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Computer build
show user profile  Westcoast13
I'm thinking of building a computer, and as i've never done it, i'd appreciate some expert help! :)

I have an old Dell which has a dvd writer so i'm guessing i could use the case and drive, and add a new motherboard etc etc. I'm on a real tight budget too, but anything would be better than the piece of crap i have to work on at the moment!!!

Any advice on half decent components at very reasonable prices? Or is that a really broad question?

Noob. :/


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1/23/2009 12:42:05 PM (last edit: 1/23/2009 12:42:05 PM)
show user profile  VKotek
tbh just buy a set from a big company, they often have better prices and are guaranteed to work, and you can have them repaired easily.

EDIT: this is from personal experience. its not very often you get a custom build and there will be no hardware bugs. for example with me, my RAM sticks will not run in dual channel mode. I went through a lot of trouble to get that working.

also, if it comes with an OS, you are getting the OS for a fraction of its retail price.
Vojtech Kotek

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1/23/2009 12:47:08 PM (last edit: 1/23/2009 1:24:54 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
I wondered.

Cheers mate.


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1/23/2009 12:57:48 PM (last edit: 1/23/2009 12:57:48 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
i always build my own workstations and renderslaves
comparing my builds to other systems often confirms my superior and way cheaper machines
building it yourself also gives you more control and upgrade possibilities

plz bring on teh octacores intel, aai iz readdy !

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1/23/2009 10:56:39 PM (last edit: 1/23/2009 10:56:39 PM)
show user profile  Stephen R.
if you have the cash, go i7 920 (lowest one), itll clock to 4ghz+ easily and the calculations per mhz are much higher than core 775 and way higher than the busted ass Phenom II's.





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1/24/2009 12:00:54 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 12:00:54 AM)
show user profile  Stianbl
Will it clock from 2,6 to 4+ghz? Easily? Thats amazing :P


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1/24/2009 1:42:48 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 1:42:48 AM)
show user profile  VKotek
"comparing my builds to other systems often confirms my superior and way cheaper machines"

unless all the parts you are buying came out yesterday, premade set is cheaper.

"building it yourself also gives you more control and upgrade possibilities"

whats stopping you from upgrading a set? its the same thing...
Vojtech Kotek

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1/24/2009 1:58:36 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 1:58:56 AM)
show user profile  Jock
Ive yet to come across a pre-made computer that i cant put together myself for cheape. Pluys the so called technical help from some of the places who sell them...you can get better just going on some of the computer forums.

Perfect example i stupidly bought my first computer from PC World, and when it didnt work, they asked me 'have you installed ANYTHING on your computer, or have you connected to the inthernet?' Basically if you answer yes, they reckon it was now down to me :O

Id say build it yourself and save yourself some cash.
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1/24/2009 3:52:47 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 3:52:47 AM)
show user profile  Dub.
It IS cheaper but only if you don't value your time.


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1/24/2009 4:11:31 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 4:11:31 AM)
show user profile  Jock
It doesnt take that long to build. Maybe half a day taking your time to build it, then maybe another half a day installing everything.
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1/24/2009 4:26:53 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 4:26:53 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Hmmmm.

Another quick one. A 32bit system will only use a max of 3gb of ram per program when switched (right!!?). So what is the point of getting more than 4gb ram?


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1/24/2009 7:53:02 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 7:53:02 AM)
show user profile  VKotek
"Another quick one. A 32bit system will only use a max of 3gb of ram per program when switched (right!!?). So what is the point of getting more than 4gb ram?"

there is no point. both XP 32bit and Vista 32bit only supports 2.8GB
Vojtech Kotek

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1/24/2009 8:06:58 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 8:06:58 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Thought so.

Just went on a site that builds your computer for you, selected all the options that i wanted, got my price.

Went to another site and put all the components in the basket.

The site that builds it for you included delivery and 12 months warranty. The price was £40 more. Looks like i'll be going take your advice Mr Kotek. Cheers mate.



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1/24/2009 8:36:50 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 8:36:50 AM)
show user profile  VKotek
Glad I could help!
Vojtech Kotek

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1/24/2009 8:38:22 AM (last edit: 1/24/2009 8:38:22 AM)
show user profile  Stianbl
Why not go for a 64-bit system? And install 8gb memory? I mean, its the cheapest thing in the computer, so why not. At LEAST 4 gb of memory if you buy a computer now. And you dont need DDR3 at all. It's not that much better at this stage, maybe later.


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1/24/2009 9:07:23 PM (last edit: 1/24/2009 9:07:23 PM)
 
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