Building a new PC

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Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:38:03 PM »
So, I've decided to build a new PC over the summer to replace my laptop.  I know jack about what makes hardware "good", so I would like to ask your help in finding the components I will need to build a gaming computer.  I've currently set a tentative budget at $750, but this may change if necessary.
 
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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2015, 02:40:52 PM »
So, I've decided to build a new PC over the summer to replace my laptop.  I know jack about what makes hardware "good", so I would like to ask your help in finding the components I will need to build a gaming computer.  I've currently set a tentative budget at $750, but this may change if necessary.
 
Any techies able to help?
Quick Questions:
Keeping old OS or not (Can clone to a new drive if you want).
Monitor, keyboard, mouse do you have any?

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2015, 02:43:53 PM »
Quick Questions:
Keeping old OS or not (Can clone to a new drive if you want).
Monitor, keyboard, mouse do you have any?

1.  Probably not, I'll probably purchase a new copy of Windows.  Which one would you suggest?  The one on my laptop is Windows 7.

2.  I have a wireless mouse, but that's the extent of my external hardware I currently have on hand.

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2015, 03:06:34 PM »
Quick Questions:
Keeping old OS or not (Can clone to a new drive if you want).
Monitor, keyboard, mouse do you have any?

1.  Probably not, I'll probably purchase a new copy of Windows.  Which one would you suggest?  The one on my laptop is Windows 7.

2.  I have a wireless mouse, but that's the extent of my external hardware I currently have on hand.
I would highly suggest saving up abit more cash.  I have a build id suggest but its at the 1k mark due to having to add a monitor (And OS).  The build is mostly future proof for a good while.

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2015, 03:13:12 PM »
I would highly suggest saving up abit more cash.  I have a build id suggest but its at the 1k mark due to having to add a monitor (And OS).  The build is mostly future proof for a good while.

Can do.  This job I've got at the local country club pays pretty damn well, both due to Oregon's high as fuck minimum wage plus 15% gratuities.

In the mean time, what was the build you were going to suggest?

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2015, 03:24:23 PM »
I would highly suggest saving up abit more cash.  I have a build id suggest but its at the 1k mark due to having to add a monitor (And OS).  The build is mostly future proof for a good while.

Can do.  This job I've got at the local country club pays pretty damn well, both due to Oregon's high as fuck minimum wage plus 15% gratuities.

In the mean time, what was the build you were going to suggest?
Right now i would lean at this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jvt9ZL

However if you are willing to save up until lets say end of July (When Windows 10 is out) we can use it and probably upgrade to a 970, 16GB of ram.  You would have a pretty solid machine then.  I went with a White/Black Design i thought it would look cooler.  Also for the case one bay of drives would need removed for the video card (More than likely). 

Oh yes and if you hate White/Black i can look at Red/Black or some random colors.

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2015, 03:32:09 PM »
Right now i would lean at this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jvt9ZL

However if you are willing to save up until lets say end of July (When Windows 10 is out) we can use it and probably upgrade to a 970, 16GB of ram.  You would have a pretty solid machine then.  I went with a White/Black Design i thought it would look cooler.  Also for the case one bay of drives would need removed for the video card (More than likely). 

Oh yes and if you hate White/Black i can look at Red/Black or some random colors.

I can certainly wait.  Another question I had was how much can I expect to pay for labor?  I'd rather not begin to think I could competently assemble the box, so I'd probably pay some guys at Fry's or Best Buy to do it.

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2015, 03:35:04 PM »
Right now i would lean at this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jvt9ZL

However if you are willing to save up until lets say end of July (When Windows 10 is out) we can use it and probably upgrade to a 970, 16GB of ram.  You would have a pretty solid machine then.  I went with a White/Black Design i thought it would look cooler.  Also for the case one bay of drives would need removed for the video card (More than likely). 

Oh yes and if you hate White/Black i can look at Red/Black or some random colors.

I can certainly wait.  Another question I had was how much can I expect to pay for labor?  I'd rather not begin to think I could competently assemble the box, so I'd probably pay some guys at Fry's or Best Buy to do it.
I would just buy a pre-done computer then.  iBuyPower, CyberPC or whatever others suggest.  However assembling a PC is VERY simple.

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2015, 03:51:10 PM »
just build it yourself. its way easier then you're probably imagining trust me, took me about an hour to do my first time and I was like 13
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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2015, 03:54:33 PM »
just build it yourself. its way easier then you're probably imagining trust me, took me about an hour to do my first time and I was like 13

I probably am just over thinking it.  Either way, I currently have about 200 or 300 in my fund, and I should have all the money I need by the end of July.  It would also probably help if I just went out to Fry's and bought all of those retail.  Would definitely save on the S&H.

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2015, 04:12:10 PM »
just build it yourself. its way easier then you're probably imagining trust me, took me about an hour to do my first time and I was like 13

I probably am just over thinking it.  Either way, I currently have about 200 or 300 in my fund, and I should have all the money I need by the end of July.  It would also probably help if I just went out to Fry's and bought all of those retail.  Would definitely save on the S&H.

Actually retail the parts are abit more expensive.  The cheapest way would be to order it all off Amazon because you can select poor mans shipping for free (3 day shipping will not be that bad also).  I just never enjoy retail stores, seen some jack up prices by well over 50$. 

And as waffle said its almost like legos.  As long as you follow the instructions and pay attention to what you are doing it works. 

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2015, 04:37:11 PM »
make sure to check compatibility between parts too, like the motherboard supports the CPU you are buying (socket matches, BIOS is ready to use it), GPU(s) are able to also slot into the PCIe slots available (and check the PCIe slots too, some have PCIe x4 as the second PCIe slot which would be bad if you are doing SLI), PSU can handle the maximum output of all the hardware together, motherboard can actually fit in the case you've bought, etc

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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2015, 05:06:26 PM »
frys will price match anything fulfilled by amazon, so try that if you absolutely want to get everything locally.
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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2015, 05:36:02 PM »
Go for Intel chips. AMD are still a ways behind. And don't cheap yourself out. If you have the money to spend on a good rig, spend it. Last thing you wanna do is regret not spending more and knowing you could have done better.
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Re: Building a new PC
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2015, 05:43:30 PM »
Go for Intel chips. AMD are still a ways behind. And don't cheap yourself out. If you have the money to spend on a good rig, spend it. Last thing you wanna do is regret not spending more and knowing you could have done better.

I've tended to stay away from AMD in general, for better or worse.  Intel has certainly served me well and Nvidia is...I guess it's good?

 

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