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building a computer from scratch

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by la24philly, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Codfishjoe

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    One other thing I can recommend is for the processor, look up the unlockable quadcores. You can save some money by getting a processor that is a quadcore but sold as a single or dual core, then unlocking the other two to up the processer speed. Should be able to find instructions on doing this online.
     
  2. sideswipe

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    also www.tomshardware.com & www.anandtech.com are good places for reviews of equipment you wish to buy

    codfishjoe this doesn't always work got a 720be & the 4th core is unstable so keep it running as a tri-core for stability
     
  3. dpeters11

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    Personally, I think some of the Tiger barebones systems would make me nervous. I'm a big proponent of not skimping on the power supply. Their spec sheets don't even say that their supplies are UL tested. I looked at one in a bundle, and the efficiency was "up to" 78%. On some cheap PSUs, the top efficiency requires an operating temp that is not real world. I'd much rather spend some more and get a Corsair, or PC Power and Cooling.
     
  4. la24philly

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    i went to tigerdirect and very impressive.

    i saw this motherboard this looks very good. tell me what you think also i might go with one of the new intel core chips this one looks good for gaming aswell as doing everything else

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4240162&csid=_25

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...ffiliateID=X3Th4gZi_iQ-UD2mAXjdzoVjM8VpWVXdsw
     
  5. la24philly

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    dan
    now for video card, should i get a ATI radeon card or Nvida card which you prefer
     
  6. Davenlr

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    Im not familiar with eVGA motherboards, however, their graphics cards have never given me any issues. The customer reviews at the bottom give it a 4.5, with a lot of 5's...so apparently its a pretty solid board. I always read the reviews for any gotcha's before I order, and Tigerdirect has a lot of customer reviews for their products.
     
  7. la24philly

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    dan the link for the board, below is a video and a guy telling all about it that is what i watched and got really interested and it has a cooling system wiht it.

    watch taht video and then give me your best opinion
     
  8. la24philly

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    dan i also see this board has firewire ports i never seen them do you know what they are.
     
  9. Davenlr

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    You can use a PCI Express 16 video card with that board. I used to use ATI, but found their drivers were not kept up to date for new operating systems, and were often buggy. That might have changed, as they appear popular, but I use Nvidea, and have had no problems. eVGA (the Mobo manufacturer of the kit you listed) has several different video cards with Nvidea chipsets. Just pick the one for whatever application you want i.e. games, HD video, general... and the ports you need (HDMI, DVI, VGA) for your monitor. Check the power requirements for the video card you choose, and make sure the power supply in the computer can handle it.
     
  10. Davenlr

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    Firewire is an Apple standard port used for some video transfers (HD VCRs), and hard drives. For the most part, unless you have a specific device that requires it, it will not be used.
     
  11. la24philly

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    now i guess having that intel core extreme chip is really nice, should i go with some of the others that will do the same job.


    i see the core 3 5 7

    plus i would have the video card

    maybe i can find a cheaper one on ebay
     
  12. Davenlr

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    Sounds like an awesome board. Sure has all the slots you would ever need for expansion.
     
  13. Davenlr

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    I am an AMD processor guy, so you would have to ask the folks on here what they would do as far as an Intel chip. Since the motherboard is designed for overclocking, you might be able to get a slower chip and run it faster. Im not up on the Intels though. I guess you should probably get the fastest one you can afford. 3 Ghz and above should do just about anything you want it to. At some point, the speed of the processor and the amount of ram gives up to the speed of the hard drive. I noticed it had several raid functions, so you are pretty much only limited by your wallet as to how fast you want that board to run.
     
  14. la24philly

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    well everything is very nicely priced. but I do want that extreme chip but thats the most expensive of all the pieces but i think my pc would do anything with it.


    so if i get that board i can just get that chip put it in and im off to a good start.

    i wonder if i can get a combo deal on that or other stuff.

    gotta find a good case for that ill keep looking
     
  15. Davenlr

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    Yea, and remember the faster the CPU, the better the cooling has to be, so dont skimp on the CPU cooler. Cases are the most fun, since there are so many choices. Just remember that board is a larger board than a standard ATX, so make sure the case supports the size of the board. Thats one thing I like about TIger. You email them a list of all the stuff you want to buy to build it, and they will tell you if you forgot anything, or if the case wont fit the motherboard, etc.
     
  16. la24philly

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    well if you watched that video on that board it had some cooling feature on it. i guess i could get some great fans.


    plus i will email tiger once i have all the pieces i want and they will give make sure i have everything i need to run it effectivly.

    i had a price range between 2,000 -2500

    everything is ligning up as said the one piece that will be the most is that extreme intel 7 core


    plus that board i could put 24G of dddr3 memory i doubt i will get all that but saying wow thats a nice board
     
  17. Davenlr

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    The cooling they were talking about was for the chipsets. You will need to buy a CPU cooler for whatever CPU you get, and they go from cheap to ridiculously overpriced liquid cooled systems for overclockers.

    Also remember, unless you plan to load windows 7 64 bit, the OS will only use 3 or 4 GB max memory for the 32 bit version of the OS. If you go with Win 7 64 bit, make sure EVERYTHING you buy has 64 bit drivers.
     
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    you are to crazy with spending hard earned (?) money ...

    buy i7-930 ($199 at Microcenter) and OC it to 4 GHz with decent fan (I used stock, but agreed to run the CPU at 60 C )
     
  20. Davenlr

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    Looks good. You are going all out. Wish I could afford 1/2 the stuff you have shown me so far :) What do you plan to use it for?

    Unless you just want to have fun building it, you might check out alienware.com, they have some of the fastest computers known to man, for about that $2500 price tag :)
     

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