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Build My Computer! I Has Tower, So

Help me fill it up? With... computer stuffs. Yeah.

I have this one.




My computing needs? Surfing MM. hahaha!

Seriously? Pretty basic shit. Constantly have 20 tabs open. I'd like 2 hard drives; something quick just for an OS & programs, and a big one for storage. I'd like great video and audio; as of late my wife has taken an interest in watching movies and her favorite shows on the pc. I would also like to be able to hook the pc up to my Toshiba Regza TV. I'd like great sound. I probably am never going to be gaming again on a pc... never say never I guess.. but I listen to a lot of music on the pc. I also have a Bose Wave radio I got for my birthday that sets on the computer desk.. I'd like to be able to connect that to the pc as well.

I realize that the tower I have is ancient.

I would prefer to use it since:

A. I paid for it.
B. It's been sitting here in a box unopened for... 6 or 7 years. Don't ask. lol


I'm not worried about having the latest or greatest form factor. Something decently quick, good storage, great audio and video, will not break the bank financially to build. Obviously I understand you get what you pay for. When I say "Great audio & video", again, I don't need to do any gaming on this thing. Just in terms of watching movies & listening to tunes.

And of course.... if this tower is flat out not going to be compatible with any of today's hardware... I guess I have some thinking to do. I'd really like to use it though since it's been our pseudo-coffee table for a few years now and we sort of have a relationship. lol


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That should get the job done just fine.

So start making your list on what you need.


-Processor
-Motherboard
-RAM
-Power Supply
-Hard drives
-Solid video card
-Some sort of optical drive (might as well get a blu ray)

Any preferences on sizes/specs for anything?

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Well I can tell you my current build I have, that even though I"m replacing, I'm only replacing it for gaming purposes. Other than that, It runs flawless.

1. 8 Gigs of DDR 2. 4 would prob be ok, If your only doing the Movies, and tabb'ed browsing. Ram is rather cheap though now a days, and it would be worth the extra 30 bucks.

2. ATI 5750, or Nvidia Equal. Haven't had any problems out of either brand windows wise.

3. Gigabyte 965-S3 is what I have. Though I don't think you can buy them anymore, Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, LGA 775 has some with the 775 intel process chip. You can even buy a board that runs DDR 3 for more performance but again, for what your doing, its not needed.

4. Intel E6400 Duo core processor. Base clocked, it runs at 2.13 Ghz, and is easily Overclockable, if your into that kinda think to 3.2 air cooled with the right aftermarket cooling. I run mine at 2.8 ghz on stock cooling and voltage just fine.

5. 5.1 Sound is built into the Motherboard, but any Decent sound card would do, if you have to have one. I've always used the built in one, and has never given me a problem.

6. Spend the money on a decent blue ray player/dvd writer combo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135247 comes to mind though out of stock atm.

One thing I would recommend, is Paying decent money for a video card and disabling the onboard video. You'll save more hair in the end.

It just depends on how new/used you want to go. Anything else I can add to this as the day goes on, I'll add to it. Monitors are a dime a dozen, get one thats easy on the eyes, but shop around. Every ones opinions on monitors will be different. I would suggest no smaller than 17" though.

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Also need a budget on this
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That should get the job done just fine.

So start making your list on what you need.


-Processor
-Motherboard
-RAM
-Power Supply
-Hard drives
-Solid video card
-Some sort of optical drive (might as well get a blu ray)

Any preferences on sizes/specs for anything?
I've been hesitant to ask you guys for help, because I've been so out of the hardware game for so long, I literally don't know where to start, and didn't want to make a thread basically asking someone to do all my homework for me.

So I really have no clue where to start. As for what I'm into now, I'm running an Intel Core 2 Duo @ 1.87GHz, 2 gigs of Kingston ram, a 74GB WD Raptor & a 250GB WD for storage. Video is a Radeon X1300, onboard audio. Pretty basic.

This thing is... 5 years old?

I also have 3 old externals here, 3x250GB, all full... so what I'd like is to be able to put that stuff all into one computer... so clearly I'd like lots of internal storage- unless you tell me I'd be better off building 'whatever', and buying a new massive external for storage.



So as for chipset, I'm clueless as to what's decent.
Ram? 6 gigs? 8?
HD space? Something for the OS, and... 1.5TB storage?
Audio and video I am again clueless as to what is good nowadays.



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Can I put something decent together for under a grand?



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Well I can tell you my current build I have, that even though I"m replacing, I'm only replacing it for gaming purposes. Other than that, It runs flawless.

1. 8 Gigs of DDR 2. 4 would prob be ok, If your only doing the Movies, and tabb'ed browsing. Ram is rather cheap though now a days, and it would be worth the extra 30 bucks.

2. ATI 5750, or Nvidia Equal. Haven't had any problems out of either brand windows wise.

3. Gigabyte 965-S3 is what I have. Though I don't think you can buy them anymore, Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, LGA 775 has some with the 775 intel process chip. You can even buy a board that runs DDR 3 for more performance but again, for what your doing, its not needed.

4. Intel E6400 Duo core processor. Base clocked, it runs at 2.13 Ghz, and is easily Overclockable, if your into that kinda think to 3.2 air cooled with the right aftermarket cooling. I run mine at 2.8 ghz on stock cooling and voltage just fine.

5. 5.1 Sound is built into the Motherboard, but any Decent sound card would do, if you have to have one. I've always used the built in one, and has never given me a problem.

6. Spend the money on a decent blue ray player/dvd writer combo. Newegg.com - ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - Blu-Ray Drives comes to mind though out of stock atm.

One thing I would recommend, is Paying decent money for a video card and disabling the onboard video. You'll save more hair in the end.

It just depends on how new/used you want to go. Anything else I can add to this as the day goes on, I'll add to it. Monitors are a dime a dozen, get one thats easy on the eyes, but shop around. Every ones opinions on monitors will be different. I would suggest no smaller than 17" though.

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Go with 8, you'll regret it if you dont.. The 4 is good but 8 is just that much better



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Go with 8, you'll regret it if you dont.. The 4 is good but 8 is just that much better
I agree, it's a noticeable difference. But, why DDR2?


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You can build a hell of a computer for under grand. A great one.


I need to know what kind of case it is though. Full tower or mid, ATX, micro ATX, or Mini ATX for the motherboard.



Basically I'd have to know that info before I can start throwing parts at you.




You said you wanted 2 hard drives though. What you can do is set up your computer to run off a Solid State Hard Drive to run your OS and programs and a regular Hard Disk Drive to store your shit. Simple to set up.

Newegg.com - Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Can't really beat this one for the price. I have something similar with only 1 Tb
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Pretty much for everything else I need the case information because the motherboard requires certain parts that have to jive together.
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Dylan there's a link in my OP to the exact tower I have.



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Can I put something decent together for under a grand?

Yeah you can put something together for that.

Hell I would take a look at some of the newegg DIY upgrade combos. Usually can get a board, procressor, and ram for a decent price. Hell on my media pc (I use it strictly for storing and playing my blu rays, dvds, hd videos, etc.), I managed to rig that up for around $300 case and all, and that thing does the job perfectly, but that was me catching a deal. Unless you are a stickler for the top of the line stuff, there is a bunch of stuff out there that will do what you need for a decent price.

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You can build a hell of a computer for under grand. A great one.


I need to know what kind of case it is though. Full tower or mid, ATX, micro ATX, or Mini ATX for the motherboard.



Basically I'd have to know that info before I can start throwing parts at you.




You said you wanted 2 hard drives though. What you can do is set up your computer to run off a Solid State Hard Drive to run your OS and programs and a regular Hard Disk Drive to store your shit. Simple to set up.

Newegg.com - Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Can't really beat this one for the price. I have something similar with only 1 Tb
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Pretty much for everything else I need the case information because the motherboard requires certain parts that have to jive together.
Don't remind me how much hard drive prices have shot up. $189 for 2tb has gotten bad. I think I got mine for right around $100 back when I got it. That is the only reason I haven't gotten a few more for my media pc.

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Not sure if mirco center ships to you But you can get a quad core CPU and motherboard for $140. Not sure if they ship to Canada or how much shipping would be. I have the same asus board but microcenter changed to a better processor after I bought the x4 840 the 970 is better and an awesome deal for the money.

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As for ram I think 8GB would be plenty, to see how much you are using right now, do something that is taxing like the 20 tabs + movies and music, put a load on the PC to see how much you are actually using.


Here is some good ram that goes with the asus bundle linked above
Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

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OCZ-Agility-3-120-GB for the operating system. Ebay will be your best bet. Just make sure it is new and not used and the seller has a good rating. I bought mine for $120 and then the price went crazy. Newegg might have a rebate program going.

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I agree, it's a noticeable difference. But, why DDR2?
IF its cheaper than DDR3 in his area why not? I don't think he'll see the difference in what he's wanting to do with his pc. Not downing DDR 3 at all, DDR 3 is about on par here with DDR 2 as far as price so its a no brainer.

Now if he was massiving porning...well...yea... DDR 3 it is.



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I am taking in everything slowly here as y'all post, and thank you so much... reps will be handed out... quick question: Difference between DDR2 & 3?



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