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October 30, 2011 8:32:03 PM

Hi, I wanted to know how long and how much it costs to build your own PC, and whether it is cheaper than just buying a pre-built one from a manufacturer.
Also if buying motherboard like this one http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTC... is a good option. I believe it has some of the part already on it.
Finally if it's no trouble could someone give me a rough guide on how you build a PC? Just so I know what I'm getting myself into.

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October 30, 2011 8:38:20 PM

Oh and by the way it will be my first build so it's not going to be too expensive.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b V Motherboard
October 31, 2011 1:04:26 AM

It is not that hard to do. My next door neighbor built a good one when he was 13 years old. I built my first one with no experience and no one to hold my hand. The main thing is just finding compatible parts which this forum can help you with.

I would highly recommend going to a magazine stand and look for PC Gamer or Maximum PC. They often have quarterly guides that give you step by step walk throughs on how to piece a machine together.

What is your main objective for this PC?
  • Family Computer / School / web surfing?
  • Graphic Design?
  • Gaming?
  • Multimedia PC?

    If you are getting a PC just for websurfing then you would probably have a hard time building one cheaper than what you could buy a new unit for.

    But if you are going for a midrange to highend PC then you can potentially save some dollars. I highly recommend building one as it is a learning experience. You can get better parts and have a cooler running system. Both equate to better performance. I have done nothing but build my own for the last 11 years.

    Here is a good guide done by Tom's Hardware back in June:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970....

    Here is a good Youtube Video Series:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

    Click on the MORE button under the video and you can see Part 1 and 3 of the video.

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    October 31, 2011 2:36:03 PM

    rwayne said:
    It is not that hard to do. My next door neighbor built a good one when he was 13 years old. I built my first one with no experience and no one to hold my hand. The main thing is just finding compatible parts which this forum can help you with.

    I would highly recommend going to a magazine stand and look for PC Gamer or Maximum PC. They often have quarterly guides that give you step by step walk throughs on how to piece a machine together.

    What is your main objective for this PC?
  • Family Computer / School / web surfing?
  • Graphic Design?
  • Gaming?
  • Multimedia PC?

    If you are getting a PC just for websurfing then you would probably have a hard time building one cheaper than what you could buy a new unit for.

    But if you are going for a midrange to highend PC then you can potentially save some dollars. I highly recommend building one as it is a learning experience. You can get better parts and have a cooler running system. Both equate to better performance. I have done nothing but build my own for the last 11 years.

    Here is a good guide done by Tom's Hardware back in June:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970....

    Here is a good Youtube Video Series:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

    Click on the MORE button under the video and you can see Part 1 and 3 of the video.


  • Ok thanks for the reply. It will be a Gaming/Multimedia PC mainly and is it necessary to have a separate sound card?
    a b B Homebuilt system
    a b V Motherboard
    October 31, 2011 5:08:05 PM

    Jamie,

    Here is a good guide for how to build a PC:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

    To answer your questions:

    Q: How long does it take?
    A: For the first time ever likely 2-3 hours as most people will be cautious checking everything twice or reading through manuals. It is good to take a 15 minute break for every 45 minutes that you spend building. It sounds like a lot of time but it typically goes by fast.

    Q: How much does it cost?
    A: Depends on your goals and which components you want.

    Here is another helpful link:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-faqs-build-...
    a c 78 B Homebuilt system
    a b V Motherboard
    October 31, 2011 5:21:09 PM

    If all you care to do is play 5 year old games and surf the internet you can get a new computer built for only a few hundred dollars USD.

    You can get a reasonable processor / motherboard combo for less than $100 total
    A name brand PSU like Antec EarthWatts 430 for about $60
    A low end good enough video card for probably about $80
    4GBs of ram for probably under $40
    There will be a reasonable sound card built into the motherboard
    Not sure about the cost of a DVDRW, but I can't imagine it would be hideously expensive.
    Ubuntu Linux is a free OS, if you want Windows a legal license of that will set you back at least about $100
    The monitor is another big one, probably at least another $100 for a decent one if not more.
    A hard drive will probably run you about $50.

    That comes to about $450 - $550 depending if you want Windows instead of Linux.

    Tom's Hardware posts a competition every month where they make a budget PC on the same $500 that I approximately spent if you care to look that up. It should have links to actual parts.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    a b V Motherboard
    October 31, 2011 5:27:40 PM

    Excellent post Raiddinn. +1 You addressed Jamie's question much better than I did.
    a c 92 B Homebuilt system
    a b V Motherboard
    October 31, 2011 7:37:08 PM

    Using Raiddinn's advice, try something like this. The only bad thing right now is because of what's happening in Thailand with the flooding is causing hard drive prices to skyrocket. It's just a temporary situation, but it might not be possible for $500 right now. Maybe $600 - $700. Try this:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 - $59.99
    Motherboard: Asrock H67M-GE HT - $104.99
    CPU: 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3-2100 - $129.99
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $48.99
    HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB - $109.99
    Optical: LG CD/DVD Burner - $18.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 - $114.99
    Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK260 - $28.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

    Total: $771

    For this build though, since the H67 enables the onboard video with the SB chip you could theoretically skip the video card and that would drop the price to about $650.
    !