Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Building your own computer

15 May 2012   #31
Chips

Windows 7
 
 

About the anti-static wrist straps. Why is there such a great difference in prices, from 2 to 50? They all look pretty much the same as each other and even the cheap ones get good reviews.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
15 May 2012   #32
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chips View Post
About the anti-static wrist straps. Why is there such a great difference in prices, from 2 to 50? They all look pretty much the same as each other and even the cheap ones get good reviews.
Just get a single use one. The more expensive ones are for multiple uses.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #33
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trucidation View Post
Easy as pie. Labour charge isn't that much, probably what you spend on a lunch for a family of 4 or something like that. Well worth the hassle of not having to assemble everything yourself. I remember all too vividly the time I spent putting PCs together back in the 90s, swearing when something went wrong and playing the "guess which component is bad" game.
Building a PC these days is far easier than it used to be. Overall, parts are more standard and better labelled, with far fewer hassles and troubleshooting steps to take.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trucidation View Post
Screw that hassle. Or maybe I'm just getting old But seriously, there's little reason to do everything yourself. Prices are close to what you get from online stores, bar sales. This is the IT malls I'm talking about, not the retail shops selling ready-made PCs like your Walmart or CompUSA or whatever equivalent. Not unexpectedly, those do add hefty retail margins to the price tag; nobody buys from those guys.
I'd love to live where you do, because in the rest of the world, buying online is FAR cheaper. The stores have much more overhead and don't buy in volume that someone like Newegg does. On top of that, I can take a pile of boxes and turn it into a working computer in around 30 minutes, maybe adding another 10 minutes if I want to hide my wiring. Why pay anything for someone else to do that? Not only am I saving money on the parts, but I'm saving the labor costs as well...which means more money in my pocket, or more money devoted to better hardware. I've taught 25-30 people how to build computers, including my wife, and every single one of them has been amazed at how easy the process is.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

15 May 2012   #34
Chips

Windows 7
 
 

I'll have to get a different make of power supply unit. What are Corsair like and any tips on models to go for?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #35
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

the Seasonic isn't available?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #36
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Look for Seasonic, Corsair, or XFX.

Antec if none of those 3 are available.

Some Corsairs are better than others. Some of them are made by Seasonic, which is good.

Depending on your video card, you may not need more than 300 watts.

500 to 550 is enough for any single video card.

But concentrate on the brand name for now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #37
Chips

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James7679 View Post
the Seasonic isn't available?
The chap I'm buying from doesn't stock them. How's THIS one?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #38
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chips View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James7679 View Post
the Seasonic isn't available?
The chap I'm buying from doesn't stock them. How's THIS one?
That's a good one--made by Seasonic.

But likely more power than you need.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #39
armyslowrdr

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Without having time to read all's reply here i will just say i've built 3 now. All have been easy. the first two exceptionally so... just put the parts together, install the OS and it worked.

The latest was somewhat more complicated as I built using the very latest parts. Therefore to get things to work properly i had to learn a few more things such as updating the BIOS, how to migrate an OS over to an SSD and new mobo, getting the peculiarities of an X79 mobo ironed out and the like.

Go for it, it is fun, and so much more staisfying than using a pre-built.

This sight, pcmechbegone, thevideoguys, and mysuperpc were my main resources for the 1st build.
The 2d build I didn't need anything.
3d build I made use of google, this website, and moboforums, and Asus main website until things were satisfactory.

edit---get a fully modular power supply--like one of the XFX platinum certified ones. Lots less cables floating aound in the case by going all modular.
FWIW on all 3 builds I used an antistatic wrist band.


Just swapped out a video card over the weekend tho and forgot all about the wrist band. No harm though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2012   #40
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chips View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James7679 View Post
the Seasonic isn't available?
The chap I'm buying from doesn't stock them. How's THIS one?
Great unit chips. Will allow you a little head room moving forward.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Building your own computer




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Going to be building a new Computer
Going to be building a new computer so it can handle whatever I throw at it. This will also be my last time upgrading for awhile since I am starting College :p Here are the Specs I have picked out. I am having a hard time choosing what cooling I want. I will most be doing gaming and video editing...
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Building a New Computer.
Hi! I am going to build a new computer, for gaming mostly and web surfing. I am wondering if these products I found are compatible with each other, or if I need to change some stuff. The most problems I have is finding out which CPU and motherboard to get. Newegg.ca - Western Digital WD RE4...
Hardware & Devices
Building a computer
I've built over 1,000 computer from scratch and right now I'm 63 years old and I have only built about 3 computers in the last 5 years. So I go down and get all the stuff to build a computer, put it together and it won't boot. It will not POST. So I called the tecks up at Fry's Electronics and say...
Chillout Room
Building a computer
I'm an old man who retired from the computer field 7 years ago as a MIS manager so I've built over a thousand computer. Now 7 years later I became stupid. So I figure I need a 2nd Desktop because I blew away two of them in the last month. I have everything except the CPU, motherboard, & RAM. So I...
Hardware & Devices
Building a computer
I'm going to build a computer but It's been 3 years since I built a computer but I am retired form the computer field so I built and loaded over a thousand computers but today I don't know crap. I'm looking for the best bang for the buck so I'm figuring but don't know say a i7 CPU but I do know...
General Discussion
Building a computer
I have an Intel E6550 Dual core with 4 Gigs of 6400 RAM runing Windows 7 (64 bit) and a 1 terabyte Seagate Hard Drive, and it is slow for dealing with 15,000 pictures in one file because I'm trying to get rid of the duplacates and it's also taking close to 100% of my CPU output when I'm video...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:32.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App