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#1 AdamND

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:12 AM

So I've never done something like build a computer before and it seems a bit sccary but is it a hard thing to do??

I'm thinking that I might need to ditch my old system but buying a new dell for my needs might be a tad bit expensive.

I'm looking for a system that can decently play some games like WoW. I'm not looking for some ultra high end system or anything crazy.

Are there any guides to building a computer?? I'm just worried because I have no warranty or tech support if I screw soemthing up.

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 12:00 PM

So I've never done something like build a computer before and it seems a bit scary but is it a hard thing to do??

The hardest part, IMO, would be choosing the components and making sure you don't pay too much for them. I'm not good at recommending parts, but I'm sure other members are going to show up with some suggestions. :thumbsup:

Are there any guides to building a computer?? I'm just worried because I have no warranty or tech support if I screw soemthing up.

Here's a tutorial (in YouTube playlist form) that covers both choosing parts and assembling them.

Here's another guide.

Edited by MadDawg, 21 June 2010 - 12:00 PM.

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 12:46 PM

1st step: what is ure budget for the build??

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 04:42 PM

There are a ton of guides available on the Web...all you have to do is use Google and a search phrase like "build a computer".

The best step that you can make...is spend time researching...before you decide what might be what you want.

It's not like buying a loaf of bread at the nearest store, even though some treat it that way.

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 09:59 PM

We need to know what your budget for this system is and whether or not you will keep your peripherals (Keyboard, speakers, mouse) and monitor. You are covered under warranties if you build your own system, these warranties are those set forth by the individual hardware manufacturers and, depending on the retailer, the company from where you bought the equipment. Guides are suggested parts lists cannot take the place of research on your own part.

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#6 AdamND

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:16 PM

I guess my budget is like 800-900 and I wouldnt mind using my old keyboard and mouse. I'm looking for a windows 7 machine that will decently run games like WoW, SC2 and D3 I'm not looking for a system that will run crisis at max settings but just something decent.

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 12:18 PM

here is a build that i just came up with that is higher in ure budget...if u want to go more than i would suggest getting a better video card, but the one i have on there should be good enough for what u want and if u want to go less u can go lower on graphics or just find a cheaper psu....but here it is:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827140041 dvd/cd reader and burner (have this in my pc works great)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119077 case (good price and free shipping saves about $15)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131366 motherboard (am3 socket, ddr3 memory, crossfire rdy for upgrades later)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150322 video card (can find better or worse depending on ure budget)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139005 (650w psu, should last for further upgrades as well)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231279 4gb ddr memory...good stuff there

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103674 amd phenom iix4 black edition (running this in mine couldnt be happier)-another thing u could up or downgrade

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16832116716 windows 7 home premium

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136073 HDD 500gb western digital


total:895.91 without shipping about 906.36 with shipping (this is my shipping price so it may be lower or higher for u) $10.45 total shipping costs


hope this helps and good luck with the building :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 04:53 PM

That motherboard only supports DDR3 1600 when overclocked.
I would get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231274
or this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231310

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:36 PM

ooo didnt see that lol i would go the 2 sticks though instead of the one alone

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:09 PM

Blaze's build looks good, though I would tweak it a little.

Case: That is a mid-ATX case which limits you in terms of the graphics cards you can use later on. However, if you are running only a single graphics card, or not planning on Crossfiring higher-end cards, a Mid-ATX is fine. If you want to use this case for many years and think you may later want the huge graphics cards, a Full-ATX case, like the Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU or the ENERMAX Uber Chakra ECA5001B would be good alternatives. Remember, cases with side vents, fans, or windows will usually be louder and consider shipping costs as they can be quite high.

Motherboard: The AMD 7xx chipset series of motherboards are older and being phased out with the introduction of the 8xx chipsets. The AMD 8xx chipset series have USB 3.0 and SATA 6 built in. If you don't believe you're going to Crossfire and just want a simple motherboard with plenty of options, I suggest the MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 or the GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870. Both of these are less expensive than the original motherboard, but lack on-board graphics which you don't need since you are going to be using a separate graphics card. At the high-end of the 8xx series, is the 890FX. For that high end chipset, I would go for the ASRock 890FX DELUXE3 AM3 AMD 890FX which is geared towards enthusiasts, hardcore gamers, and overclockers.

Graphics card: The 9500 is not that good at all, though it is cheap. I would go for an ATI card as AMD chipsets will only Crossfire ATI/AMD cards. At the low end, I would go for the SAPPHIRE 100293DP Radeon HD 5570 1GB which costs about the same as the 9500 GT but performs better. At the mid-range, I would go for the HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB which is about equal to the Radeon 4870, depending on application and setup. At the high-end, there is the budget busting, for you, HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB which is one of the fastest single GPU cards around. All Radeon 5 series cards have DirectX 11 and EyeFinity.

Operating System: There is no reason to buy the full install of Windows 7 unless you call Microsoft frequently if there is a problem which no one, even builders, does and see yourself building a new PC with a new motherboard in less than three years. I would save the cash and get the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders which costs $70 less. Aside from the license, there is no difference between the two versions. The license for system builders prevents you from moving the operating system to a new motherboard, though there is no technical reason preventing this.

Hard Drive: I would get one with a larger cache, like the Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB which is slightly less expensive.

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