Hi there, I'm brand new to this community as well as building a computer. I was gonna purchase one from Best Buy but a friend recommended that I'd build one instead. I figured it'd be a nice skill to have, so I'm gonna give it a shot. Anyhoo, I've been doing a bit of research on how to start out and I've got the basics down. But my main problem is pretty much finding the compatible parts for the cheap prices. I would like to build just the Tower, cause I pretty much have the other parts.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing Web, Office work
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS (the OS I have and will be using is Windows 7)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:www.newegg.com or any other recommendations
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Since I'm tryin to build cheap, I'd like to stick to AMD for my CPU. And from there, any other recommendations are welcomed.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Actually, I'm not too sure about this one. But I'll be using my TV for the monitor. Here is a link to the TV I'll be using: Toshiba Regza 32LV67U
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm pretty much gonna be using this computer for MMO gaming (mainly WOW and Final Fantasy XIV) and I'd like it to run FFXIV as smooth as my budget can handle.
Here are the Tech Specs of FFXIV: Operating System: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit, Windows 7 32bit / 64bit CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.0GHz), AMD Athlon™ X2 (2.0GHz) Memory: Windows XP -- 1.5GB or higher, Windows Vista / Windows 7 -- 2GB or higher HDD/SSD Space: Install -- 15GB or more, Download -- Space on the hard drive where My Documents is located should be 6GB or more
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 series or higher with VRAM 512MB or more, ATI Radeon HD 2900 series or higher with VRAM 512MB or more Sound Card: DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c or higher) Internet Connections: Broadband Internet connection or higher Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher; 32bit or higher DirectX: DirectX 9.0c
Earlier I was looking at the System Builder Marathon, June 2010 here on TH for an example. Part of me thinks I should try this out for my first build to get experience and to see the how and whys of building a computer. But another part of me isn't too sure if this computer will be able to handle FFXIV.
case and power supply - $100
ati 5770 1gb - $150
Phenom II x3 processor - $100
Motherboard - $75
4gb DDR3 ram - $100
DVDrw drive - $25
That's $550, that's the best you're going to do... pretty solid system too. Those prices are basically using the cheapest brand (and AFTER rebates) so you will have to pony up a little more money up front, and then send in rebates
with this amount of money you can certainly build a good pc for games.Be careful never and repeat never buy a pre-built pc from a company , but always build your pc from spare parts by yourself , it is not difficult.The most important part is the graphics card nowadays ati 5770 is powerful enough and with it you can play every game better than consoles for the next 2 years.Believe me i play games on pc and ps3 . Wait a bit very soon nvidia will release the new gtx 460 , which i think will also be a good solution for you. Hope i helped.
Oh wow, all of this is GREAT advice. I appreciate it guys. Between researching on TH and you guys, I'm starting to get a MUCH better understanding of building a computer. I was seriously gonna give up (after reading for 6 straight hours yesterday and still confused) and buy from Best Buy. But you guys' encouraging words and recommendations have made me more confident that this project will be successful. ^^
Let me know if there is anything I haven't taken into consideration or if I'm missing any parts or if you see certain parts that aren't compatible (I did my best to make sure they were, but I may have missed something). Any advice and recommendations are appreciated. Thanks guys! ^^
Only question about the above build, though it looks great honestly. But will he see a big difference between 512 mb of ram on the video card vs 1 gb? I know it mainly works mainly on higher resolution. Just curious though on that.