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Need some advice on building my 1st Computer

By ir0nli0nzi0n
Sep 30, 2009
  1. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    woah, sorry, I guess I went way to high with the power supply, no need for a 750 when a 450 will suffice I guess...just used to our graphics engine @ work which has a bank of 120 128MB video cards....
     
  2. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Rit, I keep seeing better things that are only 30-40 dollars higher each time I look at something...When everything I look at is $40 more it ends up driving up the price to 200 more. I'll just take your advice and build it the way you said. You seem to know youre stuff. Thanks
     
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I have no issues with you building a more expensive system. Just tell me your final max budget and what you intend to do with your PC... :)

    I don't really know that much. I've learnt everything from the wonderful guys here at TS. And I'm still learning. :)
     
  4. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Hey Rit, how much more would the final build be if I went with the AMD Phenom II 955 and needed parts? I talked it over with the misses and she said that if it is only a little more, why not build a faster system...again thatnks for your help...and as to your not knowing that much, you don't need to be modest for me, I've been looking at other posts and you seem to be pretty helpful to those of us who know very little....
     
  5. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    One more thing, how does that Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 stack up against the GeForce GTX 280? Is it worth the extra 100 bucks?
     
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Hey there ir0nli0nzi0n!

    If you're willing to go above $900, this would be the way to go:

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz - $199.99
    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P - 169.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $94.99
    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W - $99.99
    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB - $74.99
    XFX GeForce GTX 275 896MB - $219.99
    COOLER MASTER RC-690 - $69.99

    Total - $929.93 (without optical drive)

    You can select a cheaper mobo and RAM to bring the price down a little. But IMO this would be a great gaming rig. (Only if you're looking for some serious high res gaming) :)
     
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The GTX 280 most definitely outperforms the HD 4870. However, like I mentioned in the last build, the GTX 275 is a better choice than the GTX 280. And if you're willing to wait a while before building your rig and can spare $260 on the video card, the HD5850 will be all yours! :)
     
  8. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Ritwik, Kitty, and others...I am also looking at laptops, I'm am going to start a new thread for that...can you also build laptops? I know they sell barebones kits for that, but I also know that laptops are incredibly harder to build and upgrade...any of you know any solutions for that? Are there any towers out there that would enable it to be a little more portable than your normal desktop? Thanks guys
     
  9. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Hey Rit, just refreshed the screen and saw the new build...thanks! Looks great and only a hundred and fifty more! Thanks alot!
     
  10. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 927   +104

    Well to keep the build that Rit suggested you could go with this Thermaltake case its only $49.99 and has a great big handle on top. But for ultimate portability you cannot beat the Lan Box its more expensive at $124.99 and you would need to go with a micro ATX mother board like this one my by Gigabyte at $149.99 which is a little cheaper than the one Rit suggested and has all the same features. If I was building something geared towards portability thats the route I would take.
     
  11. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Hi Adhmuz. I personally like the looks of the CM 690 better than the Thermaltake.

    Not really. Then you'll have to get yourself a micro-ATX case and a different smaller mobo. Even that wouldn't be really portable.
    I have seen some portable desktops recently which are really small and easy to carry. But you'll never get a high end (or even moderate) gaming build.
     
     
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i would go with these instead
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $85.99 Free Shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 $139.99 Free Shipping

    will save you some money and they are just as good also i would wait and buy the ati 5850 over the gtx 275 since it will only cost around $35 more than the gtx 275 and will be dx 11 and faster at the same time :)
     
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Some manufactures supply laptop barebones, but building laptops is much more expensive and tricky. Not only that but they perform a lot worse.
     
  14. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    That's what I said in #32 klepto. I'm with you! :D
     
  15. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

  16. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 927   +104

  17. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Exactly! Like I said before, he won't really ever get a portable desktop that can game!
     
  18. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    This would be a much better build :


    Total - $940.93

    I know the system exceeds your budget but the HD5850 is the right card to get now. :)

    However, if you want to get it a little cheaper you could try an AMD CPU and mobo keeping the rest of the build identical.

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz - $119.00
    ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX - $129.99

    Then your build comes to $840.93. A full 100 bucks less! :)
     
  19. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Yes agreed.
     
  20. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks to all for your good advice! I have been out of town, but I think the last build might do me right, since it is going to be a birthday/christmas present I can afford to spend a little more. The only thing I am looking to save on is the video card I guess, but if there are no other comparable video cards that are a bit cheaper (I have always had GeForce cards before) then I will build as above. Thanks again. I also liked the performance of a toaster comment...it's a shame that no one has come out with a small, relatively portable desktop...I know laptops are nice, but almost impossible to upgrade when they age...
     
  21. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Hey all, I have one more question...

    Hello again all! I don't know if anyone will see this since it looks like it's been 2 months since anyone was on this thread. An update on the computer situation...Well my wife went and got me a pre-built system from the Black Friday Sale at Best Buy. It's a pretty nice system, except for the Video Card and Power Supply. The specs for it are:

    AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor @2.6
    8GB Ram DDR3
    1TB HD
    DVD/CD Burner
    Win7 Home Premium 64-bit
    and now the crap...
    Nvidia 9100 Integrated card
    300W Power Supply

    I figure all I need to do to make this a great computer is replace the power supply and the video card. Any suggestions? I am partial to Nvidia (and I'm not sure if a Radeon would work anyways since it has an integrated Nvidia card...)

    Thanks all
     
  22. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Oh yeah

    The guy at Best Buy I talked to recommended the PNY 250 GTS...thoughts?
     
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,906   +90

    Hi ir0nli0nzi0n ,
    I would recommend the HD 5750 over the GTS 250, and getting a 450w Corsair PSU to add to that machine.
     
  24. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    What's your budget for card + PSU? And what case do you presently have to house this system?
     
  25. ir0nli0nzi0n

    ir0nli0nzi0n TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Hey Rit, the computer is an HP Pavilion. Like I said, it was purchased @ Best Buy at the Black Friday Sale. Will the HD 5750 work fine with a Nvidia Integrated Card? I have about $200 or so to spend on both. I can go over, but would like to stay at under $300 for sure
     
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