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Most Important Components ?

MitchMan31

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Hi again guys,

I'm looking to get a new custom build and I'm selecting my own components but I only have a budget of $1200 or £600 roughly.

Could anyone please tell me which components are the most crucial and should have the most money spent on them ? And let me know where I can cut costs...... Thanks so much guys

Help Much Appreciated.......

Thanks :respect::respect::respect::respect::respect::rockout::roll:
 

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depends on what the putter will be used for
wich are you thinking? :)
 

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Power Supply
A great PSU gives your components healthy power, which lowers their chance of failure and keeps them healthy longer.

Motherboard
If your motherboard is shoddy and unstable, you're not gonna have a very good time. Plus, you'll want it to last. It controls everything that happens, and if you're planning to overclock, you'll want to get a rock-solid board.
 

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Like PT said...

Its just a shot in the dark saying what is most important and what isnt as important untill we know what you are using it for.
 

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Hi,

I was thinking of using the computer for gaming with games like COD, AVP etc. I want the computer to be able to run multiple applications at once as well (e.g. IExplorer, Prodesktop, AOL, MSN, Photoshop etc all at once without struggling.

Thanks for the super speedy replies :roll::rockout::toast:
 

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Well, if you skimp on one component then that'll be the thing that causes you problems. You want a good balance of parts all with good reliability and performance. It's all very well having a brilliant power supply and RAM if you're running some 1GHz CPU with a Radeon 9200 SE if you see what I mean.
 

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Hi,

I was thinking of using the computer for gaming with games like COD, AVP etc. I want the computer to be able to run multiple applications at once as well (e.g. IExplorer, Prodesktop, AOL, MSN, Photoshop etc all at once without struggling.

Thanks for the super speedy replies :roll::rockout::toast:
Where do you live? PC component prices aren't as easy to calculate in different countries as simply using the exchange rate.
 

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Gaming? PSU, motherboard, video card. But really, you want a good balance. Typically, your computer is as good as its worst component.
 

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Hi.

Like PT says it depends on how will you use the PC.

But you may want to try rhis:

>> not neccesary a super-duppa CPU, if you want your PC for gaming go for AMD like X2 series, 4600+ or better or if you want to minimize costs you may want to buy a cheaper version and Overclock it, like the X2 3600+ brisbane can OC very well or the X2 3800+ can OC till 2.8 GHZ (like a X2 4800+). Or you can buy an Intel Core2Duo that OC very well too, but note that these CPUs are more expensive.

>> RAM like Ballistix, OCZ, Kingston, etc. Depends on what you want to do with your PC, if you'll use it to OC purposses you need a 667 or 800 MHZ versions and a model that you know it supports the OC........but at least 1 or 2 GB in PAIRS (2 X 512 or 2 X 1GB) to experience the dual-channel features.

>> The Mobo....this item is very important since it the source of the PC's resources, again, if you will not make OC almost any model of any brand will bring you descent performance, but if you require for gaming or OC you must buy a descent model like S4 series of Gigabyte or Deluxe models of other brands, make ASUS or GIGABYTE your first choices.

>> And the last, the VGA card, if you dont want your PC for gaming.....well, it's not neccesary to buy it, other way, try to buy a 7600GT or better for Nvidia or X1650 Pro or better for Ati.

The trick to save your money is ONLY fill your needs and nothing more, for example: if you buy a Intel quad core + 4 GB ram + Nvidia 8800 ultra + super-duppa accesories JUST to do Homework and web surfing.....IT SIMPLY DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.....got that?

Hope you will find it usefull.
 
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all good advice so far.

i would suggest you pick out the best top of the line components for the computer needs you have, then go to the next best in line for each component.

instead of the #1 component sellect the 2nd best component depending on your needs and you will save a lot of $ without noticing any difference than if you got all the #1 best components and spent lots more $ on everything.

i just heard the q6600 quad core 2.4ghz will be selling for $266 come july so it would be hard to pass that up.

as for which CPU to use.... thats like asking which is better ford or chevy lol.

amd will usually save you a little money and is prefered by overclockers where intel is relied upon by many first time computer builders because thats what they see in computers at the stores.

personally i've always been an intel user and believe i'm paying a little extra for better quality and better reliability but maybe it's just all in my head and in reality i'm sure there is no real difference.
 
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