View Full Version : Help Me Build a System
06-01-2005, 02:46 AM
It's gonna be a graduation present of mine :) I'm really lucky. Anyways, I want to build a desktop that is quick, not so expensive, and will last me for a while. In that sense I mean one that is reliable and will still be considered fast after 4 years of schooling in college. So, could you guys possibly point me to some parts I should get, what motherboard (AMD or Intel), how much memory, any deals you know of, any bundle packs, etc. Basically, suggest to me the parts you think I should get. Thank you.
06-01-2005, 03:02 AM
Buy a dell from the deals page. It'll be easier for you. :)
and cpu != desktop
06-01-2005, 03:07 AM
Have dealt with Dells, and they are so slow. Personally, I have brothers and a cousin who can help me build this comp. And I'm not gonna go cheap with the computer. So, yea. Thanks for the help tho. Good nite. :)
06-01-2005, 06:16 AM
If you want to go that route, you will probably want AMD Athlon 64 for the best value system. "not gonna go cheap" but "not so expensive". Do you have a budget to work with? Does that amount include the operating system? Monitor, keyboard and mouse? We could come up with a super, $2000 system for you. Just for school or will you play games on it? (yes you will). The longer you want it up to date, the more you will want to spend- especially on the video card. The two best places for ordering parts would be www.zipzoomfly.com and www.newegg.com .
By the title, I thought someone was going to build their own processor, which is part of a computer. I thought, "wow- this should be interesting!".
06-01-2005, 07:48 AM
I'm gonna :stupid: with Passwird on this one... save yourself a lot of time & agony and get a pre-built Dell. Don't rely on others to help you build - the Dell will cost the same or less, and you can go back to them for support.
If you want to build yourself to learn how to do it, & maybe overclock it or do a custom case, then go for it - that's a fun thing to do. But to rely on someone else to build your system for you because 'Dells are slow' - I'm seeing some support issues in your future. IMHO.
06-01-2005, 08:17 AM
Not gonna go cheap.. yet no so expensive.. humm.. Well I think you need to pick one or the other.. Or just get a Dell.. which fits that criteria.. personally I don't like dells for myself .. unless its a laptop.. but .. I also know how to build my own computer and what to order :) .. But currently.. when people ask me to build them a "Not so expensive" computer.. I Tell them to get a dell.. cause they can get basically what they want AND a monitor.. and its cheaper than shopping for it .. or waiting for all the parts to come in (which atleast one of always tends to be DOA) .. anywho.. You came asking help building it .. or what to get.. then you said you have a cousin and whatnot that can help.. so.. uhmm use them? :spock:
06-01-2005, 10:57 AM
Get that Dell 8400 + 19" LCD on Deals page. You could upgrade the video card and RAM yourself for less later. You don't have a set price so it's hard to give opinions on parts.
06-01-2005, 12:34 PM
I built mine a few years ago but now it's just cheaper to get a DELL (NOT THE 3000 MODEL!!!) and just upgrade the ram yourself, replace the video card when it becomes 'old' and add more storage space via an external enclosure. What makes Dell such a steal is that the deals found here INCLUDE and LCD monitor which is at least 200 bucks or more by itself.
Right now I'm looking into getting a gaming type laptop when I have the finances.
06-01-2005, 01:21 PM
Heh... O.C. gets a kick out of it when you call a PC a "CPU". :heh:
And yes... I agree with the others. Unless you just want to "experience" the glory of building it yourself... or if you want to build a "high end" machine on the cheap... then you probably are better off buying a Dell 4700 or 8400.
BTW... if you thought your Dell was slow... then I'd have to ask what was actually inside of it. All "Dells" are not the same... and you can do things like add more memory or better hard drives to make them perform better. Also... removing all the "bloatware" and doing a fresh install of Windows fixes alot of problems as well. :D
06-01-2005, 02:10 PM
My computer specs: Athlon 64@3500+/DFI nf4/6800@ultra/Corsair 3200/74 Raptor/Antec case/Antec 550 True.
Change the video card from a 6800GT to an ATI X800XL. The prices on video cards will continue to drop but right now the X800XL is the best mid/high end video card buy, imo. Under $300.
The mobo is around $150 and dropping, but it has ok onboard sound and all the cables to get you started.
CPU - AMD 3000 or 3200+ Venice. Great oc'er and great bang for the buck. Around $150.
Any decent hard drive will work and there are always lots of deals. $50 - $XXX. Raptors can be found for under $200.
1 gig of DDR 3200 is all you need with most AMD 64 systems. You will want some decent 3200 and there are plenty of deals for under $100.
Case? Antec style always go on sale for around $50.
Power supplies are tricky cuz there never seems to be sales when I need one. Any of the newer antecs with 430+ watts should work. Around $100.
You should be able to do 2.5 - 2.7 ghz (4000+) easy with this set up but there are no guarantees.
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