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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Building a new PC

Recently, the Hard Drive on my old Dell Dimension 3000 died, and I've decided to upgrade. Seeing that Scott Hanselman just recently got a PC upgrade, and Jeff Atwood wrote a few great articles on building that PC, I've decided to build a PC as well.

Here are the specs with NewEgg links (I got everything from NewEgg)



MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813130081


Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6550 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115030


MSI NX8600GT-T2D256EZ GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814127293

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136073


Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820220144

CPU Cooler

Scythe SCNJ-1100P 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835185038


RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black SECC STEEL ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811156062








Grand Total


Everything got delivered in 3 days.

The whole build took around 2 hours. I had a few minor hiccups - one is that I didn't expect the CPU cooler to be as big as it was. It really is a monster. After putting it on the mother board, I could not close the case since the heat-sink would hit the case power supply. I had to take CPU cooler off, close the side of the case with the mother board, and place the CPU cooler back.

The other hiccup was that the case came with a 4 pin power cord for CPU power. The motherboard had an 8 pin socket. However, after looking on the MSI website, I aw that you can use the 4 pin plug in one side of the socket.

Here are the final pics:




Overall, computer rocks. Fast, stable, looks cool :) The whole experience was pretty painless (if you follow the directions)


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