PC building components guide

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by Anon10W1z, Jul 23, 2012.

Jul 23, 2012

PC building components guide by Anon10W1z at 7:57 PM (1,028 Views / 1 Likes) 19 replies

  1. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    There are two ways to find the right components.

    a) based on COMPATIBILITY
    This is a very important part. If just ONE component is incompatible with your computer, then it can possibly mean chaos for all the other parts in a computer. For example, do NOT try to force a 204-pin memory module (used for Macs) into any ATX or mATX motherboard with a 240-pin memory socket! Also, you need to get a CPU that is compatible with the socket on the motherboard, a power supply that can power your graphics card, etc.

    1) CPU compatibility
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    2) RAM compatibility
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    3) GPU compatibility
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    4) Motherboard compatibility
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    5) Case, hard drive, 3.5 inch device (card reader), and 5.25 inch device (fan controller, optical drive) compatibility
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    6) OS
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    b) based on who you are
    First, identify yourself as either:

    a) a guy who checks email and types in Word all day
    b) a busy workaholic who is busy all day on the computer
    c) a slight gamer who plays less-demanding, medium-intensity games at 70+ FPS
    d) a gamer-for-life who demands to pwn n00bs at 200+FPS in very-high intensity games

    Even though I’m stating the obvious, I’m gonna say it: your identification of one of those four options differs your needs from others.

    For the guy who checks email all day, I recommend you don’t build a computer at all and just buy a ViewSonic VOT125 mini PC or any netbook/tablet.

    For the busy bee: I suggest you get one of a mid-class NVidia graphics card (such as the previously mentioned GeForce GT 430). From personal experience, I know NVidia is better at making budget graphics cards than AMD/ATi. For the CPU, get an AMD CPU like this one. It costs cheap but has power.

    For the slight gamer like I am, get an i5-2500 or better with a mid-class NVidia graphics card, like the one I mentioned before.

    For the BIG gamer who demands 200+ FPS in high-intensity games (and I'm not kidding. Just please be comfortable with spending a lot): I recommend you get 2 NVidia GeForce GTX 560’s and a motherboard with 2 graphics card slots and one that supports SLI and supports 2-way SLI. Also, get 1 SLI bridge. An Intel i5-2500K should suffice for the CPU, but get an adequate CPU cooler with it. Oh...and a power supply with 4 GPU 6+2 pin power connectors and one with at least 800+ watts. And a case that has really good air flow.

    I hope this helps you find the right components in your new PC build.

    P.S. Watch this video if you need more assistance, and feel free to leave comments and questions below.
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. Luigi2012SM64DS

    Banned Luigi2012SM64DS G-old member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2011
    Messages:
    2,060
    Location:
    Minecrapt
    Country:
    Canada
    I thought you left.
     
  3. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    I didn't mean it hundred percent, I mean't I'm not gonna be here 100% of the time.

    Can you please NOT junk up my thread with off-topic in the first place?
     
  4. Originality

    Member Originality Chibi-neko

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Messages:
    5,151
    Location:
    London, UK
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It's missing a lot of information...
     
  5. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    Such as (PM me)?
     
  6. Originality

    Member Originality Chibi-neko

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Messages:
    5,151
    Location:
    London, UK
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Just to name the bottom of the barrel...

    What would happen if someone followed your guide and stuck 4 GTX 690s in their computer (with stock cooling)?
    Also what wattage PSU would be required to feed it?

    Now take that thought and reread the entire guide again.
     
  7. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    Added.
     
  8. Actinopterygian Melospiza

    Newcomer Actinopterygian Melospiza Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Messages:
    83
    Location:
    Raleigh
    Country:
    United States
    That's overkill. Most games are going to be more affected by the GPU, so I would suggest spending less on the CPU and a bit more on your graphics card(or just less on the CPU and save some money).
     
  9. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    Say something happens to the GPU. With the i5-3570K, you can get pretty good gaming performance out of its Integrated Graphics Processor.
     
  10. Actinopterygian Melospiza

    Newcomer Actinopterygian Melospiza Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Messages:
    83
    Location:
    Raleigh
    Country:
    United States
    ...on low-medium settings, if you cared about gaming you would want to buy a new graphics card, which you would already have some money to put towards with the money you saved from the CPU. Seriously, it's overkill, it would not be utilized by 90% of people that bought them.

    edit: lol, I looked at Falcon's guide, and it's in the list of CPUs for a top tier "Extremist" build, so yeah, once again, it's not necessary.
     
  11. Originality

    Member Originality Chibi-neko

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Messages:
    5,151
    Location:
    London, UK
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    And now how long would it take to fry inside an average case? Do you not realise how much heat it would produce?
     
  12. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    Maybe this would help. http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/569/accelero-hybrid.html?c=2182
     
  13. kevan

    Member kevan Imagination rules the world

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    1,378
    Location:
    Place
    Country:
    Australia
    Actually an intel 3570K isn't overkill because if your like me you like a fair few genres. Strategy games are CPU intensive.

    Edit: Also how come everyone recommends the 2500k's then? $20 AUD more for its Ivy Bridge counterpart.
     
  14. Minox

    Supervisor Minox Spytech Employee

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2007
    Messages:
    5,615
    Country:
    Sweden
    Most people recommend the 2500k since it's a tiny bit cheaper and overclocks slightly better. If you run both CPUs at the original clock speed then the 3570k should use less power and be slightly more powerful than the 2500k.
     
  15. kevan

    Member kevan Imagination rules the world

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    1,378
    Location:
    Place
    Country:
    Australia
    Ah ok. I heard the 2500k overclocks better.
     
  16. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    BTW, the 3570k is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY HOTTER than the 2500k! But then again, it can take the heat.

    And just a clarification, I meant the 2500 in my guide. Not the unlocked one.
     
  17. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    Revision of my guide starts NOW.
     
  18. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    I just want to thank Originality for helping me out with modifiying the guide. If you find something wrong, tell me about it and I will edit the guide (and you will be mentioned).
     
  19. Screlvis

    Newcomer Screlvis Newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    3
    Country:
    United States
    I believe the GTX 560 is only capable of doing 2 way SLI http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-560/specifications. I better recommendation would be a GTX 670 and if your budget allows getting 2 GTX 670's in SLI
     
  20. Anon10W1z
    OP

    Member Anon10W1z GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,112
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Country:
    United States
    Thanks for telling me.
     

Share This Page