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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

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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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Quote from beowulf7 View Post :
Here's [gpuboss.com] a good site to compare those 2 video cards. I'd recommend, if you can budget it, going to the GTX 970, which I realize is about $100 more.
Thanks. I got the feeling I might want to do that. My biggest complaint is that if the goal is to dump my $200 Dell eGC, the ONLY 960 or 970 Dell carries is the PNY XLR8. Reviews on the 960 look great--not so great on the 970.
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Quote from haserfauld View Post :
Thanks. I got the feeling I might want to do that. My biggest complaint is that if the goal is to dump my $200 Dell eGC, the ONLY 960 or 970 Dell carries is the PNY XLR8. Reviews on the 960 look great--not so great on the 970.
Can you trade in/sell your Dell GC with one of those gift card exchange sites? I've never used them, but they're popular, esp. at this time of the year.. Not sure how much you could get for a $200 Dell GC, though.

About the reviews for the 970, is that from Dell's site or are you also seeing similar comments about PNY's 970 on Amazon and Newegg? If it's reference-based, I don't see why it would be a bad card.
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Quote from beowulf7 View Post :
Can you trade in/sell your Dell GC with one of those gift card exchange sites? I've never used them, but they're popular, esp. at this time of the year.. Not sure how much you could get for a $200 Dell GC, though.
Unfortunately it's a 90-day promotional GC (from a TV purchase). I couldn't get much for it (70 cents on the dollar maybe?). Alternatively I could buy a PS4 on a good sale from Dell (with 20% Discover CB), flip it, and use that money to buy a better brand card. Lot of work though.
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Quote from raisethe3 View Post :
If you do live nearby Microcenter, there's a good deal for the Intel i5 4690k for $180.

http://www.microcenter.com/produc..._Processor

Better yet, if you buy a motherboard bundle, you can save more. Any of these motherboards will do:

http://www.microcenter.com/produc...R_ATX_1150

http://www.microcenter.com/produc...therboard0

http://www.microcenter.com/produc...X_LGA_1150

http://www.microcenter.com/produc...otherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/produc...otherboard

Should fit perfectly along with your other parts of memory, ssd, etc.

If you buy it on newegg (Core i5 for example, you'd be spending $60 more. I am not sure how much tax is in your state. So I can't figure that out.) Even if you didn't pay tax on Newegg, I doubt its any cheaper than you're getting from MicroCenter (correct me if you find out).


Good luck.
Thanks, comes out to $270+$24 tax with the asrock z97 pro4 with a $10 rebate. I'm considering it now.

I'm in NY so tax is around 8.875% if I remember correctly.
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Needing some input...

posting for my son, wondering what should be upgraded next...


Started out with this system last year:
iBUYPOWER NE610FX [newegg.com]

So far upgraded parts in RED

Tried playing Assassins Creed Syndicate, but graphics get all distorted ?? I guess thats what Im trying to describe.
Was going to purchase Just Cause 3 but hearing that AMD graphics are not doing good with the game...

Other Games playing fine:
* GTA 5
* StarWars Battlefront
* Assassins Creed Unity
* Just Cause 2


Would upgrading the Processor be next?


Thank you in advance, any input will be appreciated.


Below are specs.


Quote :

3. List which parts you have:


a. CPU:
AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz AM3+ Quad-Core

b. Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3

c. video card:
AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB

d. Hard drive:
1. - SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB ( OS )
2. - HDD Seagate 2 TB


e. Ram:
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600
left orignal 4gb for 12GB total


f. power supply:

EVGA 220-G2-0750-XR 80 PLUS GOLD 750 W

g. Case:
RAIDMAX Horus Gaming Chassis


h: Optical drive

24X DL DVD+/-RW Drive

i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

iBUYPOWER USB Deluxe Keyboard
iBUYPOWER USB Mouse
HDMI cable to HDTV 1080p for monitor

j: Operating system
Windows 10

4. Will you be overclocking?
NO
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Quote from NCdadof5 View Post :
Needing some input...

posting for my son, wondering what should be upgraded next...


Started out with this system last year:
iBUYPOWER NE610FX [newegg.com]

So far upgraded parts in RED

Tried playing Assassins Creed Syndicate, but graphics get all distorted ?? I guess thats what Im trying to describe.
Was going to purchase Just Cause 3 but hearing that AMD graphics are not doing good with the game...

Other Games playing fine:
* GTA 5
* StarWars Battlefront
* Assassins Creed Unity
* Just Cause 2


Would upgrading the Processor be next?


Thank you in advance, any input will be appreciated.


Below are specs.

Hate to break it to you, but that rig is totally under-performing. I mean you got a low-end gpu in a R5 230! That's not a gaming card at all. Best bet is that you invest in a new card. Other games work, because they don't require much GPU power, but I am not sure how you're able to run GTA 5 though. Assassin Creed requires AMD R9 270 and above as minimum specs anyways.
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Quote from raisethe3 View Post :
Hate to break it to you, but that rig is totally under-performing. I mean you got a low-end gpu in a R5 230! That's not a gaming card at all. Best bet is that you invest in a new card. Other games work, because they don't require much GPU power, but I am not sure how you're able to run GTA 5 though. Assassin Creed requires AMD R9 270 and above as minimum specs anyways.

I guess I didnt make myself clear... the red is what has been upgraded already.
He took out the R5 230 and put in a R9 270

Just wondering if the processor is worth upgrading to that mother board.
He can only do so much at a time as he has to save his money to get the items for upgrade.
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Quote from NCdadof5 View Post :
I guess I didnt make myself clear... the red is what has been upgraded already.
He took out the R5 230 and put in a R9 270

Just wondering if the processor is worth upgrading to that mother board.
He can only do so much at a time as he has to save his money to get the items for upgrade.
My bad then. You state the chipset is 70g? I am guessing that's a low vrm phase mobo. Might want to step that up. Unless you meant it's a 970 chipset, then you should be ok provided that the mobo has quality phases and vrm on it. I really don't think that processor can run well with the 270 card. Even when overclocked it may be enough. The GTA and Assassin Creed would benefit with a more powerful processor like the AMD FX 8xxx series or Intel.
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I ended up with the following upgrades;

i5 6500 from Jet for 140 after coupon + Amex
msi Z170a krait gaming motherboard for 35 refurbished but came brand new
Crucial 16gb DDR4 RAM for 47 after coupon + amex from Jet
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Man, just learned that to use the rift i'll need to upgrade my i7 940 CPU/MB which has been fine for gaming the last 4 years or so.
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Hopefully this is still the right place to put this.

I'm looking to build a new PC in the next 2-3 months. My wife has been wanting a desktop that can do some light/moderate gaming, so I figured I'd give her my current setup (i5 2600K/16GB RAM). I have a spare EVGA 660 GTX SC that I'll put back in this system, and I'll be moving my current ASUS STRIX 970 GTX into the new build (for now). Down the road I'll probably give her the 970 and get a 10-series. I have plenty of SSDs and HDDs, so what I really would need would be:

Case
PSU
CPU
MB
RAM

I'm hoping to keep it to the ~$600 range. I'm hoping for an i5 6600K/Z170 board. I currently have a Cooler Master HAF 932 case which I like a lot, so I'm inclined to get one of those again. I have access to a local Microcenter as well as Frys. I guess primarily I'm looking for mobo/psu/ram recommendations. I do video editing, so I plan to get at least 16GB of RAM. Any help is appreciated!

edit: I see I can get an HAF 932 from Newegg right now for $100 after rebate, which seems like a solid price. I can get a 6600K + Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 mobo at Microcenter for $341.38 after rebate as well. That would put me to $450 without PSU/RAM, which seems about on track.
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