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July 4, 2010 5:10:18 AM

What's up everyone, im new to tom'shardware ( I joined today ) Im 14 years old, and It has been like 4 months I started to get informed and very interested in both software and hardware.

Ok, the thing is ... that I want to build a computer ... I've never build a computer, but I've watched some videos on how to build them. I have a dinosaur computer, It's big, noisy and old.

I'ts a DELL Computer and I bought it like 6 years ago.

Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz L2 Cache 256KB

512MB RAM ( I don't know what kind RAM it is or if it is DDR1 or 2)

Plug n' Play Generic Monitor (CRT)

Radeon 9200 Series

I want to make a full upgrade, I was thinking about a AMD Phenom II X4 processor, i have read good reviews about it and its cheap in comparison to intel, AM3 motherboard, a 5850/5830 Radeon HD, 60GB SSD Reactor Corsair, and 4 or 6 gb of RAM.
I use computers for gaming, and i play games like Total war series and some counter strike source, i would like to paly games like Modern Warfare 2.

Im really limited with my computer, and I want a quite decent computer to handle those kind of games, and at a mid-low price.

Any help and suggestions would be GREATLY APRECCIATED, Im really interested in learning more about technology.

Thank You.

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July 5, 2010 1:30:01 AM

dogman_1234 said:
Hello, and welcome to the Forum.

First, you are in the wrong section for this and I would advise you to post in the "Systems" category and post this thread under "New Build" and labe it as "first build advise"/
.

When you have done this, post the thread link to it or PM me the link,( That is hilight the adress box, right click, click 'copy', push my green mail card icon and follow the rest of righ click, clcik paste and press send.)


Thanks dogman, i think I didnt notice there was a systems category ... but now I know it.

Ok I will send the link to you.
July 5, 2010 1:33:46 AM

zipzoomflyhigh said:
Seems like you have done some homework. Start with a good quality power supply that offers you some upgradeability later on, such as Crossfire.

Get a good 500+ hdd in addition to you SSD for backups and data storage.

Also what about a monitor? A nice fat monitor can be the most gratifying part of a computer purchase. A 22" minimum is a must. 24" would be even better. Dell has 24" for $180 w/free shipping deals quite often. You can't beat that.


Yeah ... those 24" monitors look great ... I will post this same thread to the systems category ... and I will send you the link, I dont want to bother people in the forum with this thread in the wrong place.

And thanks for those advices ... I hope you keep helping me on the other thread ... Thank you.
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July 6, 2010 2:16:32 AM

Welcome to the forum!
July 6, 2010 6:07:42 AM

Isaac Cisneros said:
What's up everyone, im new to tom'shardware ( I joined today ) Im 14 years old, and It has been like 4 months I started to get informed and very interested in both software and hardware.

Ok, the thing is ... that I want to build a computer ... I've never build a computer, but I've watched some videos on how to build them. I have a dinosaur computer, It's big, noisy and old.

I'ts a DELL Computer and I bought it like 6 years ago.

Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz L2 Cache 256KB

512MB RAM ( I don't know what kind RAM it is or if it is DDR1 or 2)

Plug n' Play Generic Monitor (CRT)

Radeon 9200 Series

I want to make a full upgrade, I was thinking about a AMD Phenom II X4 processor, i have read good reviews about it and its cheap in comparison to intel, AM3 motherboard, a 5850/5830 Radeon HD, 60GB SSD Reactor Corsair, and 4 or 6 gb of RAM.
I use computers for gaming, and i play games like Total war series and some counter strike source, i would like to paly games like Modern Warfare 2.

Im really limited with my computer, and I want a quite decent computer to handle those kind of games, and at a mid-low price.

Any help and suggestions would be GREATLY APRECCIATED, Im really interested in learning more about technology.

Thank You.


Isacc, I to am new to building. I just finished my first. Since I am new to this I thought a smart thing to do would be to follow an already tested "receipe" for building. So I read all the "Build your own" articles in Tom's HW. I figured I'm already risking a good investment of money in a rig i build instead of buying one in the store so build one already tested. It saves you the worry of compatibility issues and things of that sort.
This is my set up...

AsRock x58 extreme
core i7 930
stock intel cooler
powercolor radeon HD 5850
corsair TX 750 ps
dominator tri channel 1600
wd 1 TB

I dropped one of the video cards in the build, upgraded the cpu from i7 920 to the 930 and improved the ram. Its all going well. Depending on your budget theres probably a build there that suits your needs. Good Luck
July 6, 2010 6:29:12 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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