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Old 03-16-2009, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Completely new to building a computer.

I need a new computer for modern games as the one I'm using can barely play WoW on the lowest settings.

I've never built a computer at all; the most I've done is put in some RAM but I have heard that building one is cheaper and better. I have a budget of $800-950 for the whole computer as i don't have any keyboards, mouse, monitors, or an OS and I can't use parts from this computer as I use it for other things.

I've tried researching parts but i just get confused from all the hundreds of parts with names 40 letters long. I don't care for high settings on games unless its possible but I don't want to sacrifice price for maximum settings.

Can anyone help me?
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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$900 is quite a good budget for a PC.
You could even get an i7, though that might be overkill for you. Someone here can probably do you a quick build in NewEgg.

Do you need speakers too? What else do you use the computer for?

CPU - You're probably looking at an Intel E8400.
GPU - nVidia GTS250, or ATI 4850. Something in that range, anyway (NewEgg has an $80 XFX GTS250)
Mobo -
Case - Something like Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases should be good for you.
ODD - Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners
HDD - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Power supply - Corsair VX450 if you don't plan to upgrade the video card much, Corsair TX750 if you do (or plan on adding another).
RAM - Corsair 2x1GB, or 2x2GB if you want.
OS - 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium
Keyboard & Mouse - If you already have a computer, can't you use the ones from that?
Monitor - Same goes for monitor? Though a decent 1080p monitor like this would suit you well, might be a bit above your price range though ($200) Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 2233SW High Glossy Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(1000:1) w/ HDCP Support - LCD Monitors

I'm not too used to NewEgg so I'll just give you advice on a motherboard - able to do SLI if you get a nVidia video card, or CrossFire if you get an ATI video card. Socket 775. At least 8GB RAM max. 4+ SATA ports. Respectable brand such as ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Foxconn.

I haven't included prices, as they are just stuff that would be in your region.
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Default Re: Completely new to building a computer.

Here's an AMD approach.

Cpu & Gpu:
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video card comes with a nice Gigabyte mouse
mobo:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

ram:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

psu:
Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

hdd:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

optical:
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

case:
Newegg.com - NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

monitor:
Newegg.com - Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM) - LCD Monitors

OS:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

keyboard:
Newegg.com - Logitech Deluxe 250 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Standard Keyboard - Keyboards

Total is $903.08, then $45 of mail in rebates. Pretty solid build.
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Gt's build is really good - wouldn't the GTS250 I mentioned do better, though? I mean, for the price, $80 vs $150.
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I'd say they're roughly the same performance. But with the Phenom II 940 & 4850 combo deal, it knocks off $40. So, it's pretty much like getting the 4850 for $105 with $15 mail in rebate on top. There are other combos with that cpu as well, others being 4830 and 4870. Just more options if he would want less graphics power or more graphics power.

Oh, and the 250 you listed is $130, not $80.
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Do you need speakers too? What else do you use the computer for?


Keyboard & Mouse - If you already have a computer, can't you use the ones from that?
Monitor - Same goes for monitor?
I don't need speakers, I'll mainly be using it for games and internet and I'm using the keyboard , mouse, and monitor for this computer.
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I wouldn't get that mobo...

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this MIGHT be a good case for Brainsoup Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases not sure about the P.S. though
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PSU would be a hunk of junk.
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Whats wrong with the Gigabyte 780g? I mean, I know its micro and stuff, but the board itself is fine.

Oh and I'm actually building a computer for my cousins husband, using that combo with the Biostar 790gx on Saturday. Should be pretty sweet.
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