Building a computer need advice

By 123456789
Feb 16, 2006
  1. Okay I am building a gaming computer and I need advice. I have about 600 dollars, 100 of which goes to buying windows. Thanks.
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    This system would be a little better than the above (the graphics card is faster, it includes a case plus one GIG of ram.)

    Case with 350W antec PSU - $62

    Motherboard: $69

    CPU - $160

    Graphics $110

    Ram 1Gb - $75

    Hard Drive - $50

    There's a good starting point... just add floppy, optical

    So far the above is $526 and extremely upgradable.

    This system will run any game that is on the market right now, but you'll have to turn down the settings a bit in order to get good frame rates. But heh, what can you expect for this kind of money! Not a bad system at all though.
  4. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373

    First things first

    You need to tell us where you live...that will garuntee that we can find the best prices for you depending on your country......

    Next...From your previous posts seems you do have a computer that works....will you be scraping that one out ? If you can use the hard drive ( if not old as the hills) or optical drives aka CD-Rom drives or burners it will help with the limited buget of $600 you will be spending.....Also will you be using your existing monitor ? keyboard ? mouse ? speakers ? ???????

    If all you need are the 5 main componants that this is what I reccomend in your price range and will still kick some *** gaming......






    $590 Shipped....

    I know that you said that you wanted to keep it under $600 including Windows...But that is kind of like asking for a miracle. Yeah you can get a lesser system but I would not reccomend it. Computer gaming is a very expensive hobby. I suggest you save up a little more and do it right the first time instead of compromising performance to save a little cash. If your dead set on only spending $600 total your probably better off buying a xbox 360 or PS3.

    *Note that $590 does not include optical drives or hard drives wich you probably going to need.....Most likley a hard drive. You can get a good 80 gig STATA drive for around $50 bucks at newegg though....
  5. seanp789

    seanp789 TS Enthusiast Posts: 111

    $500 might buy you a computer but not a good gaming computer. The adive these guys gave above is a good start.
  6. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 394

    I agree with everything DonNagual put up there. Looks great. Only thing I would add is a cheap sound card. If you can find the Sound Blaster Live 24bit, it's really good value at $30. Good Luck!
  7. maniacgeorge

    maniacgeorge TS Rookie Posts: 19

  8. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    I wouldn't build a computer because they cause most problems. Try a Sony VIAO or a really weak machine running XP then upgrade it.. that way it doesnt cause problems
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    I'd have to disagree with the above.... at least partially.

    If you don't know what you are doing, it may be wiser to get a decent pre-built computer. But I would take a custom built computer anyday over a sony VIAO or any other pre-built. I can choose the parts that go in, and not be at risk of the big boys cutting corners with cheap parts being integrated into their motherboards or popcorn maker PSUs.
  10. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 394

    I agree with Don Nagual. It's a whole lot easier to find what's wrong with your computer if you made it.

    You know, it's funny, 7 months ago, I would have never dreamed of building my own computer. I barely wanted to insall ram in our HP. But now, I've built my own system, and love working with comp hardware. In fact, I'm hoping to get a job in a computer services store this month! I love it!
  11. hayward

    hayward TS Rookie

    help building a gaming computer

    i am building a gaming computer and have come up with a good idea of what i want. i live in australia so most parts are more expensive and i want to keep the price around the $1500. below is a list of the parts i would like to get, the total is price $1339, if you have any suggestions they would be helpfull.

    Thermal Take Soprano
    OMNI 500W Power Supply with 12cm
    ASUS A8n-SLI motherboard
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (socket 939)
    WESTERN DIGITAL 160GB hard drive
    1GB Hynix DDR400
    GeForce 7800 GT
    ThermalTake Golden Orb II
    16X Samsung D.L
    Wireless Keyboard Combo Logitech EX 110
  12. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Looking like a nice system. Don't know about that omni PSU though. Doesn't necessarily mean it is no good, but probably a good idea to get one that is well known to be reliable. Enermax, Antec ... the big names.

    Is your ram two sticks of 512mb? Make sure it is, otherwise you are not making use of "dual channel", which is a major performance increase over one stick of 1Gb.
  13. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    What kind of mouse? You don't want to cheap out on the main part you will be interacting with.
  14. 123456789

    123456789 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I haven't really looked at all your parts but I know that you dont need a wireless keyboard. I have had an expierience with one and the batteries just run out way to fast. My keyboard lasted about mabye 2-3 days and then I needed new batteries. However a wirless mouse, for a gaming computer, is definetly recommended.
  15. hayward

    hayward TS Rookie

    i was thinking about 2 512mb of ram. if i buy them can i still put a 1GB stick in or can i only get 512mb sticks? i have also changed my pus as you suggested to Thermaltake 430W ATX PSU, which was cheaper and better than my old one.
  16. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Thermaltake? Hmmmm.

    Have a read here:

    Back to the ram thing. Yes, definately get two sticks of 512mb ram. Like I said before, dual channel is something that really speeds up your system. If you want to upgrade to two gigs in the future, you should again get two more sticks of 512mb to keep you in dual channel mode. And also be sure you get the exact same make and speed of ram when you upgrade!

    Read tedsters ram sticky here:
  17. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    $600 budget eh, for a gaming PC.

    Well you got $100 for Windows you say, alright, $500 left. There is your video card.

    So far you have Windows and a video card. Best keep saving until you can afford a case and motherboard and some other essentials!
  18. Sean

    Sean TS Rookie Posts: 100

    I dont think ill need to worry about buying windows : D I recommend logi MX510, for fps games. And I absolutly love the foward and back buttons on the side of the mouse. Mine is 3 years old and still going strong.
  19. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    woot, that's my mouse, LOVE it! Couldn't live without the forware-back buttons and speed scroll.
  20. hayward

    hayward TS Rookie

    i am getting a AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (Soket 939, Venice). does anyone know what the Venice means? what do you think of getting a PCI-e DFI Infinity NF4 SLI motherboard insteas of a ausu a8n-sli?
  21. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    Venice is the core, a code name for some underlieing features. It can get pretty confusing.
    This page has a decent list of Intel and AMD CPUs, features and code names:

    The code name is in the far right column. The Venice CPUs are towards the bottom. And don't mistake it with "Venus", you're talking "Venice".

    It's a nice core for todays games. Any better and you're in to dual core and other pricey features.

    I have no preference for the Asus or DFI. NF4 and SLI are a good combo, depends on features, price, warranty, and read all the reviews you can!
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