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Old 2009-04-29, 09:21   Link #1
Kondrath
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First Computer Build

I'd like some help in deciding what parts to buy... I don't know too much about compatibility. Hopefully these questions will help:

1. What are your other components / What components are you planning on buying?


Everything but an OS / Keyboard / Mouse, pretty much.

2. What's your budget?


$1,300 max.

3. What are you using your computer for?

Graphics Design, Audio production, (Mixing, Mastering, Recording, etc. [Reason 4, Sonar 7]) I've already got an audio interface, so no need for an insane sound card or anything. I don't play a whole lot of games, but I'll probably be playing a few. Burnout Paradise and a few MMOs every now and then. Nothing too extreme. Also some light video editing.

4. What size is your monitor? To SLI or not to SLI?


I'd like to buy a new one. 20-20' should work.

5. When are you buying? Should I wait?!

Hopefully in the next few days.

6. Are you overclocking?

I don't even know how. But I might if I read up on it.

7. Where do you plan on buying from?

Newegg.com (USA), or the special deals listed on Slickdeals.net. Anywhere that has the best pricing and reliability, I guess.

8. Do you want any specific features?


As long as it can handle what I've listed above. I've been getting by on a 2ghz 768mb ram comp with 70gb of space since 04'. Anything would be considered an upgrade at this point. I don't need a huge amount of hard drive space, as I've gotten used to working with 70gigs of space... Also I've got a 640gig external
now. I think I'd like to use DDR3 RAM, since it's most likely going to become the standard soon.

Thanks in Advance
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Old 2009-04-29, 10:06   Link #2
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These should be of help:
Anandtech System Buyer's Guide $800 - $1800
Arstechnica System Buyer's Guide

If you're really heavy into graphics design and audio production, you'll see a massive benefit by getting a quad-core processor and at least 4gb of RAM. As for storage, get a fast system drive and another, bigger drive for bulk storage.

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Old 2009-04-29, 21:52   Link #3
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Thanks.

I've decided on everything but the power supply. My friend recommended a

XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

But I've never heard of it. Then again, I've never heard of any power supply brands as I've never built a computer before...
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Old 2009-04-29, 21:54   Link #4
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Try to buy a PC Guide.... this mag may help you...
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Old 2009-04-30, 01:29   Link #5
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Oh wow, a budget, what you're using it for, AND what you need! That's a great start.

I (and many others here) would be very willing to look through a parts list that you put together and give you suggestions for better deals and what we think would better fit your needs. Please provide Newegg links for them.
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Old 2009-04-30, 02:47   Link #6
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Originally Posted by Melee428 View Post
Thanks.

I've decided on everything but the power supply. My friend recommended a

XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

But I've never heard of it. Then again, I've never heard of any power supply brands as I've never built a computer before...
I actually didn't know that Xclio did power supplies since I only know them for their budget cases so if that PSU is just as cheap then you'd better stay away since you get what you pay for (meaning that a cheap PSU is more likely to fail) so I'd suggest you stick with the more known brands like corsair, and akasa to name just two.
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Old 2009-04-30, 08:54   Link #7
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Two things you want to invest heavily when building a computer.
Powersupply and MoBo because cheap stuff uses liquid condenser and/or less reliable parts.
Liquid condensers have less life expectancy then solid condensers but are cheaper.

The cost is well worth it in the long run.
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Old 2009-05-04, 00:34   Link #8
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Two things you want to invest heavily when building a computer.
Powersupply and MoBo because cheap stuff uses liquid condenser and/or less reliable parts.
Liquid condensers have less life expectancy then solid condensers but are cheaper.

The cost is well worth it in the long run.
This. Specially the part about high-quality power supplies because if the PSU goes, it might take everything else with it.
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