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February 25, 2011 2:18:44 PM

Hi guys, first post here :hello: 

Im pretty new to pc building in general, i understand how components fit together but i am finding it difficult to source parts that are compatible.

I would like to build a quad core pc prefferably for casual gaming and 3D modeling in MAYA. I do not need a high-end pc, just something of decent performance for a decent price.

Could you guys please give me a few exaples of possible builds similar to what i am looking for and explain how they are compatible?

sorry if this has been posted in the wrong place :/ 

Any help appeciated thanks.

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February 25, 2011 2:26:57 PM

Head on over to the system sub forum, there are more people who regular that one that specialize in helping you pick out a system. Post using the template in the link below, it makes figuring out what you need a lot easier for us.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...


If you want to see a few predesigned systems, take a look at Tecmo's Recommended Builds by Usage, they arent perfectly up to date and you can get some better prices with slight modifications but they are good starting points.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended...


If you want to figure out how to pick your own parts and have them be compatible, i found Proximon's guide to be very useful when i was starting.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-guide-choos...
a b ) Power supply
February 25, 2011 2:30:42 PM

Low budget get an Athlon x4 + an AM3 motherboard + Radeon 5770 + 4gb DDR3 RAM in 2 x 2Gb stricks
Medium Budget Phenom x4 955 + an AM3 motherboard + Radeon 6850 or 6870 or Nvidia 460 1Gb + 4gb DDR3 RAMi n 2 x 2Gb stricks
High Budget Intel i5 2500K + P67 Motherboard + Radeon 6950 or Nvidia 570 or 2 of either Radeon 6850 or GTX 460 + 8Gb DDR3 RAM in 2 x 4Gb sticks
To check compatibility when you select a motherboard check the manafacturers site for which CPUs and RAM speeds it supports. All new boards have PCIE slots which all new graphics cards use.
February 25, 2011 3:20:58 PM

Thanks Guys - Big help :) 
February 25, 2011 3:45:41 PM

simon12 said:
Low budget get an Athlon x4 + an AM3 motherboard + Radeon 5770 + 4gb DDR3 RAM in 2 x 2Gb stricks
Medium Budget Phenom x4 955 + an AM3 motherboard + Radeon 6850 or 6870 or Nvidia 460 1Gb + 4gb DDR3 RAMi n 2 x 2Gb stricks
High Budget Intel i5 2500K + P67 Motherboard + Radeon 6950 or Nvidia 570 or 2 of either Radeon 6850 or GTX 460 + 8Gb DDR3 RAM in 2 x 4Gb sticks
To check compatibility when you select a motherboard check the manafacturers site for which CPUs and RAM speeds it supports. All new boards have PCIE slots which all new graphics cards use.



With a build similar to your medium budget exaple, would i need a HSF and should i buy a case that includes fans or source them myself
a b ) Power supply
February 25, 2011 3:47:31 PM

If you are overclocking then get a replacement heatsink otherwise the stock one is OK as for the case it all depends what size you aare going for and how cool you want it to run.
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