensive:
: > :
: >
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?DEPA=0&type=&Description=acer+22&Submit=ENE&N=0&Ntk=all
: > :
: > : I wouldn't get that Lite-On DVD burner; they have a reputation for
: > being
: > : very loud and having a relatively short lifespan. Look for
something
: > in a
: > : similar price range from Samsung or NEC.
: > :
: > : Since you're building your own new computer, you could save $100
by
: > getting
: > : the OEM version of Vista Home Premium, or upgrade to the OEM
version
: > of
: > : Vista Ultimate for still $25 less than the retail Home Premium
version
: > that
: > : you had selected.
: > :
: > : Good luck to you,
: > : --
: > : -Russell
: > : http://tastycomputers.com
: >
: > Thanks for the input. I wasn't confident about the Lite-On anyhow.
: > I'll look into alternatives.
: >
: > What are the disadvantages jof using an OEM OS?
:
: -----------------------------------------------------
: The main three differences between the retail/upgrade versions and the
OEM
: versions of Vista are:
:
: 1. The OEM version is only licensed for installation by a system
builder
: (you, if you're building your own) and you'd be providing your own
tech
: support for the OS
:
: 2. The license ties the operating system with the original computer
(can't
: re-use it on another system that you might build/buy at a later date.)
: Component upgrades in your original system are OK, but you may have to
talk
: to a Microsoft activation rep on the phone if you've reinstalled the
OS a
: number of times and/or have upgraded major components.
:
: 3. The OEM versions cost quite a bit less, of course.
:
: I've attached the actual License Agreement in RTF format that is on
the OEM
: Vista DVDs, if you'd like to read it.
:
: Hope this helps.
: --
: -Russell
: http://tastycomputers.com
:
Thanks for the license info. I wouldn't us MS tech support anyhow. I'm
not sure about any systems restrictions. I doubt that would be a
problem.



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