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.
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
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.