I've been interested in either having a new PC made or building one myself. Sense people here have said that I should get more for my buck if I build it myself I figured that I'd give it a go.
So, I am posting what others on here have suggested for me to purchase to build my very own PC. What I am hoping to do by re-posting here under building your own PC is to get enough feed back to make sure that I am getting the most for my buck.
The first thing to do I am sure is to make sure that everyone understands what I am looking for in building a new PC.
First, I am very sorry to disappoint everyone that is a gamer (which may include pretty much everyone on here I'm not sure), but I am not looking to make a gaming PC, so very Sorry.
I am however, just as fanatical about making the best OFFICE/Entertainment PC that one can make on their own.
I want my PC to be able to handle the ever growing in size programs, to easily play music and music videos all day long as I see fit and I would very much like to know where the technology is today for video cards being able to extend video to TV, (maybe even where they are on TV and DVR - recording TV?).
And I am willing to limit my budget between $800.00 to $1000.00 to make it.
With those criteria in mind I have posted what someone on here has already suggested for building my PC.
First, the case. What has been suggested is fine, I'll go with that unless someone can make a better suggestion:
NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Second, the mother board. Again, I'll go with the suggestion unless someone can make a better suggestion:
ASUS P5KC LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail Compatible with DDR3 or DDR2 memory
Third, the memory. These chips are the ones recommended for this mother board. Unless I get a better suggestion for a mother board I see no reason in not using this memory here.
OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Fourth, power supply. No argument on this, seems ample, unless someone has a better suggestion of course:
Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CUL, TUV, FCC, and CB certification - Retail
Fifth, the processor. The following is the first suggestion someone gave me:
Intel Xeon 3075 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
Seems OK except someone suggested this second one and says it's a little newer and better performer:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
I'll listen to arguments for either but I tend to want to choose the latter - second suggestion sense it suppose to be newer and better for the same price.
Sixth, the Video Card. Again, the following is the first suggestion someone gave me for a video card:
EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
The next is the second suggestion that is suppose to be better than the first suggestion for a video card:
EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
And again, I will listen to any ones suggestions on which is better, one of these tow or another one. Other wise I will tend to go with the second suggestion sense it is suppose to be better.
Seventh, is the Hard Drive. I have no argument against the suggestion here:
Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
I will use this one unless someone can an argument for something else.
Eighth, the DVD Recorder/Player. Ditto here, no argument against it from me. It is so much better than what I have right now that I can't find anything wrong with it:
ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
Ninth, a different CPU Cooler. Someone suggested that I get a better CPU Cooler than the one with either CPU. So, I guess that I will. Anyone have a different idea I'll be happy to hear it:
Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler
So, that is it for the suggestions given to me from other BleepingComputer.com members. I am actually quit happy with the suggestions so far. I know that I shouldn't have to much of a problem assembling a PC but I just am not that familiar with looking for the right parts to assemble.
I am very much happy to hear peoples suggestions and will use them to purchase and assemble. I do have one question still about USB ports. I must be using 6 USB ports on my present antique PC for various things. Will I have any problem with this with what is suggested above?
PS If there are no new suggestions then I will start with purchasing the parts. Thanks
Edited by Johnz414, 13 March 2008 - 04:45 PM.