Originally Posted by BK_123
So first we need to establish what is the computer going to be used for gaming, photo/video editing etc, What is your budget?
Okay, as for what this will be used for. As it stands, I have two laptops, one of which is completely non functional, and the other which is on the brink. Basically, right now I am trying to rig together something so I will have a backup for when the second laptop falls.
As I said, I am new to computers so more than anything I'm just tryimg to experiment a bit. I have acquired an old box from someone and it had a power supply. So I found out the different towers you have, I know I have an atx mid and my next project will involve an atx full.
Today, I went online on kijiji and I found myself some cheap parts all in all I paid sixty five and I got a motherboard I'm not sure what it is exactly. I'm pretty sure it's some kind of intel pentium four. Pretty sure there is 2Gb of ram. It's not much, obviously, but it's just a first project for me. Bought a hard drive from another guy, 20Gb, he gave me a whole bunch of scews.
My next project though, the real project where I will build my dream machine. The kinds of computers all of you gurus have, no doubt. That will be something completely different from this little test flight I've got goin here now. I was looking at that Thor V2 or whatever the name is the other day. That looks like a good way for me to start to start. I'm thinkin some motherboard with like 8 or 16 Gbs of ram but I don't know how much I will initially put down on say my graphics card for example. I may buy a cheaper one of each of my parts and just upgrade them over time, ie buy a 100 dollar graphics card and savefor a few months to get the 250 dollar one.
But anyway, right now, like I said I've got the first tower pretty much set up. I'll need a screen, keyboard etc. and will also be trying to get the two laptops going. With the two laptops of course I've got my two windows keys, one for vista and the other for 7. This one I have now my plan is to use windows xp, someone told me to make sure and use service pack two and not three.
Anyways, what I really want to do now is find out what good brands are like of motherboards and cards. What kind of motherboard is good for playing games? What's a good graphics card? My old laptop has a 1.5 Gb Geforce of some sort. How is a 1.5? Should I probably have a 3 nowadays? I sometimes play all different kinds of games, really old and new. My computer doesn't need to be on the cutting edge playing anything on max setting though I would hope that if I turn my graphics in my game down I'll be able to handle it.
On this current project, that I have pictures of (I don't know if I can post them using my phone but I messed up my laptop while messing with it and now it doesn't work), I've spent sixty five dollars total and by the end of it after my screen and that I'll have spent 80-90 and I'll have my first Pc. Then I'll probably be looking for a good case, one with good ventilation that won't overheat. So, I'm open to some suggestions if anyone would like to tell me what kinds of motherboards they like/use. One of my friends said I should be the motherboard and the cpu separately. I don't know, hopefully this website can help me make some informed decisions. Thank you all for reading my thread, I'll go ahead and try tk post those pictures, if I can't I'll have to borrow someone's computer and upload them.