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Old 09-16-2010, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, I just joined these because I'm looking for some veteran information about building a computer.

I've been thinking about building a computer for a couple years now and have done some simple research on the internet and friends, but I'm really looking for some good info about building this computer. I want to have this computer for years to come.

This computer is for gaming, school and just regular websurfing. So basically are there any tips would you guys recommend me for building this comp.

What kind of processor do you think I should use Intel or AMD?

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$600-$800 is a decent budget for a starter. What do you currently have that you will be using (monitor, keyboard, mouse, optical drive from another computer, etc)?

With that budget you would do best going with AMD as you will get more bang for your buck.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well I've been using a laptop for about a year and half since my old computer died, but I basically only have a good monitor ( LED flat ), keyboard and mouse. I have an old CD/DVD drive but I don't think I will be using it because I believe it is extremely outdated. I really am trying to build a solid brand new computer. I mean from what I've heard and read I think I can get a computer with my budget that will handle SC2 graphics at the highest setting easily, and probably future games also. Also does anyone know what the main difference of AMD and Intel is?
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This build should last you. A quad core, 4GB of RAM, a fast 500GB OS/program drive, a 750GB storage/data drive, a quality case and PSU, a 5770 for gaming, and 64-bit Win7 Home Premium.

1. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor (Model: HDZ955FBGMBOX)
2. GIGABYTE AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: GA-880GMA-UD2H)
3. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Model: F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)
4. Western Digital Caviar Green 750GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Model: WD7500AADS)

Combo Price: $375.99

1. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
2. XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Combo Price: $229.98 w/$20 MIR

1. Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
2. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Combo Price: $89.94

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99 (OS drive)

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer
$19.99

Total = $776
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This build should last you. A quad core, 4GB of RAM, a fast 500GB OS/program drive, a 750GB storage/data drive, a quality case and PSU, a 5770 for gaming, and 64-bit Win7 Home Premium.

1. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor (Model: HDZ955FBGMBOX)
2. GIGABYTE AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: GA-880GMA-UD2H)
3. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Model: F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)
4. Western Digital Caviar Green 750GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Model: WD7500AADS)

Combo Price: $375.99

1. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
2. XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Combo Price: $229.98 w/$20 MIR

1. Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
2. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Combo Price: $89.94

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99 (OS drive)

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer
$19.99

Total = $776
What's the price difference between a 5770 and a GTX 460 1GB over there in the US? I hear it's much better than a 5770. But I'm not sure.
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XFX and EVGA are comparable brands.

Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$144.99 w/$20 MIR

Newegg.com - EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$168.99
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Trotter thanks alot! I appreciate that you took the time to make a build. It's lookin pretty beast.
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