first build, looking for suggesitons - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-11-2006, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 611
Default first build, looking for suggesitons

Well ive decided that im going to build my next computer, and i found this site and decided i would ask for suggestions.

First off, im new to computer building. I know pretty much what part does what, and all of the necisary components to actually build a computer. But i don't know what brand names to buy and what kind of things to watch out for. I already posted a thread on OEM hard drives, where i asked what that really meant, and weather thats the direction to go.

I have around a 1200-1300 dollar budget to build with. Im amost positive that im going to use an AMD 4200+ dual ore, but i haven't looked into the new pentium duo, so im open to suggestions. Im looking to have a computer that runs fast, and is decent for games. I don't play high end games, im just looking for a card that runs better than my 128mb did on my last computer. I do some video editing, and that takes up a lot of hard drive space, so i wasnt 320gb at least there. Im probably looking into 1-2gb of RAM. I don't need a killer sound card, but if i can fit it in it would be nice to have some suround sound capabilities. Overall the computer will be used for multi-tasking, video editing, and up-gradeability. Im looking for something thats gonna last me a while, aorund 2-3 years minimum.

Thanks for helping out if you post. If theres any spelling mistakes, it's because im on a laptop, and i don't do well on this keyboard. Also im on the road, so i wont be able to check this thread and post again until tomorow evening.
__________________

__________________
spartan1121 is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 04:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 285
Default

Go for the Intel Duo CPU it is better than the AMD dual core and you have the money!

Get about 2 Gb RAM. (ask around im not sure what brand)

Have fun and spend your money wisely!

Good Luck!
__________________

Giles is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 05:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
There and Back again
 
Nukem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,402
Default

this is only an example, but it would exceed your needs and last you a while as well...

CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Windsor 2000MHz HT 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 - 389.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103739

Mobo - DFI INFINITY NF ULTRAII-M2 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX - 94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136015

RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - 239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065

PSU - ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply - 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194003

GPU - eVGA 256-P2-N584-AR Geforce 7900GT KO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 - 264.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130033

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3400633AS 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s - 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16822148109R
__________________



Dell 4K S2817Q / Logitech Z-680 / Func MS3 Mouse / Corsair K70 LUX rgb
NZXT Source 530 / i5-7600K / Corsair H100i v2 / ASRock Z270 Extreme4
SM951 M2 256GB / 850 evo 1TB / Seagate 2TB / WD 2TB
2x16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 / evga Classified GTX 980 ti / Seasonic M12II 850W

Nukem is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 08:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
aliasaid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,400
Default

the parts nukem chose are good.. but the prices are not.. no offence to him or anything.. but the parts he picked are overpriced.. especially cpu and hard drive.. anyways.. for even cheaper, i can build something even better!! i sort of made the assumption that you're a hard-core gamer so i included a killer video card!

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Socket T $145

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe $299

$25 off for mobo/cpu combo...


Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 $240

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100149L Radeon X1900XT 512MB $340

Hard drive: Western Digital 320gb $93

Powersupply: Antec truepower 2.0 550 Watt $80

Optical drive: NEC dvd burner $29

Case: Cooler master case $45

total: $1245.93 +shipping - $40 mail in rebates

if you live in cali, NJ, tennessee.. then don't order from newegg... you should use pricegrabber.com anyways to check out better prices.
__________________
"Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." -Confucius
aliasaid is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 09:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
There and Back again
 
Nukem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,402
Default

As I said... "Just an Example" No offense taken... Besides.... (Whispers) I like AMD better... Shhhh!
__________________



Dell 4K S2817Q / Logitech Z-680 / Func MS3 Mouse / Corsair K70 LUX rgb
NZXT Source 530 / i5-7600K / Corsair H100i v2 / ASRock Z270 Extreme4
SM951 M2 256GB / 850 evo 1TB / Seagate 2TB / WD 2TB
2x16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 / evga Classified GTX 980 ti / Seasonic M12II 850W

Nukem is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 09:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
aliasaid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,400
Default

oops the HD i listed there is the IDE version... make sure to get teh SATA one...

and nukem, i'm glad you didn't take offence to that
__________________
"Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." -Confucius
aliasaid is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 11:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 611
Default

thanks for the posts guys. unfortunately the 1200-1300 dollars is gonna have to include a monitor. I could get a cheap crt for as little as 25 bucks at a place nearby, but i would like to have a flat screen. I know LCD's are coming down in price, so it shouldn't take away too much.
__________________
spartan1121 is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 11:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
aliasaid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,400
Default

will you be playing a lot of video games?
__________________
"Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." -Confucius
aliasaid is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 12:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
Geek Squad
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 788
Default

Gil, add in 2 in there, the Core Duo is not better than the AMD 64 duals, but the core 2 duo is.
__________________
"Truth is violated by falsehood but outraged by silence."

"Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power." ~Sun Tzu

"Ad Astra Per Aspera"

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." ~Confucious

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.Ē ~ Samuel Jackson

ďOmnis vir est fortunae faberĒ
JoshSB is offline  
Old 08-11-2006, 11:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 611
Default

i don't play a lot of video games. I play a few older titles like halopc and command and conquer generals. I may get halo2 vista when it comes out, but that means i would aso have to buy vista. Overall games are not at the top of the list, i think a medium range video card should do fine, 256 mb maybe. I would raher spend money on a better hard drive. My last computer had only 80 gb, and i actually came down to only megabytes left one day, before i went on a deleting spree. I record video from my xbox, and that takes up a lot of space. Plus i would be able to store some of my favorite tv shows at the same time, instead of watching one series at a time then deleting it. In short hard drive sace and muti-tasking ability are more inportant than video ability.
__________________

__________________
spartan1121 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 Off
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 08:07 PM.


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