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athlonfx 306 July 6, 2007 at 04:16 PM in Computers (10)
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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:
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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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Any good deals out there for an OS ?
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Great post, very useful.

There is a 7900gs deal for $100AR. This performs faster than the 8600 series but is not DX10 compatible. DX10 compatibility is useless anyway if the GPU is not fast enough to run all the eye candy:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=225829&t=553497

For $145AR, the 7950GT will trample all over the 8600 series cards:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=225829&t=548826&highlight=7950

Also, don't forget the Antec 900 case deal for $80 shipped no rebate:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=225829&t=553541

For the budget motherboard options, instead of the Gigabyte 945GZ board (which only has PCI-E x4 slot), better to get the
GIGABYTE GA-945GCM-S2 LGA 775 Intel 945GC which is newer and has PCI-E x16 slot for only $2 more:
http://www.newegg.com/product/pro...6813128049
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again!

(get a 64bit os)
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Quote from Gfresh404 View Post :
What MOBO did you go with? I'm thinking of the Asus M4A89GTD with USB 3.0
I picked up a 890FX board for 160.00$. I believe it was this particular model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product

It's cheaper now at 145.00$ After Rebate. I paid 160.00$ shipped.

At the time of purchase there were no bad reviews and it was at 5 eggs, but apparently it has changed since then.

But for me it's an amazing board that has caused me absolutely no problems at all. Functioned perfectly right out of the box, so no complaints from me.

For 5$ more you can get a FX board. Has x4 USB 3.0 and has x8 SATA 6Gb/s. Seems like its worth the extra few dollars.
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It seems that many people in this thread are going with the Phenom II X2 555 of which it seems the latest versions don't unlock 2 additional, STABLE cores.
I'm just wondering why more people don't opt for the Athlon II X4 630 or 635.
It seems that most people's needs would be better served by the 4 cores of the Athlon II rather than the L3 cache of the Phenom II.
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I finished my build! woot bounce

I posted my build a week ago and didn't really get any help from anyone except myzticz3r0.

All I needed was a mobo, ram, and power supply to finish.

Final List

1. ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
2. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
3. OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W
5. LIAN LI PC-7FN Aluminum Case
7. Cooler Master Hyper 212
8. EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Super Clocked (No plans for SLI)
9. 1 TB Samsung HDD 5400, 1 TB Samsung HDD 7200, OCZ 60GB Vertex 2 Solid State Drive OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G
10. Intel i7-875 LGA 1156
11. Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner SATA
12. HP w2338h Monitor

Am I missing anything? I already have a mouse and keyboard Smilie
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Quote from absolutegsr99 View Post :
I finished my build! woot bounce

I posted my build a week ago and didn't really get any help from anyone except myzticz3r0.

All I needed was a mobo, ram, and power supply to finish.

Final List

1. ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
2. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
3. OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W
5. LIAN LI PC-7FN Aluminum Case
7. Cooler Master Hyper 212
8. EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Super Clocked (No plans for SLI)
9. 1 TB Samsung HDD 5400, 1 TB Samsung HDD 7200, OCZ 60GB Vertex 2 Solid State Drive OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G
10. Intel i7-875 LGA 1156
11. Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner SATA
12. HP w2338h Monitor

Am I missing anything? I already have a mouse and keyboard Smilie
meh...not wild about tha nVidia 'SuperClocked' card...

You seem to be spending a fair bit of $$ on this build...

Seems to me that 2 of these http://http://www.newegg.com/Prod...6814127490 badboys would blow that card into the weeds ... for a little more $$$
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Quote from jubjub View Post :
meh...not wild about tha nVidia 'SuperClocked' card...

You seem to be spending a fair bit of $$ on this build...

Seems to me that 2 of these http://http://www.newegg.com/Prod...6814127490 badboys would blow that card into the weeds ... for a little more $$$
It would appear you typed your URL address wrong, here it is corrected. LINK [newegg.com]
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Quote from artoonie View Post :
Because I don't trust SSDs quite yet, how does this sound?

RAID1:
WD VelociRaptor 10000RPM 300GB Drive [newegg.com] (master)
WD Caviar Blue 7200RPM 320GB Drive [newegg.com] (mirror) or possibly a 5400RPM
+ in future, non-RAIDed drives for media backed up to my external


How fast would that be compared to a SSD for booting? And is the bottleneck at the master drive (ie does it matter how fast the mirror is)?
In your case here you give up all the speed (in seconds) from the boot time with only one drive to the RAID BIOS load time, the mirroring drive would hold back the velociraptor at write if I remember correctly. You would probably have double the boot time the same configuration with SSDs.
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Quote from Porksword View Post :
So far I have an optic, RAM, and case which is listed below. I need CPU,video,HDD,PSU,Mobo for $400-450 to complete build.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333
Item #: N82E16820178333

For video card I was considering the Mwave deal http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2571401 for Radeon HD 6850 $143 after MIR which would leave me with about $300 for the rest. I am open to other video cards and looking for suggestions. PC purpose is general with mid-level gaming.
You should be good with that graphics card for 1080p resolutions not sure how much of a powerful CPU+mb combination can you squeeze in 300 not to mention that you also need to fit a psu and HDD in that amount.
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I had hoped to get my hands on a new Sandy B i2500k and Asus P8P67 PRO at the special Microcenter bundle prices. But with in store only (and OOS issues) not to mention price difference, I am back to heavily considering buying a Phenom x4 965 and Giga 870-UD3 for a savings of ~$150+ (TD has the SB bundle for $400 and the egg has the x4 and mobo for $269).

Paired with:
G.Skill 8gb (4x2)
XFX radeon 5850

For some gaming, video encoding here and there, and CS4 use, i can't seem to think that i would be that displeased saving the 150 or so and going AMD/Giga. I don't really want to wait until bulldozer. Thoughts?

Many thanks in advance!
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I'm preparing to build my first computer and had a few questions. It seems like a lot of people are building computers for gaming machines, but that isn't what I am looking for. I'm looking for something that can:

1) rip/burn movies relatively quickly
2) serve up movies to uPnP media devices
3) be connected to a 50" lcd tv to watch movies off of an external hard drive

I really don't want to buy an OS so I would like to install Ubuntu and use Fuppes or MediaTomb to serve the video to my devices. My main question is what kind of CPU, Mobo, video card, and case will do the job. I'm on a tight budget and don't want to unnecessarily overkill the computer with power where its not needed....I just am not sure how much is needed and where it is needed. I would also like to allow for expandability, so if and when I want to upgrade or add some components, it won't be a problem. I'd really appreciate any advice you all might have.

Thanks!
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can someone fill me in as to how the i5 sandy 3000/2000 graphics compare to a video card such as this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...sus%205550
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