What to buy if you want to build a PC

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    Custom building your PC can be very cost effective and you will see huge performance gains in your system. If you enjoy gaming on your System, this should be something you look at.

    Most people don't realize how easy it is to build your own computer and the money you can save by doing it. You not only save money but you can get a machine that would outperform anything in the price range you would have bought from a manufacturer such as HP, Dell, or Apple (lol)

    Here's what you need

    1- Case
    2- Motherboard
    3- Processor
    4- Video Card
    5- Hard Drive
    6- RAM
    7- PSU (Power Supply Unit)
    8- Cooling system....most cases will come with fans but you can always add extra
    9- DvDR/CDR drive
    10- Sound Card

    Thats all you need on the hardware side..the rest is software which is easy enough.

    It's been a hobby of mine to build them and I also enjoy playing First Person Shooting games on my PC which is usually graphic intensive.

    My system

    Case-
    Cooler Master CM690 ATX Mid-Tower Case- Cooler Master CM690 ATX Mid-Tower Case at TigerDirect.com
    $80

    Motherboard-
    Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard - AMD 785G, ATI Hybrid CrossFireX, PCIe 2.0, USB 2.0, RAID, HDMI, DVI, VGA
    Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard - AMD 785G, ATI Hybrid CrossFireX, PCIe 2.0, USB 2.0, RAID, HDMI, DVI, VGA at TigerDirect.com
    $80

    Processor
    AMD Phenom X4 9600 Quad Core Processor
    AMD Phenom X4 9600 Quad Core Processor HD960ZWCGDBOX - Black Edition, 2.30GHz, 4MB Cache, 1800MHz (3600 MT/s) FSB, Agena, Quad-Core, Retail, Socket AM2+, Processor with Fan at TigerDirect.com
    $250

    Video Card
    XFX Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - 1024MB ( 2 of them)
    Most people only need 1 video card
    $150 each
    $300

    Hard Drive
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS Hard Drive
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS Hard Drive - 1TB, 32MB, SATA-300, OEM at TigerDirect.com
    $90 x2- $180

    RAM-
    Corsair Dominator Dual Channel 4096MB
    Corsair Dominator Dual Channel 4096MB PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) at TigerDirect.com
    $80

    PSU
    Corsair TX650W 650-Watt Power Supply
    Corsair TX650W 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 120mm Fan, SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready, 80Plus at TigerDirect.com
    $80

    CD/DVD Drive
    Sony AD-5240S-0B Optiarc DVDRW Drive
    Sony AD-5240S-0B Optiarc DVDRW Drive - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, SATA (OEM) at TigerDirect.com
    $30

    Sound Card
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio at TigerDirect.com
    $40


    Total Price for my system
    A little bit over a grand.

    Pretty much a beast of a machine...I can run any game on it..Including Crysis at max settings.

    Trying to go to a manufacturer and get something similar (which you won't because they can't mix and match pieces like you can when you custom build) would be much more expensive.

    My cousin spend 4 grand at Dell for a machine that doesn't come close to the performance.

    If you want Value, I can give you the pieces to buy for a 400-600 machine which would run very efficently and smooth.
     
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    ati & amd are garbage. you could get a better machine for cheaper/same price with intel proc and nvidia card so it doesn't suck. you could also then buy an evga card and step up in 90 days to get whatever the best is then for $100.

    also tigerdirect is crap compared to newegg. everything about your post is backwards
     
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    I use both sites tiger direct and new egg...I just wasn't going to go back and forth between sites to link them. I used Tiger cause I just happened to be on the site. I buy from both sites because Tiger is cheaper on some items then New Egg and vice versa

    And I could go with an Intel Chip set and Nividia chip set...however the double in price wouldn't give me double the performance.

    I choose ATI because I have had 2 bad experiences with Nvidia and won't go back. I had the EVGA GTX 260 which is the competitor card to which I have now and the FPS was lower and it burnt out.

    As for the processor

    AMD is less expensive and easier to overclock as well as a better chip for overall gaming.
     
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    I got a great barebones kit from Tiger. Duel Core 3.0 processor with fan, 500 Gig hard drive, 2 gigs of ram, Nvidia card, 500 watt power supply, case for $300.

    I just got a magnifying glass, spread it out on the dining room table on a clean white table cloth, put a copper wire from my wrist to the shower head (ground), put it together and started it up. Works perfect.
     
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    My son just got a barebones computer. Only spent like $400. Comparable HP's on Bestbuy.com are $600+.

    I'm not sold on piecing one together. I kind of like it already built, and the next one I get will have a digital TV tuner built in with 1080p HD video output, as well as a Blu-ray disc drive that can write Blu-rays as well as read. Quad core with 8G of memory minimum.
     
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    there is no question you save quite a bit of $ by piecing things together yourself and get way better equipment. you also get bleeding edge stuff instead of year old equipment (like dell's still selling with ddr2 memory)

    also pale rider, 8gb of ram isn't that much now, grab a ddr3 board with 3 triple banks and get 12 or 24 gb :)
     
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    These days build your own isn't quite cheaper, you can buy a premade 'deal' for a few hundred and add some parts and come in way under a grand.

    I built my last one 6 years ago and it still runs most things, but the processor is not first line anymore, a 'deal' PC will give you a good chip and mother board as well as other stuff you can use as spares, for the same price buying the seperate parts cost.
     

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