Posted 11 April 2010 - 09:47 AM
well, cant really build a laptop, not feasibly anyway. If your wanting a gaming rig, then a tower is definetly the place to go. Here are some pointers to look for.
CPU brand. Intel currently is the most popular, and in the area of video editing and massive multi tasking they definetly got the edge over AMD. However, they are tremendously overpriced, and so are good motherboards to go with them.
AMD is much cheaper then intel, and while lacks some in performance, is still an excellent CPU, in fact in bang for buck a much better deal. And me personally, I think it handles games a lot better do to their faster FSB and more efficient use of cache. And while they can't multi task as much as intel, they can still do great multi tasking, and can handle video editing though not as good as intel can, if you plan on doing a lot of video editing and such, intel is definetly the way to go, if not AMD is a good consideration. On top of that, parts for them are much cheaper.
Motherboard: backbone of your PC, dont skimp on it! Get a good quality motherboard from a company such as Gigabyte, ASUS, or Biostar. Gigabyte or ASUS preferably if its going to be a high performance PC. If your after gaming, make sure its either a crossfire or SLI enable board depending on what brand of video card you want. You dont have to crossfire or SLI right away, but its good to have if you want to upgrade in the future.
Power Supply: Again, do not skimp on the PSU. Get a good, high quality PSU with both enough wattage and enough voltage to handle all your core components. Good brands include Coolermaster, Antec, Corsair, and OCZ.
Video cards. There are 2 major brands out there, NVIDIA, or ATI. Personally, I find NVIDIA offers slightly better framerates in game then a comparable ATI card, but ATI offers slightly better image quality. On top of that, ATI cards are normally far cheaper then NVIDIA and provide excellent bang for buck. Good manufacturers of ATI are Saphire, HIS, or Gigayte. Good manufacturers of NVIDIA chipsets are EVGA, PNY, or gigabyte. there are others out there, but these are the ones I trust most.
Ram: DDR2 is cheaper, but if your into gaming DDR3 is the way to go. I prefer brands such as Patriot, Corsair, OCZ, or G.Skill
Hard drive: lot of good brands out there, SSD performance wise are the best but they arer small and expensive, I get by just fine with a regular hard drive.
OS. if your planning on having 4 or more gigs of ram (recomended) you will need a 64 bit Operating system to recognize all the ram.
anyway some pointers on what to look for. good luck!
Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.
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