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Windows 7: Newbie New Build

12 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 
Newbie New Build

Could someone please recommend where I might find help for configuring parts to build a new pc?
This will be my first build, and I really would like some input on what MoBoard, Processor, PSU, etc. to choose.
Are there tutorials here for that or somewhere else I should be looking?

This system isn't really for gaming, but I would like nice graphics for movies and picture editing. gaming would be lower end games such as Riven, Mist, etc.
Would like to go with AMD and would like USB 3.0 and SATA available for external drives.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as searching for compatible components with my knowledge is proving to cause insanity!

Thanks
N2

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12 Feb 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Here's a place to start
Newegg TV: How To Build a Computer - Part 1 - Choosing Your Components - YouTube
Newegg has several parts to their build series there. Firstly you should decide what CPU you want, that'll determine what mother board to get and build up from there.
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12 Feb 2012   #3
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Places like TigerDirect and NewEgg offer bare bones kits. They send you all the parts in a bundle and you put it together. They are not for everybody but you'll probably save a few bucks over buying each part separately and you'll know all the parts are compatible. Lots of different price ranges too depending on how powerful a setup you want. I bought an AMD system a few years back from TigerDirect and slowly upgraded it to what's in my profile. Now all the original parts are spares so I reassembled the original kit as a spare PC. Keep in mind that most of them don't come with an OS so you'll have to add Windows 7 to the order if you don't already have it.
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12 Feb 2012   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N2Abyss View Post
Could someone please recommend where I might find help for configuring parts to build a new pc?
This will be my first build, and I really would like some input on what MoBoard, Processor, PSU, etc. to choose.
If you are referring to information about buying the proper parts, use this forum--right here in this thread.

If you are referring to a place to buy parts--use the standard sources: Newegg, Tiger Direct, Amazon for major parts and some minor parts. There are some fine smaller suppliers for certains parts such as coolers, fans, cables, and accessories--Jabtech is the one I use the most.

If you are referring to assembly and configuration questions, we can help here, but I'm sure there are online tutorials as well---I haven't looked lately.

Re choosing AMD not Intel--I assume you have a reason and you may as well state it.
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12 Feb 2012   #5

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No real reason for AMD, I just thought their prices were more reasonable?
I can shop parts and assemble no problem, I just need help on choosing components that will work together and be safely compatible the first time.
I can put it all together, but I'm no tech on mother boards, processors, and all the compatibility issues associated with them when it comes to money savings vs. performance!
I have done some research, but there is so much out there it just gets frustrating!
I would rather rely on experience and buy the right components the first time.
N2
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12 Feb 2012   #6

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AMD prices are lower, but so is performance, a lot at the moment. For a difference of $30-$40 I'd go for Intel although I'm an AMD type, for now.

Bare bones kits don't save that much and many times the parts included are poor ones with low ratings and aren't guaranteed to be compatible.
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12 Feb 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N2Abyss View Post
No real reason for AMD, I just thought their prices were more reasonable?[/FONT][/COLOR]


I can shop parts and assemble no problem, I just need help on choosing components that will work together and be safely compatible the first time.
AMD is competitive at the lower end--say processors costing $100 or less.

Here is a list of the typical parts required. How many do you already have and what is your budget for what you don't have?

Operating system
Case
Keyboard
Mouse
Monitor
Modem
CPU
Motherboard
RAM
Video card (not required in some circumstances)
Sound card (not required in most circumstances)
Power supply
Hard drive (one or more)
DVD drive
Case fans (possibly included with case)
CPU heatsink and fan (normally included with CPU, but can be changed)
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12 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Would like to stay within the $400.00 to $500.00 range.
I have a Ultra LSP 650W PSU and a Sapphire Radeon HD 3470 Video card that could be utilized, but would probably rather move to a modular power supply ( to keep things tidy ) as for the discrete video, maybe the newer onboard stuff is sufficient?
Would like to have available, SATA Rev 3 and USB 3.0 for external storage.

N@
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12 Feb 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N2Abyss View Post
Would like to stay within the $400.00 to $500.00 range.
For every component I mentioned, excluding power supply and video card??

I asked which you needed and you mentioned only 2.

Pretty tall order.

The first 5 alone would be near $300.
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12 Feb 2012   #10

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