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    Building a PC

    Hey everyone,

    I don't profess to know much about PC hardware, I spent two years in HS doing repair and building, but that's about it. I'm looking to build my own rig, with a budget of $800.


    I'm looking for opinions, and this is the list I have so far.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HCzZ

    We can exclude the HDD from that, as I'll just format that one in my existing PC.

    Should any components be changed?
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    For the price, that looks like a solid list to me. I love that you chose G.Skill RAM. I only use G.Skill with my computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    For the price, that looks like a solid list to me. I love that you chose G.Skill RAM. I only use G.Skill with my computers.
    Same. Their lifetime warranty ain't too shabby either.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    For the price, that looks like a solid list to me. I love that you chose G.Skill RAM. I only use G.Skill with my computers.
    Glad I got some approval, guess I'll pull the trigger.
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    You gonna use Crossfire in the near future? If not why buy a board that has 3 PCI x16 express slots.
    Last edited by keefy; 03-12-2013 at 02:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    You gonna use Crossfire in the near future? If not why buy a board that has 3 PCI x16 express slots.
    It isn't something I thought of, and wouldn't know what board to look at. Not to mention that I already purchased everything...

    It isn't too late to make changes, though!
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    Are you overclocking? if not stock i5 cooler is just fine.
    SSD. Yes it matters and you'll notice the speed.
    Modular PSU would be nice. Antec BP 550
    I love G.Skill too but you could save on memory and put it towards other hardware.

    no front panel usb 3.0, not a big deal but im sure you could find a case that better suits your board features.


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    Yeah... an SSD will make your entire computer dramatically faster. I usually put the OS onto an SSD with a secondary HDD for storage.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterMunky View Post
    Yeah... an SSD will make your entire computer dramatically faster. I usually put the OS onto an SSD with a secondary HDD for storage.
    same. Never going back to a single slow hdd ever


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    Quote Originally Posted by maltrophstitan View Post
    same. Never going back to a single slow hdd ever
    I finally got my parents to switch to an SSD. They have no friggin' idea about technology or anything... I just showed them benchmark numbers from my SSD and ran the benchmark on their computer. They were like "wow... that number on yours is so much higher!" I was like... you can do all your stuff that much faster!

    And now they enjoy their computer so much more.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.

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    So I decided to take a hit and switch to an i7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AcesHigh291 View Post
    So I decided to take a hit and switch to an i7.
    while its nice that you got an i7.. I would have took the hit and got a 7970
    you would have noticed that more while gaming.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AcesHigh291 View Post
    So I decided to take a hit and switch to an i7.


    Well done, sir. You won't regret it.

    However, like maltrophstitan said, if you're on a budget, would've been better to save on the CPU and invest more in the GPU. But you can always upgrade the GPU later when you get more moolah.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maltrophstitan View Post
    while its nice that you got an i7.. I would have took the hit and got a 7970
    you would have noticed that more while gaming.
    The processor jump was only an extra $80, and for video editing it should be worth it. Jumping up in video cards like you suggested would have been another $200 or so.
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    His computer is fine the way it is now lol. You guys are going to give him anxiety over this damn purchase. It is a damn fine PC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    His computer is fine the way it is now lol. You guys are going to give him anxiety over this damn purchase. It is a damn fine PC
    No kidding.

    Still, I can't thank everyone enough for giving me some pointers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    His computer is fine the way it is now lol. You guys are going to give him anxiety over this damn purchase. It is a damn fine PC
    If we don't give him at least a smidgen of buyer's remorse, who will?




    Quote Originally Posted by AcesHigh291 View Post
    No kidding.

    Still, I can't thank everyone enough for giving me some pointers.
    Glad it worked out for you.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterMunky View Post
    If we don't give him at least a smidgen of buyer's remorse, who will?





    Glad it worked out for you.

    The ATM machine, when he goes to pull out some cash tomorrow lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    The ATM machine, when he goes to pull out some cash tomorrow lol
    Why can't I like your dang post? >:[
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    The ATM machine, when he goes to pull out some cash tomorrow lol
    Too bad this is going on credit... So my wallet will feel it for months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AcesHigh291 View Post
    Too bad this is going on credit... So my wallet will feel it for months.
    Eesh... be careful with that, bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterMunky View Post
    Eesh... be careful with that, bro.
    I have about half of it saved already, so it shouldn't be that bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AcesHigh291 View Post
    I have about half of it saved already, so it shouldn't be that bad.
    Still... lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AcesHigh291 View Post
    Too bad this is going on credit... So my wallet will feel it for months.
    lol...I feel ya there buddy. I got a credit line at newegg for thousands of dollars, it's all I can do to resist just going through picking out the most expensive pieces and saying "eh, it's only $100/month"

    Thankfully I'm a cheap bastard... never go over owing a couple hundred at any time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rekmon View Post
    lol...I feel ya there buddy. I got a credit line at newegg for thousands of dollars, it's all I can do to resist just going through picking out the most expensive pieces and saying "eh, it's only $100/month"

    Thankfully I'm a cheap bastard... never go over owing a couple hundred at any time.
    It's the only way I can seem to buy stuff. If I don't owe it, I can't save it, guess I'm a bit odd on that front.
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