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Building my First Computer


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#1 applesauce10189

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 01:09 PM

As it stands, I currently have an Alienware 17 laptop. As good as it is, building my own computer is an experience I'd like to have, and I'd like the freedom to upgrade my parts over time as opposed to getting a whole new system. I plan to use this new computer for all sorts of games, ranging from GTA5 to Just Cause 3 to Hearthstone to Civlization 5, I'd like suggestions on what to get and anything I may have wrong, here's the notes I've taken so far

 

 

Motherboard - Heart of the computer, decides how many USB ports you have, connects everything together
 
CPU - Brain of the computer
Doesn't need to be amazing, but wouldn't hurt either.
 
RAM - Already chosen, x2 of what I have bookmarked in chrome
 
GPU - Draws the screen, integrated will do for misc use but a real GPU will be needed for gaming, Nvidia is generally the best of the best, AMD is cheap and not quite as good
 
Case - Either this or the motherboard needs to be the first decision, as these will impact the amount of space you have to work with
 
Hard Drive - Solid State will generally improve speed, albeit more expensive. Potentially look into taking the laptop apart and taking the hard drive I already have.
 
Optical Drive - HAH! No one uses those anymore. Waste of time and money.
 
Power Supply - Last thing on the shopping list, after you've figured out how much power it is you need.
 
WiFi - None of these things actually provide wifi, you'll need a wifi card.
 
Cooling - 
Water cooling is expensive and quite frankly terrifies me due to the potential for mistake with water destroying the system
Step one for air cooling is a big fat heat sink attached to the CPU
Fan rating system:
CFM = How much air it can blow, more the better
dBa = How loud the fan is, 20 is average for a quiet fan, 25 or 30 is when it gets louder
Size = Self explanatory, make sure it's a good match for the case
Tip:
Make a fan or two blowing air INTO the system through a filter, this will help with dust over time as well as cooling, obviously still want fans blowing hot air out though.
 
OS - I truly love Win7, but frankly it's old, Win10 is preferable but if that isn't an option then I'm going with Win7
 
Peripherals - Already have a mouse and keyboard, I'll just need a monitor. Preferably two.
 
 
The only part I've decided on thus far is the RAM
 
EDIT: Looked for a case, I like the look of this one
 
EDIT #2: Looked for a CPU, I don't feel like I know enough yet to make a good decision so I'd prefer a suggestion on this one, but here's one I found, can't say I know whether or not it's what I'm looking for.

Edited by applesauce10189, 28 April 2016 - 01:32 PM.


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#2 Rocky Bennett

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 01:35 PM

If you are dead set on that RAM that you have chosen http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233587&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-Skimlinks-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=12087162&PID=3640576&SID=skim525X832X2f1a9c93e70f9f9304fa4c7a1bc18337&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-Skimlinks then you are really, seriously limiting your choice of computer parts such as CPU and motherboard. DDR3 is so yesterday, DDR4 is the thing for today and the future;

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/238990/whats-the-difference-between-ddr3-and-ddr4-ram/


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 01:37 PM

Your budget is what?

 

You also need to change RAM.

 

If you are dead set on that RAM that you have chosen http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233587&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-Skimlinks-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=12087162&PID=3640576&SID=skim525X832X2f1a9c93e70f9f9304fa4c7a1bc18337&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-Skimlinks then you are really, seriously limiting your choice of computer parts such as CPU and motherboard. DDR3 is so yesterday, DDR4 is the thing for today and the future;

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/238990/whats-the-difference-between-ddr3-and-ddr4-ram/

 

And that's also SO-DIMM that makes no sense for desktop...


Edited by Drillingmachine, 28 April 2016 - 01:38 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 01:51 PM

You really need to consider getting more up to date RAM than the one that you linked to in your first post and as Drillingmachine pointed out, please post your budget.


Edited by Rocky Bennett, 28 April 2016 - 01:54 PM.

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 02:00 PM

OK, I just saw your edit (you should make new posts instead of editing) and I saw that the CPU that you are considering is an older model from 2014, so the RAM that you have selcted will work fine. Also, with that old CPU I would recommend an Asus Z97-A;  https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z97A/


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 02:13 PM

No real defined budget range yet, worst case scenario I save up and get parts over time. Any suggestions on what kind of RAM and/or CPU would be better? Like I said I'm not very educated on the matter, I just looked up a few things found something that looked okay, I'll be honest I'm not entirely sure what passes for "good" as far as parts go, hence asking for suggestions. Just looking for something that can run fairly demanding games (like GTA) with a good performance

 

EDIT: I say no real defined budget yet, I'm 17 without a job, my parent's haven't decided on a budget yet.


Edited by applesauce10189, 28 April 2016 - 02:18 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 02:14 PM

Also thanks for the suggestions on the RAM, I'll look for DDR4 instead.



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Posted 28 April 2016 - 02:24 PM

Okay, got a budget ceiling, $1,500



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Posted 28 April 2016 - 02:26 PM

How does this look for RAM?

 

EDIT: Since the CPU I chose is apparently old, what's recommended as far as CPU goes?


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 02:52 PM

Ceiling went from $1,500 to $1,500-$2,000

My parents are a little indecisive on the matter, the one thing that's been decided though is that we aren't buying it all at once, we're definitely going to slowly buy it part by part over time.



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Posted 28 April 2016 - 04:27 PM

If I were building a computer TODAY, I would definitely look into Intel Skylake generation CPUs. If you think that you might overclock, this one here the i5 6600k is a good starter CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117561 If you are not going to overclock, the i5 6500 looks good http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117563

 

As far as motherboards, I like Asus but there are a lot of good motherboards with the Z100 series Intel chipset. I like some of the Z197 series from Asus http://www.asus.com/microsite/best-100-series-motherboards/


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:19 PM

I like the look of this motherboard, does it work with everything else I've chosen thus far?

Also I originally didn't plan on overclocking, but from what I can tell the motherboard I chose seems to have the ability to automatically do that, so I guess the former CPU is a good choice.



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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:27 PM

Found a hard drive I like that I THINK is compatible with the motherboard I chose



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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:46 PM

The former CPU that you chose has an 1150 socket and this motherboard has an 1151 socket. That motherboard is specifically for the Skylake series Intel CPUs.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:47 PM

Also, I should mention that here in 2016 an SSD will provide much faster loading of all your games, that hard drive that you linked to is kind of out of date.


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