1. Post #1
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    General J's Avatar
    June 2008
    3,228 Posts
    Well basically I'm sick and tired of this outdated electronic doormat.
    (The highest thing I can run is L4D on Low. With Medium FPS.)
    I've come to my senses and know that the best gaming PC's are custom built. There's just one problem. I don't really know anything when it comes to building PC's. I don't know what are the best cards, processors, how much RAM I'll need, WHERE is the best place to order these parts I know nothing about, And even just plain putting it together.

    I thought I'd be better off asking people knowledgeable in this sorta thing that using a search engine.

    Basically I'm looking for:

    Being able to run games like Fallout 3/L4D2 on highest settings with High FPS.
    What will I need for many explosions in Gmod to accour without skipping ?
    A. Lot. Of Disk space for many, many Gmod addons.
    Any help on putting it together/Where to order parts. Or just plain everything I need to know.
    And anything else that will ensure that I wont have to upgrade when new games come out.

    As a budget. I'm not sure, so let's just start at around 500-600ish for now.
    Not sure why it is relevant but I live in Northern Indiana.

    -Thanks.

    P.S (Also. A nice Monitor would be sweet, seeing as this one is cracked & damaged beyond belief. )

  2. Post #2
    Nat562's Avatar
    December 2008
    609 Posts
    Well an AMD machine well give you good value, so you can have a higher end PC for your money rather than Intel.
    I bought myself a new motherboard for 80quid with a AMD X4 940BE for 130, an extra 4870 for 100 and 4gb of ram for 40quid so if you have Xfire or msn add me and ill be glad to help

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  4. Post #4
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    Yumyumbublegum's Avatar
    January 2009
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    500-600$ eh? I'll whip up something.

  5. Post #5
    FishYeah's Avatar
    October 2008
    49 Posts
    Yumyum can you head over to my thread and share some ideas with me? :D

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  7. Post #7
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    General J's Avatar
    June 2008
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    Well my Grandpa can probably pay for the Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Etc.

    The computer itself should be around 500-600ish.


    Ha yeah you wouldn't even believe. My family got into a fight when my brother was on the computer. Needless to say monitors were thrown, screen is cracked, and I have to view my internet pages in 3-inch-wide windows.

    Well I know I won't be able to order anything until Saturday. But after that it's ASAP.

    So this can really do everything I need ?

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    General J's Avatar
    June 2008
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    Wow thanks dude. This really helps allot.

    The best thing is, if I ever need to upgrade anything, it's all easy to do right ? (Or so I hear)

  10. Post #10
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    Yumyumbublegum's Avatar
    January 2009
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    Yea.

    Edited:

    Which build are you going with, the one with or without a monitor?

  11. Post #11
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    General J's Avatar
    June 2008
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    Probably the one without. Seeing as though it probably has the better parts :)

    probably probably probably probably.

    Edited:

    Oh wait, does that mean I have to buy the OS too ?

    Sheet.

  12. Post #12
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    March 2009
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    what kind of monitor is your uncle planning on buying. because if he's an old uncle, they go with the deals that dont cost a lot.

  13. Post #13
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    General J's Avatar
    June 2008
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    what kind of monitor is your uncle planning on buying. because if he's an old uncle, they go with the deals that dont cost a lot.
    Well any one I pick out really.

    I just want one that's LCD, and not small. But not too expensive either.

    Bad-assery is a must.

  14. Post #14
    FishYeah's Avatar
    October 2008
    49 Posts
    I've spotted some nice 24" LCD HDMI screens for pretty cheap.
    Just look around.

  15. Post #15
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    General J's Avatar
    June 2008
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    About that monitor, I found the same one for 60 bucks less http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16824236058R

    But what's the difference between retail and open box ?

  16. Post #16
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    December 2005
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    Open box pretty much means that the box has been opened, and the quality of the objects inside can't be fully verified.

    What is the return policy for open box merchandise? Do open box items offer any additional return policy coverage?

    * Return for refund within: 30 days
    * Return for replacement within: non-replaceable

    Newegg offers a 30 day refund-only return policy for all open box merchandise. If you purchase an open box product you will receive, at minimum, the product itself. Accessories MAY OR MAY NOT BE INCLUDED with open box products, even if the missing accessory is required in order to properly make use of all the productís advertised functions. No additional return policy coverage is offered for open box items.

    What is a open box item? Does Newegg.com open box items or does the original manufacturer?

    Open Box items have been opened and touched and/or returned. Because they originate from different situations, they may or may not include accessories, documentation or retail packaging. Open Box products are sold with a 30 day Refund-Only Return Policy. We recommend that you try out your open box product immediately after receiving it.

  17. Post #17
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    SilverHammer's Avatar
    April 2006
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    Take a look at my thread. It's still on the first page

    I had no experience in building PCs until today either. But when all that stuff arrived(right around your budget too) I put it together without any major problems. You just have to have a LOT of patience.

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    Spunk's Avatar
    August 2009
    38 Posts
    Take a look at my thread. It's still on the first page

    I had no experience in building PCs until today either. But when all that stuff arrived(right around your budget too) I put it together without any major problems. You just have to have a LOT of patience.
    And the manuals ready at hand.
    And in emergency, another computer connected to the Internet for asking the Hardware and Software forum for help.

  19. Post #19
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    January 2009
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    Probably the one without. Seeing as though it probably has the better parts :)

    probably probably probably probably.

    Edited:

    Oh wait, does that mean I have to buy the OS too ?

    Sheet.
    Windows 7 RC.

  20. Post #20
    n00bmuffin's Avatar
    March 2009
    560 Posts
    Windows 7 RC.
    Why not just buy Vista with W7 upgrade now? He'll have to pay for it sometime...

  21. Post #21
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    January 2009
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    Alright, just take the build with the monitor and drop the monitor for Vista 64bit w/ Windows 7 upgrade.

    Edited:

    This one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116677

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    General J's Avatar
    June 2008
    3,228 Posts
    Alright, just take the build with the monitor and drop the monitor for Vista 64bit w/ Windows 7 upgrade.

    Edited:

    This one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116677
    Err, I'll probably go with the first build, and buy the OS, monitor, Keyboard, etc. separately.
    Or at least my Grandpa will.

    So yeah, I'll see if I can order these Saturday. Hopefully the shipping time will be awesome.

    And really, thanks a bunch man. There is no way I could have figured it out this fast by myself lol.

    Is there anything I should know when putting it together ?

  23. Post #23
    ethandennis's Avatar
    May 2009
    451 Posts
    its easy to put together. the mobo will have a booklet if your not sure where to plug something so you can just look it up.

  24. Post #24
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    Painseeker's Avatar
    December 2008
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    Is there anything I should know when putting it together ?
    If it doesn't fit, it doesn't go there. Building a PC is basically expensive lego that only goes in one way.
    Also, before you touch any parts, make sure you remove all static from your body by touching a nearby metal object. This greatly reduces the chance of ruining your parts.

  25. Post #25
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    General J's Avatar
    June 2008
    3,228 Posts
    If it doesn't fit, it doesn't go there. Building a PC is basically expensive lego that only goes in one way.
    Also, before you touch any parts, make sure you remove all static from your body by touching a nearby metal object. This greatly reduces the chance of ruining your parts.
    Planning on buying some rubber gloves too :P

  26. Post #26
    ethandennis's Avatar
    May 2009
    451 Posts
    you dont have to worry about the shock that much. just touch the case before the other parts. I didnt have a problem when i did it. The guy helping me had built like 400 computers and never shocked his parts.

  27. Post #27
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    November 2008
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    pretty much that, just touch the case every 10 minutes or something

    static seems to be far less of a problem as it's made out to be

  28. Post #28
    dtoporowski's Avatar
    June 2008
    776 Posts
    I work with computers quite a bit, and I don't really touch my case side when i do stuff to my computers. It should do it, but i have not really had a problem.

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  30. Post #30
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    September 2008
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    Is there anything I should know when putting it together ?
    The only tricky part IMO is getting the front panel connectors hooked up right. You'll probably have to compare the motherboard manual to the case manual to figure out what goes where (both will have pinout tables for the different connectors).

  31. Post #31
    mgear's Avatar
    February 2006
    1,735 Posts
    The only tricky part IMO is getting the front panel connectors hooked up right. You'll probably have to compare the motherboard manual to the case manual to figure out what goes where (both will have pinout tables for the different connectors).
    Oh damn, I had that problem when transferring my pre-built computer mobo into a new case. I still don't know where to plug the HDD and power led into.

  32. Post #32
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    June 2008
    3,228 Posts
    Pulled some strings and the PC's budget got an extra $100.

    Here's the thing. OIFY_Only's CPU, GPU, And MOBO Combo deal looked very badass. So what I'm wondering, and this may come as a dumb question but:

    Not worrying about the cost, Is this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.216270

    Better than this ? :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103649
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131391
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102825

  33. Post #33
    ethandennis's Avatar
    May 2009
    451 Posts
    stay with combo i would say

  34. Post #34
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    lemongrapes's Avatar
    February 2009
    2,609 Posts
    Get the combo ASAP before it runs out.