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Old 04-12-2007, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default Building a Computer

Hey guys,
I just turned eighteen and got quite a bit of money and I'm going to make a computer (or rather my sisters boyfriend is going to make it for me). Now I am going to apologise now, for my lack of computer knowledge - hopefully I'll even learn something out of this.

The Computer will generally be for gaming, so I'm mainly just trying to make sure it will run new games effectively. I am on a laptop at the moment so it means I'm going to have to start from scratch making this computer i.e. I wont be able to take the old monitor and hardrive etc.

I want to spend 800 max (is that enough?). If any of you could help me make a computer spec it would be really helpful as obviously you know alot more about computers than I do. I'm not expecting a game monster with the money that I have but if I could make one that will play games like World of Warcraft and Counter Strike Source and is possible to upgrade later if needed.

Parts I need:

Motherboard:
Processor:
Video Card:
RAM:
Power Supply:
Monitor:
Case:
Keyboard:
Speakers or Headphones:
Windows:
Fan:

There may be other parts I have forgotten, correct me if I have missed something out. I can easily get a cheap Keyboard and Headphones. I think I need 1-2 gig of RAM. I'll need a good video card and the rest I dont know alot about.
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:48 PM   #2
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for the cpu defanitaley go Core 2 Duo from intel if you say you have quite a bit of money i would build one but i dont know any UK computer sites
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:00 PM   #3
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I'm not sure about the conversion rate for USD or of UK hardware vendors so I'll just tell you what you should look for.
CPU: Core 2 Duo 6400e
Motherboard: Any Core2 compatible mobo, ASUS and Gigabyte are good companies to look into, I have personal preference for ASUS and their P5W boards
Power Supply: Corsair makes very high quality power supplies, as does OCZ/Enermax/FSP(Fortron Group
Monitor: Preference on your part mostly
Case: Also your own personal preference
Peripherals (Speakers/Keyboard/Mice): Logitech has very good products
Videocard: You can either get a cheapish card right now like a 7300GT and wait for a ATIs r6xx series release or go for a higher end card like a 7950GT or 8800GTS if you want
Windows: I assume you mean OS when you say this.. or I could be mistaken, but I'd get Vista right now, no point in buying XP and having to upgrade to Vista next year, might as well get it now. As for what version of Vista to get, I think Home Premium would be enough.
RAM: Get 2gb RAM their usually 125$ USD from any reputable brand, Corsair XMS, Crucial, Mushkin, OCZ

hope this helps, sry I couldn't give links
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hope this helps, sry I couldn't give links

Thanks thats alot of help and dont worry thats fine
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I'm not sure about the conversion rate for USD or of UK hardware vendors so I'll just tell you what you should look for.
CPU: Core 2 Duo 6400e
Motherboard: Any Core2 compatible mobo, ASUS and Gigabyte are good companies to look into, I have personal preference for ASUS and their P5W boards
Power Supply: Corsair makes very high quality power supplies, as does OCZ/Enermax/FSP(Fortron Group
Monitor: Preference on your part mostly
Case: Also your own personal preference
Peripherals (Speakers/Keyboard/Mice): Logitech has very good products
Videocard: You can either get a cheapish card right now like a 7300GT and wait for a ATIs r6xx series release or go for a higher end card like a 7950GT or 8800GTS if you want
Windows: I assume you mean OS when you say this.. or I could be mistaken, but I'd get Vista right now, no point in buying XP and having to upgrade to Vista next year, might as well get it now. As for what version of Vista to get, I think Home Premium would be enough.
RAM: Get 2gb RAM their usually 125$ USD from any reputable brand, Corsair XMS, Crucial, Mushkin, OCZ

hope this helps, sry I couldn't give links
i will give link sto them products
mobo :the link is a p5b (72):http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(14561)...2-Extreme.aspx
CPU:Intel core 2 duo e6600 182):http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(14434)...z-1066FSB.aspx
Ramcz value pro ocz are a good memory make (98):http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(11779)...7Mhz-Dual.aspx
PSU enermax liberty 620w (105):http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(11182)...ELT620AWT.aspx
HArd drives (74+60)300 gig samsung sata 2 and a raptor 36gb
Ok that lewaves about 306 for
monitor- which is your personal preference as to size make etc
Vid card cos as the poster i am quoting from said you could go 8800 right now theese or wait for ati to bring out direct x 10 cards (if you wantt an 8800 take about 200 off for one of but i would get a cheap graphics card like a 7300gs for now then later the ati cards will come out and drive the direct x 10 cards down
a case this is also down to what you want as you may want but i can rovide links to cases i like if you ask
I havent linked to keyboard speakers or headphones as they are also up to you , you may want to spend about 40 oon a cordless desktop or you may want a 5 cheap keyboard and mouse
All little bits and bobs like fans and case mods you want want led's
windows as you may want xp or vista
optical drives a dvd burner is 15 at the cheapest for a sony
also if you dont want the raptor as the drive you could get a better hard drive arrangement but raptors are the fastest drives around

sorry bout ther smilies its the braackets i tried to use
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I use scan.co.uk they have everything u cud ever want!! and good prices too.
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:37 PM   #7
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I use scan.co.uk they have everything u cud ever want!! and good prices too.
they seem pretty cheap , a friend has used dabs.com before said they where pretty cheap and he got his item pretty quickly

i only use microdirect cos i can go to their warehouse or showroom in manchester i cant bear waiting for the postie , oh and i have bought stuff off ebay before
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i will give link sto them products
mobo :the link is a p5b (72):http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(14561)Asus-P5B-Skt-775-Intel-P965-Core2-Extreme.aspx
CPU:Intel core 2 duo e6600 182):http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(14434)Intel-CPU-Core-2-Duo-E6600-240GHz-1066FSB.aspx
Ramcz value pro ocz are a good memory make (98):http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(11779)OCZ-Value-Pro-2GB-DDR2-PC5400-667Mhz-Dual.aspx
PSU enermax liberty 620w (105):http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(11182)Enermax-Liberty-620W-v22-Black-PSU-ELT620AWT.aspx
HArd drives (74+60)300 gig samsung sata 2 and a raptor 36gb
Ok that lewaves about 306 for
monitor- which is your personal preference as to size make etc
Vid card cos as the poster i am quoting from said you could go 8800 right now theese or wait for ati to bring out direct x 10 cards (if you wantt an 8800 take about 200 off for one of but i would get a cheap graphics card like a 7300gs for now then later the ati cards will come out and drive the direct x 10 cards down
a case this is also down to what you want as you may want but i can rovide links to cases i like if you ask
I havent linked to keyboard speakers or headphones as they are also up to you , you may want to spend about 40 oon a cordless desktop or you may want a 5 cheap keyboard and mouse
All little bits and bobs like fans and case mods you want want led's
windows as you may want xp or vista
optical drives a dvd burner is 15 at the cheapest for a sony
also if you dont want the raptor as the drive you could get a better hard drive arrangement but raptors are the fastest drives around

sorry bout ther smilies its the braackets i tried to use
change that ram to this: http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(15884)...R2-Memory.aspx
epically if it is for gaming, this faster ram (which the mobo will take) will perform better and is well worth the extra 12 pounds (sorry, have an American keyboard, no pound sign).

and yeah the 800 pounds will get you a pretty good computer (that is about $1500, for us Americans). I would plan on 100 pounds for the monitor, and buy it from a local tech store, becuase if it has "dead pixels" it is easier and faster to get it replaced.
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change that ram to this: http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(15884)...R2-Memory.aspx
epically if it is for gaming, this faster ram (which the mobo will take) will perform better and is well worth the extra 12 pounds (sorry, have an American keyboard, no pound sign).

and yeah the 800 pounds will get you a pretty good computer (that is about $1500, for us Americans). I would plan on 100 pounds for the monitor, and buy it from a local tech store, becuase if it has "dead pixels" it is easier and faster to get it replaced.
ok yeah i agree change the ram ,i think it is on offer at the moment but i dunno that ram is much better but i think it is on offer at the moment

i would say a bit more like 120 for a monitor as you will get something like this http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(16158)...D-monitor.aspx

and yeah go to a local place for a monitor , that place i post links from is my local computer store as i live near their showroom and their warehouse is a 20 min drive away so i can pick my stuff up
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right very tired at the mo so cnt bothered to read everyones yeah post's but i read your one and heres my repy being from the uk myself it hsud be easier for me.

Processor = http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/112706/rb/26908017947

Motherboard = http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...uct_uid=119413

RAM = http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=98691

Hardrive = http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=97633

Windows xp = http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/65800

DVD Drive = http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124905/rb/26908179685

Monitor = http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/126907/rb/26908195435

Case = http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/105235/rb/26908219621

Graphics Card = http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/117995

Keyboard & Mouse = http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/106537/rb/26908278136

Speakers = http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/120641

and 50 quid spare and im no genius on graphics cards so maybe some1 want to chage that but i think the rest is fine
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