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Help Me Build My First Computer Plzz!!

By help_me!! ยท 27 replies
Dec 24, 2006
  1. Ok Im Building My First Computer. Can Somone Hlep Me With A Parts List?? I Dont Need Models Or Specific Items Just The Componet.

    Thank You I Really Apreciate It .
  2. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    Hi and welcome to Techspot. What are you going to be using your PC for?
  3. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    For Gaming !!
  4. N1Hawk

    N1Hawk TS Rookie Posts: 222

    ok here's a list.

    1. Monitor
    2. Keyboard
    3. Mouse
    4. Power Supply
    5. Motherboard
    6. Video card
    7. Case for all the parts
    8. Sound card
    9. Chip for Mother Board
    10. Memory

    I don't know if i'm missing something?

  5. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    The list looks good. You'll want at least a DVD-player drive, if not a DVD burner drive too, because most games these days are shipped out on DVD's.
  6. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thats it? sounds fairly simple. tho i think ill have trouble puting it togetther lol.

    thanks for the help guys. and for reall thats it ? nothing missing fro sure??
  7. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    You say you don't need specific products to be linked to, and no model numbers or specific items? If so, here are the just the names of the components in a PC.

    The Actual PC

    Power Supply
    Processor (CPU)
    Aftermarket CPU-Fan (if you need extra cooling)
    Video Card
    Sound Card (if you don't like on-board)
    Memory (RAM)
    Hard Drive
    CD/DVD Drive(s)
    Floppy Drive
    Case Fans (if you want)

    Extra Stuff


    And those would be the names of the components you asked for.

    However, when you do find the links to the specific product you want, make sure you also post that here too, and we can help with suggestions and recommendations.I strongly suggest you ask TechSpot for opinions and help with your parts' selection. It will help a lot.

    Good luck with your build :)

    EDIT: *sigh*... I type too slow.. :haha:
  8. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well im not really shoping over the internet.

    there is a computer builders warehouse store near me so i think ill get most form there. and they arre pretty cheap too. you tell me if 119 is good for a 2ghz processer xD

    but if you really want to help. then whats a good processer?

    i need somthing thats above 1.5ghz for less then 200$ plzz
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    AMD or Intel.
  10. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    You might want to take your time a little before rushing into this new PC, especially since it is your first. Perhaps you could start by buying someone's old system and fixing it up?
  11. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well i did fix up my old computer first. i put windows xp, nividia fx5500 graphics card, ethernet adapter, and 256 more ram in my old 99 compaq perrsario(lol it suks i know) so nothing major. but i have a freind thats ganna help me.

    well ok. i am going the 26 to pick my parts. i will upload my final product pictures then . prolly on a new post sence this one will be old by then. thanks for the help guys.!!

    p.s. if anyone wants to help wiht my build you can talk to me on aim or msn i am happy to take help form thoses with experience to help me wiht my first build and putting it together.
  12. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    It's not just the raw speed my friend, remember... A C2D at 1.8GHz will beat the crap out of any Pentium 4 @ 3.5GHz.

    I suggest you come up with a list of exact components and post it here for us to analize it - you don't wanna get a 200$ CPU and then a 200$ motherboard, both excellent parts themselves, but then figure out that they can't work together because one is for example Socket LGA775 and the other is AM2.
  13. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Try to be patient, and don't double post if there are no messages between two of your own messages.

    I also think that you are rushing a bit into this build...
    However, if you are fully inclined to building a computer and you are getting help from a friend (who has experience...?) then you might be okay.

    Before my first build, I did a s***load of research beforehand. I was google-ing my questions about building PCs, and also reading forums, for hours on end.

    This ensured that when the time comes that I do build my PC, there are no surprises waiting. Which is true, I remember my first build went very smoothly and nothing unexpected happened.

    I strongly recommend that you do some research and self-educating before building your own computer. It will pay off in the end. Besides, you need to educate yourself on which parts are currently at their height at the moment (C2D) and which parts will give you the best value.

    Remember what I always say: An educated buyer is more likely to be a satisfied buyer!

    Best of luck,
  14. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

  15. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    You want us to do your work for you, and you do not have the courtesy to write out the components?
    Buy the processor and cpu fan as a set.
    For you, I would buy the CPU, CPU fan, and motherboard as a set.
    Your hard drive has a three year warranty. The Seagate has a five year warranty and a better service record.
    Power supply is ok.
    PNY memory is junk. Consider Micron, Kingston, Corsair, Infineon, or OCZ
    Video card is acceptable
    DVD drive is acceptable. LG better.
  16. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Those parts you posted are compatible, and they will work, but there are strong points as well as weak points.

    I have put together a possible build for you. I have left out the case because I am not one to choose what looks good for your taste.

    CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005

    Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131142

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145539

    Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150208

    Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701

    DVD Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106042

    Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341001

    With this, it will be a cheap gaming machine that will play every game with respectable settings.

    If your budget permits, then get 2GB memory, an 8800GTS, an E6600, a WD Raptor, an X-Fi sound card, and a better mobo. That will create a monster gaming machine but at a MUCH higher price.

    I think that you can do it with your friend's help and our help. You'll learn a lot and have a wonderful PC in the end.

    Best of luck
  17. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    wow that cpu is weak compared to the one i picked out this is only 1.86 ghz

    the other was 2.2 ghz why the other one better?

    and the graphics card was like the same thing but more expensive whats the difference?

    ok well thanks ill have my freind take a look too and add up the price. xD my cash supply is limmited

  18. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    That CPU is actually better than the one you linked to. It is Dual-Core which means it has two execution cores to "double" the speed. A Core 2 Duo can beat a single core CPU even if it has a higher clock speed. It is not recommended to build a computer at this time without having a Core 2 Duo as the CPU.

    The graphics cards are not the same. The one you linked to is a 7600GT, and the one I linked to is a 7900GS. 7900 > 7600

    $600 is quite impossible for a gaming machine. Having a price that's under $1000 for a gaming computer is a blessing.

    I have a revised list to try and fit your budget:

    CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005

    Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130079

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231054

    Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130062

    Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106

    DVD Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106042

    One way to fit your budget is to use a generic power supply that comes with a case, like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811217017

    And that still comes to $618 without tax and shipping lol. You can get a computer for under $600 if you get another CPU instead of the C2D and get like a 7300 video card...

    You should really stretch that budget or you won't be getting much performance. You get what you pay for...

    Good luck and merry christmas.
  19. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well.... i like the case lol. ok these are great computers but listen.

    mine right now has 320mb sdram, 677mhz processing speed, 128mb fx5500 graphics card, and sbcyahoo dsl(elite the fastest one there is) and i run games fine now. it just freezes and lagges like **** all the time. so i really dont need to fancy just better then that hunk of garbage. and i could prolly pull my graphics card out of my old one sence i just replaced it about 3 months ago and think about a new one later. that saves money.

    thx for the help i very much appreciate it!! :)

    ok this is the set i think i will go with...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811103003 = case

    http://www.cbwstores.com/cart/product_info.php?cPath=185_53&products_id=6226 = speakers

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16823201015 = keyboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824112004 = moniter

    http://www.cbwstores.com/cart/product_info.php?cPath=47_164&products_id=8558 = mother board

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103539 = cpu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144415 = harddrive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829130001 = sound card

    http://www.cbwstores.com/cart/product_info.php?products_id=7960 = memory

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827151136 = dvd burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817148027 = power supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130270 = graphics card

    i know its not the best but with every thing even moniter included the total is 627.90% without shipping or tax.

    i think that is awsome set for that price to tell me what you think
  20. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    The world has left you behind. It fails because of the slow FSB of 66 mhz and the minimal RAM at 320. And now you want to do your best to stay behind.
    First, do not plan to use that power supply if you want to be a gamer. If budge is an issue, get a $10 motherboard and a $60 Antec or Cooler Master power supply.
    As a general rule, the case + power supply bundles are terrible choices with high failure rates... unless you know from separate reviews that the power supply is a good one.
    Making this decision without knowing the motherboard, CPU, and HDD are similarly unwise... cases are not universal when you get to gaming.
    XION cases sometimes have lousy power switches that wear out quickly, or create voltage problems.
    Tell us your budget and we can perhaps advise several options. Otherwise, pick the motherboard and CPU as a package, then the power supply, then the case.
  21. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well if you can build one for cheap like 600$ mabey a little more then be my geust but that suggetions form graficks where to high price for me. i really dont need that good of one. just better then the one i have cause im just using the money i get for christmas to build this. i dont have a job im 15 and i have no money saved cause i jsut bought guitar hero 2 for the ps2. so if you can find somthing better for that price then let me know.

    ok if i go with this combo would that make you happy??? huh i think it looks kind of ok

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813138277 = motherboard+cpu combo

    and i wont need a sound card wiht this either. that brings the total down to 579.83$
  22. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    That is no reason to buy junk. There are good and reasonably priced motherboards and cases out there. On some budgets, you may have to avoid PCI-Express video cards, SATA drives, and fancy power supplies.
    But the enemy of good is better. What was terrific a year ago is still terrific, and a LOT less expensive... less than half the price.
    A respectable case with a good power switch. A high quality power supply of 300 watts (not a cheap one of 400 watts) decent video card, and the better part of your budget spent on memory will get you a very nice gaming machine that will do you well on 90+ percent of the games out there. It won't be good for the games a year or two in the future, but then you can save for the new VISTA machine, or get one of these when they are no longer the top of the pile. Buy a used machine with the rich guy gets bored and wants to move on... provided he hasn't ruined it by overheating and overclocking.
    The enemy of "Good" is "Better." But most of what you read is based on sales needs and advertising budgets. There are lots of ways to get a great "Good" machine.
  23. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

  24. help_me!!

    help_me!! TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I`m pretty sure that`s what I`m going with. rik said there was no problem with the mobo and cpu. the rest all works with them, so I think it will work. Thank you for helping. If you want to look at the finished product, I`ll post it when I put it together in 4 days.

    Edit: Removed capitalisation, it`s called shouting and is considered rude.
  25. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    It's not gonna be much better than what you have now for gaming...
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