Need help picking some PC components

By AAsuited
Nov 16, 2005
  1. Hey guys, I am looking to build a computer for myself and I could use some help picking out some good components. I know enough about computers and the components, have taken apart and put a few together, just not real up to date on specifics about the processors, motherboards, video cards, etc. So anyways, I am looking to put myself together a pretty nice PC. My primary use for the PC will be to play online poker, I will not be doing a whole lot else as I have an Apple Powerbook for a laptop that I do all of my web surfing, email, word processing on. I currently have a PC that I use to play on but it is very slow and I have trouble supporting anymore than 2 tables or the computer is hardly functional. I would like the ability to play up to 8 tables at once on the computer, I would probably want 2 video cards for 2 monitors. I probably don't need a really big harddrive as I will not have many more programs on the computer than the different pokersite applications. I am not looking to spend a whole boat of money on the top of the line components, but I will spend some money to get a PC that will support what I am looking to do without glitches. Any input is appreciated, please let me know what you think.
  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    hello and welcome to techspot,

    you say you want it only for online poker then you might not have to spend more then 400 dollors depening if you want a monitor, you would not need 2 viedo cards but just one with 2 outputs mobo $50
    cpu 120dollors
    hard drive 50 dollors
    ram 40 dollors
    viedo card 30dollors after rebate 45 before
    psu 50dollors

    all for 355 before rebate and shipping of corce so far and you need a case and windows so itll be about 500 tops wit that this is a prety good and prety upgradable as far as i can see
  3. AAsuited

    AAsuited TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I do have another computer that I could maybe get some stuff out of... The RAM, CPU, videocard, harddrive, and motherboard would all probably be a hindrance on the new system. It is a couple year old COMPAQ so I am sure you can figure that out yourself. However, I was wondering about maybe the powersupply, I am not sure how big it is but I would assume it is at least a 300w. How big would you recommend? Anything else you think is savageable off the system? Also know of any deals on any flat panel monitors? I could live with a 15" but would prefer at least 17", maybe 19". Your help is greatly appreciated.
  4. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    well you can only use the hard drive, cd drive fro myour old compter and as for the powersup think it could be less then 300watts becasue some oem system makekers will put the bare minum psu if you give us a budget we can provide a little more help for you
  5. AAsuited

    AAsuited TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I would like to spend $400 or less not including monitors. I assume I can get the kind of performance I am looking for at around this cost? Your help is greatly appreciated. As for the CPU, I see what you recommended, is this size something that you think might be necessary or would a cheaper CPU still get the job done. Maybe something like:

    AMD Sempron 64 2500+ 800MHz FSB Socket 754 Processor - $65

    Just throwing out an idea, wondering what you thought of it... Also I see there can be some pretty good rebate deals on harddrives that may make it worth getting a little larger one. What do you think of these rebates, is there certain brands that you would avoid for some of these parts, etc.

    And again thanks for the help..
  6. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    you can difiintly get it cheeper a that prosser is prety goood for what your looking for ill post a new system tommrow because its getting late here
  7. AAsuited

    AAsuited TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks man
  8. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  9. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    coulnt have done it betteer myselfe, youll be just at the top of your budget with case hard drive cd drive and windows howerer
  10. AAsuited

    AAsuited TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am looking to get this for a computer, will this give me the performance I am looking for and is it all compatible? Your help has been greatly appreciated.

    Video Card:
    Power Supply:
    Hard Drive:
    Staples has a 200 GB hard drive for $29.95 on after thanksgiving sale
    Best Buy has MAG 19" LCD Flat Panel monitors for $169.95 after thanksgiving sale
    Case: Still up in the air...

    Do I need anything else, should this all work together and does the video card for sure support 2 monitors? Is the Power Supply big enough at 380w?
  11. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    id say a 380 watt would be good only if its from a quility bran antic, frorton, epower ect-
  12. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    sorry i made a dubble post i dsidnt think athe firstr post sent as i sam on dile up at a fiedns house
  13. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    finilly back home with 4mbps cable so i can look at those links, that motherbaord and prosswer arnet compatable, the mobo is a socket t 775 and the prosser is a socket 754 whitch isnt the same soa change is needed there, and as far as the psu thats no goo deather because as they say yp get what ypu pay for and thts free si its must no be good, also i never hard of raidmax being a reliable br,

    is there any way you can link me to that 190 dollor monitor as im interted in it
  14. AAsuited

    AAsuited TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright I changed the motherboard to the following 754:

    The monitors were best buy specials that went on sale this morning at 5 AM, had to wait in line for hours to get it and they have to be sold out by now. You can look on Best Buy website they might be on there, was a MAG Innovision for $170, staples also had $200 Samsung 19" LCD.

    I think I may order the power supply because it is free and see if it supports the system, will there be any problem if it does not or could I just order another power suppply that is a little bigger and call it good if it does not work?? Maybe I will order another one with it and send it back if it is not necessary? Please let me know what you think.
  15. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    ok thanks for that info, i guss you could put that ppsu iin and see if it works but you bteeter ored it by mon buecause i tihnks its a limited sale thanks for the monitor info thats a good but but im not gonna wait in line because i dont relly need em
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