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Building a desktop

Post by Kittys are Epicz » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:34 pm

When I get my tax refund I'm going to attempt to build by first desktop. I was wondering if anyone has any online guides or resources that they could share. I have swapped out video cards and replaced heat sinks but I know nothing about socket and pins and what will fit with what so any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your help :meaw:
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Re: Building a desktop

Post by David Webb » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:19 pm

Your first stop should be toms for these monthly articles:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gam ... ,3107.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gam ... ,3106.html

I would start with choosing graphics, then CPU, then motherboard and memory, and then everything else.

If you would like, I enjoy planning builds and would be willing to pick out every piece from newegg.com and email or link them to you if you let me know what you want and for how much.

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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Kittys are Epicz » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:39 pm

Thanks a ton David. I really want to attempt this on my own but I'll post what I come up with if you would be willing to go over it that would be awes0me!

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Re: Building a desktop

Post by David Webb » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:07 pm

Just don't skimp on the power supply.
Unless you are going dual video cards (which should only be for extremely expensive builds) wattage isn't really important, just get one that's 80+ certified and from a good company. Plenty of Newegg reviews is always a good sign.

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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Carl the Llama » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:24 pm

David knows his stuff :D
Tom's hardware is one of my favorite sites for computer news and reviews.
Take a look around and see what you like. Experiment with https://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ to check compatibility if you want.

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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Kittys are Epicz » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:40 pm

You guys are a wonderful resource, thank you very much for all your help! I'll post the build plan once it's done so you guys can marvel at your tutelage.
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Re: Building a desktop

Post by David Webb » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:32 pm

Carl the Murderous Llama wrote:Take a look around and see what you like. Experiment with https://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ to check compatibility if you want.
Good call, I forgot about that site.

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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Kittys are Epicz » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:34 pm

Ok here it is! I listed out the important stuff and a couple other things are on my list here if the link works (https://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/).

Graphics
Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card

CPU
Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard
MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

RAM
A-Data Premier Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Storage
A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Power supply
Apevia 500W ATX Power Supply

Case
Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Anon » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:06 pm

I'll be honest, 256GB probably won't be enough memory in the long run, and you really only need a solid state for an OS drive. I would probably split the cost between a 64GB solid state and a TB HDD
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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Carl the Llama » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:38 pm

Link didn't work. There is a permalink for builds on the page you can copy and paste.
Unless you plan to record and render videos you could go with a smaller SSD. I have the one you listed and it's been great so far.

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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Kittys are Epicz » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:47 pm

Carl the Murderous Llama wrote:Link didn't work. There is a permalink for builds on the page you can copy and paste.
Unless you plan to record and render videos you could go with a smaller SSD. I have the one you listed and it's been great so far.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MgNe I was hoping to use only the SSD because I don't have any music, movies, etc. that takes up a lot of space. I kinda want an i7 processor but I'm not really sure if the extra cost would be worth it, any thoughts? I have around $100 more to play around with but I'm not really sure if it would be that much of an upgrade.
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Re: Building a desktop

Post by David Webb » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:44 am

Your CPU and GPU are great choices, I wouldn't change those. I'd say for storage you can stick with your 256 SSD or do like Anon said, either is a fine choice if you wont be storing videos. If in a year or whatever you find yourself needing storage you can add some easily.

You could spend a few more $$ on motherboard and get one with a z77 chipset: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboa ... 52&sort=a6
Since you got a aftermarket cooler I'm guessing you want to do some overclocking, you should be able to do more with z77.

Different memory would be better for overclocking as well. Are you sure you want 16 gigs? I have 8 and I have never wanted more. If not, you would be happier with 2x4GB sticks that are faster like maybe these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231538
Higher speed and 8 for CAS latency is nice.

I would definitely recommend upgrading the power supply with the leftover cash too. http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/power-sup ... rt=a7&qq=1
One from that list will save you money on electricity, and if you don't want to spend that much at least get one with 80+ or bronze efficiency. I actually just bought the Rosewill CAPSTONE 450 for a build for someone else. It has the power you would need and nice sleeved cables, but I don't know how stable it would be for overclocking or lifespan, I haven't even done the build yet.


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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Carl the Llama » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:48 pm

David Webb wrote:You could spend a few more $$ on motherboard and get one with a z77 chipset: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboa ... 52&sort=a6
The Extreme4 is $20 off right now ($114.99 on Newegg).
EDIT: Also, if you wanted to you could get one or two sets of these (Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz) on sale for $47.98.

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Re: Building a desktop

Post by Carl the Llama » Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:41 pm

Last suggestion: The 250GB Samsung 840 on sale now for $171.95 - check the other new options as the main one has stock issues.

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Building a desktop

Post by Marvintoith » Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:19 am

If you need to use Windows XP, stay clear of 64-bit. Heard there are compatibility problems.

What is the newest game you intend to play on this system?

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