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Well, my little brothers birthday and christmas are both coming up, and since the kid does nothing but play computer stuff, I thought I would build him a computer for a present since his current is my moms old dell.

First off, i'm computer retarded, I have friends who are going to help me out with this, but I also want to see if you guys can pitch in. What I want to know is, what will I need, what's the best stuff to get, and what ever else you think would be helpful.

I'm getting most of my stuff from newegg, because I hear they're the best, but what i'm looking for is a pretty powerful gaming pc, not the top of the line, but something that can at least handle BF2.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, i'm new with this stuff.


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First off, DO NOT BUY A PREMADE COMPUTER!!!!!!!!!!! No premade computer can handle intensive gaming, trust me. Don't buy from DELL, ever. They screw soooo many people over. Here is a VERY abbreviated list of parts:

1) Athlon 64 3500 Processor or higher (Athlon rocks, Intel sucks, period)
2) MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Edtion mobo (or any other one that has SATA2 and PCIe)
3) 160GB SATA2 Hard Drive (NCQ is good; Seagate is a great brand)
4) Any case with a REPUTABLE POWER SUPPLY ABOVE 550 Watts!!!! (I can't stress this enough; make sure it is ATX v2 compiant)
5) DVD/CD Burner (LITE ON is a good brand)
6) Nvidia 7800 GTX PCIe graphics card (only get this if you want top of the line, otherwise get a 6800 Ultra; ATI sucks....don't buy thier cards)
7) Floppy Drive (match the color to the case; it may seem old, but comes in handy)
8) AT LEAST 1 GB of memory!!!!! (Kingston is good, their ValueRAM is good quality and is very fast; also try Corsair; make sure you get 2 pieces of the same kind and make them Dual Channel)
9) Have at least 4 fans on your case....2 in and 2 out.....this will provide enough airflow....

If you really want a super, high-end computer (over $2000) then PM me or catch me on AIM (PaintB4LL3R). I can give you a list of stuff for an amazing setup. Just give me a price range. I built 3 out of the 4 computers in my house, so I know what I'm doing.....if you need more info, just contact me.
 

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I always wanted to build a computer, I have the knowledge but not the money. My band/music always takes the money priority, meh

Good Luck, I know a good amount, IM me if you wish: ugly bassist x
 

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PoisonMushroom said:
First off, DO NOT BUY A PREMADE COMPUTER!!!!!!!!!!! No premade computer can handle intensive gaming, trust me. Don't buy from DELL, ever. They screw soooo many people over. Here is a VERY abbreviated list of parts:

1) Athlon 64 3500 Processor or higher (Athlon rocks, Intel sucks, period)
2) MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Edtion mobo (or any other one that has SATA2 and PCIe)
3) 160GB SATA2 Hard Drive (NCQ is good; Seagate is a great brand)
4) Any case with a REPUTABLE POWER SUPPLY ABOVE 550 Watts!!!! (I can't stress this enough; make sure it is ATX v2 compiant)
5) DVD/CD Burner (LITE ON is a good brand)
6) Nvidia 7800 GTX PCIe graphics card (only get this if you want top of the line, otherwise get a 6800 Ultra; ATI sucks....don't buy thier cards)
7) Floppy Drive (match the color to the case; it may seem old, but comes in handy)
8) AT LEAST 1 GB of memory!!!!! (Kingston is good, their ValueRAM is good quality and is very fast; also try Corsair; make sure you get 2 pieces of the same kind and make them Dual Channel)
9) Have at least 4 fans on your case....2 in and 2 out.....this will provide enough airflow....

If you really want a super, high-end computer (over $2000) then PM me or catch me on AIM (PaintB4LL3R). I can give you a list of stuff for an amazing setup. Just give me a price range. I built 3 out of the 4 computers in my house, so I know what I'm doing.....if you need more info, just contact me.

Sadly, you sir, dont know what you are talking about. On some stuff that is.

1. CPU: no need for a 3500, a 3200 is sufficient.
2. I agree
3.Western Digital is also a very good brand.
4.You dont need that powerful of a PSU unless you are running SLI. A GOOD 400 watt would do ti.
5.Same
6.ATI does not suck, you do. A 7800 GT can be had for about $300.
7. Only needed for BIOS and other stuff
8. 1 Gig is all you need, 2 gigs is max. Anything more is useless. 1 gig will be fine. Kingston, Crucial, and Corsair are all good.
9. same.

That shoudl about do it, you friends could probably help you set it up.
 

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Idontknow616 said:
Don't buildone. go to www.alienware.com
have u ever built a comp? i doubt it..

i built mine prolly 5 months ago and my friend just put one together. he spent about 1800 i believe before shipping and stuff... he pretty much needed everything.. he didnt really shop around so some stuff he coulda gotten for cheaper but heres an example of stuff.


LITE-ON Black ATAPI / E-IDE DVD Burner Model SHM-160P6S - Retail - FREE COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106008

Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144417

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail -

COMBO BFG Tech Geforce 7800GT 256MB for $309

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145575

ASUS A8N-SLI Premium ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131540

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103539

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value SB0400 Sound Card - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102179

Logitech THX Z-5300e 5.1 Speaker - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836121121

SAMSUNG 997mb-TwoTone Silver-Black 19" CRT Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824001068

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3400BWA Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133138

EPSON Stylus C66 InkJet Personal Color Printer - Retail - COMBO Wellprint WPT-4EP-SET Cartridge $2.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16828103163

Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16837102151

SONY Black Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821103116

Sunbeam EL-KB-07-BK 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 32 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Illuminated Keyboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16823178104
 

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Idontknow616 said:
I have, but since he knows nothing, I suggest he go to Alienware. the make the best machines (next to building one) and go Mac. No windows!
Right......
You're suggesting to buy Alienware and go with a Mac in the same post....your user name is accurate.
 

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And he's suggesting a Mac as a gaming machine. If you want to do intense animation work, go Mac. Otherwise, stick with the system that all the games are written for, Windows. It's just so chic to hate on MS.
Poison Mushroom hit it pretty much on the head, you can tweak it the way Zereul said also.
Oh and make those fans neons, it's teh secksy.
 

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I just finished building my own a little while ago...heres a parts list that you can take parts off of if you want, I built it for power usage/gaming. If you want some help just ask me or drop me an MSN line...

Case: Koolance PC3-720BK (Water Cooled)
Mobo: ABIT Fatal1ty AN8
Proc: AMD Athlon64 3500+
RAM: 2GB OCZ Platinum (4x512)
PSU: OZC PowerStream 520
2x Samsung SP1614C HDD's (160GB each, set in RAID 0 to make one super fast 320 GB drive)
Video: nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra (ASUS Card)
SB Audigy 2 Gamer (Id reccommend getting an X-Fi now, but they werent out when I built)
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 (Awesome...I can make my house shake :hug:
CD-RW/DVD-RW Drives, a floppy drive
A Crystalfontz LCD screen (3.5" bay)
19" Senergy monitor
Some spare odds and ends...

Id definitly reccommend Newegg. Great prices, great people. (An example: I ordered a NeoPower PSU from Antec at first, and it wasnt cutting it, so, keeping in mind that their warrenty is 60 days to return to newegg, after about 120-140 days, I emailed them about it, and the guy I talked to not only waived the extra time for me, they also paid the shipping costs and waived the restock fee....and I had offered to return it at a reduced price.)

So yea...thats where the money I was going to use on a DM6 went :D
 
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