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

02 Nov 2013   #1
Skylais

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Going to build my first desktop, guidance needed.

Okay, well i all i know is that i don't want it to be crazy expensive and i do not need it to be crazy good.
To start i know i want, a cpu dual core anywhere 2.5ghz+. preferably amd cpu's. I am not sure if L2 cache is extremely important or what. could someone please explain? as well i notice that mobo's like msi are really cheap and i dont understand why, is there a certain mobo i should avoid and types i should lean toward?
i was thinking using this cpu - AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7540D AD540KOKHJBOX - Newegg.com
i wont need a dedicated gpu for games like minecraft and Age of empires 3 right, or will i?
also could someone notify me on the good brands of ram and bad ones, i just want to avoid getting crap that don't work. Keep in mind i don't need a monster good machine, just something to play those two games above and the experience of building my first desktop.
4-6gb of ram will do fine for me. I am not sure what to look for, or what the amount of pins mean. I hope someone can clarify things for me.
The hdd-this will practically do for me http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136770


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02 Nov 2013   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

It's always a good idea to give us a budget and very important is there any components you have or can bring from another rig. Also little things like do you need an optical drive and what form factor for case?

Is something like this too cheap?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...4882&CatId=332

Earliest rebate MSI ends 11.17.13 by my looking into this just FYI
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02 Nov 2013   #3
Skylais

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

Id prefer not to spend over 400, i don't need any disc drives or any of that. Um. Cases idc about, size or anything. I can be pretty flexible save for the cost. I gotta keyboard mouse monitor all that good stuff and software/driver wise i'm exceptionally fine with. Hardware stuff i'm new to really, dont wanna wait a year until i can take the comptia class at myhigh school.anyways, i just surf the web hold nothing much docs/music i play minecraft age of empires 3 and sometimes i do multitask coding java while using packet tracers and stuff but honestly ican be pretty cheap i just dont want to get things i should avoid.
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02 Nov 2013   #4
Skylais

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

I could bring really old components from an old rig, not sure if i would wanna use it but i could use the disc drive and hell i could always use my laptops hdd but i prefer to use a 7200 rpm. I do have a wireless nic, although it is usb. I wont be able to use copper cables for my networking setup
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02 Nov 2013   #5
DocBrown

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

When I build a rig, I usualy get my parts from NewEgg & TigerDirect But mine usually cost more than $400. But here is a deal for $$500

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!


Sign up for their email weekly deals. If you really shop the deals & rebates you can still build some decent rigs.
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02 Nov 2013   #6
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
When I build a rig, I usualy get my parts from NewEgg & TigerDirect But mine usually cost more than $400. But here is a deal for $$500

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!


Sign up for their email weekly deals. If you really shop the deals & rebates you can still build some decent rigs.
Smokin deal and would be one smokin rig !
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14 Nov 2013   #7
Skylais

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

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14 Nov 2013   #8
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

That's kind of the little secret with combo deals. Deep discounted parts with an off brand/house brand here or there to lower price even more.
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14 Nov 2013   #9
Skylais

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
That's kind of the little secret with combo deals. Deep discounted parts with an off brand/house brand here or there to lower price even more.
Well whats your opinion on it?
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14 Nov 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skylais View Post
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.
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