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Old 07-20-2005, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Building my own computer

I'm new here obviously and I came here to seek advice.
After I finally get a got I want to build my own computer but I don't know what to use to build it.

My spending limit is probably going to be about $700US, but I don't know how much I will be making at a job. ( I'm 16 and in school)
I will use my computer fir some gaminig, not hardcore, but probably Counterstrike, Half- life 2, and Doom 3. I'll also use it for school work, downloadingmusic, maybe watch a movie or 2, and the internet.

I need someone to point me in the right direction. I've already looked at tigerdirect, newegg and a few others. I just don't know what is a good price or not.

Thanks.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:23 PM   #2
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Well, you will want AMD and a good graphics card to start. How much space do you use? Normally for a hard drive.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:28 PM   #3
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I don't know. I don't have any games at the moment because I don't want to run them on either of the computers at my house. If I had to guess about just the space I use it'd probably be no more than 20 gb.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:30 PM   #4
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So you should get maybe a 40GB or a 60GB, sata if you want speed in a hard drive.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:39 PM   #5
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How much ram should I think about getting? 512?
And what AMD cpu would be good?

I don't know too much about this stuff at all
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I would shoot for an AMD 3000+, at least 512MB of RAM try and shoot for a GB. I would also shoot for a 6600GT.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:51 PM   #7
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Well, this is a 700 dollar budget. 512 Minimum and 1GB you should get as a gamer. I don't game and I got 1GB, AMD 3000+, I have it right now with the thermal pad on the heatsink and the stock heatsink from AMD. I use a dual fan PSU and 4 case fans and my Idle temp is 34C so stock should be fine for you. That is 146 dollars for athlon 64 3000+.

Starr I am assuming you meant AMD Athlon 64 right? not XP or anything...
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Old 07-20-2005, 05:24 PM   #8
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Am I on the right track kinda?

cpu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103425

motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188001

case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811209002

harddrive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148040

ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227006

video card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130220



Thats $575.95 now.
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Old 07-20-2005, 05:38 PM   #9
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Get socket 939 first off.

Case is ok, might want to get a power supply better than that one. I recommend thermaltake for power supplies.

The RAM, is DDR2 Which isn't supported at all you need 184 pin ddr sdram.

Hard drive is ok as long as you rmotherboard is compatible with SATA 150.

Video card is good.

Also I wouldn't recommend getting a EVGA motherboard. Get an Abit or MSI or Gigabyte.

And you will need cooling and a heatsink and optical drive(s) and thermal paste. Unless you want to use thermal pad of course.
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Old 07-20-2005, 06:43 PM   #10
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Heres wat im thinking. Its total is $740.97 before tax and shiping, but right now there is 60$ mail in rebates for 2 of the items so it should be perfect for your price range. I chose options that could be overclocked but are extremly well without it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152047

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129127

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148040

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130484

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102560

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145440

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537

i think that is everything. AND IT hsould be great for your gaming, lots of room for music and dvd's, and fast as youll probly ever need it to be

p.s mine would beat down hockeyplaya20's system hands down
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Old 07-20-2005, 07:07 PM   #11
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Um, PCI-E x16 Graphics card...cool but the motherboard support pci-e x4

Also jimbo, if you need help with a system make a new thread don't ask in someone elses!
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:12 PM   #12
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Dude wat are you talking about
specs say there is one PCI Express x16 slot?wouldnt that work? and also wat system did i say i needed help with i dont get where i said that?
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jimbos would work well.
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:37 PM   #14
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jimbos would work well.
I'll keep his in mind, but how many more fans should I horder. And where do I get thermal paste?
What else do I need to get?

1 more question for now.
How long should it take to put all this together? I don't plan on having everything until oct.- dec.
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:10 PM   #15
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well. 1. i dont have any idea about thermal paste or fans 2. you should all buy the product at the same time so you can put it together, test it hard doing more than you ever will make sure everything is good so that is somthing isnt you can return it in the firs month. I also had a question a hwile back and here is the link about wat time you should purchase it

http://www.computerforums.org/showthread.php?t=17708
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:38 PM   #16
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lol...the psu is digusting
alright here is everything you said to get besides the optical and floppy drives because already have those. Mobo, CPU, Graphics Card, Hard drive, Ram, case, psu, case fans and thermal paste.
Here are the links to all of the above mentioned.

Abit mobo

AMD CPU

MSI 6600GT Graphics card

Samsung SATA 150 Hard drive

Corsair 1GB Ram

Aspire Case

PSU 480W

2 Case fans
and finally

thermal paste

I like exile's except maybe this AMD cpu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103535

and a sound card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102175
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actually the 3000+ has been shown to O/C better than the 3200+ so i would go with the 3000+. with stock cooling and a slight voltage increase u can reach 2.4ghz no problem. and thats with a winchester core
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:53 PM   #18
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My 3000+ Idles at 34C with stock cooling and a thermal pad.....


(And 4 case fans and a dual fan PSU)
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Would that sound card work?

I think I have a backup of windows xp so would that mean I could just load it on to my computer after I'm done building it?
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:17 PM   #20
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Yeah, it's PCI and every motherboard has a PCI Slot so it'll work just fine although I find nothing wrong with my onboard audio with the exception that it is harder to configure!
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