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Old 08-11-2010, 08:45 PM  
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TBG got me thinking--Help Me Build a Desktop

Well, TBG got me thinking with his thread, and so I want to build a desktop. I have never done this before and have always just bought a computer in a B&M store. I don't play any games, so it doesn't need to be able to do that. Here is what I need it for:

-Browsing the internet--want it to be fast

-Basic document applications like Microsoft Office, etc.

-Photoshop photo editing

-POSSIBLY some video editing

-Needs to work on a dual monitor setup

-Needs to work with the following parts, which I have already bought:

LITE-ON Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


I also already have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit that I will be installing.

I do have a Microcenter close, so I would be able to buy there if it makes sense, or Newegg or any other retailer. Would like to keep the amount around $400 if possible since I already have the Hard Drive and DVD Burner.

Thanks for any help or suggestions on a build!

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Old 08-12-2010, 08:59 PM   #31
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Here's the case I got. Seems to work fine.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...240&CatId=1842
That seems to be a pretty good deal... Anyone have any input on this case?
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:05 PM   #32
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That seems to be a pretty good deal... Anyone have any input on this case?
Well, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a cheaper one. Everything seems to be in good shape with it. Not a ton of room, but you can operate inside of it.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:16 PM   #33
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Well, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a cheaper one. Everything seems to be in good shape with it. Not a ton of room, but you can operate inside of it.
Oh yeah, no doubt. Wasn't sure if there was a reason though to get a more expensive one like the one Dirk mentioned earlier in the thread.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:19 PM   #34
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Oh yeah, no doubt. Wasn't sure if there was a reason though to get a more expensive one like the one Dirk mentioned earlier in the thread.
Metro told me that spending on a case is worthless. I would think that since you aren't gaming, and won't be doing any upgrading, that this case should suit your needs just fine.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:48 PM   #35
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Yes, I do need a case as well.

I can't compare these things at all, so I am just looking for some advice on what is best.



Tell us what you end up going with doomy3.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:49 PM   #36
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Tell us what you end up going with doomy3.
Well, I'm still waiting on some more advice from some others before I decide what to do. I literally no nothing when it comes to comparing these things, so I would just be shooting in the dark at this point.
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I think you already have a couple good set ups already mentioned.

How many do you need man?
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:38 PM   #38
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I think you already have a couple good set ups already mentioned.

How many do you need man?
I'm asking which one of the setups would make more sense for me. Basically, I'm asking what the differences would be between the two setups.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:55 PM   #39
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Oh, i can help you then, get my trusty calculator out and then........


TBG's Setup

Grand Total: $641.93

Minus

DD's Setup

Grand Total: $491.99

= $149.94

I think that's the difference.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:01 AM   #40
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Doomy both are pretty equal the biggest difference is TBG has a smaller CPU but double the memory. After doing some research on that CPU I put if you were to choose that one you might want to get a bigger\powerful CPU fan or cooler because it is a beast. I read it puts out 125 watts but it is quad-core

Also that is one of the reasons why I chose the case. It has 3 huge fans in it.
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:47 AM   #41
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Metro told me that spending on a case is worthless. I would think that since you aren't gaming, and won't be doing any upgrading, that this case should suit your needs just fine.
Yeah, expensive cases come into play when you're looking at sufficient cooling of your machine once you start overclocking things. Also, depending on what you need, you might get a bigger case which will cost more. I hate spending money on big LED-lit cases that look cool and do stupid shit nobody cares about (like side panels you can see through, ooooooh!). I just care about what's inside, I guess.

Also, the only things that have compatibility issues are mobo's, CPUs and, to an extent, RAM. Everything else is compatible with everything else.

Did you get the new PSU yet, TBG?
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:20 AM   #42
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Yeah, expensive cases come into play when you're looking at sufficient cooling of your machine once you start overclocking things. Also, depending on what you need, you might get a bigger case which will cost more. I hate spending money on big LED-lit cases that look cool and do stupid shit nobody cares about (like side panels you can see through, ooooooh!). I just care about what's inside, I guess.

Also, the only things that have compatibility issues are mobo's, CPUs and, to an extent, RAM. Everything else is compatible with everything else.

Did you get the new PSU yet, TBG?
UPS has it on the truck. Should be here by 2.

Figures, the week I build my rig is also the week for my son's first birthday party. Nothing like wanting to play with the new toy when you have to get ready for 50 guests.
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UPS has it on the truck. Should be here by 2.

Figures, the week I build my rig is also the week for my son's first birthday party. Nothing like wanting to play with the new toy when you have to get ready for 50 guests.
You got a really nice processor, a shit ton of RAM (which won't even get used, lol) and a good video card. You'll be able to run pretty much whatever you want on your rig, dude.
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You got a really nice processor, a shit ton of RAM (which won't even get used, lol) and a good video card. You'll be able to run pretty much whatever you want on your rig, dude.
Metrolike, can you weigh in on a build for me?
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Metrolike, can you weigh in on a build for me?
Which build are you talking about?
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