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September 16, 2011 4:48:30 PM

I want to try and build my first computer. Going get parts or kit from Newegg. Not sure what one to go with. I dont expect much out of computer.

Will give to my son to do school work on. That's all it needs to do. This will be a test run before I try a gaming rig down the road.

Looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Hope link works. Would this computer kit be a good 1st build. Or should I look at better kits or parts. The case scares me a bit. Lots of bad reviews. But for $224 for kit its hard to look pass.

Thanks for any tips or opinions you all have, Jared
a b B Homebuilt system
September 16, 2011 4:59:24 PM

my opinion is that a cheap laptop will cost about the same, including OS, and will be a much more versatile tool for a student. its not the case that should scare you as much as the crap power supply that it comes with.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 16, 2011 5:01:49 PM

Yeah I'd be concerned about the PSU. If you really want to go through with a homebuilt, try and find smaller combos with other parts (CPU + Mobo, PSU+GPU, etc). You'll still save but get better parts.
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September 16, 2011 5:02:58 PM

Sorry I dont need the computer as mush as I want to build one. I just dont want to spend a ton on one in case I make a big mistake and kill it.

I am in school now and taking a computer hardware class. My teacher will give me some extra credit if a build one.
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September 16, 2011 5:53:17 PM

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Sorry I dont need the computer as mush as I want to build one. I just dont want to spend a ton on one in case I make a big mistake and kill it.


That's how I built my first PC a few years ago. I fell in love with the Antec 300, found a cheap AMD Phenom II X3 + board combo, got some RAM and a cheap (still good - Antec) PSU/hard drive and went from there. First build was maybe $500 at most (only because DDR2 was still $100 for 4GB in some places). It's not as hard as you expect, but until you actually put it together you have no idea.

Another good way to get parts is to get them off of forums such as the Tom's Classifieds, Anandtech, etc. Usually you can score an older CPU/mobo for pretty cheap.


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I am in school now and taking a computer hardware class. My teacher will give me some extra credit if a build one.


Wish I could've gotten extra credit in thermo-hydraulics when I watercooled my PC, you lucky duck :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
September 16, 2011 6:03:39 PM

In related news, here's a build I put together in like 5 minutes:

CPU + MOBO - AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core + Biostar A880G+ MicroATX motherboard combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Kingston ValueRAM 2x1GB (2GB) DDR3-1066 kit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Ante Basiq 350W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - WD Caviar Blue 320GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Tower: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand Total - $220.94 + shipping (~$10)

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September 16, 2011 9:08:05 PM
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Boiler put together a good low-end build... BUT...

one of the most important parts is the PSU. Antec makes a lot of good ones and there is nothing wrong with 350W, however, checking the specs it only has 1 SATA connector and you'd need adapters for more drives like a DVD burner which was overlooked.

Try this Rosewill 80+ PSU as it will allow for upgrading in a few years
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram is ungodly cheap these days so go with 2 x 2gb 1333 instead of 2gb 1066. it's almost the same price (1066 and 1333) install Win7 and you'll need it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD to install software and movies for the kid. Asus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OK it'll up the ante a bit - about $45 but you should be good to go for years to come and you'll be glad you did.

It's really easy to do these days. Just don't grab the cat and parts at the same time - static electricity is the enemy. Should take about 1/2 an hour. Watch the NE tutorial video. READ the guides on here. Do your research. You'll be fine. Be very careful - building computers can be highly addictive once you start. We're all hopeless junkies here.
September 16, 2011 9:15:04 PM

Lestr50 said:

- building computers can be highly addictive once you start. We're all hopeless junkies here.



AMEN to that!!
September 17, 2011 4:22:13 PM

Thank you for your help and time. Your tips did help. One more question do most of the motherboards fit into the cases with the hardware provided or will I need to order spacers?
a b B Homebuilt system
September 17, 2011 8:51:33 PM

jaywarren said:
Thank you for your help and time. Your tips did help. One more question do most of the motherboards fit into the cases with the hardware provided or will I need to order spacers?


ATX and MicroATX sizes are standard. All you need to do is verify that your motherboard and case are the same size, or can support the size (ATX cases support MicroATX).
September 27, 2011 11:59:18 AM

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