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A Decent Computer for a Good Price

By Tenko
May 26, 2006
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  1. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Well my Internet Connection says 100Mbps but it definitly isnt that... idk this really stinks tho and how do u speed up ur dsl?
     
  2. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Posts: 459

    Get firefox if you don't have it. Apparently it's faster (not to mention safer) than ie. Also you won't pick up all the crap you would with ie, so that itself would speed you up a bit. Won't help for games though...
    It just so happens I currently know exactly how you feel. Writing this reply alone, my connection was lost three times! Maybe your isp is as bad as mine.
     
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I doubt that'll help paranoid_guy. @Tenko, most speed accelerators are downright garbage, although people who have used Google's have told me that it works pretty well. Check it out to see if it helps. And that 100MBps thingy means ur on LAN, as far as I know. That might be the cause of ur slow connection as u but nobody's answered my questions in my previous posts so u might really have a 1MBps connection thats being shared by a lot of ppl at once or something. Let's wait and watch. Build the PC though, it will get some of the work in ur way done for good. I think we should have a reply soon enough.
     
  4. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    well i have the Ashampoo Internet Accelerator but i dont know which option to "optimize the adapter for" is right
    also, to make it worse, if i dont pick the right one it can make the internet unstable or unusable... so unless u guys know what option to pick im just gonna uninstall it... anyways the options are...
    Dial-up connection with-
    1. Modem or ISDN
    2. ISDN Method 2
    3. ADSL/SDSL Method 1 (PPOE)
    4. ADSL/SDSL Method 2
    5. ADSL/SDSL Method 3 (PPOE)
    6. ADSL/SDSL Method 4 (PPOE)
    anyways i doubt this will help enough but whatever... also i will be getting firefox on the computer that im building when i do build it so ya... and can someone answer Rage's questions??? plz? :D
     
  5. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Well I guess I don't even need the internet acellerator! My mom is most likely gonna upgrade our internet to Highspeed which is 756kbps-1.5mbps... Will that be fast enough? Oh, also will any of you guys help me through assembling my computer when i get it because im only $70 away from $1010 :D
     
  6. KingCody

    KingCody TS Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    internet accelerators work by storing regularly visited web pages locally, so that the entire page doesn't have to download every time you visit it. it would not help at all in gaming. besides "Ashampoo" is more interested in washing hair anyways, hahaha :haha: (I know, that was pretty lame, but I couldn't resist ;))

    1.5Mb/s is not the fastest, but its still pretty good.

    as far as actual speed goes certain conditons affect your usuable speed. with DSL, your speed decreases the farther away from the station you are, but is not affected by the number of users. with cable, the speed remains consistant reguardless of the distance from the station, but decreases with the amount of users on at once.

    cable has faster overall speeds (for example I have 6Mb/s from comcast), but since it's not available in your area yet, 1.5Mb/s DSL is probably the best you can get (but don't worry it should be fast enough)
     
  7. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Well that's good...! Woooo I'm only $40 away from the computer now :D... How long does newegg's shipping usually take? And how long will it take to "assemble" the computer since its my first time? And u guys will help me right??:D Haha sorry with the barrage of questions but im getting excited :p
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    It will take a couple of hours, mostly 2-3 hours. Maybe less if u get it done. Good luck with it anyways :grinthumb
     
  9. KingCody

    KingCody TS Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    newegg usually ships the day after you order. the transit time is dependant on the shipping carrier, but should be no more than 3 days.

    I always choose fedex express (it always gets here overnight, even though i only pay for the 3 day service :)) I assume you used the default UPS ground (3 day select), that doesn't ship by airplane like fedex so transit time will depend on how far away you are from the warehouse it was shipped from.

    as far as the build time... if you take your time (and you should!), then your first build should take you a few hours. remember to stay grounded before touching any component.
     
  10. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Ok, well will it come with an instruction manual or something? Because i doubt i'll be able to put it together myself just by looking and guessing :p or do i just have to look around the net for help? O and also I havent even ordered it yet haha because im $40 short so im not really worried too much about shipping :D And how do i stay grounded? What does staying grounded do?
    Thanks a ton for all the help... this computer will be awesome... (5 pages of help :p wow)
     
  11. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    The wrist strap will ground you. Whenever you are working on your computer, put your wrist strap on and clip the other end of it to one of the internal metal brackets inside the computer case and you will be 'grounded'.
     
     
  12. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    So what does "grounding" do? Also, will there be instructions with the computer or is it really easy to figure out or will i just need to get help with it?
     
  13. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Being grounded keeps you from discharging static electricty into your computer components. A very small amount of static discharge (even lees than you can feel) can potentially damage sensetive parts like your CPU, HDD, Mobo, graphics card, etc...

    There may be some instructions that come with each component depending on wether the part is OEM or a retail version. But I would bet someone here has a link to a really good computer assembly guide.
     
  14. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Oh I gotcha... Well that would be awesome if there was a guide because unless its just like "Plug Cord A into Slot B" I doubt I'll be able to figure it out :p
     
  15. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

  16. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

  17. KingCody

    KingCody TS Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    well that's pretty much what it is, it's a simple procedure, it's just time consuming that's all.

    most motherboard manuals will come with instructions on how to hook everything up to it
     
  18. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Ok Thanks... Now its just a matter of saving up the money for the computer! (I'm working tomorro and Saturday so i should have the money by tomorro but if i dont i'll have it by saturday! :D)
     
  19. KingCody

    KingCody TS Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    i know how you feel. waiting for your dream system can be tough :D

    and don't worry... when you get all your stuff, we'll be happy to help you build it. :)
     
  20. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Haha yea waiting is the hardest part :(
    Thanks a ton for all the help though... I'll need it probably :)
     
  21. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,552   +301

    Aside from the little tiny wires to make stuff like your on off switch and the reset button on the front panel (and stuff like sound/usb if you have those) its really just a matter of plugging things in the only place they will fit.

    Your motherboard manual is really the only 'instructions' that will come with what you order. And that will be pretty necessary for the power button and reset switch (its marked on the motherboard too likely, but its really tiny).
     
  22. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Well today I made $45 so I now have enough money! :D
    Anyways Here's the Final List of Parts... (Easier for me to keep track of everything :p)
    1. Antivirus Software $15 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16832315020
    2. Windows XP Home $88 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16837102059
    3. Mobo $65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157089
    4. Processor $94 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103639
    5. PSU $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103935
    6. RAM $73 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145525
    7. Video Card $139 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814145132
    8. Speakers $26 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836117123
    9. Wrist Strap $6 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16899888207
    10. Wireless Card $22 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833328103
    11. Wireless Router $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833124010
    12. Monitor $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824172050
    13. Case $33 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811156018
    14. Cd/DvD Drive $29 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106994
    15. HD $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148142
    16. Fan $8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811999346
    Grand Total ~ $1020 (Including tax and shipping)
    Now I have a couple days to plan where to build it, finalize everything, and make sure my parents upgrade the internet... so i have some questions...
    1. Am I going to need a seperate fan? (Look Above)
    2. Whats a good room to assemble it in? (Do i need a power source? No carpet right?)
    3. How many outlets will it need?
    4. If a part arrives broken i can return it right?
    5. Are all the above parts compatible?
    6. Are all the above parts quality parts?
    7. Do you have any other advice for me?
    Please try and answer my questions and thanks everyone :D
     
  23. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    1. Extra fans never hurt. In your case this can be mounted behind the HD cage to draw cool air into the case.
    2. Any room that has good lighting and a decent size table to work on. I doubt your parents would like it if you took over the kitchen/dining room table. Set up a decent card table in a spare room or in the basement and bring in extra lights if you need to.
    3. One outlet should be plenty if you use a surge protecting power strip.
    4. Yes, just be sure to keep all packing and packages in case you ever need to send anything back. Occasionally items may need to be returned to the manufactuer instead of Newegg.
    5. Yes, it appears all of the parts are compatible (and sweet too!).
    6. Yup, pretty good stuff.
    7. If you ever plan to overclock (and this processor does overclock pretty well) you will need to get some AS 5 thermal paste. If not, then whatever comes with the processor will be sufficient.
    7A. Take your time and ask questions! If you need help with something or don't understand the instructions just ask us.
     
  24. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 546

    Stay away from building the PC on carpet, b/c carpet is a conductor of static. also take off you shoes and socks, i know its sounds wierd but bare skin doesnt conduct static the way fabrics do.

    ...AMD
     
  25. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    If you build your own, you will get a decent computer for a lot less than what you would pay for an already built pc. It's also easy to do.
     
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