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Building a computer?

By aman501
Oct 16, 2006
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  1. Alright, I'm a real newbie so be nice...

    I'm in the market for a PC That would work well, doesn't need to be great, with games, like flight sims.

    My budget is around $1200 maybe up to $1500 if its really good.

    I don't need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound card, or any optical drives.

    I've built some online at sites but I've never built one myself and I've read that thats better so...

    suggestions? Input would be greatly appreciated thank you!

    -aman-
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Start by deciding what processor you want and go from there!!!!
     
  3. aman501

    aman501 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 46

    alright

    Lets say.... AMD Athlon X2 4400+ to 4800+?

    And would 939 pin or AM2 be better? or is there a difference?
     
  4. Darko1

    Darko1 TS Rookie

    AMD x2 4400
    ASUS-M2N32-SLI Deluxe
    2x1GB TakeMs DDR2/667mhz- work frequency 918mhz
    Asus-Extreme N6800GT NV-6600GT
     
  5. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    Just open notepad, write down all the parts of a computer you'll need, then get on Newegg and look each part up thats a reasonable price, add it all up and see where you are.

    Also I've been building PCs for 6 years now, always been an AMD guy, but the Intel Core Duo 2's are smokin hot, and absoultely blow AMD's best cpus out of the water for their price. Just google "Intel Core Duo 2 Reivew", look at the benchmarks and see how that lineup compares to AMD's CPUs in games, and you'll be sold by your own eyes.
     
  6. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    If your budget is 1200 - 1500 you can build a very good computer...

    Go with socket AM2..


    Motherboard


    Case..I got this one its great..This may not be your taste..


    Harddrive


    Ram


    Processor

    Rounded IDE Cable

    You said you didnt need DVD-RW drive's but here are some.

    Video Card



    This is a great setup...My friends is like this except this CPU is way better than his AMD Athlon 64 3000+ and his is blazing fast...



    This setup is about $655 and thats not including the optical drive since you said you had some..And that motherboard has a great onboard sound..
     
  7. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    Be sure to get a SerialATAII hdd. Also Im sorry but I still have to say go with Intel this round, the Duo2's are too smokin for you to pass up.. it'd be silly. Do some research and make a decision for yourself, google "Athlon *CPU YOUR THINKING ABOUT* Review" or "Intel Core Duo2 Review", otherwise you'll spend a buncha money and find out you didnt get the system you could have with your money. You'll also learn a lot :)
     
  8. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Get Core 2 Duo instead. It Pwns any AMD system for the same price.

    Core 2 Duo E6700
    ASUS P5WDH Deluxe
    2GB Corsair XMS2 PC 6400
    150GB Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM HDD
    ATI X1950XTX Crossfire edition (its the same as the regular card in clock speeds and price so if you want to get Crossfire later, you can just get the easier to find regular card)
    Any old (or new) ATX case
    500 watt or more PSU from antec, enermax, PCP&C, Fortron etc.
     
  9. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    Metal X it wont for long...

    Intel is to mainsteam for me..
     
  10. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    Umm, I think I showed him a SATA 3gb/s HDD..

    And also I know that the Intel Core 2 Extreme is better than the best X2 im not dumb.
     
  11. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

     
  12. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    Nice Intel setup..
     
  13. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Get a 7900GTO, they pwn GT's, and tone it down a little on the motherboard, SLI isn't worth it IMO, especially with DX10 around the corner.
     
  14. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Get a P965 chipset board, with 2 PCI-e slots. That supports crossfire, and get a X1900XT 256mb. It pwns 7900GT(O) both of them.
     
  15. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Intel has a quad-core Core 2 coming out soon... I think they are going to be on top for quite a while.
     
  16. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    You;ll do it for that price no problem, if its for gaming throw everything into CPU, RAM and graphics and just go for small initially with HDD size, extra optical drives, etc. You can add these things later on. I well remember being like you and having no money to spend on these very wanted, wonderful things so I do know what its like.
     
  17. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    So does AMD..

    And its two sockets with a dual-core in each one..
     
  18. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    We dont NEED dual core, let alone quad core. Dual core is enough for me :)
     
  19. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    I agree, I am pulling out my old sytem with a 400mhz Celeron, 128mb of ram, 8m of onboard video ram, and a 40 gigabyte HDD, and a DVD-RW Drive...

    And its running Microsoft Windows XP Professional build 2600 Service Pack 2..
     
  20. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    Motherboard

    Case..I got this one its great..This may not be your taste..

    Harddrive


    Ram

    Processor

    Rounded IDE Cable

    You said you didnt need DVD-RW drive's but here are some.

    Video Card
     
  21. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    I disagree. I think his Mobo is a great choice, he might want to upgrade for some extra juice later on in games but not want a full new mobo/cpu/vc/ram/etc. So he can pop in another 7900GT.

    Also I think your a bit overboard on the PSU, that thing is a killer. I'd get a psu thats $140 or less. I dont think you'll be needing a PSU that beefy, even in SLI. The 7900s draw a lot less power than the 7800s did. RAM and HDD look great.
     
  22. aman501

    aman501 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 46

    Wow, thanks a billion guys.
     
  23. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    So what are you going to go with..?
     
  24. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Which makes Intel's better because it only needs one socket. Also, if that is the case, saying that AMD has a quad core processor coming out is not true because really it is 2 seperate dual cores.
     
  25. aman501

    aman501 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 46

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