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Offline fxsarge

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Building a PC
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:16:55 PM »
Is anyone here experienced in building PCs? I'll take any help I can get. I have a list of parts I want to buy.

Monitor
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-T232HL-bmidz-23-Inch-Display/dp/B00966IW72/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I3A1TNI2RNIWS0

Case
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-HAF-Computer-RC-942-KKN1/dp/B003S68Q0Y/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I23N5R67CVDUP1

OS
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Professional-System-Builder-64-Bit/dp/B0094NXBZ0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I2S40RV6N4I20Q

Bluray Optical Drive
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD-ROM-Internal-Blu-Ray-BC-12B1ST/dp/B004SUO068/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I2293F5AXKH83S

SSD
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-SATAIII-2-5-Inch-MZ-7TD500BW/dp/B009NHAF3I/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I20UFIEWRUG79C

Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Series-Bronze-TX750/dp/B004MYFODI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I1R94IWFW1N4IP

Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-SUPERCLOCKED-Graphics-02G-P4-2662-KR/dp/B00966IREK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I2L69X7NK6Y5D3

Mother Board
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-SABERTOOTH-Z77-Intel-Motherboard/dp/B007RIFKUS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I3NIQWB6RW055C

CPU
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-3770K-Quad-Core-Processor-Cache/dp/B007SZ0EOW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=IK4IB5444YC7E

RAM
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Desktop-Memory-CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10/dp/B006EWUO22/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1V6Q5G2SM2F59&coliid=I36SAIOPBN8XWD

Is that all I need? Is this stuff even compatible with each other?

All the links are to amazon. I'm at about $2500

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013, 08:21:46 PM »
Are you going with on board sound or a sound card?
Take a look at Microcenter. They usually have great deals if you are buying motherboard and cpu together. Usually lower than New Egg Amazon.. Etc..

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2013, 08:37:41 PM »
Are you going with on board sound or a sound card?
Take a look at Microcenter. They usually have great deals if you are buying motherboard and cpu together. Usually lower than New Egg Amazon.. Etc..

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I have no idea about sound. I guess sound card. Is there a slot for one of those?

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2013, 08:58:23 PM »
PCI or PCI express connection slot . If you are real serious about sound and are possibly going to use it for home theater a sound card is probably a smart idea. You can always add one later as long as your MOBO has on board sound. Looks like you are putting down some serious coin, I wouldn't skimp on the audio.

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 10:01:33 PM »
PCI or PCI express connection slot . If you are real serious about sound and are possibly going to use it for home theater a sound card is probably a smart idea. You can always add one later as long as your MOBO has on board sound. Looks like you are putting down some serious coin, I wouldn't skimp on the audio.

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I like what your thinking because I would hook this up to my surround sound system which is pretty nice. This thing is getting expensive lol. Am I correct in thinking this will be cheaper and better than buying a pre made one?

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2013, 10:06:02 PM »
Kind of hard to tell.  The monitor doesn't tell you what input connectors it has.  DVI?  HDMI?  VGA?  The graphics card doesn't tell you what resolution it outputs.  1920 X 1080 @ 60 Hz?  1080p? Your guess is as good as mine on whether they're going to work together.

How does the Corsair power supply compare to the top-of-the-line Thermaltake 750 watt PS?
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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2013, 11:03:16 PM »
There are some great deals out there on already built pc's. You gotta look around.

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2013, 11:57:27 PM »
Kind of hard to tell.  The monitor doesn't tell you what input connectors it has.  DVI?  HDMI?  VGA?  The graphics card doesn't tell you what resolution it outputs.  1920 X 1080 @ 60 Hz?  1080p? Your guess is as good as mine on whether they're going to work together.

How does the Corsair power supply compare to the top-of-the-line Thermaltake 750 watt PS?

Lol you mean I can't just throw all this crap together and expect it to work?

The monitor does 1080p with a 1920x1080 res. Not sure about the Hz. It has USB, HDMI, and VGA I believe.

The graphics card I just picked based on the fact that its nVidias and seems to be enough for gaming. I've always seen them as being good for gaming.

Now power supplies I don't know much about. I've heard of corsair before but that was the only brand I was recognizing. Would you recommend thermaltake over them then? 



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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2013, 01:19:29 AM »
These are the current maximumpc favorites:
http://www.maximumpc.com/best-of-the-best

If I were buying all new parts, instead of upgrading the mb/cpu/mem, I'd rather get a prebuilt with warranty. The vendors get better deals on parts so it should be about the same cost.

As far as what to build, depends on your uses. Do you want a power sipping quiet htpc or a watercooled overclocked screaming fast dual graphic card multimonitor gaming rig or a 6 core video editing machine?

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2013, 01:40:58 AM »
That's an awesome link. Where do you advise buying pre built ones?

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2013, 02:50:43 AM »
This is where I shop. I am lucky to have a store 10 minutes from me. Their prices are usually very competitive and they have great sales. www.microcenter.com

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2013, 03:49:47 AM »
You will want to add a fan or liquid cooler for your CPU. If you decide to build your own.

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2013, 08:09:29 AM »
Here's a pretty good website that helps you select what parts you need: http://pcpartpicker.com/.  They don't actually sell anything but will show the prices for the selected items at different websites where you can buy the parts.  It's handy because once you select the processor you want, it only shows you compatible motherboards, RAM, etc...  Same with other components.

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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2013, 09:49:24 AM »
I once bought a PC kit from Fry's Computers, a CA superstore. 

First, I couldn't get it to work.  I finally had to bring the motherboard back to the store.  The returns guy plugged it in to test it, and it worked.  I noticed he plugged in a 4 prong connector I''d never noticed, so I asked him what it was.  Video power supply, he said.  My old power supply was from an older generation, and didn't have such a plug.   No wonder I never saw anything on the monitor.  That's when I learned Thermaltake's sterling reputation among power supplies.  Here's a Corsair v. Thermaltake discussion.  It looks like you can't go wrong with either.

Despite my new Thermaltake PS, my completed computer kept dying.  I contacted the motherboard company's tech support, and after a long string of emails with an engineer, and lots of diagnostic testing on my part, the engineer declared the moherboard couldn't handle the power demands of the CPU that Frys had bundled in the package.  I got Fry's to swap for a compatible motherboard.  Caveat emptor.
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Re: Building a PC
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2013, 10:44:28 AM »
Here's a pretty good website that helps you select what parts you need: http://pcpartpicker.com/.  They don't actually sell anything but will show the prices for the selected items at different websites where you can buy the parts.  It's handy because once you select the processor you want, it only shows you compatible motherboards, RAM, etc...  Same with other components.


Another great link.  Thank you very much for all the help guys.

Bj I have a micro center very close to me as well and am very familiar with them and to be honest they will never get another dime out of me.  They are way over priced and their entire staff was terrible. Yours may be better but I won't go there again.


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