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Last Edited by beowulf7 March 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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:
Helpful Guides

Post overclocking, cooling, building, software and other guides here
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Post sites here

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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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#4336
Just need a 2nd opinion. Thinking about getting these components so I can play the SC2 Heart of the Swarm expansion next week.

Any recommended changes to this rig? Budget $900-$1000. I'm not too fond of MSI for my GPU, but it's the cheapest 650 Ti I've seen online.

CPU $190 i5 3570K microcenter
Mobo $95 ASRock Extreme 4 microcenter
RAM $104 Corsair Vengence 16GB amazon
GPU $135 -$25MIR MSI 650 Ti 1GB frys
PSU $65 -15MIR Corsair 550W frys
Case $84 -$20MIR Antec 900 Frys
Optical $18 Lite-On 24X DVD-R/W amazon
SSD/HDD $160 Crucial m4 256 GB amazon
Bracket $11 3.5" to 2.5" SSD/HDD amazon

Subtotal $862 +tax before rebates = $932.89 in CA.
Total after MIR = $872.89
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#4337
what are some good Video cards sub $100 these days? needs to be dual monitor. MIR, sales w/e as long as the NET is under $100
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#4338
SD'ers, can you give me some case fan advice for this build?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HKH7

The only fans I have are the two 140mm fans included with the case. My knowledge is very limited when it comes to fan placement and airflow.

Thanks!

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what are some good Video cards sub $100 these days? needs to be dual monitor. MIR, sales w/e as long as the NET is under $100
Could you spend $110? That's the going price for the GeForce 650 TI. That's a lot of bang for your buck.
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#4339
i've got a question about my build.. there is no onboard 20-pin connector for the front panel usb 3.0 ... so i'm going to have to buy a pci-e adapter (with 2 extra usb 3.0 ports in the back) that has the 20-pin adapter...

my question is: my motherboard has 2 of the larger slot PCI-e slot.. am i able to stick the smaller form PCI-e into the larger one?
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Quote from MisterRunon View Post :
i've got a question about my build.. there is no onboard 20-pin connector for the front panel usb 3.0 ... so i'm going to have to buy a pci-e adapter (with 2 extra usb 3.0 ports in the back) that has the 20-pin adapter...

my question is: my motherboard has 2 of the larger slot PCI-e slot.. am i able to stick the smaller form PCI-e into the larger one?
A PCIe card physically fits (and works correctly) in any slot that is at least as large as it is (e.g., an x1 sized card will work in any sized slot)
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Quote from venhith View Post :
what are some good Video cards sub $100 these days? needs to be dual monitor. MIR, sales w/e as long as the NET is under $100
Get a 7850 for around $150 AR, sell off the Tomb Raider and Bioshock Games that come with it. Net is around $100

Otherwise, the 7770 is a better option than the 650 Ti because it's about the same speed, crossfire capable (650Ti can't do SLI) and usually a little cheaper.
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Quote from mantis3 View Post :


Could you spend $110? That's the going price for the GeForce 650 TI. That's a lot of bang for your buck.

Quote from DealHo View Post :
Get a 7850 for around $150 AR, sell off the Tomb Raider and Bioshock Games that come with it. Net is around $100

Otherwise, the 7770 is a better option than the 650 Ti because it's about the same speed, crossfire capable (650Ti can't do SLI) and usually a little cheaper.
Thanks. so the real question is 7770 vs 650Ti. while i'd like to go for the 7850 but dont want to deal with the reselling of the games. $110 isnt going to break my bank. Its going into a dell optiplex 3010 so only 1x 2.0 PCI-E 16x slot. thus i dont have to worry about SLI.
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#4343
^ I have a 7770 and it works great. But I haven't thrown many hard games at it. It handles "Dirt Showdown" with ease. Cool
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#4344
Hey guys,
I'm building my own computer as well and I am trying to find good prices.

What do you guys think about this? It's actually a combo deal with this memory which didn't seem bad.

Motherboard [newegg.com]

COMBO [newegg.com]

Or this? [newegg.com]

My original thread is here
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#4345
That's decent memory, although that big ol' heat spreaders can sometime interfere with an aftermarket cooler. For a "dad's computer", no big...not likely he'd be running anything more than the stock cooler anyhow. Only thing I have against the second combo is the two memory slots -- if he ever wants to upgrade to something more than 16GB, he'll have to pull the old and put in new. OTOH, more than 16GB for a "dad's computer" unlikely to be necessary anytime in the for likely for the intended use. I'd say go with the second combo and put the saved money towards an SSD.

I'd think
Quote from indian90 View Post :
Hey guys,
I'm building my own computer as well and I am trying to find good prices.

What do you guys think about this? It's actually a combo deal with this memory which didn't seem bad.

Motherboard [newegg.com]

COMBO [newegg.com]

Or this? [newegg.com]

My original thread is here
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#4346
I am upgrading an old computer that has an ide components (harddrive, and ide dvd/cd burners). Is it worth trying to use one of those IDE to SATA converters with a new motherboard that has sata connections only (or can I find a reasonably priced motherboard with IDE connections) so I can use my cd/dvd drives (which are still in very decent shape), or is it better to just start fresh with SATA components.

Thank you!
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#4347
Any suggestions for a motherboard for an AMD A4-3400 APU? I picked up two AMD A4-3400 for $20 each a while back.

I need a FM1 motherboard that is stable, reliable, and trustworthy.

Thanks,

Soar
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#4348
Dang it, as soon as I went to buy they sold out of the memory so lost the combo deal Frown
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Quote from prbp View Post :
I am upgrading an old computer that has an ide components (harddrive, and ide dvd/cd burners). Is it worth trying to use one of those IDE to SATA converters with a new motherboard that has sata connections only (or can I find a reasonably priced motherboard with IDE connections) so I can use my cd/dvd drives (which are still in very decent shape), or is it better to just start fresh with SATA components.

Thank you!
You already know the answer Smilie
Go with the SATA components. And use the "old" hard drive for backup in USB 3.0 (or 2.0) enclosure for backup. Consider RAID 1 if you need your system available all the time. If you can go with some downtime if a drive fails, do disk imaging and incremental backup for data.
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#4350
i just built my desktop but it seems to crash quite a bit.. argh, it's such a pain diagnosing the source.

it could be:

- faulty RAM. No issues from win7 mem test.
- faulty mobo
- CPU overheating. i use core temp, and it's showing 20-25C while idle, but mobo shows it's 36C while idle
- software (windows 7.. possible driver issues, or something?)
- SSD failure. recently bought the v300 kingston 128GB. ran kingston's smart software, no failures it shows.
- PSU failure. Just bought the corsair cx430 to run amd 8320, amd 7770, ssd, 1 case fan. i think it should be more than enough.

i think it's probably due to my version of windows.
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