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Building First Computer; Need Help.

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Hi, I am new to these forums, as I found it by a simple google search trying to find help with my First Computer Build. I am 18, and headed for college next year, and I want a nice desktop computer to go with my iBook G4, that I am using now.

I have some knowledge of computers, but I am very new to building them myself and the hardware required within them. What I would like to do is build a computer capable of running the Hackintosh mod. I am not even sure if this is possible, but I would than also like to be able to boot a Windows OS and a Linux distribution on the same PC as well. So it my ideal build will be Tri-boot with OSX, Windows, and Linux.

I would like the computer to be fairly powerful. I am going to Michigan Technological University and I would like my computer to be able to run engineering software easily. I also like to do 3D animating and video editing. I am not a huge PC gamer, as I prefer console, so the gaming side of the PC isn't really needed. However, I don't know how much more making the PC able to play games well would cost.

I would like the price of this system to be reasonable, however, I want the computer to last a long time, so I don't want to cut corners. I don't have an exact dollar amount, but I would like to keep it around $1000. I am building this computer as a graduation present, so I will be able to scrounge the money I have saved, with whatever I am able to get at my graduation.

Anyways, on to the hardware that I have researched and thought would be good so far. This is hardly based on my knowledge of computers, and more on quick put together guides. I am not sure if any of this hardware will work for the build I have described above.

See Post Below for build

Thank you for looking at this thread, and for any help you provide. I do not know if what I have suggested will work for what I want to do, and am in desperate need of some help in this matter. Thank you again.

Edited by JudgeJimmie, 03 May 2009 - 02:40 AM.

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I did a little more research and here is a new revised build for this com.

Revised Build

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - $200
Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core - $300

Gigabyte GA-EP45C-DS3R - $110
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $210

SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 - $90


Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory - $50
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) -$80

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $80

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM - $75

Samsung SH-S203B - $30

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60

HP 2009M 20-Inch HD LCD Monitor - $150
(If anyone knows any good monitors, feel free to help. I am clueless in this area.


With Q6600 CPU - $845
With i7 - $1075
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