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December 1, 2013 3:48:34 PM

I am looking for a forum where I can get help building my own computer for the first time. I thought I read about a "new build forum" but I cannot find it on here.

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December 1, 2013 3:50:16 PM

You can post in the systems section and others can help you. Newegg has a really good build video for first timers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
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December 1, 2013 3:53:36 PM

Thanks, I will post a new thread there. I did see the videos but have questions on what to buy and if it is better than buying say an Alienware. This will be for son for gaming
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December 1, 2013 3:56:39 PM

Building yourself will get you much better price/performance. If you have an idea of budget I could post a build for you.
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December 1, 2013 4:16:34 PM

I did not mean to hit that "pick a solution" button and dont know how to get rid of it.....oh well. Budget? How bout $100...lol ;) 

I guess the budget would be around $1000. I was looking at this Alienware or a Dell XPS tower, but the Alienware was like $1700 and the XPS was going to be like $1400 when I upgraded everything. My problem is that I bought a XPS laptop form my son 1 year ago and he has already maxed the 750 GB hard drive and says he cannot buy Star Citizen because the Graphics card is too low.
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December 1, 2013 4:58:56 PM

Unselected. :)  Laptops are okay for gaming, but ultimately a desktop is much better as you seem to already know. Here's a build capable of running modern games at max settings, all very high quality.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($404.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $992.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 19:58 EST-0500)
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December 1, 2013 5:13:15 PM

Cool, thank you very much for the great start. Here are my next questions. I don't think 1TB hard drive will be enough since son has already filled the 750 GB on the laptop he has now. Will it play Star Citizen? This seems to be a big topic for my son who this is for. I see it says predicted requirements are a Radeon HD 7970. I dont know anything about video cards. I was told not to look at their speed. Any suggestions? Thanks again!
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December 1, 2013 8:30:32 PM

The Radeon 290 is easily in the top 5 graphics cards right now. The 280X is approximately equal to the 7970 GHz edition.

290 > 280X/7970 GHz > 7970

As for storage, you could go with this instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($404.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1037.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 23:28 EST-0500)
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February 27, 2014 3:19:31 PM

There two main way you can build your own computer.

1. Make it your self, Use videos off YouTube of how to build your own computer that's how i built my first pc. But be aware watch more than one video of how to do it to get a better understanding it maybe looks easier on YouTube but when you try it your first time and it fails worst felling ever. ( toke me 3 hours to finish building an get started, Software driver take longer ) i brought parts of Amazon

2. Go for the easiest Option and get a UK company like Discount world store to build it for you for a low price but great quality and it comes with 3 years warranty. can ask for much better.(Great Friendly company i brought a custom laptop off there)
Discount world store
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