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I'm thinking about building a new pc and need advice

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Yeagermeister, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    It's been a long time since I have built a pc and need on parts.

    I'm thinking

    Mobo - an Asus

    Processor - an Intel (I don't like AMD) is there a huge difference between an I5 and I7 other than price?

    Memory - I'm open to suggestions

    Video card - I usually stick with an ATI or Nvidia

    Sound card - I usually stick with a Sound Blaster

    Hard Drive - I prefer Western Digital

    Case - I'm open to suggestions

    Optical drive - open to suggestion

    I already have monitors

    Anything I missed?
  2. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    1. I like Asus MBs. I've built several Crosshair PCs in the last year.
    2. I do not carry a bias either way. Both have positives. Without question, I prefer how AMDs connect heat-sinks connect to the MB over Intel's.
    3. Go no less than 8GB for a 64bit OS IMO. You really don't need 16GB right now. Although, if the MB is capable of 16GB, that's a good thing!
    4. I never buy ATI, always Nvidia. The brand can vary though.
    5. I usually just use the onboard sound. It's usually fully HD and that is easily good enough for me.
    6. DVD/RW is all you need unless you rip alot of watch BluRay movies on your PC. (I don't)
    7. For cases, I've been buying Antec or Cool Masters and they've been fine. I've purchased three of these Cool Masters in the last 12 months.
    8. Make sure the MB supports USB3 and has a minimum of (2) USB3 ports. (preferably more)
  3. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    1) Asus is a good choice.
    2) i5 vs i7? Core i5s (desktop) are quad core and don't have hyper threading. Core i7s(desktop) have hyper threading and they can be quad or hexa-core.
    3) Memory brand doesn't really matter. G.skill, Corsair, Kingston are all up there.
    4) I always choose NVidia.
    5) HT Omega, Asus, or Creative.
    6) I would get an SSD and install the OS and any other applications. This will greatly increase the speed of your computer. SSDs have fallen in price big time. Samsung, Intel, Crucial, etc.

    for HD: Western Digital is a good choice. I'd keep all of my data on this drive.

    7) Case is preference. Good name brands cost more cause they have better "craftsmanship" and use better material. I'm a big fan of the 90 degree housing cases which rotate the motherboard. Silverstone makes such cases.
    8) Optical: LG, Sony, etc.
  4. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    If you plan on overclocking an unlocked processor, you'd have to buy specific Intel processors with the -x or -k suffix at the end of the model number. I.E. There will be a i7-3770 and an i7-3770k. Also you need to factor in adequate cooling.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core

    Ivy Bridge is the refined CPU architecture. Sandy Bridge was the previous. Haswell comes out next year. It's the whole tick-tock thing.
  5. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Any recommendations on a model of Asus mb?
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I don't run anything that needs overclocking.
  7. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    I really like the Crosshair motherboards as I noted earlier, although I believe they are all AMD boards.
  8. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    Depends on which CPU you are going with. Also, how many PCI, PCI-e, USB, memory DIMM slots, do you need?
  9. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I haven't checked prices so I don't know which Intel proc I'll go with. The only pci card I'd need is the sound card if I decide to go that way. I'd probably start with 8 gb of ram unless the price is really cheap. I do have quite a few usb devices though but not all plug directly in to the pc.
  10. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    I vaguely remember something like this.

    Crosshair = AMD
    Maximus = Intel
    Rampage = high end extreme overclockers
    Formula = Gamers
  11. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    There's too many to choose from.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Id=1&Description=asus lga 1155&x=0&y=0&Page=2

    Each motherboard model will have varying features. This is for socket type LGA 1155 which uses both Sandy and Ivy Bridge processors.
  12. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    you also need to identify what you will be doing with your PC. That way you emphasize those areas that need more.

    Realistically you can get a good deal at Best Buy or such unless you are going to be doing some different things then normal.
  13. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I'd buy another Dell if I wasn't looking to build one. I get some great deals through my job since I do all the ordering. :D
  14. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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  15. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    I will not respond here. :rolleyes:
  16. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Bwok bwok bwok
  17. Joshmil53

    Joshmil53 Well-Known Member

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    For what?

    You can buy a decent graphics card for $80 or so. I have an i7-2600k and a lot of people say just go with an i5-2500k for the price. I'm not too familiar with mobos. 8GB of ram will suffice for whatever you're doing probably. Get a SSD too, they're amazing for boot speeds and anything else you need to run quick.

    My build

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128524 - $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625 - $135
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811322015 - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 - $320

    Default sound card. 1.5TB HDD - $80 8GB Ram - $40 or so, 60gb SSD

    I bought it from Craigslist for $200 and he put over a $1000 in it. I'd look on there if you have time because sometimes you can find some really good deals and don't have to have the hassle of putting it all together.
  18. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I'll use it mainly for just daily surfing and some light gaming nothing extreme. So I know I don't need a tricked out state of the art machine but it would be nice to run anything I want.
  19. Joshmil53

    Joshmil53 Well-Known Member

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    an i5-2500k would be perfect then. 8GB ram will be fine, a 550 ti or something along those lines would be okay.
  20. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    No one asked you to, Okie.

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