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Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:28 pm Reply and quote this post
I'm planning on building a gaming computer and I have no idea where to start.  I'm mostly confused on what kind of motherboard to buy and if the RAM and everything I buy is compatible with it.

Any suggestions on where to start?  Anyone have a list of all the parts I need to buy?

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Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:36 pm Reply and quote this post
Both Anandtech and ArsTechnica have buyers guides. They would be a good start.
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Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:50 pm Reply and quote this post
http://arstechnica.com/guides/buyer/system...de-200506.ars/2

^Is that what you're talking about?  I couldn't really find one.

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Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:00 pm Reply and quote this post
http://arstechnica.com/guides/buyer.ars

and

http://www.anandtech.com/guides/

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Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:07 pm Reply and quote this post
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I'm planning on building a gaming computer and I have no idea where to start.  I'm mostly confused on what kind of motherboard to buy and if the RAM and everything I buy is compatible with it.

Any suggestions on where to start?  Anyone have a list of all the parts I need to buy?

What kind of budget do you have?

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Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:15 pm Reply and quote this post
It realy come's down to how much you can spend lol, i just got the DFI LP NF4 SLI-DR board, all my hardware from the other mobo can use this board, but my vpu is a little slow so i'm going for the Gigabyte GF 7800GT 256MB DDR3, PCI-E and get another in a month or so when i get the money saved, this will be a gaming rig :) :)
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Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:19 pm Reply and quote this post
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It realy come's down to how much you can spend lol, i just got the DFI LP NF4 SLI-DR board, all my hardware from the other mobo can use this board, but my vpu is a little slow so i'm going for the Gigabyte GF 7800GT 256MB DDR3, PCI-E and get another in a month or so when i get the money saved, this will be a gaming rig :) :)

Nice. I want you graphics card.  :P All I can do is drool over the pictures.


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Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:25 pm Reply and quote this post
heheheheh nice one, ye it's a lot of money but i don't go out to the pub's drinking it all a way so i'm going to treat myself ?262.97 a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$ :) :) :)

EDIT

About 458.110 USD


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Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:47 pm Reply and quote this post
Thanks KoolDrew.

Does anyone have a list of what parts I need to buy? Case, Hard Drive, Processor, etc.

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Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:02 pm Reply and quote this post
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Thanks KoolDrew.

Does anyone have a list of what parts I need to buy? Case, Hard Drive, Processor, etc.


Case
Power supply
Motherboard
Processor
Video Card
Sound Card (If you want, onboard sound is pretty good these days)
Nic/Modem (unless onboard)
RAM
Hard Drive(s)
CD/DVD Drive(s)
Floppy Drive (If you want one)
Cables
Mouse/Keyboard
Games!!!

Ummm... Thats it I think.

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Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:09 pm Reply and quote this post
Edit: I pressed the back button for an eternity and found my edit!

I have about $500 right now and more for Christmas.  My dad is always paying me to do stuff on the computer for him like making DVD's for his business or creating powerpoint presentations for his seminars which I make a lot of money for.

I don't have anything to salvage from either like a monitor or keyboard/mouse.

I'm thinking a dual core AMD processor since those are crazy on performance.  Do I have to pay extra for a 64-bit version of windows?

I guess I'll go with the cheapest 7200 rpm hard drive I can find and get 512mb of Ram and upgrade to 2X512 later on.  My grandma is giving me a $100 dollar gift certificate to Circuit City so that can cover the Ram.

I don't know what to do for motherboard or graphics card.  I'll probably get the cheapest sound card available nearby as I hear even the cheapest card is better than integrated sound.

I found a list and I'll just put what I'm thinking about and get specific links later.

- Case -
- Power Supply - Probably around 500 watts
- Motherboard -
- Processor - AMD Dual Core something
- Heatsink/Fan for CPU -
- Thermal Compound -
- Memory - 512mb
- Video Card -
- Sound Card - Something cheap
- Hard Disk Drive(s) - cheapest 7200rpm I can find
- CD/DVD Drive(s) -
- Floppy Drive -
- Keyboard & Mouse -
- Monitor -
- Speakers -

Post suggestions on the blank ones since I don't have a clue for those.
I might be able to get my parents to pay for some.


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Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:18 pm Reply and quote this post
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I don't know what to do for motherboard or graphics card. I'll probably get the cheapest sound card available nearby as I hear even the cheapest card is better than integrated sound.


Not true at all. Integrated sound is very good now. Not as good as an Audigy 2 or something, but much better than the cheapest card.

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Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:20 pm Reply and quote this post
Ok.  I'll go with a cheap one for now so I have the slot open and upgrade later on.  I'll just use a headset until then.
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Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:21 pm Reply and quote this post
I found this at my local shop in the UK, WOW you after Dual Core are you sure? AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 3800 512k Cache per core (2.0GHz) Skt 939 Retail inc.fan (3 yr.warr.)
? 241.70 = about 419.806 USD thats a lot of money, you will have no were to put it, you just spent all your money of the CPU? :(

EDIT
Have a look at my board ijust got.
look at the specks on this page and see if the Audio will do for you.
HERE


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Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:22 pm Reply and quote this post
- Case - Depends on what you like.
- Power Supply - Probably around 500 watts Overkill if you're not going for SLI
- Motherboard - EPoX 9NPA+ Ultra
- Processor - AMD Dual Core something You really need dual core?  I'd go with a AMD 64 3000+ Venice and overclock it a bit.
- Heatsink/Fan for CPU - Stock is fine.
- Thermal Compound - Don't need it unless you're having heat problems from bad contact.
- Memory - 512mb Buy from a brandname, cheap memory can be bad memory.  I'd recommend Kingston, Crucial, OCZ or Corsair.
- Video Card - 6800GS if you can, 6600GT otherwise.
- Sound Card - Something cheap. Save the money since you're on a budget, onboard aint bad at all these days.
- Hard Disk Drive(s) - cheapest 7200rpm I can find
- CD/DVD Drive(s) -
- Floppy Drive - Doesn't matter, its all about the same, one with a media reader may be nice though.
- Keyboard & Mouse - Logitech mouse would be my choice, find a keyboard you like.
- Monitor - Dell or Veiwsonic for LCD, dunno for CRT.
- Speakers - Klipsch, Logitech, Creative Labs.


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