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building gaming pc, should I start with barebones kit and upgrade part at a time? advice needed

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August 5, 2013 12:25:58 PM

so I already have a huge tower, but money situation can only buy a part a month roughly. someone suggested I get a barebones kit so I could test out each part I buy to ensure it works as I have to build the pc in piecemeal form. Is this feasible to do? looking at i5, nvidia top card(whatever is out by the time I get to the gpu purchase and so on. any advice would be appreciated. I also have plenty of time to get this done, looking at a year and change to get completed. but at the same time also want to hit the ground running, which is another reason I am contemplating the barebones kit approach as long as I am able to switch out the parts and the tower I have is roomy enough for just about anything I want to throw in there.
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August 5, 2013 12:43:17 PM

If by buying part by part it won't be done for a year, i suggest saving that part money each month for a year, and buying it all at once next summer. You'll have all new parts, instead of some bits already being a year old before you can fully use them.
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August 5, 2013 12:45:16 PM

A barebones system may not be the cheapest option. I would buy a test bench and then hunt down a used computer at a decent price (I would shoot for $100-$150 or so). I would disassemble the used machine and rebuild it on the test bench. This would grant easy access. As I bought components, I would add them to the test machine and make sure everything worked.

After you get done, reassemble the used machine and sell it or whatever.

EDIT: I built my computer one piece at a time, buying things as they went on sale. Saved hundreds.
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August 5, 2013 1:33:08 PM

USAFRet said:
If by buying part by part it won't be done for a year, i suggest saving that part money each month for a year, and buying it all at once next summer. You'll have all new parts, instead of some bits already being a year old before you can fully use them.


have tried this before, and for me, life happens, lol. something eventually comes up and no matter how much I want my machine, can't justify not using the funds for what is more important than my pc. this way I do it piecemeal and the dream slowly becomes a reality, will buy parts like psu, ram, audio, etc. first then hit motherboard, cpu, and finally gpu on the tail end. and I do have a gaming laptop to tide me over, tho is over a year old atm, had thought about upgrading it, but decided would get more bang building my own rig finally.
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August 5, 2013 1:35:15 PM

gbryan101 said:
A barebones system may not be the cheapest option. I would buy a test bench and then hunt down a used computer at a decent price (I would shoot for $100-$150 or so). I would disassemble the used machine and rebuild it on the test bench. This would grant easy access. As I bought components, I would add them to the test machine and make sure everything worked.

After you get done, reassemble the used machine and sell it or whatever.

EDIT: I built my computer one piece at a time, buying things as they went on sale. Saved hundreds.


honestly hadn't thought about just getting a used pc, will check around my area and see what options I have, thanks for the heads up!
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