How to build a pc?

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  1. iFish
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    iFish Slower than a 90s modem

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    hey, Forum!

    I need some help.

    In the span of 2011, I plan to build my own Desktop. One that game game well.

    I just want to know what i will need.

    I know i will need a
    Graphics Card
    Hard drive
    Processor
    case
    RAM
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    My question is about the mother board?
    Do i make it? Do I buy it? Is that what i connect everything to?
    Like where do the USB ports go?

    And is any soldering required?

    I need all the info i can get.

    Thanks!

    ~ifish
     


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    I'll try to answer this without raging.

    You buy a motherboard just like any other componet, you dont need to solder at all and usb ports of course are already on them. Your also forgetting you need a psu (good ones dont often come with cases afaik), monitor, some type of optical drive, a mouse and keyboard, speakers
     
  4. murkurie

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    Yes, a motherboard is where everything gets connected too, the one you want to buy depends on things such as Intel or AMD mainly, usb ports, are on the back of a motherboard, the ones you see on the front of computer are connected to the motherboard with a wiring harness, the motherboard I'm going to buy is this one. no soldering is required, and most likely void all warrentys.
     
  5. iFish
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    iFish Slower than a 90s modem

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    I was talking about the insides of a pc [​IMG]

    I already have a good mouse, speakers.
    What is a PSU?
     
  6. Krestent

    Krestent What to post?

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    Power Supply Unit
     
  7. Bulit

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    A power supply.
     
  8. iFish
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    iFish Slower than a 90s modem

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    Hm..... So...

    PSU
    GFX card
    HDD
    RAM
    Core
    Mother Board
    Optical drive
    Nice and sexy case

    Missing anything?

    And how do i know where everything goes? is it straight forward? Can i buy all these things at my local bestbuy?
     
  9. murkurie

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    Use Newegg, will be cheaper.
     
  10. iFish
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    iFish Slower than a 90s modem

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    I really don't like shopping online.

    I hate it actually
     
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    here's a list of the components (mostly from newegg.com) that I purchased last july. this should give you an idea of what you'd be looking to spend if you wanted to put together something pretty high-end (first price is what I paid last year, 2nd price is current pricing if the item is still being manufactured, or the current pricing for compariable components if what I purchased is not longer produced.

    my total cost was just over 1600usd, including a 24" 1080p monitor and a blu-ray burner

    dvd drive/burner
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118030
    31.99 -> no longer produced
    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118039
    -> 18.99

    processor
    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
    199.99 -> no longer produced (I purchased mine from micro center)

    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
    Item#: N82E16819115225
    -> 199.99 micro center

    power supply (modular)
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139009
    159.99 -> 169.99

    motherboard
    ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution with NF200 3xPCIe true x16 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131358
    349.99 -> 329.99

    memory
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
    Item #: N82E16820145224
    159.00 -> 189.99

    case
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119197
    114.99 -> 89.99

    video card
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102826
    194.99 -> no longer produced
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100273L Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102834
    -> 99.99
    my cost was: 1210.94
    current cost is: 1058.93 (only difference is video card is 1GB vs. my 2GB)


    monitor
    ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
    Item #: N82E16824236049
    219.99 -> 219.99

    ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
    Item #: N82E16824236067
    -> 159.99

    blu-ray burner
    LG Black 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH08LS20K - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827136175
    129.99 -> no longer produced

    LG Black Blu-ray Burner WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827136186
    -> 159.99
     
  13. Sefi

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    Best Buy won't have half of the things you will need, and some are online only so I really recommend newegg. I recently built a PC that plays everything smooth on high settings for about $900 including a new 22" widescreen monitor. I've been playing the FFXIV beta, Starcraft II, and Crisis with great results. It was my first PC build and it was not hard at all. Just make sure to read instructions and be informed before you start buying things. A key thing to remember for the processor and motherboard is the socket type. They must be compatible with each other or things just aren't going to work. For processors I'd recommend an i5-750 or if you have more cash an i7. I have my i5-750 overclocked to 3.6 ghz stable on air which was stupidly easy to do after reading a few things online and exploring the bios of my motherboard.
     
  14. iFish
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    Will all cases be compatible with the mother board i choose?\

    I also kinda will eventually need a recommendation [​IMG]
     
  15. Forstride

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    Honestly, I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but it seems like you have no idea with what to do. Sure, doing it for yourself is great practice, but you might want to actually learn something about it before buying expensive parts and building one for long-term use.

    If something breaks because you didn't know how to put it in the case right, or something snaps on the motherboard while connecting something to it, you're shit out of luck.

    Just a heads up. [​IMG]
     
  16. iFish
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    This is a long term goal [​IMG]

    I will not even be close to this before march. I just want to start reading up on this now.

    So.. I'm better off buying a cheap PC and just upgrading it myself from there?
     
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    If it's a cheap PC you will probably replace everything but the case, disc drive(s), and RAM if you want to be playing newer PC games.
     
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    Oh...Ok then.

    Well, building a computer from scratch is always more fun, plus you know exactly what went into it, where those things went in, and it's still more affordable than upgrading an old computer, as well as less work, and less of a chance of messing something up.
     
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    Don't forget to buy the operating system. [​IMG]
     
  20. iFish
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    Already have an extra windows 7 product key [​IMG]

    Legit. my dad bought a pc and windows 7. but he didn't know the pc came Pre-installed with it [​IMG]