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  1. Congrats and welcome.


    This is the best place to get information, ask questions and read awesome reviews. I learned so much through the years that I closed all other accounts with similar sites. Remember to read the forum rules and be polite when asking questions.

  2. I am keeping the power supply for expandability (more drives, fans etc..). Changed the ram to the suggested which does look much better. I am still torn on the HD, but only because it transmits at 3.0/Gbps and not the 6.0/Gbps. The main issue now is the motherboard. I can not find a MoBo that's AM3+ that seems to be any good. Any suggestions?

  3. Thanks for the critiques so far, I am going to definitely look at the AM3+ board and drop the 3 channel ram. I don't know how long I can hold out before buying. This is a product rig, so you were spot on with that. Don't figure much will be needed in the way of graphics since I was looking very serious at just using the on board video, so I thought I'd throw something in a bit better but not a budget breaker. Keep em coming! off to make some changes.

  4. OK, gentlemen here's another one to critique. Let me know if I missed anything and or your opinions.




    ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $122.99


    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor $169.99


    G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $79.99


    OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply $89.99 ($40 instant rebate)


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $89.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99


    XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 $79.99


    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $54.99



    Grand total = $787.92





  5. I use one very similar to this:




    It has many applications ranging from soldering, heat shrink, hell even lighting cigarette's...lol. I decided to get one of these a while back, so I can do more things with one tool. It stands up on its own and the trigger says in the on position to keep it hot. It has various tips for it and I have even used it to solder on PCB's. Works great and I bought it at Wal-mart for $30.


    Just a side note while I am thinking about it, wicking old solder is usually a bad idea due to the loss of control factor that comes with it. It would take very little to bridge the wrong connection and let the magical smoke out. An old cheap way is to get the old solder hot and use a baby bulb (one they use to clean noses out and stuff, cheap at the pharmacy) then suck the solder off. Usually does the trick.

  6. Well I thought I would let everyone know how this story ended.


    I found out 3 minutes ago that she went out and bought another computer! I was not asked to go along nor was I asked for my blessing on the rig. So I guess it goes to show that with even the most honorable intentions people will still f things up.

  7. I understand how you feel here watching them overpay for junk but be careful here your good intentions could backfire.


    Besides the stated obvious that you're to be the tech support on this it will also have your stamp on it forever. If the grandkids come over and download a virus while stealing some music online, it's your fault. If lightening strikes through the window, bounces off a lamp and strikes the computer, it's your fault. Somebody uses the DVD drive as a cup holder and spills 24oz of latte down inside, it's your fault. Everytime she turns it on Mom smiles. Everytime she doesn't understand how to do something on it she frowns, and thinks of you. She talks to your wife about her PC problems now and how she could have done better(OK that's a bit out there).


    The point is that your intentions may be honorable but not worth the stress. I've been down this path and won't ever go there again. Just something to think about. I'd take them shopping for a pre-built system where you can guide them to something of value and enough power to meet their needs. Something with good tech support and a 1-800#


    Its a catch 22 for me. If I suggest an over priced under powered Dell I am in the same position as if I built it. The added stress to this is I will still have to work on a bloated POS instead of one I put together. This is the conversation I have had over and over with my wife and the conclusion is the same. I might as well build one that I know will be good and deal with the tech as opposed to doing tech on something bloated.

  8. I have been asked for a couple years to build a computer for my in-laws (I know before you say it "you will be tech support for the next ten years") however I feel its the right thing to do. They are not tech savvy (their mantra is if it expensive it must be good) and quite frankly I am tired of seeing them get ripped off every time they try to upgrade. So far there has been a couple Sony Viao's, a gateway and a couple other brands I have never heard of, but the salesman swore they were the best.


    The use is very minimal checking email, surfing (wireless) etc... no hardcore gaming unless on line poker counts or video slots..lol, no video editing, no ultra intensive apps. So I am looking at a moderate build due to the fact they want it to last for a minimum 4 - 5 years and still be some what decent. They requested a few luxury items such as a larger monitor, better keyboard and mouse and a larger HDD. Currently they have a 2ghz intel chip running 1gb of mem and a HDD at 100gb. This is what I have put together thus far and am looking for some feedback. I am open to any and all suggestions as well.


    CPU = Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9400 - Retail - $189.99

    Board = ASUS P5E Deluxe LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $199.99 - $35.00 (instant)

    Mem = OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 Dual Channel Kit Desktop - Retail - $83.99 - $12.00 (instant)

    PSU = OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail - $99.99 - $15.00 (instant)

    GPU = EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready - Retail - $109.99

    HDD = Seagate SV35.5 ST3500410SV 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $64.99

    Burner = SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM - $32.99

    Case = COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Black , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $54.99 -$5.00 (instant)

    Monitor = SAMSUNG 2233SW High Glossy Black 21.5" 5ms Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail - $219.99 - $20.00 (instant)

    Key & mouse = Logitech LX310 Black USB Cordless Standard Desktop Laser - Retail - $59.99 - $10.00 (instant)

    Op Sys = Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM - $109.99


    That puts the final price at $1,129.89usd and all from Newegg, so I know I can shop around and find some better deals. I know the price is a bit high for their needs, but I know it will last them 5+ years instead of the 4 they asked for. So tell me what you think. I am eager to read the feedback and or suggestions.