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Windows 7: Going to build my first desktop, guidance needed.

14 Nov 2013   #11
Skylais

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I don't think that is very cheap. The deal that Linny posted is a lot better in terms of price/performance. For $180 you don't even get a decent CPU.
Would you think Linny's deal is worth a buy. IT has all the right functions for me, powerful enough, i just need an hdd which is cheap enough. I am not sure about the case and as for my first build im not sure if that PSU is reliable. What do you guys think? because it is below my budget decently, and the cpu is absolutely fine. I am unsure of the casing though, and the PSU.
Also if i did buy it, and i wanted Dual memory. for it to be supported do you have to have the same type of ram stick, or does it not matter?


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14 Nov 2013   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

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For $180 what can you lose. The box is probably OK and the PSU with 600W has plenty of reserve - you probably will not use more than 300W of it. And if the gear does not work properly, you can always send it back. TigerDirect is a decent company.

For a disk you might want to consider this SSHD. It is faster than a plain HDD. Newegg.com - Seagate ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Or this one which is twice as big and where you do not need a 3.5" adaptor. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822178381
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14 Nov 2013   #13
linnemeyerhere

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To answer your question the Ultra PSU is a good unit of course it's not real sexy and just plain wrap case but it will work well and has way more power than the rig will ever pull but enough you can upgrade some later. This gets you into the game and then later if you want you can upgrade the case and PSU. I've purchased 4 Ultra full modular PSU's and they are all running years later in my personal rigs.
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14 Nov 2013   #14
Skylais

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
For $180 what can you lose. The box is probably OK and the PSU with 600W has plenty of reserve - you probably will not use more than 300W of it. And if the gear does not work properly, you can always send it back. TigerDirect is a decent company.

For a disk you might want to consider this SSHD. It is faster than a plain HDD. Newegg.com - Seagate ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Or this one which is twice as big and where you do not need a 3.5" adaptor. Newegg.com - Seagate ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive
wait what.. i didn't know hybrids existed. thats weird. hmm thanks
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14 Nov 2013   #15
Skylais

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
To answer your question the Ultra PSU is a good unit of course it's not real sexy and just plain wrap case but it will work well and has way more power than the rig will ever pull but enough you can upgrade some later. This gets you into the game and then later if you want you can upgrade the case and PSU. I've purchased 4 Ultra full modular PSU's and they are all running years later in my personal rigs.
Okay thanks, i might go with this rig if i cant find anything better under my budget around Black friday.
As for hdd im not sure if i will go with a ssd or hybrid, im used to 5400 rpm and lower than 300gb so 7200 rpm 500gb plus is plenty good for me
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15 Nov 2013   #16
linnemeyerhere

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I would go with a 128gb SSD and you likely can get by till you can regroup and then purchase a nice 1tb spinner.
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15 Nov 2013   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

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HERE ARE SOME REALLY GOOD DEALS. On todays feed from Newegg (pre black Friday) I saw some good deals for disks that would fit well with the $180 build package from TigerDirect.

There are several well priced HDDs and (on the bottom of the first section) a refurbished 60GB OCZ Vertex II for $39. That would be ideal for the OS in combination with a HDD for the user data.

I would not worry about the 'refurbished'. OCZ is a serious company and that SSD is probably better than new. I have a 60GB Vertex II myself which works very well. For the OS, you need less than 30GBs including a good set of addl. programs. If you want to go this route, send me a PM once you have your box up and running and I will explain how to make the best OS setup on that SSD in combination with the data on the HDD.

Btw: Did you figure a copy of windows into your budget. The cheapest available versions will cost you $140 - both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...64%20bit%20oem

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832416778

But you also have the option to go with Linux - that is for free. I like Linux Mint Mate which I use a lot. It is a beautiful system and very easy to use. If you want to have a look, download this PDF from my Skydrive. It is the controls to a set of videos I made explaining Mint Mate.
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15 Nov 2013   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I would go with a 128gb SSD and you likely can get by till you can regroup and then purchase a nice 1tb spinner.
In today's Newegg feed, there is a 128GB Toshiba SSD for $80.

Newegg.com - Toshiba Q Series HDTS212XZSTA 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

But maybe the combination of the $39 OCZ and a HDD would be even better - as I described above.
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15 Nov 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

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I just saw this $380 desktop at Newegg as an alternative to an own build. Fits your budget.

Newegg.com - Acer Intel Core i3 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Desktop PC Windows 8 AXC600-UR34
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15 Nov 2013   #20
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I just saw this $380 desktop at Newegg as an alternative to an own build. Fits your budget.

Newegg.com - Acer Intel Core i3 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Desktop PC Windows 8 AXC600-UR34

Best advice yet.
Unless you "just want to do it" there's not much sense in building a low end PC.
A prebuilt will have an OS, and the PC makers get parts wholesale, so the numbers don't work for home-building unless you want a more performance targeted PC.
I've built many PC's, but I do it because I want my PC's "just so." Mainly because I game a lot.
They are close to "high end" and cost me quite a bit in parts.
Wouldn't bother building a "low end" PC unless I just wanted the "experience" of doing it, or found it an interesting hobby.
Nothing wrong with building your own if you really want to, but getting the OS with the prebuilt really kind of tilts the money part toward the prebuilt for less expensive PC's.
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