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Old 05-06-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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Question Building a new computer, help with parts

Greetings. Sorry if this thread is posted on the wrong section... I'm trying to build a new computer. I currently don't have a good budget ($109, very difficult to get without a good job) . The parts will be bought as more money becomes available. I really plan to stick with this computer for at least 5 years, I really don't want to end up with hardware that will become completely obsolete in less than a year. The computer will be used for gaming and will probably be used for heavy video encoding (mostly scaling videos at resolutions as low as 320x240 to at least 1280x720). My current selection:
  1. motherboard-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813153185R
  2. GPU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125309&cm_re=5770-_-14-125-309-_-Product
  3. HDD-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795
  4. CPU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
  5. Case-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154094&cm_re=micro_case-_-11-154-094-_-Product
  6. RAM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226063&cm_re=DDR3_1333-_-20-226-063-_-Product

I'm currently having trouble selecting a power supply. Any suggestions? As long as I can max out most of today's games while maintaining 45 fps and encode videos in less than an hour, i'm fine, but it probably won't last long before becoming obsolete. Please note that, although I probably shouldn't reveal this here, i'm a soon-to-be college student... So the more money I can save, the better... Perhaps I should go with a Dell XPS with financing instead for the advantage of portability? I'd really hate to have to leave this PC behind... As for the disk drive... I will be recycling one from an old Windows 98 computer that my parents neglected. It's a DVD burner. Please note that I don't want to depend on my parents for any money. Can anyone suggest anything cheaper that won't reduce performance?

Edit: I am very concerned about the motherboard I chose. It's priced at $40. Can it even support the Phenom II I chose?
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:34 AM   #2
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to have a computer that you want to last 5 years with a budget less than $1000 is always going to be near impossible (even with a $1500 budget after 3-4 years chances are that your parts are going to be outdated.) I dont think that there is anywhere there you can cut costs, personally i would save up around 800 and get a computer that will definitely last 2 years playing most games at a decent fps. As for a PSU i'd suggest something by corsair as they are usually quite reliable
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:36 AM   #3
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So here's the deal. Jetways are terrible motherboards, they burn out within 8 months. You won't get a decent computer that will last long without at least 900$ invested. I would go with a EVGA socket 1366 motherboard. That will give it a fighting chance for its survival for 5 years. Cause from there you can do all the micro upgrades you want. Try and go for a Nvidia card they have features built in to accelerate video editing and gaming if your software supports it. The hard drive is nice. The case is iffy make sure the motherboard will fit. ATX goes with a ATX case or compatible. If you want a cheap but effective case go with rosewill. The ram is ok... I've never used it but it has a good warranty; just test it with memtest to be sure. The PSU is one of the most serious parts to be careful choosing. If the PSU is terrible it could fry every part in the computer. Not fun, I've seen a PSU catch fire (on youtube). Go with a trusted brand like antec or cooler master.
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:50 PM   #4
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I appreciate the advice but seriously... I went for an AMD/ATI build because I will probably never be able to get enough money for an Intel build. As I said before: "Please note that, although I probably shouldn't reveal this here, i'm a soon-to-be college student... So the more money I can save, the better... " Also, I think I found a good 600w power supply that I might be able to afford eventually:Coolmax 600-Watt 135mm Fan ATX Power Supply - PCI-E at TigerDirect.com. I've seen this power supply on several computers and it seems reliable. Would it be a good idea to get this one? as for a motherboard, would this one be good? Newegg.com - ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard. Thanks again for the help.
Edit: I just noticed that for a little money more, I can swap the radeon 5770 for a gtx 550 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ddbc9f30edb7e2), but if i keep the radeon, I can use hybrid crossfire. Would the Crossfire give any real advantage over the gtx 550?
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That motherboard only has one pci-e slot. That means if you wanted to crossfire with something it would be the entry level integrated gpu. (not good anyways) However, the NVIDIA card you picked out is decent. The psu seems ok. Make sure it fits with the case you chosen. Seems like your headed in a better path now with this build. Also, Im in college now. I just bought a gaming laptop Gateway p-7805u FX.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:51 AM   #6
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Not that I want to anger you, BrokenAtari, but I already knew that I could only Crossfire with the integrated GPU. Anyways, thanks for all the help. Good luck in college.
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