First Time computer build - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Overclocking and Modding
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-29-2004, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 82
Unhappy First Time computer build

I have never built a pc before and i was looking for all the help i can get. I don't have a very big budget. I have a pc thats not very good at all for gaming (1.3 ghz 128mb ram 40 gig hard drive and Nvidia TNT 64). I was looking for a system that can play Half-life 2 and new games coming out. Please help (anything will help ex: guides, examples of systems, reliable places to buy parts, and any thing else that will help). Please help thanks .
__________________

StrifeX is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 435
Default

www.newegg.com if your in the US and www.ebuyer.com if your in the UK. I think these are the most popular sites.

AMD64 proccessors are good for gaming. 512mb of RAM and if you budget allows i would say try and get 1024mb dual channel RAM (2 sticks of 512, exactly the same brand model etc).

Not sure about graphics card though, thats what m trying to get help with lol - im also trying to build a budget gaming system.
__________________

chrisgill369 is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 82
Default

Thanks. I am not sure about a graphics card either i also am not sure what kind of ram is good quality and what isnt. I again will show my newbness by not knowing the difference in sockets of the motherboard either . any help
StrifeX is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 435
Default

the kind of socket on your processor has to match the socket available on your motherboard. So if its a 939 amd 64 you need a mobo with a 939 socket.

RAM: crucial, kingston, corsair and some other one that i cant remember the name of, they are quite good as far as im aware.
chrisgill369 is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 82
Default

thanks but for RAM whats the difference in performance from for example PC (A number) to ddr (a number).
StrifeX is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 435
Default

PC(numnber) you wanna get 3200, thats the fastest *i think* you might wanna check that. Like wise with DDR(number) higher the better although ive never noticed a different number on normal RAM. Might wanna get someone to verify that.
chrisgill369 is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 435
Default

might wanna check this out for graphics cards, comapres them all with a benchmarking program, thanks to hugo82 for finding it

http://graphics.tomshardware.com/gra...ml#3dmark_2003
chrisgill369 is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 82
Default

does any one know of any guides on building a pc? I have the monitor, key board, cdr drive , dvd drive can i build a gaming pc by spending under 500 bucks ?
StrifeX is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 476
Default

You can get

DDR2-533 (PC2-4200)
DDR2-400 (PC2-3200)

memory which is better than PC3200
__________________
Hugo82 is offline  
Old 12-29-2004, 05:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 476
Default

Check out http://www.buildyourown.org.uk/ for a guide, but i'm sure any problems you have can be sorted out on Tech-Forums
__________________

__________________
Hugo82 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.