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Building My First PC

By TheJediSlayer ยท 11 replies
Oct 9, 2007
  1. Hello, sorry if this isn't the right place to post a subject like this, however, it looked like it was. Anyways, I have a few questions to ask you. I saw on this forum from a user who asked sort of the same question I have basically. How hard is it to build a PC, but they didn't talk about something I wanted to know, or from the few post I read. I wanted to know rather or not any soldering was required while building a PC, or if the whole process is step by step instructions and just connecting it together as such.

    I am very interested in making a PC and even working with them as a possible job career. Thanks again,

  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,380   +53

    Building a pc can be complicated if you make it. Its basically a small puzzle, but with only 8-9 pieces at most on a basic pc. Just make sure all your parts are compatible before buying, that alone can set you back a month sometimes.
  3. TheJediSlayer

    TheJediSlayer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 164


    Can you or anyone else offer me some advice on building a gaming PC then? Also, how can I make sure all the parts are compatible? Motherboard, CPU, HDD etc.
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,679

    The best advice i can give is to decide first off as you have already done what the exact use you will have for the pc.

    Second, decide on your budget. You haven't said where in the world you are so that is impossible for us to comment on that the moment.

    Third, decide on the processor you wish to go for.

    Once those 3 decisions are in place you can begin to assemble a list of what you want to achieve.

    On the whole, assembling a pc is not that difficult and usually requires no soldering unless you need to adapt things like case wiring.
  5. TheJediSlayer

    TheJediSlayer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 164

    I live in U.S./Ohio and would say my budget ranges about 700 - 1000 thousand dollars (USD). I know that's not an exact price, but somewhere in that general area. I can always save a little bit more. He he. I think this time around I'm going to go with AMD.

    Basically, what I want to achieve is a high performance PC that'll be good for gaming, as I have said above. However, I'm not looking to blow away anything. Just be able to launch myself into the seemingly endless and huge gaming requirements for the future. I can't even try the Bioshock demo on this PC, because games are just becoming to advanced for her.

    Thanks again,

  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,679

    Now those 3 decisions are in place you can begin to get an idea of the kind of pc you will end up with.

    I'm in the UK so i wont be the best person to advise on where to get parts and what is a good price for them, with a bit of luck someone will come along and help you out there.

    I do however have 1 more good suggestion - don't skimp on your psu (power supply unit) as it is a very important component indeed and is often overlooked.
    Once you have decided on the kind of system you will be building, go to http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp
    and figure out how much power your pc will need on maximum load then add at-least 10% and set that as the absolute minimum for your psu.
    Also, spend as much as you possibly can on a psu as you really do get what you pay for when it comes to psu's. Stick to this advice and the chances of you ending up with an expensive pile of useless smoking junk will be massively reduced.

    I hope that helps you out a little, Rik. :)
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,380   +53

    I second the powersupply issue. I forked out 400 usd for my 1000watt powersupply. Only really for future upgrades.

    I'd say if you're looking to build to pay 600-1k on a pc 100-150 should be spent on a good quality powersupply.
  8. Aolish

    Aolish TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    building a pc isn't really all that hard at all, based on comments left on newegg, forums and other msg boards MOST ppl successfully build there first pc on there first try. The success rate is very high. All parts are pretty much "Fit or doesn't Fit". On a standard pc you'll be buying around 9-10 parts. The only hard part is making sure everything you buy is compatible. For example make sure when you buy ram, that the ram is compatible with the mobo your going to buy. Or make sure the power supply you will buy has all the right connections as well as having enough wattage in powering up all your devices.

    Here's an excellent website you can go to in building your first pc:

  9. TheJediSlayer

    TheJediSlayer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 164

    I was wondering if anyone would be so kind as to tell me if the parts I'm looking at will work together. I did look at the specs and tried to match it up with the other hardware listed on this page. Also, if anyone could please tell me if I need to improve the technology somewhere, as I'm trying to launch myself a few years into the future, not a few months. I would greatly appreciate it. I know that I may have failed miserably, but this is my first time, and I hope I at least got it close. Thanks again so much.

    Motherboard: ECS NF650iSLIT-A (V1.0) LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135047

    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115003

    Case: RAIDMAX Smilodon Extreme Black ATX-612WEB SECC STEEL ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseNo Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156078

    PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262

    GFX: ATI Radeon X1650 Pro / 512MB GDDR2 / PCI Express / DVI / VGA / HDTV / CrossFire Ready / Video Card - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2571838&sku=A177-3148

    I know my GFX card isn't all that great, so I'll probably update that. Also, I know I don't have a CD/ROM in there yet.
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,397   +37

  11. TheJediSlayer

    TheJediSlayer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 164

    Thank-you very much.
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,397   +37

    Anytime mate. Be sure to post some pics of the finished PC. :)
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