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January 8, 2011 3:38:10 AM

My computer has aged passed it's time and I decided I was just gonna give this one away and build a gaming/video editing PC. I'm really new to this but I heard it was much cheaper to build it myself rather than by one from the big time companies.

I'm wondering if anyone can point me into the direction of some parts or something. I have a friend that can build it up for me. Just need the right parts.

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January 8, 2011 5:12:11 AM

He was definitely right but before anyone gives you any advice we're going to need some info so I'll point you to a post to get you started. Then once you read through that, come back here and fill in the info in a reply to this thread and then we can give you some advice.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
January 8, 2011 5:35:08 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Might not be until 2 months from now.

Budget Range: I'm looking to stay in the 600-700 range maybe cheaper

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly gaming, video editing and possibly animation.

Parts Not Required: N/A

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com most likely. I've been pointed toward there a lot.

Country of Origin: America

Parts Preferences: by brand or type I'm good with anything that can use windows 7.

Overclocking: Maybe, just in case because I'm not sure how hard I'm going to be working the computer.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I'm not to sure if it means what I think it means. (If it has anything to do with allowing you to use dual monitors than yes.

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 or 1440x900

Additional Comments: It doesn't have to be flashy, just want something that runs well, with enough cooling for it.
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January 8, 2011 5:46:22 AM

Crossfire and SLI is where you use multiple graphics cards. Crossfire is the name for ATI cards and SLI is the name for nVidia cards. It will usually, with newer cards, double your frame rate in most games and can sometimes be cheaper than buying a single graphics card that gets the same performance. One downfall with that though, is it sucks down a fair bit more power than a single card and they'll generate more heat.
As for dual monitors, I know absolutely nothing about it so I'll leave that to someone else.
Also, what sort of games? RTS, FPS, etc? Certain types of games take advantage of multiple cores whereas other genres typically don't.
And just to make sure, do you need everything? Mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc?
And I'd recommend using an old hard drive if you can so that way you don't need to buy a new OS but if you can't or don't want to, that's fine too.
January 8, 2011 5:51:04 AM

MMOs, FPS and RTS' I suppose. Yeah, I can't take the stuff from my old computer. I'm also not sure if the hard drive for this computer will work on a different one because it would be taken from a slim model computer. I rather get a single graphics card though even if that sounds awesome. I would probably get killed because the increase on the power bill lol.
January 8, 2011 6:12:06 AM

You can't even keep your monitor, keyboard, and/or mouse?
January 8, 2011 6:20:49 AM

I could but I'm giving the computer to my mom. I'd have to buy the stuff either way.
January 8, 2011 6:24:55 AM

Ah, makes sense. I'm done with most of the build. Will post it in about 10-20mins.
You said earlier your resolution would be 1440x900 and 1280x1024 so do you want 2 monitors? And what size would you like it/them to be?
January 8, 2011 6:28:57 AM

One 22'' other possibly 19''
January 8, 2011 6:29:15 AM

By the way, thank you so much for your help!
January 8, 2011 6:58:35 AM

Glad to help. I'd also expect more people to be helping later on once they wake up.
And before you do any overclocking, if you do, do plenty of research. Overclocking can be pretty risky if you don't know what you're doing.
And I must say, it's extremely hard trying to squeeze out good gaming performance on such a low budget. Would you be able to use only 1 monitor? They're the main issue right now since one costs $110 and the other costs $150 and you can't really get them any cheaper.
January 8, 2011 1:06:24 PM

I suppose I could do a budget of like 700 or 800 maybe. I could just go for one for now and get the second one later. I'm not trying to build an extreme gaming PC just something that can play some games on high. One main game I wanna play on high is City of Heroes on their new ultra mode.
January 8, 2011 1:56:37 PM

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $99.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 - $144.99
GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB - $119.99
RAM: GSkill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1333MHz - $43.99
Mobo: Asrock 880GM-LE - $59.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb 7200rpm - $69.99
PSU: Corsair CX-430 430W - $44.99
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99

I don't really know what keyboard/mouse/monitor to choose nowadays, perhaps someone else can help you with those.

Total: $643.92
Keyboard/mouse/monitor will be approximately $200 together, so the grand total will be around $850.

Its nearly impossible to build a decent gaming PC with quality components for $800 including OS/monitor/etc.

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January 8, 2011 3:25:32 PM
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As far as performance per $ is concerned I'd recommend the Athlon II X3 445 over any of the Phenom II's. About half the price for only slightly less performance.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 $77.00
GPU: HIS HD 5770 $130.00
Mobo: Biostar A770E3 $60.00
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB $44.00
ODD: Samsung Black $17.00
EDIT: Just noticed the mobo appears to come with 2 SATA data cables
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB $43.00
PSU: CoolerMaster 500W $40.00
Case: NZXT Gamma $40.00
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $100.00
Monitor: Asus 22" $150.00
Mouse: Kingwin Mouse $10.00
Keyboard: Rosewill Basic Keyboard $10.00
Fan: Rosewill 120mm Fan $6.00
Fan: Rosewill 120mm Fan $6.00



Total = $738

All of these prices are before any MIR and you might be able to find a mouse and keyboard at a store like Walmart for cheaper.
January 14, 2011 11:52:07 PM

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