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Old 09-21-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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So I want to build a PC for gaming. I have a laptop for browsing and other shizz, i just want to build a PC for gaming. Problem is, I have no idea what kinds of parts i need. I know that most of the money needs to go into the graphics card, a pretty beefy one at that. But what about all the other parts? What core processor do i need? What type of Motherboard? Power supply? Heat sink?
Please let me know:
.The best graphics cards around
.What type of Processor i should get (I.E. Dual Core, Quad core)
.Where i can start looking for them
I pretty much know i won't need a Quad core processor, so i'td be nice to have some advice from someone who has expert level experience in this type of thing (So to speak)
All help appreciated
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:39 PM   #2
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Before we dive right in, what kind of budget are you hoping/aiming for?
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:42 PM   #3
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:41 PM   #4
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how about buying a complete system from ebay?? Take a look at

DELL STUDIO DESKTOP 540 ST QUAD CORE 2.5GHZ 6MB RAM | eBay
QUAD CORE 3.1 AMD TOWER PC COMPUTER 1TB 8GB DDR3 | eBay + monitor needed

If you want the computer to play games i think u will need a quad core processor
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:44 PM   #5
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Yeah i was thinking about that, but i'm doing a college course in IT at the moment, and it would seriously help with it if i could build one.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:31 PM   #6
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Definitely a good idea. I'm in the US, do you have a local chain or online site that sells PC parts that you've heard about or want to try? Some other UK folks may chime in as well, but I always like to customize a PC when the price cap is about as much as you suggested.

Some ideas:

AMD based - Socket AM3 board, MicroATX should be fine, Full ATX if you can find one cheaply, and be sure it has onboard Radeon HD video - you can save some $$ and still play games.
AMD Athlon II based processor, the Phenom II's aren't worth it at this price point for the relatively little performance increase (L3 cache performance on AMD's Athlon II / Phenom II architecture is nil) but I'd get at least a Quad Core if you can swing it. Otherwise a Triple Core, or a dual core if nothing else.
At least 4GB of RAM, DDR3 brands I trust are G.Skill, Patriot and Corsair (in that order)
Hard drive - you can get 500GB for as little as $30 here in the states
DVDROM - Most sell online for less than 20 bucks (again, US$)
Case - pick one, doesn't have to be snazzy as long as it's got the right slots for everything
Power Supply - Antec's got some great higher power units for an inexpensive price - 450-500 watts should be fine for an Athlon II build with integrated Radeon HD graphics
OS will be the harder part - if you've got a deal at school, use it, otherwise OEM Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 is about $89-99 here in the US (online)

You can also check to see if there are any "parts PCs" vendors on EBay - you can piecemeal a system from one seller, I've seen it, but it's rare. (i.e. that is, get all the parts from a seller who has assembled them together before, but ships the parts to you in packaging instead of inside a PC)
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #7
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Wow dude thanks, really helped alot! I'll go check them up now and see how i'll get on. Thanks again dude (:
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:12 PM   #8
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goto pricespy.co.nz its the BOMB! for looking for cheap computer parts, most of the parts come from stores in New Zealand
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