New to building - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-24-2009, 01:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5
Default New to building

Hey, decided to finally build a nice comp for gaming. I went through, first deciding on a processor, which took awhile because so many people went back and forth on them, finally decided on Intel Core 2 Duo 8400. I assume that's a good choice, I welcome any and all feedback, and any suggestions on where to go further, it's a pain to look when you don't really know what you're looking for But yeah, please help!
__________________

vaniTi is offline  
Old 11-24-2009, 01:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Guttzu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Utah
Posts: 372
Default Re: New to building

Lets start with the main thing... Budget? Also, are you just building the tower or do you need a monitor, mouse, keyboard? I'm headed to sleep but there will be plenty of people on to help out man! The main thing is the budget
__________________

__________________
Cooler Master ATCS 840 | I7 920 DO Watercooled @ 3.4ghz | Corsair 850HX | EVGA E758-A1 X58 | G-Skill 12gb DDR3 RAM | EVGA GTX 680 4GB | Samsung 830 SSD 128gb + Caviar Black 1TB | Samsung T240 | Logitech G-15 + G9X | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit | LG 8X BD-ROM Combo Drive | S-Flex SFF21F Case Fans |
Guttzu is offline  
Old 11-24-2009, 01:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5
Default Re: New to building

Ah, just the tower, my bad, new to this
Budget? Looking for around $1,000, but if I can build a pretty awesome computer for less than that, don't pass it up
vaniTi is offline  
Old 11-24-2009, 03:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Dauntae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 1,813
Default Re: New to building

With that budget I'd go I5 and here is a good combo for 587.99 Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! and add a video card of choice and your good to go and MUCH better than the 8400

Dauntae
__________________
New system
NZXT Tempest 410 - I5-4670K - Asus Z87-Plus - SeaSonic SS-750KM3 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular PS
GPU MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G - CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB 1600 (2x8gig) - SAMSUNG 840 EVO 250 -Seagate Barracuda 3-TB

Antec 200 - I7-920 - ASUS P6T - Corsair TX650 it's old but still kicking like a mule
2-EVGA GTX 470 in SLI- ocz vertex 3 SSD 128 gig
Seagate Barracuda 1-TB - OCZ DDR3-1600 12 gigs 3x2
Keeps Me Happy :lol:

If I've been helpful, Please rep me
Dauntae is offline  
Old 11-24-2009, 08:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
aliasaid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,400
Default Re: New to building

I agree for going i5, but i'm not too keen on that combo; That raidmax PSU maybe good, but why risk it with much better brands out there for PSUs. For video cards i recommend going 4890. If you consider going AMD phenom, that would be a good choice too.
__________________
"Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." -Confucius
aliasaid is offline  
Old 11-24-2009, 09:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5
Default Re: New to building

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dauntae View Post
With that budget I'd go I5 and here is a good combo for 587.99 Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! and add a video card of choice and your good to go and MUCH better than the 8400

Dauntae
Ah yes that does look nice. Looking at the reviews, it does seem like some people have some problems with some of the items, but I guess everyone can have a problem with anything I could use this as a base and just go off from there as well, thanks for the input. And yeah, I will go with the i5 after all.
vaniTi is offline  
Old 11-24-2009, 03:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
muffin enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: new york
Posts: 2,724
Default Re: New to building

my suggestion; totals $902.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

i would go with these over that combo. it too has the i5, but ive included a better mobo, better ram, and a better power supply. physically, both the mobo in the combo and the one i listed support crossfire (should you want dual gfx cards, for future expansion) but the one in the combo would only run that 2nd card at x4, causing a noticable bottleneck. the ram ive listed works at the same speed (1600mhz), but has better timings, and i would choose the corsair 750w over the raidmax anyday.

now, this would still leave yuo with $100. i dont think you mentioned whether you also needed an OS or not but if you do, you can pick up w7 home premium with that money left over.
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
Muffin Man is offline  
Old 11-24-2009, 11:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5
Default Re: New to building

Quote:
Originally Posted by Muffin Man View Post
my suggestion; totals $902.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

i would go with these over that combo. it too has the i5, but ive included a better mobo, better ram, and a better power supply. physically, both the mobo in the combo and the one i listed support crossfire (should you want dual gfx cards, for future expansion) but the one in the combo would only run that 2nd card at x4, causing a noticable bottleneck. the ram ive listed works at the same speed (1600mhz), but has better timings, and i would choose the corsair 750w over the raidmax anyday.

now, this would still leave yuo with $100. i dont think you mentioned whether you also needed an OS or not but if you do, you can pick up w7 home premium with that money left over.
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
I thank you for you response! It's kind of funny, a couple of those items I had already decided on getting And yes, I was planning on getting Windows 7 Home Premium.

Just one last comparison I need some say in from other people, not just reviews. I was looking at both this motherboard
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
this one
Asus P7P55D Pro Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, Core i5 at TigerDirect.com
and this one
MSI P55-GD65 Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, Core i5 at TigerDirect.com

I was mainly looking at them because the two TD ones are Intel i5 bundles, and I'm afraid I'm still new to it all in general, hoping to pick up a bit of knowledge during my stay here =D Any input on which would be the best for me?
vaniTi is offline  
Old 11-25-2009, 07:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
muffin enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: new york
Posts: 2,724
Default Re: New to building

hm, i could be missing it but in both the TD links of those mobos, im not finding a bundle. maybe it was only temporary like a sale or something?

the first one you listed (the gigabyte) is actually the same one thats in the mobo+ram combo ive listed above.
out of the ones you listed, im partial to the gigabyte and asus mobos, ive never really liked msi. but i mean, with the mobo/ram combo i already listed, youd be saving $30 off the gb mobo with some great ram.
Muffin Man is offline  
Old 11-26-2009, 01:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5
Default Re: New to building

Thanks, Muffin. I went with your suggestion, a little tweak on the harddrive though =)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136317
Last question, is the fan on the i5 good enough? I plan on OCing that mofo, or should I get it replaced? The CM seems pretty good at keeping temps down though. But again, what do i know
__________________

vaniTi is offline  
Closed Thread

« i7 Cases | GTS250 »
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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Building PC for first time, confirmation? mikachewie New Systems | Building and Buying 6 09-28-2009 05:24 AM
Building System, Stuck on Motherboard etc. rocknje New Systems | Building and Buying 33 07-12-2009 08:32 PM
Building a Personal Gaming Computer. Budget: $600.00-800.00 centcuse New Systems | Building and Buying 2 06-10-2009 12:34 AM
Is Apple Building a Search Engine? Osiris Apple and Mac 0 11-14-2008 12:25 PM
A Computer Building Guide.....by Elbatrop1 Elbatrop1 System Upgrades 31 04-07-2007 08:26 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:45 PM.


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