Edited by usafjonny04, 30 November 2008 - 09:13 AM.
HELP! first time builder
Posted 30 November 2008 - 06:25 AM
Posted 02 December 2008 - 11:08 AM
I always recommend building your own. You gain experience by doing so and you also know what parts you are using instead of some mediocre parts most pre-built computers have. It is also much easier to upgrade if you build your own. It is not hard to build one as long as you follow the instructions provided and note that we also have a pinned thread in this section of the forum: How To Build Your Own Computer.
Before I suggest some parts, could you answer a few questions for me?
1) Will you be overclocking this system?
2) What games will you be playing?
3) What is your budget?
4) Will you be needing OS, keyboard and mouse?
Posted 02 December 2008 - 11:31 AM
Posted 02 December 2008 - 12:20 PM
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P - $136.99 (with a $20 Mail-In-Rebate)
Antec 300 - $49.95
EVGA 9800GTX+ - $184.99 (with a $20 Mail-in-Rebate)
PC Power & Cooling 500W - $79.99 (with a $20 Mail-in-Rebate)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - $164.99
Corsair DDR2-800 4GB 2x2GB - $54.99 (with a $30 Mail-in-Rebate)
Seagate 7200.11 500GB - $64.99
Samsung 22X DVD-drive - $24.99
Vista Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99
Total = $861.87 ($771.87 after the rebate)
You can also choose these two components below if you like:
Coolermaster Centurion 590 - $49.99
I don't know what style or look you want but either one of the cases I listed are good.
Gigabyte EP45-DS3L - $104.99 (with a $15 Mail-in-Rebate)
This motherboard is also good, the difference between the two is that the UD3P has 2 extra SATA ports and an extra PCI-Express slot.
Hope that helps.
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