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Old 03-01-2005, 02:35 PM   #1
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Who knows how to build their own computer?

I know just enough about computers to be dangerous - and now I want to build my own machine.

Where is the best place online to order components or a custom-built machine? I don't want an "integrated" motherboard that I can't upgrade later on.

What components would you techies out there recommend?
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Visit places like www.tomshardware.com and www.hardocp.com There are many other review sites out there aswell that can give you good information about the different chipsets and the different mobo companies.

As far as buying components my favorate store is www.newegg.com

Here is a list of components you will need.

Case
Powersupply (400+W)
Monitor/Display
Keyboard/Mouse
Memory (512MB minimum)
Processor
Heatsink
Harddrive(s)
Optical drive(s) (cd-rom, cd-rw, dvd-rom, dvd-/+rw for example)

The below items are only needed if your getting a mobo that truly does not have these features intergrated.
Video card
Sound card
Network card (required for broadband or home networking)
Modem (optional)

I wouldnt by a mobo that didnt have a PCI-Express slot. This is the new video card slot of choice. Also make sure there are at least 2X as many PCI slots as you will need from the outset. So if your going to use 2 pci card slots for sound and nic have at least 4 on the mobo for later potental expansion. Although most stuff now adays is firewire or usb2 enabled. With that said if you came down to two systems I would pick the one that offered more firewire and usb2 ports.

I havent built my own rig in a few years but I am in the industry so I keep up with stuff.
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I heavily reccomend www.newegg.com, www.pricewatch.com, and to check to see if a store on pricewatch is not a ripoff place, www.resellerratings.com


Try to get PC2700/DDR333 or better. You really don't want to fool with any RAM slower then that.

Also, make sure you get a CPU and a mobo that run at atleast 533Mhz Front Side Bus.



I don't know what you plan to do, but these suggestions are for a middleground PC...If you want to go extreme, then an AMD64 and PC4200 are the way to go


Also, do what Fishfreek says.

Get a mobo with PCI-E slots, a 16x slot for video, then atleast 2 more regular PCI-E slots.

AGP is still around, but its on the downward spiral and is starting to be phased out.
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I've built one so far, it's fun. Couple other pointers:

when you do finally decide on a mobo, make sure to buy the ram specifically made for the mobo by visiting that mobo's website. I have an Asus Deluxe A8V, and it works wonderfully.

most mobos have integrated features, but they can be turned off in the bios in favor of PCI or AGP equipment.

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I wouldnt by a mobo that didnt have a PCI-Express slot.
I tend to disagree with this, most mobos with PCI-e slots and PCI-e parts are still very expensive unless you skimp on quality (which I don't do) and a very nice computer can be made with the older AGP slot boards.

as far as stores, newegg.com is also my favorite
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I 3rd newegg, and second pricewatch. Although I only use pricewatch to check prices, and never actually order anything (not in many years at least). I've ordered nearly every component in the last 3 years of mine from newegg.

edit: shawmutt posted right before me, so now I'm 4th'ing newegg.
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cyberpowerinc.com Can build your custome system but on the spendy side
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Excellent - exactly the type of advice I'm looking for. Thanks guys.
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Or you could buy my computer and add parts to it

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...258&highlight=

Probably not, I'm assuming you are buying a gaming computer, and this one wouldn't be good for that
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www.newegg.com and www.zipzoomfly.com always one of these two have the best prices , and zip usually has free 2nd day shipping to boot.
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I recommended PCI-E as the member appeared to want to maximize the potental for future upgrades. Going with an AGP based video board would limit the upgradablity as in a few years I suspect AGP graphics cards will be very scarce and wont be very powerful in compairson to the PCI-E cards.
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