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Windows 7: First Custom desktop

18 May 2009   #1
Compaker

Windows Seven 64-bit
 
 
First Custom desktop

Hi, I didnt know where to post this so move it if its in the wrong place.

Im looking to build a cheap machine optimized for seven. (This will be the first computer Ive built on my own! ) And please if possible provide some sort of estimate of the price. Thanks guys! (And girls.)


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18 May 2009   #2
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Uhhh... That's kinda large. You'll get a lot of opinions on this but I'd go with i7 and a decent ASUS board. RAM's cheap so fill 'er up. Video and drives, well, anything you plug in will zoom in W7.

Oh and, stay away from liquid cooling.

Good luck.
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18 May 2009   #3
Compaker

Windows Seven 64-bit
 
 

ASUS boards like these? ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
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19 May 2009   #4
johngalt

 

If you want cheap go with 1 generation or two older machine - I am running Windows 7 easily on a Quad Core 6600 with 4 GB of RAM.

If you want to future proof, go with an i7 - they are more expensive overall (requires DDR3 RAM, motherboards are newer so more expensive, etc.) but you'll be better off spending the money now rather than trying to upgrade the 6600 based machine in the future....
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19 May 2009   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Frys.com & NewEgg.com have just about every thing you could want to built a custiom rig, You just have to decide how much are you willing to spend as you top dollar cut off point! I just ordered two Samsung 1_TB HD's for 74.99 with FREE shipping from NewEgg..


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19 May 2009   #6
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Compaker View Post
ASUS boards like these? ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Precisely. ASUS have pretty reliable boards. I've been building rigs for a dozen years now so I've seen a few configurations over time. If you have a budget in mind, I can dump out a list of two of sample configurations. And yeah like McBlzr says, Frys and especially NewEgg.com are your friends.
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19 May 2009   #7
Zagadka

Win 7, Win 8, Ubuntu (64 bit)
 
 

Bump for Asus, they have quality and good support.

But if you're not building a gaming or power platform, I agree to go a few generations older. Anything like a dual core processor with 4 gigs of RAM and SATA drive would suffice. Check out my system specs (link on the lower left), this is a basic, cheap system (minus the vid card) that runs 7 perfectly.
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19 May 2009   #8
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by McBlzr View Post
Frys.com & NewEgg.com have just about every thing you could want to built a custiom rig, You just have to decide how much are you willing to spend as you top dollar cut off point! I just ordered two Samsung 1_TB HD's for 74.99 with FREE shipping from NewEgg..
I have seen 1tb internal hard drives on ebay for 58 if your interested.
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