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Old 09-06-2007, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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well ok i am new here (woots for me) and i got a few questions that i been looking for that i am kind of stuck with

as the title says i am a first time builder, i have done plents of graphice card up dates thou

the questions are as follows

1. Bios, when you first turn on the computer (after built befor install windows) dose this need installing from the garound up or is it on the mother board already and i just have to tweak it

2. if it is on the mother board how do i tweak it with no over clock but with a nice gameing set up

3. I am looking at building a 1 maby 2 pc's befor i try my hand at 1 i will be keeping for good and was wondering if you guys / girls could help me with suggesting parts / programs ect ect

4. 1 question about windows vista, dose it run windows xp games
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm glad you'll be building, and not buying a pre-built computer.

You don't need to install the BIOS, it's already on the motherboard.

If you're not overclocking, you can just leave the BIOS, as is. No need to tweak it.

I'd be glad to suggest parts. Just give me a budget.

Most current games run on Vista. It's the older games, that have trouble. Or you can read this thread, about known games not to work on Vista:
List of games known NOT to work with vista.
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hey thanx for this fast stright to the point replay

at the moment i have no set budget but i will be buying all the parts from Microdirect.co.uk is the UK leading retailer of quality computer components and electronics.

from what i seen on the forums so far most prices are in usd $ but i live in the uk so the micro direct web site is the best bet
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The popular UK sites to buy computer parts from, are ebuyer.com, overclockers.co.uk, and scan.co.uk. If you can't buy from those sites, I understand. If you have no set budget, what would you prefer to pay then? I'm assuming, this will be a gaming computer.
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i would have a budget of £600 - £1200

i can push it a bit more but i am looking for a good pc for that
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Oh...and is this for a whole system? Or just the tower, not including monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc...
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Oh...and is this for a whole system? Or just the tower, not including monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc...
the tower, keyboard and mouse

hooking it up to a hdtv also
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Case - Antec 900 or Your choice...
Motherboard - Gigabyte P35-DS3R
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
RAM - 2 x 1GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800
Graphic Card - EVGA 8800GTS 320MB
Power Supply - Corsair 620HX
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB
Optical Drive - Sony NEC Optiarc DVD Burner
Optional Aftermarket HSF - Tuniq 120

Comes to around 850+ pounds. There isn't a need to spend 1200 pounds on a rig now, because there will be new things to upgrade to. So just save the rest for future upgrades.

I didn't pick the key and mouse, because I thought, you can pick them yourself. Also the case is of personal preference, so you can pick one, to your liking. The one I suggested is a pretty popular case, and will keep things really cool.
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thanx a lot your posts realy helped me out
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