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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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#31
I am trying to build a new machine mainly for video editing. But I would like to also have the Intel Wireless capability if possible. Intel website says that the 2nd generation processors have Intel wireless display capability, but the i5 2500k does not seem to have it. Can someone help me find a processor that has this. Thanks in advance.
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#32
I want this system to be able to do anything at an upper-mid level. I do most gaming on PS3 but have played civ4 and some racing games w/ my PC so it needs to be able to do whatever I might find next. I do some photoshopping and want to be able to do a little video editing too, although I have not used my pc to do so yet.

Day to day use will be thru dual 25.5" 1920x1200 monitors. I multi task and play poker w/ it quite a bit.

I've never built a system, so are there any elementary parts I'm forgetting? I'd like to get one shipment and spend the day putting it together and not have to make a trip or order stuff I forgot (thermal paste?)

My parts are all compatible, right?

1. Purpose of computer: above
2. Budget: 600 (less keyboard, mouse, monitor)
3. List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:

a. CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640
b. Mobo: ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

c. GPU: ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP) GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3
d. Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
e. Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
f. PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
g. Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
h: Optic (CD/DVD/Blu-ray): ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner -
i. Monitor (size&resolution): dual 25.5 1920x1200

4. Overclocking: no
5. When will you build it: 1-2 weeks
6. Misc:

Thanks for any help.
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#33
I need a CPU/Mobo to complete my build. All other parts are shipped out and listed below. PC usage is mid-level gaming and general purpose (MS Office / some programming). $200 is what I’d like to spend but willing to go out to $250 for the last two pieces. I’m looking for some advice.

Optic: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16827135204
RAM: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333 [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16820178333
PS: XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC602 600W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16817815009
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16822152185
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16811129066
Grfx: Galaxy 60XMH6HS3HMW GeForce GTX 460 GC Edtion Video Card - 768MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11, Fermi [tigerdirect.com]
CPU: HELP
MB: HELP
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#34
Does anyone know why ASUS P8P67 Deluxe is not available on Tigerdirect or Newegg? On Newegg it say Deactivated. This item is currently out of stock and it may or may not be restocked [newegg.com].
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Does anyone know why ASUS P8P67 Deluxe is not available on Tigerdirect or Newegg? On Newegg it say Deactivated. This item is currently out of stock and it may or may not be restocked [newegg.com].
Try again, I just added to my cart - maybe they took it down temporarily or were temp out of stock.
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#36
Quote from Porksword View Post :
Try again, I just added to my cart - maybe they took it down temporarily or were temp out of stock.

Yes I saw that I was going to update the post. I already bought it last week but I just want to make sure it doesn't have a recall or something. Maybe they fixed after I called them. Thanks.
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#37
Quote from SoSIK View Post :
Yes I saw that I was going to update the post. I already bought it last week but I just want to make sure it doesn't have a recall or something. Maybe they fixed after I called them. Thanks.
I am looking to build a system with the i7-2600k

would the Asus Sabertooth p67 be a better motherboard? or should i get the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
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#38
Quote from airali2001 View Post :
I am looking to build a system with the i7-2600k

would the Asus Sabertooth p67 be a better motherboard? or should i get the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
Deluxe will be fine, that's the one I got. If you are an super extreme gamer you should get the Maximus IV Extreme but there is no way I will spend over $100 more for the same stuff I will use on the Deluxe, and the deluxe have the 2 front usb 3 hub.
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#39
Quote from airali2001 View Post :
I am looking to build a system with the i7-2600k

would the Asus Sabertooth p67 be a better motherboard? or should i get the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
This depends if you will use all the features. If you don't do any overclocking or any major GPU work then it may not be necessary.
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#40
Hi,

I got a Corsair CX430 from Newegg (JonnyGuru recommended) but it came out to be defective. The system would start for a second (The fan runs for a second I meant) and then goes off. I tired the power supply from other system and it worked fine.

My system config is


AMD Athlon™ II X4 640
GA-880GM-UD2H Socket AM3 880G mATX
4GB G-Skill DDR3 RAM
Samsung Internal DVD writer
3x500GB SATA HD 5400 RPM

Can some one please recommend a decent and budget PSU?

thanks
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Hi,

I got a Corsair CX430 from Newegg (JonnyGuru recommended) but it came out to be defective. The system would start for a second (The fan runs for a second I meant) and then goes off. I tired the power supply from other system and it worked fine.

My system config is


AMD Athlon™ II X4 640
GA-880GM-UD2H Socket AM3 880G mATX
4GB G-Skill DDR3 RAM
Samsung Internal DVD writer
3x500GB SATA HD 5400 RPM

Can some one please recommend a decent and budget PSU?

thanks
If you don't plan on ever adding a video card, the Earthwatts 380W 80+ bronze should serve you well:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817371033

If you do, this Antec NEO ECO 520W 80+ would work. I use this one in my own system and it is currently 10% off with $1.99 shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817371030
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#42
Hey all I'm looking to build a computer for moderate to light gaming,nothing hardcore.I want to play games that can run CSS,TF2,LoL,Minecraft,etc. smoothly at 40-50 fps on moderate to high settings.I was thinking of this kit,from TD but I dunno what Gfx card to pair it with

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...&CatId=332

If anyone has any other kits or combos to fit my needs please do.I'd really appreciate it.

budget is around 300ish
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#43
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I need a CPU/Mobo to complete my build. All other parts are shipped out and listed below. PC usage is mid-level gaming and general purpose (MS Office / some programming). $200 is what I’d like to spend but willing to go out to $250 for the last two pieces. I’m looking for some advice.

Optic: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16827135204
RAM: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333 [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16820178333
PS: XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC602 600W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16817815009
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16822152185
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [newegg.com]
Item #: N82E16811129066
Grfx: Galaxy 60XMH6HS3HMW GeForce GTX 460 GC Edtion Video Card - 768MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11, Fermi [tigerdirect.com]
CPU: HELP
MB: HELP
Your total without shipping for RAM, PSU, case, and GPU is $389.92. I don't consider rebates because they are sometimes unreliable. Also, several of your chosen parts are out of stock. Let's save you some money and get high-quality parts, shall we?

First off, you don't need 8gb of RAM unless you are a professional with video editting or CAD software. This 4gb kit should do nicely:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231276
$54.99

For PSU the NEO ECO 520W is a rebranded Seasonic and a good choice. You can go for more wattage but stick to Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, or Silverstone and nothing less than 80+ certified. Modular is a bonus (ECO not modular)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817371030
$54.99 (10% off promo right now, not counted)

Cases are sort of subjective but more important than most people would think. I'd go with a Lian-Li K58 in that budget range:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product
$79.99

Last but not least, the GTX 460 768MB version is a really gimped card. Go 1GB with it or go home, and I seriously wouldn't trust that rebate. This 460 is 1GB with the 256-bit wide memory channel and is actually cheaper upfront. It is also most likely very overclockable:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6814130591
$159.99

Total so far: $349.96
Previous total: $389.92

So we've got an extra 40 bucks leaving us with $240-290 for cpu+mobo. Hmm..

I personally would go for the X4 955 and this Gigabyte 890X mobo in this combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Com...mbo.581453
$259.98

However, if at all possible you can swing it go for a i5 2500K and a P67 motherboard.. should run you about $335 such as this combo. Do NOT get an intel motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Com...mbo.575883

Hope that helps bounce
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Quote from bonsly View Post :
Hey all I'm looking to build a computer for moderate to light gaming,nothing hardcore.I want to play games that can run CSS,TF2,LoL,Minecraft,etc. smoothly at 40-50 fps on moderate to high settings.I was thinking of this kit,from TD but I dunno what Gfx card to pair it with

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...&CatId=332

If anyone has any other kits or combos to fit my needs please do.I'd really appreciate it.

budget is around 300ish
$300 is really really tight for a PC build with any kind of gaming availability whatsoever. That combo is also garbage as all the parts are old and bottom-barrel. Nonetheless you don't need a whole lot to do what you ask, so here's what I'd recommend:

cpu: Athlon II X2 240 $59
mobo: MSI 870-G45 $70
mem: A-DATA 4GB AD3U1333B2G9-DRH $40
case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 $50
psu: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W $40
hdd: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB $43
gpu: SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 $49

total: $351

I wouldn't go any lower than that but it would definitely suit your needs. woot
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#45
I have a quick question. I have an AMD Phenom II x4 925 processor that I"m going to use with Gigabyte M4A87TD EVO mb.

I'm trying to find some RAM that I can use with this CPU/MB and already bought

4GB GSKILL DDR3 1600 PC3-12800 CL 9-9-9-24 1.5 v &
4GB OCZ DDR3 1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8 1.65 v

So I am trying to figure out which one of these two I should use and the other I will sell on ebay.

Will they both work with the CPU/MB and would you recommend one over the other?

The gigabyte motherboard manual has a list of DDR3-1600 compatability and both of these aren't on that list, but I figure it could be outdated and not totally comprehensive.

The timings on these are different and will I need to go in and adjust something in the BIOS to use one over the other if they are compatible.

Sorry for a newbie type question but this thread really helped me get my components and now just don't want to screw up when I finally start putting it together.
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