First custom computer, has to last me at least 5 years

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by CSpanky, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. CSpanky

    CSpanky New Member

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    I need a computer for a couple things:

    -Daily use
    -Uploading and messing with pictures (taken by camera)
    -Poker (Need something to run DUAL monitors)
    -Something with a CD driver and a DVD (like most computers)
    -Couple USBS
    -Good memory, Good speed

    I know nothing about components but I'm looking for something I can buy the products on tigerdirect, newegg or some other LEGIT site...I already have things like monitor/mouse/keyboard, etc picked out

    Can someone find me a case and all of the components I'll need for what I need my computer for ^^^^

    Price range is $750-800 TOPS....think I can still have a decent fast, good graphics custom computer with that..(also probably want some additional cooling just for protection)

    Thanks for any help!

    edit: also might do some LIGHT gaming, but mainly pictures, music, dual monitoring poker, school work, things like that!
     
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  2. linkin

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  3. Benny Boy

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  4. CSpanky

    CSpanky New Member

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    550 W power supply be enough? (yes noob)

    good graphics card? fast computer? I honestly just wanna make sure if I invest $800+ it's worth it haha!

    Also what about extra cooling?
     
  5. CSpanky

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    I just wanna make sure this thing is FAST...ya know? Also...I'm guessing most people prefer amd over intel?

    also do I need a sound card?
     
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  7. jgoff14

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    Nice combo / price ^^^ AMD over intel? Not really, unless price is a factor. They tend to be alot cheaper. You don't need a sound card you can use the on board audio with the MB.
     
  8. CSpanky

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    Well if it's $100 more and better, I'll grab an intel..

    Like I said I just want this thing to last me, and be quick, especially with 8 tables up and internet
     
  9. CSpanky

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    Also any recommendations on monitors? Good response time, quality, price.

    Either wanna run dual 21" or a 23" and something smaller, depending on what I can find
     
  10. Benny Boy

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    you won't outrun the above with what you do and then some.

    x2
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5522913&sku=A466-2204
    they arn't 21's, but for the price point you may consider 22's.

    if your going to use eyefinity: both monitors need the same resolution, which can be done with diff models and sizes. But if i was buying, i'd probly get 2 alike. with 2 monitors you don't need an adapter, more than 2 yes.
     
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  11. CSpanky

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    Definitely will look into that. I was looking at a 23" Samsung LED Monitor, and on Newegg had great reviews but not on some other sites.

    Also, what about a wireless card? I will be using one since our main computer at home (Until I move to college) is connected to the router
     
  12. Benny Boy

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    I'm no monitor guru but I don't think you'll go wrong with Samsung, LG, Dell, Asus, Hannspree, Viewsonic are a few. Dell is excellent, but pricey.
    And you can't really tell a lot from reviews.
     
  13. CSpanky

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    Here's the build I have...Subtotal and shipping added to price but I've taken off the rebates

    $1205.60 without rebates
    $1105.60 with rebates

    Any promotional codes out there? Also do you guys use free antivirus programs or recommend a good program?

    Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144209

    Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227559

    CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851

    Video Card/Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.553617

    MotherBoard/OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.552626

    Fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103073

    Card Reader? (was recommended earlier) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820816001

    DVD Reader/Writer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175

    (Will I have a cd reader/writer or do I need to get one???)

    Mouse http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104156

    Keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126043

    Monitor (will grab 2 when I get the money) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001444

    Other questions, is this worth $1100? Fast? Good? Respectable? It's basically 800 taking off the keyboard/monitor/etc
     
  14. Benny Boy

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    about the case. i dont think you'll have the needed clearance for the video card(gpu). And that fan wont fit on that case. It was picked specifacally for the CM case(top).

    I think you've left out the hdd.

    and the dvd writer you picked reads and writes to both, dc's and dvd's. There are some that scribe labels (custom or stock) on the discs if you want that.

    maybe you already have a card r/w for your flash/memory cards. i had one on a printer but put one on the pc cuz they're cheap and its more handy. then i upgraded to a printer that doesnt have one. some will, with 2 cards inserted, read from 1 and write to the other,,,some won't.
     
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  15. CSpanky

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    So it's an all in one cd/dvd reader writer?

    And can anyone recommend a case? Did I leave out the hdd? hmm I'll look.

    What do we think of the build up to that point for the price?

    HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    ??? Will I have enough cooling on my system as well?

    Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058 ???
     
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  16. Benny Boy

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    yes to the allin1
    good choice on the hdd, and the rest looks good as well.
    ill have a couple cases for review in a few mins.
     
  17. CSpanky

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    By the way, thanks for all the help

    This case says it has 3 fans, I think, so will I need that extra fan?

    Also like I said, is that a respectable computer for 900ish dollars?

    Will I be able to play any games, say Diablo III when it comes out? Probably only game I'd consider, thanks!

    edit: will wait for your case reviews
     
  18. Benny Boy

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    yes to your unaswered questions.
    well, i had some things here, but then i seen that link for the antec.
    excellent choice, excellent maker.

    here's a combo for a good cd/dvd
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.548315

    did you find combos on your other hw?
    maybe wait till black friday sales now that you know what you want?
    i think Avast has a free one that is supposed to be really good. check CF, there's a sticky on AV.

    edit:http://www.computerforum.com/104641-how-build-computer-step-step-photos.html
    http://store.antec.com/Product/enclosure-gear_for_gamers/nine-hundred-two/0-761345-15920-3.aspx
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-igk9kT2P8
     
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  19. CSpanky

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    I'm definitely going to wait to see what happens around black friday before I pull the trigger, but I think I definitely have something here built for MY needs, but also can play some games decently on this...right?

    With everything (monitor, keyboard, mouse) it's like 1200, so arouned 850-900 on the computer itself....successful build or room for improvement?

    Thanks for all the help! :)

    edit: So what should I do for internet, get a wireless N card and install that or what? Our main home computer is plugged into the router so I won't be able to be, going to have to connect wirelessly. Also I read on an SSD, do I need one of those? Sorry noob
     
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  20. vladislav

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    i think you mean you other computer is pluged into you modem you can buy a router that will give you 4 ports. if you somehow have an ancient router with one port you can buy a new one for like $30 with 4 ports.

    you dont "need" a SSD. its just memory like a HD but much faster and like 10 time more money. but they are nice if you can afford it.
     

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