Computer Build help!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TSE, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Hey guys, I am going to build my own computer, I wanted it to be under $700, and last me atleast 5 years with the basic stuff. My main computer right now is a Pentium 3 desktop that was built in 2000, and I have been wanting to do flash on the web more and more, and this computer just cannot handle that. So here is what I came up with:

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233035 - 37.99

    Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 - 28.99

    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181 - 49.99

    Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817812002 - 39.99

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392 - 69.99

    Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680 - 102.00

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166 - 59.99

    Graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131148 - 124.99

    Wireless card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833130057 - 19.90

    Operating System: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677 - 109.99

    Total cost: 643.82

    This is my first computer I am going to build on my own, so I am fairly new to this, but is this a good build? Anything you would recommend I change? Any tips?

    I already have a keyboard, mouse, 20" Apple Cinema Display, and speakers.

    Thank you very much MacRumors! :D
     
  2. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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    sorry did double post below is what i wanted to say
     
  3. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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    OK had quick scan everything looks ok, though you have no sound card will using motherboard sound be ok for you?

    Also I would say maybe a higher wattage PSU might be better maybe 700W just to better future proof and make sure you have more than enough power to each component. Though the 550W should be ok for what you have currently.

    Not sure but will the processor be compatible it says:
    Supported CPU
    CPU Socket Type AM3
    CPU Type Phenom II X4 / Phenom II X3

    but your processor is x2?

    The RAM u have is DDR2 and motherboard supports DDR3 they not backward compatible, either change the RAM to DDR3 or motherboard to one that supports the DDR2 RAM that you have chosen.

    Are you gaming, doing music creation etc?
     
  4. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I will be using this computer for light-moderate gaming, web browsing, huge media library (music, photos, and videos),
     
  5. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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    ok, but have you checked the problems I pointed out e.g. the RAM issue also not sure if processor is compatible I think it is but you should double check.
     
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Besides the above motherboard/ram problem everything seems fine.

    Though if you want it to still have some power in five years you may want to consider a Core 2 Quad. This will bring you slightly over your budget but will give a better lifespan.

    Motherboard $70 e-sata, PCI-e x16 2.0 (3), firewire, 6 SATA II, RAID 0/1/5/10
    RAM $52 DDR2 1066
    CPU $170 Core 2 Quad, e8400, 2.66Ghz
    Wireless $25

    Also these should allow for you to toy with hackintoshing it.:cool:
     
  7. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I want to stick with the AMD, while Intel is generally better processors, AMD is better bang for buck and this is supposed to be a budget computer.

    The DDR3 RAM is going to cost 69.99 so thank you for pointing that out.

    Is shipping from Newegg free?
     
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

    velocityg4

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    Unless it says free shipping on the item then no. They also charge sales tax in some states. Just add the items to your shopping cart. Then go to your cart and enter your zip code in the shipping calculator. You will get a final price for the items, shipping and tax.
     

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