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CashMoney
October 24th, 2008, 04:44 AM
So I was thinking about building a new computer so I can play Fallout 3 when it comes out...would I be stupid to attempt such a feat? i've never built one before but I figured with your guy's advice and if I could find some books or something on how to do it, it might be a fun learning experience. What you guys think?

jones95xj
October 24th, 2008, 06:06 AM
I would recommend you do it. One, you will know how to take it apart if something break on your computer. Two, it is not a really not that hard to put one together, most manuals that come with you mother board explain how to hook everything up. Things to watch for, are a computer case that fits the motherboard, a CPU with the same socket number that fits motherboard. For gaming computer, you will want to get a fairly good graphics card. As for books, I don't know of any but someone else on here might. But I would say go for it, you will not regret it.:thumbsup:

SaturnICL
October 24th, 2008, 06:56 AM
"Reno Comp. Repair" on here is the man to talk to he will point you down the right path for your quest:thumbsup:

Reno Computer Repair
October 24th, 2008, 07:28 AM
Get this motherboard/CPU/RAM Combo:

http://www.partspc.com/Recommend.asp?ProdID=11943

Get another 2 GB of RAM, bringing it up to 3 GB total.

You will need a case with some serious airflow, so it needs to have at least two 120MM fans, on in the front, one in the rear.

This video card, or something equivalent:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133232&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3watch&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3watch-_-Video+Cards-_-PNY+Technologies++Inc.-_-14133232

This case, or something equivalent:
http://www.partspc.com/ProductDetails.asp?CatID=225&ProdID=13705

Two of these hard drives, or Western Digital:
http://www.lagoom.com/Seagate_500GB_3_5_Inch_SATA_3G/ST3500320AS/partinfo-id-576119.html

This Power Supply:
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=PS-TP3-650&c=pw

Shinobi
October 24th, 2008, 07:44 AM
Get this motherboard/CPU/RAM Combo:

http://www.partspc.com/Recommend.asp?ProdID=11943

Get another 2 GB of RAM, bringing it up to 3 GB total.

You will need a case with some serious airflow, so it needs to have at least two 120MM fans, on in the front, one in the rear.

This video card, or something equivalent:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133232&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3watch&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3watch-_-Video+Cards-_-PNY+Technologies++Inc.-_-14133232

This case, or something equivalent:
http://www.partspc.com/ProductDetails.asp?CatID=225&ProdID=13705

Two of these hard drives, or Western Digital:
http://www.lagoom.com/Seagate_500GB_3_5_Inch_SATA_3G/ST3500320AS/partinfo-id-576119.html

This Power Supply:
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=PS-TP3-650&c=pw


nice setup :thumbsup: wish I had a quad core .....hey CashMoney if ya need help building one let me know I still owe you ya for cb antena :thumbsup:

Dennis
October 24th, 2008, 08:43 AM
Check out my thread when I built a PC a month or so ago. I've never done this from scratch, but have been messing with hardware for a long time. Everything is usually clearly labeled and instructions coming with components usually tell you what goes where.

Roach
October 24th, 2008, 09:51 AM
assembling a new system these days is cake :thumbsup:

I remember building my first 486 with 50+ jumpers and random dip switches :sick:

Dnmeistr
October 24th, 2008, 10:00 AM
What is real nice about the PC industry is everything is standardized, color coded and idiot proof, unlike cell phones where every manuf has there own proprietary charger and data cable :rolleyes:

I haven't upgraded my computer in 2 years so I am sort out of the loop on what is the latest and greatest but I can say if you want a kick ass gaming system then the most important component is the video card and the one listed above seems relatively inexpensive, and usually top end cards are in the 400 to 500 dollar range and last years cards are in the 250 range which is what you want. Or in other words don't buy today's technology today unless you have money to burn, buy yesterdays tech today and you will get a better deal with just as good performance.

PapasXJ
October 24th, 2008, 10:05 AM
I remember paying:
- $350 for a 1200 baud modem that failed six months later.
- $325 for a 30 MB (megabyte) hard drive and waiting 6 hours to low level format it.

Ya, nowadays building it's cake. Deciding what you need/want is the hard part.

Angervated
October 24th, 2008, 10:35 AM
I remember paying:
- $350 for a 1200 baud modem that failed six months later.
- $325 for a 30 MB (megabyte) hard drive and waiting 6 hours to low level format it.

Ya, nowadays building it's cake. Deciding what you need/want is the hard part.


Times have changed.

My first build was a 286 with DOS 4 or 5 something, 8 bit ISA slots only, non removable processor, no heat sink, 512K of ram (Yeah "Kilobytes") then later upgrading to four 256K simms giving me a grand total of 1mb of ram, man was that fast. No hardrive yet at that point just two 5 1/4" floppy drives then later replaced one with a 3 1/2" drive and added an 80mb hardrive then loaded DOS 6.22 with Windows 3.1. Six months later swapped the board for a 386 and holly crap, the speed was insane, eventually my parents were able to afford 4mb of ram to throw in it, or that could have been the 486 that went in next.

Dnmeistr
October 24th, 2008, 10:41 AM
All this talk about building a new computer makes me want to update my system, especially with Far Cry 2 coming out :thumbsup:

robinsonre
October 24th, 2008, 12:12 PM
I too have built multiple computers :

First system I ever put together (with dad's help):

Intel 80486-DX @ a whopping 50 mHz
32 megs of RAM
38.8k Modem "LIGHTNING FAST"
150 megabyte hard drive
15" CRT displat
running Windows 3.1.1

Machine Specs Now

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 ghz
4 gigs of 1066 DDR2 RAM
1TB combined hard drive between two drives
ATI Radeon x1950 Pro
802.11g wifi card
1 22" widescreen flatpanel monitor running 1680x1050
1 19" widescreen flatpanel monitor running 1280x1024
Windows XP Professional

God I love how technology has advanced.

And for the record I'm buying Fallout 3 on opening day.

I am a HUGE fan of the whole fallout series.

CashMoney
October 24th, 2008, 11:26 PM
Thanks for the advice and encouragement guys :thumbsup: I'll post up when I get goin on it...wish I coulda got to barnes and noble today after surgery and got some readin material but that didn't happen. I love the Fallout games too # 2 was one of my favorite games i've ever played.

CashMoney
October 24th, 2008, 11:32 PM
so my Nvidia ge force 7950 GT card I have in the current computer would probably work good then?

CashMoney
October 25th, 2008, 12:04 AM
one more question... is ddr2 ram as good as ddr3?

fj4play
October 25th, 2008, 08:09 AM
so my Nvidia ge force 7950 GT card I have in the current computer would probably work good then?

no it wont so give it to me :idea: my video card took a **** a couple weeks ago and havent got a new one yet im using a borrowed one

AtoZ
October 31st, 2008, 01:28 PM
So I was thinking about building a new computer so I can play Fallout 3 when it comes out...would I be stupid to attempt such a feat? i've never built one before but I figured with your guy's advice and if I could find some books or something on how to do it, it might be a fun learning experience. What you guys think?

First question is do you have the install disk for XP or Vista? If not hummm..... You can build it but if your doing it to save money you may only save 100 bucks.
If you do like I did and recycle parts, H/D CD/DVD, case etc. Then you can build the PC. If it is a NEW set up where you have to buy all then buy it. It is no big secret, now a days to building a PC, but you wouldnt save much if anything.
My suggestion is ComputerGeeks.com or MWave.com. They hae good prices and service. And if it breaks you can call for tec support.
If you decide to build I'll be glad to give moral support.
cheers

Dodge_Fan_86
November 13th, 2008, 09:23 AM
Ive built three or four pcs now. My friends always ask me to help them out. NEWEGG.COM is where i normally buy my parts. They have huge sales all the time. I would go with XP pro. I always do, i dont have problems. AVG is good anti-virus. I use corsair for ram. AMD for processesor and mother baord chip sets. Usually mother board is ASUS built, Nvidea geoforce 9600 + for video cards. Get Creativelabs sound blaster. Youll want a larger power supply 750-1200 watt especially for SLI. For gaming i recommend using a high speed small hard drive probably like 10k or 12k** rpm. usually about 75 or smaller gigabite then have a second larger (350-500 gb) harddrive as a slave to use for non gaming. (Porn/movies/music etc.) Cooler master has some really cool cases, and makes it easy to keep the pc from over heating. a couple extra fans never hurt. i dont recomend liquid cooling on your first build.

Also check out Ibuypower.com they have really good deals on customs. you just cant beat it. But the expeirence of having to build atleast one of your own is just worth it. Btw. Dell has some of the best monitors out there.

Shinobi
November 13th, 2008, 09:35 AM
For gaming i recommend using a high speed small hard drive probably like 10k or 1200 rpm.

lol thats a sssslllllooooowwww HDD :sick:

I kid kid lol


well I started playing Fallout 3 and it doesn't seem like it needs a high end computer to run it . I think your 7950 gt will do just fine :)

CashMoney
November 15th, 2008, 01:11 AM
I forgot to mention I was looking at my fundidge for the end of the year and I gota wait to build the pooter...but I did get it for PS3 and that game rocks...its about as addictive as it gets :D