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September 8, 2010 5:19:27 AM

Purchase Date: Before sep 22

Orgin: USA

Budget: 800-900 dollars

Parts From: Best Buy

Use: Gaming (Mainly FF14)

Parts Not required: Video card, PSU

After going through the prebuilt forums, I decided to build my first computer. I have to use best buy because I have a credit card there and have no real funds to get parts.

I have a GTS 250 1gb Video Card and a XION Gaming Series 1000 watt PSU, so those are taken care of.



I read through some of the budget build articles, are those safe to follow?



CASE: Antec - Three Hundred Computer Case


MOTHERBOARD: Asus - Crosshair III Formula AMD ATX Motherboard 1066/1333/1600MH


CPU: AMD - Black Edition Deneb Phenomâ„¢ II X4 Processor 965


RAM: Kingston Technology - HyperX 2-Pack 4GB PC3-14400 DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory


HARD DRIVE:Western Digital - Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops


CD/DVD DRIVE: Any?


MONITOR:
a b B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2010 6:13:04 AM

Well, I suppose if you mean here on tom's then you could prolly trust those.
I just noticed on the newsstand the other day that PCWorld magazine has a special edition out right now that would be perfect for a newbie to get started on a build. PC world is a publication I trust.
Of course you have the community here at Tom's that will be happy to help if you get stuck.

Does this mean you also need the keyboard mouse, etc?

In that price range, it may be a good idea to consider an AMD build. Ultimately it may depend on how flexible your budget is.

Here's a start:
AMD X4 955 BE $155
AMD 890GX motherboard $125
4 gb ddr3 1333 or 1600 ram: $100
Antec 900 or 902 or Coolermaster case: ~$100
Samsung f3 1TB hard drive
Any old DVD-Rw will do, try to find one that's not too loud
Monitors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this one is highly rated
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... has LED backlight
This one is my current favorite:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 8, 2010 5:06:30 PM

buzznut said:
Well, I suppose if you mean here on tom's then you could prolly trust those.
I just noticed on the newsstand the other day that PCWorld magazine has a special edition out right now that would be perfect for a newbie to get started on a build. PC world is a publication I trust.
Of course you have the community here at Tom's that will be happy to help if you get stuck.

Does this mean you also need the keyboard mouse, etc?

In that price range, it may be a good idea to consider an AMD build. Ultimately it may depend on how flexible your budget is.

Here's a start:
AMD X4 955 BE $155
AMD 890GX motherboard $125
4 gb ddr3 1333 or 1600 ram: $100
Antec 900 or 902 or Coolermaster case: ~$100
Samsung f3 1TB hard drive
Any old DVD-Rw will do, try to find one that's not too loud
Monitors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this one is highly rated
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... has LED backlight
This one is my current favorite:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I have to use BestBuy parts only and I think they don't carry the samsung f3.
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September 8, 2010 6:25:50 PM

updated my list.
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September 8, 2010 6:57:44 PM

Is there a reason that you have to use best buy? If so, you are getting a lot less hardware for your money...

If you can shop other places, it will greatly improve what you can get.
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September 9, 2010 1:23:28 AM

huron said:
Is there a reason that you have to use best buy? If so, you are getting a lot less hardware for your money...

If you can shop other places, it will greatly improve what you can get.




I have no cash for the build but I have a bestbuy credit card so its my only option.
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September 9, 2010 1:46:22 AM

Credit card or gift card? Credit sucks for purchasing computers.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2010 12:50:21 PM

I have a build for you that might work out for $789.92.

Its not as good as a system you'd put together from, say, newegg, but It's more solid than any of their direct builds for the same price:

Asus AMD 770 motherboard: $99.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+AMD+ATX+Motherboard+...(Socket+AM3)/9877538.p?skuId=9877538&productCategoryId=abcat0507008&id=1218187478917

AMD Athlon II X4 630: $109.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/AMD+-+Athlon%26%23153%3B+II...

4 GB DDR3-1300 (DDR10666) RAM, Corsair: $89.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+2-Pack+2GB+PC3-10...

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Hard drive: $79.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Seagate+-+1TB+Internal+Hard...

HP DVD Burner: $39.99 (this was the cheapest they had!)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+24x+Internal+Double-La...

EVGA Geforce GTX 460, 768MB $204.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeForce+GTX+460+768M...

Antec 300 Case: $69.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antec+-+Three+Hundred+Compu...

Antec Earthwatts 500W: $89.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antec+-+EarthWatts+500-Watt...


Additional 120mm fans are $14.99 apiece

This isn't as good as you could parts together at another site, but its a solid build
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September 9, 2010 4:14:21 PM

You can do what you want, but as stated, now you're paying interest on your purchase, as well as having the parts overpriced at Best Buy...

If it were me, I would save up and buy something when I actually had the resources, instead of buying overpriced parts that I will have to pay interest on top.

If you don't have an immediate need, I would hold off...just my opinion. If you do happen to go ahead, best of luck and enjoy it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2010 7:24:04 PM

If you're using a credit card, you can also get the parts online at Newegg...
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September 11, 2010 6:22:01 PM

The only reason I ever buy from Best Buy is when I want to go run to the store and buy something because I am too impatient to wait for an order from Newegg, Tiger Direct, or Directron. Best Buy doesn't sell motherboards in there retail stores, so I am assuming you are planning on buying your parts online. If thats the case, I would definitely shop around for your parts.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 11, 2010 6:41:47 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
I have a build for you that might work out for $789.92.

Its not as good as a system you'd put together from, say, newegg, but It's more solid than any of their direct builds for the same price:

Asus AMD 770 motherboard: $99.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+AMD+ATX+Motherboard+...(Socket+AM3)/9877538.p?skuId=9877538&productCategoryId=abcat0507008&id=1218187478917

AMD Athlon II X4 630: $109.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/AMD+-+Athlon%26%23153%3B+II...

4 GB DDR3-1300 (DDR10666) RAM, Corsair: $89.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+2-Pack+2GB+PC3-10...

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Hard drive: $79.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Seagate+-+1TB+Internal+Hard...

HP DVD Burner: $39.99 (this was the cheapest they had!)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+24x+Internal+Double-La...

EVGA Geforce GTX 460, 768MB $204.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeForce+GTX+460+768M...

Antec 300 Case: $69.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antec+-+Three+Hundred+Compu...

Antec Earthwatts 500W: $89.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antec+-+EarthWatts+500-Watt...


Additional 120mm fans are $14.99 apiece

This isn't as good as you could parts together at another site, but its a solid build




he has a 1000 watt psu already and a gpu (a gts 250)
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 11, 2010 6:46:08 PM

may i ask why did you get a 1000watt psu? it is such overkill for your system its actually scary, as you cant get a second gts 250 and put it into SLI as you are going for an amd build, what i would do is go for an intel build like an i5 760 or something and get a 2nd gts 250 and SLI them
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 11, 2010 6:47:01 PM

or i would sell the gts 250 and get a gtx 460 or something
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September 15, 2010 8:01:57 PM

Both were given to me for free. After reading some reviews on XION I think I might pass it up and get a more quality brand like corsair 750watt
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