Ok, I am new to this site, but it looks like a great place to start.
I am currently using a laptop computer, but am having problems with it and would like to get a desktop for a seriously better gaming experience. I will be using the computer to play World of Warcraft, use facebook and surfing the web, such as ebay and that sort of thing. My budget is about $500, if I have to go a little over I may be able to come up with $600. I have never built a computer and have no idea how to get started, but I hear it is cheaper. So, I would kind of like a pre-built or is there any websites that build it when I order it or anything? If it really isn't hard to do or someone has a really good guide on how to build one that would be great, and I may be able to try it, I'm just worried about ordering the stuff and then not being able to put it all together... I will be building completely from scratch as I have nothing yet, so I will also need all of the peripherals.
Thanks ahead of time, I really appreciate any and all help! =D
Also I do not know a lot of computer jargon, I am learning as I go
Just get any cheap keyboard and mouse to ur liking with it. Building ur system wont be much difficult task, everything has a first time so give it a try. For instructions i am sure u will be able to find many videos on youtube showing u how to assemble all components together.
I did not spend time looking into each link posted by above user - I would tend to believe in his / her knowledge.
But I would also advise looking at combo deals on newegg or tigerdirect like websites. They are often matched, and ready to go and save you some money.
Don't forget to buy essential stuff such as thermal compound to put between the cpu and heatsink. A very little is needed to form a uniform layer on the CPU surface. Also, when you assemble the system, please do NOT forget to check that ATX and the other 8 pin/4 pin connection are both connected to the motherboard. Many people forget that and the system fails to boot up. Go easy on pressing the connectors since you are a first timer.
Also you will need a couple of screw drivers and tags for cable management. Make sure you install CPU and heatsink while the motherboard is kept out. Operate in a relatively static-free environment. Make sure the assembly is carefully put into the cabinet and screwed in properly. Graphics cards these days are long so you may want to go to a store to buy the case to ensure fit.
Good quality components do cost some more money but the support and usually the life goes a long way.
Ok, I want to definitely get the most I can out of my budget, thanks guys. I did see that pinaklonkar said something about combo deals
"But I would also advise looking at combo deals on newegg or tigerdirect like websites. They are often matched, and ready to go and save you some money. "
Are the things you guys are listing to help me better deals than combo stuff? I really don't know anything about what is good or not so I'm having a hard time researching the prices and all
@cksmith91 Combo deals are available on some sites which will help u reduce price a bit. A combo deal consists of multiple components for example a processor + motherboard combo deal. you just have to find a deal which includes the components your are buying so u can save few bucks on it.
I just realized I did not list one thing I would like to be able to do. I have all of the Sims 2 games and the first of the Sims 3. Will these computer setups be okay for this game along with my other stuff?
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Basic board, but has solid caps and ferrite chokes, and decent overclocking options if you're interested.
SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Quite capable of handling the games you've listed, and many more demanding games as well if you lower the settings a little.
Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I buy cheap cases from Rosewill because I've never had quality issues with any of them. This one includes a 120mm rear fan, for adequate and quiet cooling.
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
Model #:EA-380D Green
$59.99 -$15.00 Instant $44.99
There's really nothing to compare with this PSU. The Corsair "Builder" series isn't even 80+. This one is efficient, quiet, and very solid. It can handle up to a HD5770.
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
$78.99 -$5.00 Instant $73.99
Another $15 buys a Phenom II X3 740BE, but on a budget this chip should do quite well.
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
G.skill has become one of my preferred brands because I've never had to return a stick (out of less than 20 though, but that still beats Crucial hands down). This and Mushkin are my preferred brands for RAM.
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Slower and smaller than a 500GB Spinpoint F3, but on a budget looks like an easy choice.
LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
Meh. One optical drive is much like another. LG, Sony, Lite-On; none have given me any grief.
This allows another $100 for Windows 7. Dip into your $100 wiggle room for mouse, keyboard, and speakers.
If you also need to buy a monitor, obviously that changes things. You'll need to drop the video card entirely (for the time being) and play with lowered settings using the integrated video of an 880G mobo until you can get the video card.