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Tiger Direct: System Build budgeted


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#1 coxchris

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:40 AM

Hello

I just recently brought a semi upgradeable PC parts for a Average/Gaming system and I never brought a tiger direct kit in order for me to Learn how to build a computer from scratch and to play off and on wow. I know that this isn't hard core but I just want to play about with it.

CORE Kit:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6934893&sku=B69-0261
CPU Cooler http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6661076&csid=_24
RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6505715&CatId=3412 x2 For 4GB
GPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4111742&CatId=3669

Now I have ask around in my family and a Director of IT they thought it was great. now I am sightly worry about the case and PSU that come with it (the case and PSU) had semi bad ratings.

I have questions about this and this store in general.

1. In this build do I have to have thermal compound.
2. IF this psu and case are DOA what case and what wattage would you use would you use a 500w or 550watt or Contentious PSU(dont know what a Contentious PSU is)
3. Has anyone ever use Tiger direct? I know that i use New egg for parts and they are great but they didn't have kits

I am looking for any suggestions or ways for me to learn from making this build.

Thanks for your time and let the the learning begin.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:52 AM

What do you plan on doing with the computer?

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:17 AM

I probably buy more stuff from Newegg, but I've never had a problem with Tiger Direct. The one time they screwed up it was fixed in a single phone call. They're a pretty good source for used computers coming off lease -- good brand name machines that can be upgraded with new drives, etc.

But, I've never bought a kit from them.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:15 PM

Generally...any PSU included in a combo offer or kit...should probably be put aside for emergency/spare use, IMO.

I find that the Ultra PSUs sold by TD...are quiet and reliable (been using them for about 6 years)in my systems.

Although many users don't seem to think so...a quality PSU should be a basic step in assembling a system.

Choosing A Power Supply - http://www.atxpowersupplies.com/choosing-a-power-supply.htm

eXtreme Power Supply Calculator - http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

Generic 500 W Power Supply - http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/How-Much-Power-Can-a-Generic-500-W-Power-Supply-Really-Deliver/534

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:02 PM

What do you plan on doing with the computer?


General Use/ games

Currently my Laptop is giving out on my main game

hamluis;

thank you for referencing power supplys for me. I will be buying a new 500w psu in the future.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:20 PM

What kind of games do you plan on playing?

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:40 PM

Newegg has several kits, they tend to be better in quality, you get what you pay for usually. Having a little extra in a case and power supply allows you to upgrade later by adding a video card or more hard drives.

Here's just one example

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.513339

If you are going to build your own computer, a little planning and research go a long ways.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:37 PM

Depending on the games you play, you may need to swap out the GPU for a more powerful model. Also, the kit appears to use outdated technology, you may want to consider getting something a bit newer, perhaps using an Athlon II or Phenom II CPU? Also, keep in mind that corporate IT moves at a snail's pace, asking someone who works primarily with those PC's about a gaming PC with current technology isn't usually a good idea. However, asking someone in a corporate IT department to help build the thing may be a great idea.

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 09:31 PM

World of War Craft is mostly what i play from time to time on my 1500ms internet connection :( Wow isn't a hard hardware requirement. I just would like to be able to get decent frame rates and updating to WoW Cata and not get ERRORS 132's or 134 or fault s

We have a player name chewie on Trade chat DaChew and i just may get the case and psu on that bundle if this ones dead .

This is my first time project so I may get it wrong the first time but I only deal with OS issues so I may get some mistakes wrong.

I have a friends that I have in the IT world and they said this was great. and by doing it making changes and stuff i am learning this

thank you for all of your suggestions.

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