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Windows 7: Noobish Question about Hardware Parts

20 Jul 2009   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate

With newegg... is there a way I can build a computer and have it come assembled? I would never be able to assemble a bunch of hardware parts on my own

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20 Jul 2009   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


Newegg does not assemble the would have to do that. Other computer places will however..I just don't have much experience with them.

Do you have any experiencing adding RAM or hard drives to a computer? If so, you might be surprised how easy it really is to assemble your own machine. Most things only plug in 1 way.

Here are a few websites with some tutorials if you are at all interested
Build Your Own PC | PCMech
The First-Timer's Guide to Building a Computer from Scratch - Hardware Installation - Lifehacker
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20 Jul 2009   #23

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yaco78 View Post
With newegg... is there a way I can build a computer and have it come assembled? I would never be able to assemble a bunch of hardware parts on my own

I dont think newegg builds but you could have a local computer store build it for you. just be careful abt warranty and part choice. Its not as hard as you might think but maybe you want to read abt building one for a few days before you make your decision

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20 Jul 2009   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yeah, the hardest part is really making sure that you are buying parts that are compatible with each other. The actually assembly is not very difficult at all (i know that sounds crazy...but it's true).

With this forum, we can certainly help you to ensure that you get the correct parts. Do you have any friends that are good with computers.....if we could get you into the right parts...maybe your buddy could help you with any questions you have during assembly.
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20 Jul 2009   #25

Win7 Ultimate, x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yaco78 View Post
With newegg... is there a way I can build a computer and have it come assembled? I would never be able to assemble a bunch of hardware parts on my own
Short answer - No.

Longer answer - Why would you want them to have all the fun. A LARGE part of the fun of doing a self-build is to actually get all the boxes (of the parts) in room and slowly build that monster computer from scratch.

As has already been said, if you do the research to make sure you get decent/good parts, don't skimp on the power supply, case, or the MBO, the rest is easy. Read the MBO manual so you know where all the jumpers and headers are. Then start putting it together.

Short course, some steps not included :)
  • Download and save newest drivers for all your hardware.
  • Get re-dressed. You need to remove all man-made fabric and wear only natural fabric - especially if you live in a dry climate. The man-mads usually (but not always) encourage a build up of static charge and this, when discharged will ruin your day.
  • Inventory all the parts, make sure you have everything. It's a real pain to get part way through the build and discover that you are missing a part that is still to arrive (DAHIK).
  • If you are working in either a dry climate area or in heavily A/C environment, seriously consider a grounding strap.
  • Get out the MBO
  • Install the CPU
  • Install the memory - installing the memory before the heatsink is easier as some of the larger heatsinks get in the way of the memory slots.
  • Install the CPU heatsink, if you are air-cooling. If you are using some other cooling technology - I can't help you there as I've not used anything but air.
  • Install the hard drive(s) in the case. Sometimes they stick out far enough that they get in the way of installing the MBO.
  • Install the CD/DVD drive(s)
  • Install the MBO in the case
  • Mount expansion cards (graphics, sound, etc) in the MBO
  • Connect the header leads from the MBO to the case (power switch, reset, HDD LED, etc)
  • Route connector cables betweent the drives and the MBO
  • Install the power supply unit.
  • Route power cables to the MBO, drives, etc. Hmmm.... is there room to work around the heat sink, cables, etc to plug the power into the MBO - should be but you might have to back up a couple of steps and re-order things.
  • Double check that all is connected correctly
  • Connect mouse, keyboard, monitor.
  • Cross your fingers and turn on the power. If life is good, you MBO will see your graphics card, successfully complete the Power On Self Test, and see all the memory and drives. If you get a lot of strange beeps and/or flashing lights (depends on your MBO), you have one or more issues. Consult your MBO manual for troubleshooting steps. You may need to download and install a BIOS update for your MBO. But, don't do this unless you need to and are sure of your power - having electric fail part way through a BIOS update will ruin your day.
  • Install your O/S, drivers, etc, check your Device Manager to see if all hardware is recongnized. Correct with proper drivers if not.
  • When it's working, close the case and enjoy.
The bottom line - once you've done the research, building a working computer is really not a lot more than making sure you put all the round pegs in round holes and the square pegs in the square holes.
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20 Jul 2009   #26

Windows 7 64-bit

I'm currently aiming at :-

Budget = up to £500 ($800 USD) but any saving on this would be good!
(No need to include monitor, keyboard, mouse in that)

Room to add extra HDD's, RAM, graphics card in the future if necessary, so I guess choice of case, PSU, motherboard and CPU needs to take this into account and be suitable to last 3yrs+ until the next likely PC replacement.
Naturally reliability/quality of components is important - ? maybe overclocking would be a step too far.

Would like to be able to play the latest games on higher graphics settings.
I'm not sure of the advantages/need of choosing the option of 2x graphics cards (SLI?) as opposed to one big one.

No need for wireless, just ethernet will be fine.
Connectivity available via USB, firewire and eSata would be good to have.

Also, is there any difficulty in working out the cooling requirements?

Being in the UK I'd probably be buying parts from or

I don't expect to be given a full list of parts to go out and buy, just really need to be pointed in the right direction and highlight any important things to consider that are easily overlooked.

Any advice appreciated.
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20 Jul 2009   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Given that budget and the fact that you want to game on it...I'd say to get a video card in the $150-$200 range.

In the case area, I am very impressed with my Antec caes. Cooling is great and the fans are very quiet and the cases very easy to work on. The Antec 300 is very popular...although it's a tight squeeze with the latest gen video cards. The Antec 900 series is extremely popular. I personally have a P182 and have been thrilled with it.

I'm also a big fan of the Corsair modular power supplies. The 520 or the 620 is extremely popular and the fact that it's modular keeps the wiring to a minimum inside of the case which helps to promote airflow.

Without overclocking, I generally don't find a need to be really concerned with cooling or airflow. As long as the case is decent, the stock retail coolers and stock case fans will get the job done.

As far as mobo goes, stick with Asus, Gigabyte, DFI or MSI (in my opinion). All of these will provide USB in the back and USB headers for the extra USB ports in the case. Plus, it's pretty common these days to have 1 or 2 firewire ports and a header for firewire hookups in the front of the cast. eSATA is also becoming more popular. My board has an eSATA card that you put into an empty slot in the back and it connects to some of the SATA controllers on the mobo. So, I think the mobo should provide you will all the connectivity needs that you will have.
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20 Jul 2009   #28

Windows 7 64-bit

Thanks pparks1 for giving those recommendations of decent brands for case, PSU, mobo - gives me something to go on.

Am I right in thinking that the most important decisions to be made first of all are getting the right case, PSU, mobo, CPU as everything else is easier to upgrade in future?

Specifically, any thoughts on mobo/CPU combos?
e.g. would I quickly regret saving money by going for AMD AM2, or is it a much more sensible choice to get AMD AM3 depite the extra cost, then of course there's the Intel choices which seem even more confusing - dual core, quad core, i7 ??

Then there's the question of RAM - i'd probably opt for 4GB initially making sure there's room to maybe double that in future as necessary - but i'd have to decide either DDR2 or DDR3 at the beginning??

Sorry for all the questions but the more I look into it, the more complex it gets!
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20 Jul 2009   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Personally, I'm a believer that Intel is providing the best bang for the buck right if I were buying it'd be a Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad or Core i7. The Core i7 decision comes down to budget...pure and simple. The chip, the mobo and the DDR3 ram are a little more if you are firm on your $800 might want to go with a Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad to keep the price down a bit. I just built on a Core 2 Quad (Q9550) and it's a beast of a machine in my opinion. Of course, the big issue here is that with the Core 2 Duo or Core 2 would be using an older LGA 775 mobo and those are the last generation and you won't have that many future upgrade options. Of course, I don't forsee a need to replace a CPU like a Q9550 in the next 3 years given how powerful of a CPU it is.

4GB of RAM is a great place to start. Most decent mobos will have 4 RAM slots, so you will only likely be using 2 sticks to start and can just add 2 more down the road.

Don't worry about the questions...that's the reason that I check this place so often. :)
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20 Jul 2009   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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