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The goal of this thread is to be of assistance in building your computer. The intention is not for other people to build an entire computer or find deals for you. Answering the questions below will help get things started.

1. Purpose of computer

2. Budget:

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU:
b. Mobo:
c. video card:
d. Hard drive:
e. Ram:
f. power supply:
g. Case:
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc)
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor
j: Operating system

4. Will you be overclocking?
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Processor Selection
AMD
Socket AM3 [newegg.com]
Intel
Socket 1155 [newegg.com]
Socket 1366 [newegg.com]
Socket 1156 [newegg.com]

Motherboard Selection
AMD
Socket AM3 [newegg.com]
Intel
Socket 1155 (Z68/P67/H67/H61 Chipset) [newegg.com]
Socket 1366 (X58 Chipset) [newegg.com]
Socket 1156 (P55/H55 Chipset) [newegg.com]

Memory Selection
Minimum: 4GB DDR3 at 1333 MHz [newegg.com]
Recommended: 4GB DDR3 at 1600 MHz [newegg.com]
Advanced User: 8GB DDR3 at 1600 MHz [newegg.com]

Graphics Card Selection
AMD Radeon 6000 series [newegg.com]
AMD Radeon 5000 series [newegg.com]
NVIDIA GeForce 500 series [newegg.com]
NVIDIA GeForce 400 series [newegg.com]

Hard Drives & Solid State Drives Selection (Storage)
Hard Drives [newegg.com]
Solid State Drives [newegg.com]

Optical Drives Selection
Optical Drives [newegg.com]

Power Supply Selection
Power Supply Needs Calculator [outervision.com]
Reliable Power Supplies [newegg.com]

Case Selection
Computer Cases [newegg.com]

Review Sites:

Here are some good review sites for those who want to make comparisons between components before they buy:
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Uber-budget Intel Sandy Bridge Build Updated: 7/5/11 by nealb
I am currently looking to build a new system. I wouldn't call it a "budget build" exactly, but I want a build with basic necessities and very little fluff (I'm a cheapass). So I am going to compile a list of basic components for the least expensive prices I can find in an effort to make a "base system" from which I, and everyone else, can work to customize a system to suit our needs. As prices and promotions change, please work to keep this up-to-date. Thanks! nealb
Of course you may find better combo deals, please post those.


Case:
MicroATX: APEX TX-381-C @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $49.99 AR/FS
ATX: APEX PC-389-C Mid Tower @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $19.99+$9.99 S&H = $29.98
Motherboard:
MicroATX: BIOSTAR H61MH @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $49.99 AR/FS
ATX: BIOSTAR TH61A @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $64.99 AR+$7.56 S&H = $72.55 AR
CPU:
Pentium: G620 2.6 GHz @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $77.99 FS
i3: i3-2100 3.1GHz @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $124.99 FS
i5: i5-2300 3.1GHz @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $184.99 FS
i7: i7-2600 3.8GHz @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $299.99 FS
RAM:
(Mobos above support only 2 DIMMs)
2GB: G.SKILL DDR3-1333 (1x2GB) @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $17.99 FS
4GB: Crucial DDR3-1333 (1x4GB) @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $30.99 FS
8GB: Patriot Gamer 2 Series DDR3-1333 (2x4GB) @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $54.99 AR/FS
Graphics: Integrated (very variable depending upon needs)
HDD:
HDD: 160GB, 7200RPM Seagate Barracuda @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $34.99+$1.99 S&H = $36.98
SSD: I'm not informed enough to comment on this.
OS:
Windows 7
Student: Used to be on The Ultimate Steal [theultimatesteal.com] for like $70. Not there now. Check w/ your campus bookstores or IT depts.
Non-student: Home Premium OEM 64bit @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $99.99 FS

Cheapest Build: $233 ATX Mid Tower & Motherboard, Pentium CPU, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Integrated Graphics, No OS (use existing OS or download free OS)
$236 (add $3) for MicroATX Case & Motherboard

Optional:

Optical storage:
Display:
Peripherals:

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#4126
Quote from Akarin View Post :
sometimes they have very good deal where you can get pre build i5 at the outlet for as low as $250-300
Thanks, I'll kkeep this idea as a backup - cuz building your own is too fun, even if its a bit more $
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#4127
How does this look?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/n3kY


Quote :
CCPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $464.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 11:17 EST-0500)
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#4128
they are still doing the $50 off the mobo if im not mistaken when you buy with an i5

i buy asus mobos, a decent z77 can probably be had for $80-$100 after bundle discount
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#4129
Quote from CenerHimself View Post :
Thanks for the reply. I have a MicroCenter about 1 hr away and a Frys about 10 minutes away. What's the best mobo out there right now? I'm currently w/ AMD Phenom Quad Core so will def. want the quad core from i5/i7 so thank you. Have a friend who has an i5 and on his Windows 7 Desktop Widget, it shows 8 cores running - how is that possible?



Interesting, didn't consider this - maybe I should look for some prebuilts during BF
Go to MC and get the CPU + any motherboard - the motherboard they will discount $40 for you. Thats the best CPU+MB combo you can get right now anywhere.
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#4130
Okay, newbie here, so take it easy.

Purpose of computer:
It would be laptop, mainly for work, will engage floating computing heavily (mainly running SAS to process large data set), need to be fast boot.


2. Budget: Less than $800.

3. Specs that I thought being sufficient:
a. CPU: intel i3 and up or AMD equivalent
b. Mobo:
c. video card: support dual monitor
d. Hard drive:
256G SSD or UP + 500GB hd or up + (optional Blueray drive, if there still is room for it)
e. Ram: As large as possible, 8G or up.
f. power supply: any
g. Case: any
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc)
i: Screen: any.
j: Operating system : Any

The idea is to have a balanced approach, and get most of everything under $800. If there is nothing ideal in the market, I don't mind getting a base model and upgrade RAM, SSD etc.

Please advise!

Thank you all in advance!

flea
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#4131
Quote from fleamarket View Post :
Okay, newbie here, so take it easy.

Purpose of computer:
It would be laptop, mainly for work, will engage floating computing heavily (mainly running SAS to process large data set), need to be fast boot.


2. Budget: Less than $800.

3. Specs that I thought being sufficient:
a. CPU: intel i3 and up or AMD equivalent
b. Mobo:
c. video card: support dual monitor
d. Hard drive:
256G SSD or UP + 500GB hd or up + (optional Blueray drive, if there still is room for it)
e. Ram: As large as possible, 8G or up.
f. power supply: any
g. Case: any
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc)
i: Screen: any.
j: Operating system : Any

The idea is to have a balanced approach, and get most of everything under $800. If there is nothing ideal in the market, I don't mind getting a base model and upgrade RAM, SSD etc.

Please advise!

Thank you all in advance!

flea
Not sure where you're going to find a notebook with 2 HDD's and an optical drive. Guess you're looking for one of those big monster notebooks?

I've been selling a lot of these HP ultrabooks [hp.com]. They are $850 and missing the optical drive. Everything else seems to fit your needs, though.
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#4132
Quote from trza View Post :
Not sure where you're going to find a notebook with 2 HDD's and an optical drive. Guess you're looking for one of those big monster notebooks?

I've been selling a lot of these HP ultrabooks [hp.com]. They are $850 and missing the optical drive. Everything else seems to fit your needs, though.
Thanks for the info. Just to be clear, optical drive is optional, It would be nice to have it, but I can definitely live without it.
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#4133
I would love some help putting together a system. I have been piecing one together for my son, just need a few more things. Let me know if you have any recommendations.

1. Purpose of computer
For my son. Schoolwork and gaming. Don't need anything top of the line, more budget friendly oriented.

2. Budget:
I'd like to keep it inexpensive. Bang for the buck, if you will.

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU: Need one. Was looking at AMD 1045T but I'm not set on anything at this point.
b. Mobo: Need one.
c. video card: Need one.
d. Hard drive: WD 1TB frontpage deal from a couple days ago.
e. Ram: Need it. Was looking at the 16GB deal on amazon from komputerbay
f. power supply: Need one. Was going to do this last.
g. Case: Antec three hundred frontpage deal from a few days ago
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc) Asus blu ray burner frontpage deal from a few days ago
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor Need keyboard and mouse. He has a 32 inch hi def LCD tv with plenty of HDMI inputs we will use as a monitor.
j: Operating system Need it.

4. Will you be overclocking? Not interested in doing this.

Please help! Unfortunately I don't have a Microcenter around me, it looks like they have the best deals on mobo cpu combos. But I'm open to anything.
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#4134
1. Purpose of computer
GAMING!!!

2. Budget:
I don't know yet ....I'm looking for the best parts at the best prices.

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU: Intel i5 3570K . BB $169. after PM Microcenter.
b. Mobo: MSI mpower z77. $179 from Newegg.
c. video card: Need one.
d. Hard drive: WD 500 gb. I have a 3TB NAS for big files. .
e. Ram: 16 GB Patriot Viper 3 (4x4) $26. (8 GB came free with the Mobo)
f. power supply: FSP gold standar semi modular 850W. $117 AR from Newegg
g. Case: Lian Li Lancool PC-K62 $69.99 from Newegg
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc) Asus blu ray burner. Recycled from my old PC.
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor. Logitech DiNovo, ASUS VS Series VS247H-P
j: Operating system : Awaiting from my confirmation email from IEEE and got Window 8 pro.

4. Will you be overclocking?
Hell Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, got a ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX to cool off the CPU. This included a Fan speed controler. $ 46 AR from Newegg.

Awaiting for BF to strike my GPU and SSD (120 gb)

What do you thing about my components??? Big Grin
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#4135
OK after a long long time I finally put my PC together. Thanks to all in this thread. Here's the list:

ASRock Z77 Pro4MB + i5-3570K CPU = $248
Samsung SSD 830 256G = $168
Windows 7 Pro = $108
Thermaltake V4 Black Case = $23
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB = $70
Corsair CX430 = $20
CD/DVD Burner = $17
USB to PS/2 Adapter = $8

Total came out to $662 with tax and shipping where applicable. As you can see the total is somewhat high, but I did get exactly what I wanted. A lovelu bonus was that the Case had a place specifically for SSD drives. I had to get the SATA CD/DVD burner since the adapter that I bought, for my IDE CD/DVD did not work. Frown I also had to buy the USB to PS/2 adapter for my current mouse and keyboard. All in all I can't say I'm impressed or overwhelmed with the increase in speed over my old Dell 400sc running Kubuntu Linux. To make matters worse, the HD4000 on my CPU looks absolutely atrocious on my 40' Toshiba TV that I use for a monitor. So I still have to buy a video card. Frown Almost got the 6450 for $15 after rebate but decided to wait till Black Friday. The Kubuntu looks beautiful on my 10 year old ATI AIW 128M.

Hope this helps someone
EG
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#4136
1. Purpose of computer
Lot of graphic display

2. Budget:
300 only need CPU and MObo

3. List which parts i want
a. CPU: Need one. looking for I7 dont know whcih one
b. Mobo: one with SATA 3 and usb3.0 as i have SATA # SSD and Usb 2.0 drives
c. Blu ray burner or DVD burner..

list of part i have

a. video card: have already 6770
b. Hard drive: 128Gb SSD have one
c. Ram: have 8gb RAM
d. power supply: 740W corsair
e. Case: Antec three hundred frontpage deal from a few days ago
f: Keyboard, mouse, monitorhave all
g: windows 8 pro and win7 pro have both

4. Will you be overclocking? Not interested in doing this.
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#4137
Quote from indianguyinny24 View Post :
1. Purpose of computer
Lot of graphic display

2. Budget:
300 only need CPU and MObo

3. List which parts i want
a. CPU: Need one. looking for I7 dont know whcih one
b. Mobo: one with SATA 3 and usb3.0 as i have SATA # SSD and Usb 2.0 drives
c. Blu ray burner or DVD burner..

list of part i have

a. video card: have already 6770
b. Hard drive: 128Gb SSD have one
c. Ram: have 8gb RAM
d. power supply: 740W corsair
e. Case: Antec three hundred frontpage deal from a few days ago
f: Keyboard, mouse, monitorhave all
g: windows 8 pro and win7 pro have both

4. Will you be overclocking? Not interested in doing this.

any help on this?
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#4138
Quote from indianguyinny24 View Post :
1. Purpose of computer
Lot of graphic display

2. Budget:
300 only need CPU and MObo

3. List which parts i want
a. CPU: Need one. looking for I7 dont know whcih one
b. Mobo: one with SATA 3 and usb3.0 as i have SATA # SSD and Usb 2.0 drives
c. Blu ray burner or DVD burner..

list of part i have

a. video card: have already 6770
b. Hard drive: 128Gb SSD have one
c. Ram: have 8gb RAM
d. power supply: 740W corsair
e. Case: Antec three hundred frontpage deal from a few days ago
f: Keyboard, mouse, monitorhave all
g: windows 8 pro and win7 pro have both

4. Will you be overclocking? Not interested in doing this.
Need some more details. What type of RAM do you have? (i.e. DDR3 1600) This is very important when choosing your motherboard.
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#4139
Quote from NuclearIce14 View Post :
Need some more details. What type of RAM do you have? (i.e. DDR3 1600) This is very important when choosing your motherboard.

Sorry

yes i have DDR3 1600 RAM


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#4140
Hello! I'm looking to build my first desktop. Would really appreciate parts that would allow me to play basically all games on ultra settings. I do need a monitor as well and am not sure what I'm looking for in a monitor. If anybody is really bored and has extra time to recommend me a complete build (possibly even links) that would be awesome. Any advice in actually building it would be welcomed as well.

1. Purpose of computer: Badass Gaming Computer
2. Budget: $1600
3. Parts: I need everything including keyboard/monitor
4. No interest in overclocking
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