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Help me build a computer

Discussion in Everything & Anything started by ck27, Jun 5, 2007

  1. Dec 30, 2006
    Im gonna build a computer but need help from scratch cause i dont know what im doing.

    It needs to be a gaming computer and I would like the budget to be under 1200. So Help me get started. What do i need?
  2. Apr 28, 2007
    My build goes like this:

    (Price When Purchased/Price Now)

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHZ $324/$223
    2 GB (4x512) Patriot PC2 5300 RAM $198/$104
    320 GB Western Digital Hard Drive $119/$114
    eVGA 7950 GT KO Video Card $289/$219
    Viewsonic 22" Monitor $319/$349
    Cooler Master Centurion Case $89/$49
    Pioneer Dual-Layer Read/Write Drive $35/$31
    Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3 Motherboard $139/$119
    550 W Power Supply by Cooler Master $119/$95
    CPU Fan $39/$30

    Ran me about $1800 to $1900.

    Everything there, now, would cost $1303 without tax.

    You could easily cut corners though. If you have your own computer, you could save on monitor, peripherals, etc.
  3. Dec 30, 2006
    A kick ass comp is described as follows.

    P2 200mhz
    64mb of ram
    500mb of hard drive
    Double speed CD rom
    15in Crt
    Mono speakers
    Ball house
    Loud keyboard with springs.
  4. Dec 30, 2006
    ill take the secondarys one.

    Seriously though help me out.
  5. Dec 30, 2006
    :smile: I'll glady send it your way, i have one that runs windows 95.........but i dont know if it still works :razz:

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when packard bell was the best comp haha
  6. May 31, 2007

    From looking up the RAM to buy more of it when I get my summer loan money (that computer came out of the spring semester loan), I know that all of the components are cheaper than they were before. It is generally the object of jealousy on all CSG servers I play on, as well as my friend who has an Atari Showcase Cabinet built for playing arcade games in MAME (with a custom control panel that includes every control imaginable) whose computers don't run nearly as many games at 100% as mine does. You could easily fit a fancy gaming keyboard, mouse, and giant monitor in your budget with my setup as your base. (I would check benchmarks and newegg's current specials, though, you might be able to get even better for cheaper still.) Best place to do all your comparison shopping is from newegg - unless you want to overpay for some parts or order from multiple stores using pricewatch.com - and add in the benchmarking charts on tomshardware.com.
  7. Feb 1, 2007
    I just got the first parts for mine:










    Full specs:

    Intel Core 2 Quadro Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
    Intel Bad Axe 2 Motherboard (3 PCI-E, 2 PCI)
    BFG GeForce 8800GTS Overclocked (Upgrading to SLI around Christmas)
    2 x (2 x 2GB Corsair Dominator RAM DDR2 800MHz) YES 8GB RAM
    Enermax Galaxy 1000W Powersupply
    Creative X-Fi Music 7.1 Sound card
    Creative 7.1 speaker set
    LG 22" widescreen monitor (Or my 26" HDTV)
    Titan Amanda CPU cooler
    2 x Samsung DVD RW drives
    7g Arctic Silver Thermal Compound
    2 x Western Digital Raptors (150GB, 10,000RPM, 16MB cache)

    Came to around $4000
  8. May 31, 2007
    Erm... $4000 is a little out of his price range. :smile:

    I offered up mine just on the idea that it stays in his budget even if he needs a monitor and peripherals. I'd have to actually search the sites again to find the edge of his budget combined with maximum performance if he doesn't need a monitor, but it shouldn't be too tough - there are usually huge divides between performance levels where price is concerned (even if the differences in performance aren't all that great.)
  9. Apr 28, 2007
    Bahahaha...wow. You do realize no games/programs will push that system until 2010, right?
  10. Feb 1, 2007
    Ah $1200, I didn't read that bit first time.

    Ok, I assume that you can use your current peripherals (Keyboard, mice, montior..) and your DVD drives.


    Great little Core 2 Duo, which I have only heard great things about. E6700.
    Price: $318.00

    Power supply
    Rosewill RX750 - never heard of it, seen any benchmarks, but specs look pretty good.
    Price: $144.99

    Antec 900. Great case, I have one and love it. Some small niggles for SLI setups, but on a budget, I presume you won't be going SLI.
    Price: $129.99

    Graphics card
    BFG GeForce 7950GT 256MB.
    Price: $199.99

    G.Skill 2GB 800MHz, PC6400 DDR2. Again, haven't tried G.Skill before, but I have only heard good things.
    Price: $119.99

    Intel Bad Axe 2 - 3 PCI-E, 2 PCI. 8GB max RAM. I have yet to use mine, but supposedly it is fantastic.
    Price: $229.99

    Hard Drive
    Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJB 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB - can you ever go wrong with Western Digital?
    Price: $119.99

    TOTAL: $1265

    Not a bad machine for that amount of money, if you have an extra 65 dollars or so.

    Don't depend on that all being compatible, but as far as I can see it is.

    Also, I wish we could get prices like that over here.
  11. Feb 1, 2007
    That is the point.

    I am time proofing it. The more I spend now, longer my rig will be kick ass.
  12. Dec 30, 2006
    Yea well i can go a little above that. I just want a good gaming computer without spending a fortune. I still need to save up though. I wont start ordering parts for a while. Maybe one part a paycheck...
  13. Feb 1, 2007
    The only thing holding you back in the rig I setup is the graphics card - when we get into DX10 territory. But a 7950 is awesome for DX9 and will last you a good while yet.
  14. Feb 21, 2007
    ok....i been away, and only today just got back...

    I like lazyvulture's suggestions, but will comment on a few things which could be better

    Lets see....what you want will depend on a few things...

    do you know how to overclock your processor?

    If yes then,

    1) Get a E6320 ($166), it has 4mb of cache, just like the E6700, and its stock at 1.8Ghz, however, it will easily hit E6700 speeds. I have a E6400, at stock, its 2.13Ghz, I overclocked it to 3.12Ghz. It is also half the cost of the E6700. Thus u can get E6700 speeds for 1/2 the cost.

    2) Ditch the power supply. Quality is important. This piece of equipment is important as it powers your whole computer, it can affect your overclock, and if it decided to blow/quit working, it could take some components with it. I've had an Enermax 460w for almost 4 years now, and its had no problems. Thus I'd suggest a Enermax around 600w or so ($125). Also, OCZ Technology. components are considered good quality as well. As for watts, I dont really think u need more than 600-700.

    3) Mobo is important in determining your overclocking ability as well. The badaxe suggested by Lazyvulture is a VERY good mobo. I have seen only good reviews, and very good comments by people who've owned one. It is a bit steep however. I own a Gigabyte DS3 mobo ($130), which is about half the cost of the Bad Axe, and it still gives excellent overclocking performance. I've had no problems with the DS3, except it tends to be pick with what memory it is compatible with. Meaning, it likes memory that can run at 1.8v the first time u use it, but then u can always set the volts higher in the bios if need be.

    Combining Lazyvulture's suggestions with my own:

    Processor Price: $166.00

    Power supply Price: $110-$130
    Enermax or OCZ

    Case Price: $129.99

    Graphics card
    BFG GeForce 7950GT 256MB.
    Price: $199.99

    G.Skill 2GB, PC6400 DDR2. Again, haven't tried G.Skill before, but I have only heard good things. (I've used this ram, no complaints, but it *may* not be compatible with the Gigabyte DS3, I can find a RAM compatibility list if need be)
    Price: $119.99

    Gigabyte DS3
    Price: $130.00

    Hard Drive
    Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJB 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB - can you ever go wrong with Western Digital?
    Price: $119.99

    TOTAL: $996 + shipping

    This will leave you with some extra money, so when DX10 finally becomes standard, you can upgrade the video card.

  15. Apr 28, 2007

    100% Agreed on the power supply.

    lol @ me and Retslag having very similar computers.
  16. Feb 1, 2007
    @ Retslag.

    I agree completely. If it were me, I wouldn't have a baldy about overclocking, so I would spend that bit more on the better one.

    And also, I am a bit clueless with power supplies - all I know is that the Enermax Galaxy range is kickass (Hence I got the 1KW Galaxy).

    Also, I can't wait to boot up my new computer. It will all be finished in 13 days, all being well.
  17. May 31, 2007
    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129021
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822144309
    Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

    ASUS M2N Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 430 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813131042
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    BFG Tech BFGR88640GTSOC2E GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814143092
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant

    OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817341001
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    Return Policy: Consumable Items Return Policy

    Kingston HyperX 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2LL/1G - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820134065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    ($70.49 each)

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Windsor 2.8GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA5400IAA5CZ - OEM
    Item #: N82E16819103768
    Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835185125
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    Subtotal: $1,128.91

    If you're not dead set against AMD, this is in budget, should run cooler, and is faster for just about everything you'd use it for.
  18. Dec 30, 2006
    Oh cool thanks what is overlocking though?
  19. Feb 21, 2007
    lol..whats that saying? oh yea, great minds think alike!

    Yay for enermax <3

    you broke the 1kw barrier, eh?

    overclocking, is basically rasing the front side bus (FSB) of your computer, which effectively increases the frequency of your processor (2.13 Ghz to 3.12 Ghz). FSB is basically the "speed" at which all your components communicate across the mobo
  20. Mar 7, 2007
    U should wait until you get the money, then look at parts, prices always go down especially during summer. But wateva's necessary.