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Old April 15th, 2006, 08:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Building A Computer

Im wanting to build a gaming computer in the near future because the laptop just isnt cuttin it for the new games that are coming out.

Ive never built a computer but I've done a lil research so im pretty sure i know what im doin, and if i have trouble my cousin can help me.

What im wanting to know is what your advice on what to buy for a gaming rig would be.

Looking to spend very little if any more than $1000 without the monitor, keyboard, or mouse.

So all of you computer gurus help me out please
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Old April 15th, 2006, 09:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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With 1000 dollars you will not have any trouble.
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Old April 15th, 2006, 10:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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nah no trouble at all.

SHOP SHOP SHOP

new egg is your friend but keep your eyes out for things like mir's both on newegg, comusa, etc.

you can get 250gb hdd's for <100 bux if you wait for the right deals.

If the motherboard you select has the capability, go for SATAII. I bought my 250gb WD SATAII hdd for like 130 bux.

for gaming amd all the way. i'd opt for a 3800+, single core if you have to, dual if you can afford it, and bump it up to 4200+ if you save enough elsewhere to afford to do it.

gfx, i'd go for an nvidia 7600. for the lower end model, which his honestly more than enough to play 95%+ of games on high settings. 7800 if you can afford it, and 7900 to go all out. Don't forget to look at how much memory the cards have and if they are the LE, GS, GT, GTS designations. Just like cars the GT and GTS are the best ones.

memory. What I would do would be to go for a gig(2 sticks of 512mb each). You can always upgrade to 2 gb later and 1gb is more than enough. good brands...for general use and reliability, crucial's standard line is fine. Kingston(or is that kensington, w/e), OCZ, GEIL, and others make very good memory ranging from value quality(which won't do well with overclocking), to extreme stuff that can oc like a mofo. Just choose accordingly and make sure that its on the motherboard makers list of certified memory. Sometimes certian mobo's won't like certian memory.

and the all important motherboard...read reviews, do your research. In general MSI and asus are the best bets for a nice motherboard. If you can go for an SLI motherboard, on down the road you can add in another matching model of video card. For overclockers and gamers DFI rocks. I love mine. In ways they "can" be a bit harder to get going, but thats just a matter of things like settings and plugging stuff into the board, and its really just a product of the fact that they have features coming out their ass.

Cases. Ultra is making a knock off of the antec/chieftech cases in a mid tower configuration that is really quite nice and cheap. I think radio shack has/had it on sale for like 50 bux. Antec, thermaltake, cheiftech, coolermaster, etc. all make good/high quality, affordable cases. To go all out, lian-li, though of minimalist(sp?) design are really really nice and well built, but expensive.

power supply, if you buy a brand name case and it has a psu, go ahead and use it. If not, antec makes a good psu, ultra is considered iffy, but i've never had any issues personally and I own two, including one that has been powering a server for the past 3 months without a break.

the rest is up to you. Cd drives and the like are your choice. Lite-on makes good, cheap drives. MSI used to make good ones, but i think they quit making them. Samsung is good.

ohh coolers. Buy good cpu and gpu coolers. For ease of instalation I recommend zalman. Hell they look good too, you can even have your gpu and cpu coolers look basically identical. Thermaltake and arctic cooling also make good coolers.

Also invest w/e it is like 5 bux in a tube of arctic silver ceramique thermal compound. Great stuff, it can easily lower temps 5*C over using stock pads or generic goop.

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Old April 15th, 2006, 11:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks man, thats exactly what i was looking for, just a point in the general direction. i think you helped me out last time i was lookin into buildin one but it never went through but this time it should deffinatly happen.

If i have any questions ill deffinatly talk to you.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 12:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Alright so far heres what ive kinda been thinkin about. Feel free to tell me anything that might be wrong with it.

MOBO- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136151

Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103547

Video Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130282

HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136010

RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146575


i know its a lil more than 1000 but i have the money and i dont want a computer that will be outdated in a year either.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 02:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Springing for some ram with heatspreaders might not be a bad idea. But I must say, you will definitely love the SATA 3.0GB/s hdd. I'm SO glad I got that.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 01:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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looks nice. Ohh btw, if you wanted to go all out, you could buy that 3.0gb/s sataII drive for your main storage and buy a 74gb 10,000 RPM WD Raptor SATA drive for running your os and games. Very very fast access times.

what did that total up to btw?

Don't forget to pick out a nice ATX case and some nice coolers.

and i think i would keep shopping for ram, crucial is okay, but something with heat spreaders and a bit better quailty would be good.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 06:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yea i wasnt sure about the RAM when i put it all together ill look into something different
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