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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by aeroeck, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. aeroeck New Member

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    I have a 7 year old Dell at my house, and it is UnGodly slow! There are times where I will click out of a window, and it will take over a minute for it to close. (Usually when I have a couple programs running.) I am not a big PC gamer, as I use the PS3 for gaming. I surf the net often, I watch a lot of movies on the PC, and I put a lot of photos on my PC. Is it in my best interest to surf these boards and see what other people are doing for their builds, that is building for similar use? If there is great feedback to the threads, should I just do a duplicate build? I'm sorry if this is offensive on these boards!! I don't mind doing all the legwork, but if I am going to come to the same conclusion, it would help me get to putting this together quicker. I have done a few upgrades over time to my 7 year old PC, but it can only go so far. I've upgraded the RAM, Video Card, hard drives, etc.

    I decided to do my own build for a few reasons:

    a) I hope to save money. I can't stand seeing slightly above avg computers for ~$2K.
    b) I have always been interested in understanding how PC's work.
    c) After several reads, it's really itching at me to get started!
    d) I can pick and choose exactly what I want in there to fit my needs, not Mr. Dells:)

    So basically, what I am asking is this:

    Should I do my own individual research on every component, and decide on which one I want to buy based on my own readings, even though I am somewhat unfamiliar with all the termonology? Or should I check out the threads on these boards to what others have built, and semi-copy-cat.

    Brian
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    Welcome to TPU :toast:

    We're always helping out on people's new builds, Alot of the time, the same components and setups do get used, but a lot of it can come down to personal preference and at the end of the day, your budget.
    If you give us your budget and online retailer sources, we can all come up with a system, or you can think of one as a starter and we can go from there.

    Choice is yours! :)
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    Welcome to TPU aeroreck. I suggest looking into building something mid-range with an HD4670 video card, Biostar brand motherboard, Gskill ram, and an OCZ power supply. If your not into overclocking and the possible problems that could arise from overclocking, look into an AMD build. Oh and finally, if you have any questions ASK! ;)
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    JC316 Knows what makes you tick

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    Well, I say you get an AMD System, Brisbane chip, ATI 4670 or 4830 since they have HDMI out for potential HDTV use, 2 gigs of DDR2 800, 500GB hard drive, Corsair HX520 power supply, Windows Vista Home Premium OEM, and a DVD or Bluray player.
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    Welcome :toast:

    Yes you will save money, you will get a better understanding of how computers work etc, and you will be alot happier in the end with a self built system :D

    The guys here will help you out with all your questions and will give you good ideas for your first build, and also get the best prices for you as well ;)

    If you live in Australia then i can help you out a bit for looking up parts and getting them from for good prices?

    I hope you get a great first build comp and enjoy it for years :)

    Good luck
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    welcome to tpu :toast: o agree with jc316 about the config he recommends but i would change the brisbane for a 7750, go for the 4670 and add 2 more gb of ram as now they are dirt cheap
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    Ok, I am going to use context clues and the search bar to figure out what all these parts are. Correct me if I am wrong.

    AMD System is the CPU. There are SO many to choose from!
    Brisbane Chip is the type of processor, or the AMD model I guess?
    ATI 4670 is the Graphics Card
    4 Gigs of DDR2 800 is the RAM
    Corsair HX520 is the Power Supply
    500 GB of Hard Drive.. what type?

    Only thing I'm trying to figure out is what kind of motherboard? Or is that what you meant by AMD system? There were too many "brisbane chips" when I searched newegg.com.

    Quick glimpse of prices:
    CPU - AMD 7750 - $80.00
    GPU - ATI 4670 - $80.00
    4 Gigs of DDR2 800 - $25
    Corsair 520 HX - $100
    500 GB Hard Drive - ~$75.00
    Motherboard - $125ish
    I have a Memorex Lightscribe DVD player already.
    I have an Acer 22" al2223w lcd monitor.
    Case - $50.00
    Windows Vista Home Premium - $90.00 (There's gotta be a cheaper one)
    Sound Card - ~$150.00ish

    I hope you guys/gals can find me some good deals too, to help knock these estimated prices down. If worst case, this should run me no more than $800. My goal was to not go over $1000, and since I just need a mid range rig, I would be quite happy spending 650-800 bucks.

    Brian
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    you cant view your own private wishlist lol

    just do a screen shot
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    Would this be worth the deal?:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VVVNNQ/?tag=tec06d-20

    $100 - $35 Rebate = $65

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