Building my first Desktop

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by GusWS6, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. GusWS6

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    Well the computer I want from dell is quite expensive (4000), and my friends said they would help me assemble the PC when everything gets here. I'm assuming that I can build a PC similar to the one from dell for a few hundred less. I know what video card/RAM I want but other than that i'm lost. Its not that i'm stupid, its just I haven't taken the time to learn about computer parts as I work 12 hours a day. If yall could suggest parts and stuff for me that would be great. Here is what I have so far. Oh, I need the computer for gaming and school. Thanks for yall's help. My budget is 3600, including shipping and tax.


    - Case - I'd like a good looking decent sized case so there is plenty of room for everything and fans, but I don't want to spend a whole bunch of money on a case.

    - Power Supply (could be with Case) - No idea

    - Motherboard - No idea.

    - Processor - I was thinking something like this - Intel Core2 processor Q6600 (2.40Ghz,1066FSB) w/Quad Core Technology and 8MB cache

    - Heatsink/Fan for CPU (could be with Processor) - No idea

    - Thermal Compound (could be with Heatsink/Fan) - No idea

    - Memory - 2GB at least, but I'm thinking maybe 3 gigs would be better.

    - Video Card (could be on-board) - Geforce 768 MB 8800 GTX PCI-E

    - Sound Card (could be on-board) - Need a good one.

    - Hard Disk Drive(s) - What is the benefit of having one large one vs 2 smaller ones.

    - CD/DVD Drive(s) - I need cd/dvd burning capabilities.

    - Keyboard & Mouse - Don't need a mouse, do need a keyboard

    - Monitor - No idea, but I would like a flatscreen

    - Speakers - No idea

    - Network Card - No idea
     
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  2. Preachergeek

    Preachergeek Ancient Guru

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    If you post an approximate budget (4000 in what currancy?) and your location (or a store you want to buy from) i'd be happy to pick out some exact parts which would be good for you.

    btw the two components you've chosen already are both top notch.
     
  3. GusWS6

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    4000 US. I was planning on going with newegg.com, as that is the only computer parts store online that I know of/trust. Is there any else you would recommend? Oh and also would you recommend 3GB of ram instead of 2? Budget probably 3000-3600, including shipping/tax to Kingwood TX, 77339.
     
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  4. LedHed

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    For 4 grand you can put almost anything in a box, 8800GTX in SLI, Quad Core etc.
     

  5. GusWS6

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    I'd prefer not to spend that much, 3600 at the most.
     
  6. Preachergeek

    Preachergeek Ancient Guru

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    CPU - q6600 - $430.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

    Power supply - PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad - $199.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

    Motherboard - EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 (possibility of sli) - $219.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188013

    Heatsink/Fan for CPU - Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme - $64.99 (Or h20, ask if you're considering this)

    Thermal Compound - Arctic cooling MX-1 is the best and is only like $5-6 i think

    Memory - Crucial Ballistix 2GB pc2-6400 (d9) - $125.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146565

    Video Card - EVGA 8800gtx - $516.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130072

    Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer - $90.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102006

    Hard Disk Drive(s) - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500gb - $119.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148135

    CD/DVD Drive(s) - Err...Someone else could suggest a good one, i don't know enough about them. - $40?

    Monitor - SAMSUNG 244T-SV Silver 24" - $679.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010190020+1309821328&name=24"

    In total all that comes to about $2500 which leaves you a grand under your top limit. (i may have forgotten about a components or two though :p)

    So yeah, that would be an amazing rig. For extra performance from what i've suggested consider getting two of the graphics cards and running them in SLI, or consider investing a few hundred dollars on an amazing water cooling system to really unleash the power of your components.
     
  7. GusWS6

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    I forgot to ask about what operating system and anti virus software to go with. Any suggestions?
     
  8. LedHed

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    Do Not Buy The Quad Core Until After July 22
     
  9. GusWS6

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    Why do you say that Led?
     
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  11. Preachergeek

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    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=224960

    There are massive price cuts on July 22, that's a very good point which i overlooked. After the 22nd you'll save alot of money on that cpu.

    Oh and XP is still the best operating system for gamers in my opinion, and having now used Vista i can say that although it is perfectly useable, using it makes me angry.
     
  12. GusWS6

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    Oh ok, well I think i'm going to get a cooling system, but why does it help performance? And which one to get, because I still don't know what case to get, and i'm assuming that it has to be compatible with my case, or does it not matter?
     
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    vista 64 or xp 64 are the way 2 go
     
  14. LedHed

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    I recommend the Antec 900 case. If you are looking for the absolute best in cooling with a sacrifice to sound, then this is it.

    Here is my Antec 900

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    Amen to that. Cant go wrong with one of those. So windy with the fans all on 100% ! (trust me you wont need it).

    :cheers:
     
  17. LedHed

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    I run everything at high at all times including a 120mm Thermaltake Fan (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999145) Looks much better in my system shots in the Guru Rig Thread more of a Tony Stewart/Home Depot orange than in the NewEgg shots. I also am running a Zalman FC-ZV9 VGA Cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118011). I also have another Thermaltake Fan on th CPU but I cant remember the model. All in all I have 8 fans running in the case at all times. My idle GPU temp is 39C and rarely loads over 58c even with a 750/1700 OC. My CPU idles around 28C and rarely loads over 49C. I love this thing.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Renegade8100

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    I have a suggestion.. ThermalTake Matrix chassis, look it up. its entire front chassis is permeable with filters. its 120mm fans are silent, and it provides top notch cooling. most of my stuff runs at sub average temps
     
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    Antec 900 blows it away in terms of cooling
     
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    why go with fancy leds,glass on the side.Go with stainless steel!! i'm buying one of this soon.kinda serious Strict look.
     

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