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Old 08-29-2009, 03:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is the first time that I am going to be building a new computer and I have no idea where to start. Can someone help me figure out a build for the computer?

Also, would running 2 250 GB Hard drives for Raid 0 help with gaming alot? Or is it more viable to just go with one HDD and upgrade other parts of the computer?
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What do you need it to include? monitor, keyboard, mouse? or just the tower and everything in it?

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Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P + 4GB DDR2-1066
Phenom II 955
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that comes to under $600. It doesn't include a case.
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I just need the tower and everything else inside it. I'll be reusing my keyboard/speakers/mouse.

My monitor does not have DVI. Would that be a problem for newer graphic cards?

Techgage - Dell 19" UltraSharp E196FP LCD Monitor

That is the monitor I am currently using.
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that XFX 4870 will include a DVI to VGA adapter.
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I just need the tower and everything else inside it. I'll be reusing my keyboard/speakers/mouse.

My monitor does not have DVI. Would that be a problem for newer graphic cards?

Techgage - Dell 19" UltraSharp E196FP LCD Monitor

That is the monitor I am currently using.
That is no issue, all GPU's now come with a DVI to VGA connector (converter).

You can also get a decent case and still have some budget room.
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That is no issue, all GPU's now come with a DVI to VGA connector (converter).

You can also get a decent case and still have some budget room.
That's good to hear. I was worried that I would have to blow $150 on a new monitor I'm thinking of adding a sound card to my rig, but I have no experience with sound cards and do not know which is good or not. Could someone refer me to a decent sound card?
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not worth it unless you have good speakers to back it up. mobo comes with good onboard sound.
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Okay, then that means more money for the other parts . Would I need a PSU with more power if I wanted to upgrade in the future?
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^ depends on what you want to upgrade.
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I would mostly just upgrade the video card when it cannot run current games, but I don't think that'll happen for a while. I'm also thinking of adding another HDD in the future for RAID 0.

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I'm sort of leaning towards this case. My friend currently has this and I think it's pretty nice.
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