Help Me Build A New PC

Custom / CUSTOM
February 20, 2009 at 12:46:18
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.611 GHz / 3071 MB
High Spec
Cheap As possible
Fan cooled
proccessor easy to overclock
blu-ray and HD must.
2TB HDD
Good Graphics Card
7.2 Sound Card (Good Quality)
Antec1200 gaming case/or alternative
Card Reader
Firewire and loads of USB's
Quick
Lots of Ram over (8gbs)
Webcam
Games (what ones)
And A Windows OS.

what else do you think i should try and get or say an
alternative which yu think is better

thanks, also post anything else i need

post liknks to where i can get this stuff cheap as possible
and that.

Custom Built PC
Windws XP Pro OS
19" Samsung LCD to be replaced with
32" HD TV
PS3 80GB
Logitech X-540 5.1


See More: Help Me Build A New PC

Report •


#1
February 20, 2009 at 12:57:33
What is your maximum budget? Do you live in the USA?

Report •

#2
February 20, 2009 at 13:09:59
Just because you can't overclock your current setup doesn't mean you need an entire new one. You never did say why you wanted to overclock? If your PC isn't performing the way you want it to, maybe there's something going on that can be fixed? I see you've mentioned games...does your current PC have an actual video card or are you using the onboard video? If you're using the onboard, that would explain why your games play poorly. No amount of overclocking can overcome that.

Report •

#3
February 20, 2009 at 16:02:08
you've also stated that you want damn near the best hardware, at a very low price.

sorry buddy, but there's a little give and take there, just like everything else in life.

actually, it's even MORE important with electronics NOT to buy El-Cheapo models. If you buy a cheap kitchen knife, what's the worst that happens? it's hard to cut with. Buy cheap RAM and a cheap Power Supply, though, and your system will crash frequently and damage all other hardware components.

"blu-ray and HD must." - you mean you want blu-ray and HDDVD? HDDVD is a dying/dead technology, why MUST you support it? Also, optical drives are easy to hold off on and upgrade later, if you want to lower initial costs and sink a little more into the build later.

2TB HDD - that's a bunch of space. if you're trying to save money, here might be once place to scale back.

Good Graphics Card - well obviously

7.2 Sound Card (Good Quality) - again, if you have a decent motherboard you could start with onboard audio to lower initial costs, and install a soundcard later once the system is up and running.

Antec1200 gaming case/or alternative - almost entirely user preference. Will you be using the Power Supply that comes with the case? this is typically not a good idea unless it comes from a highly-respected power supply manufacturer like Antec or Thermaltake. You didn't mention a Power Supply in your list, so i hope you're not planning on cheaping out here: That's one of the single biggest mistakes custom builders make. Even if the system boots up and appears stable, dirty power could slowly be damaging other expensive components. It would be a shame to save $150 on the Power Supply, only to have your motherboard, CPU, Hard Drives, and RAM crap out in 6 months because they have been running with sub-optimal power.

Card Reader - not much experience here. they don't seem to vary in quality as much as things like RAM and Power supplies.

Firewire and loads of USB's - makes sense...

Lots of Ram over (8gbs) - I have 4GB of RAM in my 64-bit Vista gaming machine at home, and have never seen it max out. I suspect 8GB will be overkill. If you're buying DDR2, it's super cheap now and i guess you'll probably grow into it eventually. If you're going with DDR3 i would scale back to 4 or 6GB for now, since the hardware is more expensive. RAM is also a component you don't wanna cheap out on. Stick with well-known manufacturers like Kingston or Corsair. It would also be to your advantage to see if the motherboard you select will support the brand of RAM you are considering.

Webcam - sure, why not

Games (what ones) - that's really more of a personal question. I recommend Number Munchers, Crysis, Tetris, or Left 4 Dead.

And A Windows OS. - get Vista Ultimate 64-bit. It's the more expensive OS option, but no 32bit OS supports more than about 3.5GB RAM, and WindowsXP 64-bit was crap with zero driver support for anything.


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
February 22, 2009 at 10:18:48
thankyou, i forgot the power supply so thankyou for the
rminder and jam, im keeping the other pc and putting in new
motherboard and then building this super high-power pc,
thanyou very much above!!! :D

Custom Built PC
Windws XP Pro OS
19" Samsung LCD to be replaced with
32" HD TV
PS3 80GB
Logitech X-540 5.1


Report •

#5
February 23, 2009 at 03:06:51
can anyone post some links to get all of this stuff quite
cheap? but i want decent parts.

thanks.

Custom Built PC
Windws XP Pro OS
19" Samsung LCD to be replaced with
32" HD TV
PS3 80GB
Logitech X-540 5.1


Report •

#6
February 23, 2009 at 05:06:40
Try newegg.com.

Report •

#7
February 25, 2009 at 22:03:11
What you're wanting probably will cost around $3,000. I know because I, out of extreme curiosity, went to Newegg.com the other day and "pretended" that I was shopping to build a killer system featuring the i7 Quad. When I got done picking the parts out for my system, my shopping cart was almost $3,000.

There's no way to get this kind of a system "cheap but reliable."

WinSimple Software


Report •

#8
February 26, 2009 at 10:40:16
i didnt expect it to be like a 350 quid build i dont mind the cost but id prefer only 1500 and under but am willing to make cutbacks, thanks, keep posting!

Custom Built PC
Windws XP Pro OS
19" Samsung LCD to be replaced with
32" HD TV
PS3 80GB
Logitech X-540 5.1


Report •

#9
February 26, 2009 at 10:45:32
I asked you to post a budget in response #1. Now you finally do. Would have been helpful to know you are in the UK too.

Report •

#10
February 26, 2009 at 11:06:26
oh sorry

Custom Built PC
Windws XP Pro OS
19" Samsung LCD to be replaced with
32" HD TV
PS3 80GB
Logitech X-540 5.1


Report •

#11
February 26, 2009 at 11:35:38
I am in the USA so I have no idea of hardware costs in the UK. Also can't suggest vendors.

Report •

#12
February 26, 2009 at 12:02:16
okay well if anyone else can please post/contact

Custom Built PC
Windws XP Pro OS
19" Samsung LCD to be replaced with
32" HD TV
PS3 80GB
Logitech X-540 5.1


Report •

#13
February 26, 2009 at 12:11:46
You may be better to make your own list based on revised expectations and post it here with links.

If you go to newegg.com you can build a wish list that you can save. Newegg.com doesn't ship to UK but most components are available world wide. That will give you prices in US dollars. You can convert and see if you are within budget.

All that said, it sounds like you already have a decent computer.

The old rule of thumb used to be that if you can't double performance then don't do it.

Evidently jam knows about your current rig.


Report •

#14
February 26, 2009 at 12:25:48
please reccomend parts im really stumped, speed is mostly what i want power secondary reliabilty must be good though, size does not matter, i can put everything together myself so dw on that front either

Custom Built PC
Windws XP Pro OS
19" Samsung LCD to be replaced with
32" HD TV
PS3 80GB
Logitech X-540 5.1


Report •


Ask Question