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Old 12-09-2009, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My budget is ideally around $700, but I would definately like to keep it under $1000. I have aboslutely no experience with the innards of computers, im working on figuring out much of the language, per say, because when reading these posts on the forum im usually lost. My mom has a friend at work who can build the computer for me, so that is not a problem. I want to be running MMOs like Aion, Age of Conan, etc.. and i want to be ready for future games, and have the option to upgrade. If anyone can lay out the build for me, with what I need, prices, etc, it would be awesome.


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Old 12-10-2009, 05:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you already have a monitor, keyboard, optical drive, etc?


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well,there is a lot needed in a reply for this--but i'll try.
the main things you will need is a case, a motherboard, a cpu and power supply (and ram/HDD). you may also wan't a discrete graphics card(the motherboard will have graphics capabilities built-in, but they won't be steller)

first, you need to choose if your going to use AMD or intel. motherboards are processor-specific so you have to chose on and stick with that choice when buying more components. i think you should go with an amd--they are generally cheaper and the differences in speed between intel and amd isn't that obvious. try an athlon II x4 or phenomIIx4 -- or just browse the site and find a suitable one, here's a handy chart.

[for a power supply, choose one between the required amount for the processor and motherboard]

for a motherboard, the phenom above has an am3 socket and also supports am2+ sockets as well, so browse motherboard manufacturers (asus/gigabyte etc) in their AMD section with am2+(fast) and am3(faster) processor sockets and choose one with capabilities similar to what you want.

choose a case that you think looks good, and is cheap. and MAKE SURE that you choose on that will fit your motherboard inside it.

ram must be chosen according to what sockets are on your motherboard--ddr/ddr2/ddr3 etc. you'll want 2gb + . [min 4gb if your using a 64bit OS]

and the hard drive, one with a 5400rpm will probably be fine, but if you are willing to fork out some extra $$$, then you can go with a 7400rpm unit. you will probably want 320+ gigs, but i dunno-- it's your choice

i won't go into graphics cards, because i can't be bothered
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is a build i threw together. Comments welcome for tweaking to get it under budget. Its based around amd athlon ii X4, and ddr3 mobo, goes over the 700 budget, but under 1000 budget. Total is $772.

CPU - - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Mobo - - GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Gfx card - - HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Ram - - G.SKILL 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 &#40;PC3 12800&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Desktop Memory

Case/PSU - - Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases

HDD - - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD Drive - - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 12X DVD&#43;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 DVD&#47;CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners

OS - - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

Total: $772 before shipping.
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