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I got my HP tx2 for college, thinking that it will at least last me through if not longer. However, it died last Friday, being only 2 years old. The warranty ran out, I do some checking, it is a CPU problem, so I didn't even attempt to let HP fix it, it will probably cost around the same to build a new computer.

*off topic* I start ripping parts out, hard drive first, to recover my school work. I really want to reuse the touch screen somehow, but don't know how...

 

Since I only work part time in college, I don't have a real job, and can't afford a very high performance computer. For now, I think I just want to spend around $500 on it for initial start up, just to get it running so I can do some homework. I will upgrade more parts into it later.

 

I am not a hard core gamer, but I am an engineering student. So I need to do 3D modeling and CAD work in many occasions. I also like to do graphics stuffs with Photoshop, sometime edit videos, do some computer game design... so in conclusion, I don't need a very high ended system. But at least one that will not lag too badly when I try to work.

 

I know $500 is not a lot, so here's what I have in mind for now. Will probably add more RAM and maybe a dedicated graphic card later. Since I have never built a computer before, I am not sure if all the parts are compatible with each other. I check as hard as I can, but I am just not sure, since I am not really a hardware person. One of the thing is that my motherboard required a 8 pin power supply, heard some people complain that their psu only have 4 pin... and I don't know where to look to see how many pin the psu I choose have.

 

If you guys can help me, make some comments and suggestions, that will be great. :grin:

*I only have a usb keyboard and usb mouse in my dorm, is it true that motherboards initially don't support usb and network?

 

Case:

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WY Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156225

 

Motherboard:

ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131668

 

CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

 

RAM x 1:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310

 

Power Supply:

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

 

Card Reader:

Koutech IO-RCM621 All-in-one USB 2.0 3.5" USB 2.0 Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820162024

 

DVD Burner:

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

 

Hard Drive:

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

 

SATA ii cable (for DVD drive and HDD?) x 3:

XION 18" SATA II Cable Model XON-SATA1818_BL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812264015

 

For OS, I got the Windows 7 ultimate upgrade disk from my school for $15. But I need to initially have some kind of Windows install first, right?

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On the OS yes you have to have a full copy of Something to use it. If you still have the sticker on the back side of your laptop you can use that one then upgrade from there.

I'm assuming its vista. BUT If that doesn't work then an OEM of Windows 7 is not going to run you too much.

 

I like the look of the case. Looks wise its nice but I have a feeling its going to be flimsy and a pain to manage the wires. And don't take that as a bad thing. That's just my observation of the case.

IMHO. Look into cooler masters line of cases similar to that. they are a little more pricey but you will defiantly get your moneys worth.

 

main board processor, memory, hard drive, combo drive, cables, are good buys. I like your thinking. Things look to be compatible.

 

The Power supply has whats called a 4+4 connector on it. Looking at the pictures I found it so it should work for you just fine. But im still not sure about the power supply.

Only reason I say is I have never used a raidmax PSU before.

 

Also awnser me this. When you do upgrade to a Dedicated graphics card what are you going to move too? And your component count is correct. you should be able to get an operational system

out of the above mentioned components

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On the OS yes you have to have a full copy of Something to use it. If you still have the sticker on the back side of your laptop you can use that one then upgrade from there.

I'm assuming its vista. BUT If that doesn't work then an OEM of Windows 7 is not going to run you too much.

 

I like the look of the case. Looks wise its nice but I have a feeling its going to be flimsy and a pain to manage the wires. And don't take that as a bad thing. That's just my observation of the case.

IMHO. Look into cooler masters line of cases similar to that. they are a little more pricey but you will defiantly get your moneys worth.

 

main board processor, memory, hard drive, combo drive, cables, are good buys. I like your thinking.

 

Not so sure about the power supply. When you do upgrade to a Dedicated graphics card what are you going to move too?

 

 

well, for the graphic card, I am thinking something around $150. Something not too expensive but work well. Maybe ATI Radeon HD5770?

How does that perform? Or should I look into the cross-fire thing? I am not quite sure how that work.

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well, for the graphic card, I am thinking something around $150. Something not too expensive but work well. Maybe ATI Radeon HD5770?

How does that perform? Or should I look into the cross-fire thing? I am not quite sure how that work.

Try to find a good deal on the GTX460 I have seen some for $160 at newegg. Annoyed at the "See Price In the Cart" rubbish though so I can't really tell how expensive they are.

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well, for the graphic card, I am thinking something around $150. Something not too expensive but work well. Maybe ATI Radeon HD5770?

How does that perform? Or should I look into the cross-fire thing? I am not quite sure how that work.

 

how much is a HD 6770 it's on AMD's website!

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how much is a HD 6770 it's on AMD's website!

That card is EXACTLY the same card as the 5770 - just a re-brand and only available to OEMs

Source

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thanks for the reply, guys, really helped a lot.

So for psu, how about this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018

someone else suggested that to me.

That PSU may be alright but I hear it has very short cables which can make cable management awful.

I would suggest looking through OCC's Recommended Power Supply List for a trusted and reliable PSU in the 500-650W range - you probably wont need anything higher.

 

Maybe look at getting this Corsair TX650W instead - this is a very reliable and solid power supply which is going for the same price as the one your friend suggested :)

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a similar Intel build

 

Xigmatek ASGARD computer case. A cheaper case but better built, IMO

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811815006

 

Corsair 500CX Power Supply

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139018

 

ECS P67H2-A3 Motherboard

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813135279

 

Intel Core i5 2300 CPU

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115076

 

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4gb (2x2gb) Memory

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146748

 

Galaxy GTS 450 SuperOC

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814162063

 

Total= 522.94 before mail in rebates

 

You could also use your laptop hard drive and put the money you would have spent on a new hard drive toward other parts.

Edited by Water_Hazard

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a similar Intel build

 

Xigmatek ASGARD computer case. A cheaper case but better built, IMO

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811815006

 

Corsair 500CX Power Supply

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139018

 

ECS P67H2-A3 Motherboard

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813135279

 

Intel Core i5 2300 CPU

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115076

 

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4gb (2x2gb) Memory

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146748

 

Galaxy GTS 450 SuperOC

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814162063

 

Total= 522.94 before mail in rebates

 

You could also use your laptop hard drive and put the money you would have spent on a new hard drive toward other parts.

I agree but instead of the 2300 CPU go thith the 2500K for $20 more. If you ever feel the need to overclock the 2500K will deliver.

Laptop hardrives are usually pretty slow. Save up and do it right and you will have no regrets.

Edited by gabrieltessin

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the intel build is a bit more expensive, but it seems better, I might consider that. My only question to that is why 2 2gb ram and not 1 4gb? don't it cost the same?

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the intel build is a bit more expensive, but it seems better, I might consider that. My only question to that is why 2 2gb ram and not 1 4gb? don't it cost the same?

The 2x2gb RAM is better because it allows the memory to run in dual channel mode which effectively doubles the bandwidth of the RAM and performs considerably better than 1x4gb stick.

If you want to learn more about dual channel check out this article :)

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