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August 27, 2012 5:38:21 PM

Hi guys,

I just joined Tom's hardware and this is my first post.

I am hoping to construct my own gaming machine in the near future. In doing so I want to learn more about computer hardware but also build something I can use to enjoy the latest games at Max setting.

I do not know a lot about hardware but I am reading up bit by bit online. I was wondering if anyone would have any advice as to what to keep in mind when building the computer. Also if anybody has any recommendations into what they think should go into the machine itself? Also if you don't mind explaining why you chose the particular piece of hardware because as I said I am trying to learn more!

Any replies are much appreciated!

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August 27, 2012 6:19:11 PM

Hey Youngster,

If you're a teen then congrats :) 
Anyways, to the advice.
Reading really does help with getting to know the components, or even watching videos online just to learn how everything looks like and how it installs.
To give you solid advice I need to see what kind of price range you're thinking of so I can give you good advice on components to fit your budget.
August 27, 2012 7:02:08 PM

Hi thanks for the response.

I guess I'd be willing to spend in region of about 1500 - 2000 euro on the components. Hopefully save up and buy things bit by bit.

I'm kinda coming up with my budget based on friends computers. They have had them custom built over the internet and seem to be in the 1500 - 2000 bracket.

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August 27, 2012 7:12:41 PM

Being that I was in your shoes a few years ago, I know how excited you are about all of this, and once you start learning and actually do it, you will be hooked.

A really good place to start is reading up on the components like you are doing. Also, Newegg usually has some really good videos on their product pages, so if you see a component that you want to know a bit more about, look it up on Newegg (or YouTube).

Also, when you are looking at what parts to choose you always have to factor in budget. Once you have a budget set, a very nice site for planning a new build is www.pcpartpicker.com. That will give you tons of options to chose from for each of the components that go into a computer, and the lowest prices it can find online.
August 27, 2012 7:13:53 PM

Wow, that's a nice budget, I finished getting all of my things and its less than 1500$.
Not including monitor and stuff.
Anyway that gives us a lot of room to work with.
I suggest Intel for gaming so you should good Intel processor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Its one of the best and its a 3rd generation processor so its top-notch.
As far as video card i suggest an nvidia GeForce 670 because its in the middle of 660 and 680.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For Case you want to go with either a coolmaster or a zalman

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a motherboard I was suggested to go with ASRockz77Extreme

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As a storage (Files and videos)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An amazing ssd (for system and games)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A CPU fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And one of the best Rams:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Should come up to less than 1500 Euros

:) 
August 27, 2012 7:37:12 PM

Also, if you want a good build that falls in under your budget, check out the most recent Tom's Hardware System Builder Marathon (in the articles section) because they have a $2000 USD build that will fall into your range.
August 28, 2012 1:20:24 AM

TheOneWhoNeedsAdvice said:
Wow, that's a nice budget, I finished getting all of my things and its less than 1500$.
Not including monitor and stuff.
Anyway that gives us a lot of room to work with.
I suggest Intel for gaming so you should good Intel processor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Its one of the best and its a 3rd generation processor so its top-notch.
As far as video card i suggest an nvidia GeForce 670 because its in the middle of 660 and 680.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For Case you want to go with either a coolmaster or a zalman

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a motherboard I was suggested to go with ASRockz77Extreme

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As a storage (Files and videos)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An amazing ssd (for system and games)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A CPU fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And one of the best Rams:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Should come up to less than 1500 Euros

:) 



Thanks very much for all that information! That's exactly the response I was looking for. Very helpful and informative! and it saves me money :) 
August 28, 2012 1:20:44 AM

dalmvern said:
Also, if you want a good build that falls in under your budget, check out the most recent Tom's Hardware System Builder Marathon (in the articles section) because they have a $2000 USD build that will fall into your range.


Hey,

Thank you for the links you supplied. They are very useful, and your right I really am excited about this build and I can already feel a bit of an addiction coming on ! :p 
!