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    Default Building a computer for a beginner.

    I need a new computer and following advice from various people, I'm considering building my own.

    However, I am an utter newcomer to the world of hardware. Assuming I can get all the parts, how easy is it for a novice to put everything together, bearing in mind I didn't even know the names of the parts of a computer until fairly recently.

    If so, what parts would you recommend? I'd like to stay under 750 ($1500).

    I mostly just use a computer for internet and work, but there are some DirectX 10 and 9 games I'd like to play (such as Supreme Commander), but there's no way in hell my current system could run them. I won't be playing them online and I won't be running any other programs that require heavy specs.

    Importantly, I need it to be small. The smaller, the better.

    All I know spec-wise is I probably need at least:-
    2.4 GHz Processor (dual core probably the way to go) not fussed if Intel or AMD.
    1GB RAM
    Graphics card with Pixel Shader 2.0
    DVD-RW Drive desired but not necessary

    Also, what does an SCSI card do and how important is it?

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    Oh, and I don't need that much space on the HDD.

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    Default Re: Building a computer for a beginner.

    $1500 builds a pretty serious mid level PC that would definitely game well. BUT, you need to tell us where you live and possibly where you shop so we can find proper prices for parts.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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    Default Re: Building a computer for a beginner.

    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho Savager View Post
    Importantly, I need it to be small. The smaller, the better.

    All I know spec-wise is I probably need at least:-
    2.4 GHz Processor (dual core probably the way to go) not fussed if Intel or AMD.
    1GB RAM
    Graphics card with Pixel Shader 2.0
    DVD-RW Drive desired but not necessary

    Also, what does an SCSI card do and how important is it?
    SCSI card is used is servers , NAS/SAN (network attached storage) - its designed to allow multiple users (100+) to access storage (ie hard drives)

    its not required or recomended for home users.

    You definately want dual core - waste of money for single core. Intel at the moment are faster than AMD but AMD are cheaper and realistically unless your an extreme gamer or a FOLDER it won't make much difference.

    if you want a small form factor i'd go for a

    shuttle sk22g2 or something simmillar (i have 3 - very nice, also note I'm not connected to shuttle)

    http://www.ambros.co.uk/builds/1152/...m2-system.html
    (this seems a little dear - I got it for around $300 AUS)
    you'll then need the following

    CPU - AMD x2 AM2 what ever speed fits your budget

    Ram - if you've got the money put 2 - 4 G in

    Sata HD (160 G is probably the smallest you can get - I prefer seagate HD's)

    DVD burner (I prefer pioneer)

    graphics card - I'm not up to the latest specs so I'll let somebody else suggest that

    by getting a shuttle (or system with the motherboard already installed) - the hardest part is already done. (none of its really hard, as long as your can read)

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    Default Re: Building a computer for a beginner.

    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho Savager View Post
    Importantly, I need it to be small. The smaller, the better.
    You could look at the Thermaltake LanBox Lite Black and here's a review of it.

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    hi noticed u were a brit and just thought id show u where i get my parts

    theyre good company next day delivery for 5 GBP.

    just ask them to deliver with citylink as they use amtrak otherwise who have terrible service.

    this is my choice of cpu not to xtreme but will last a while gamin 125

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(19964)Inte...z-1333FSB.aspx


    motherboard 70

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(17692)Asus...775-Core2.aspx

    memory 35

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(15884)Cors...R2-Memory.aspx

    u can get an 2600 cheap enough o Xfire 55

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(25401)Sapp...56MB-DDR3.aspx

    o the 2900 which would be a better option 110

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(26429)Sapp...6MB-GDDR3.aspx

    o te 3850 110

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(27027)Sapp...DDR3-PCIE.aspx


    a power supplie very cheap but its recommended 700w 30

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(16876)700W...l-8cm-fan.aspx

    a case cheap also tooless design 25 its coolermaster

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(17353)Cool...idi-tower.aspx

    if u need a dvd writer 15

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(25780)Lite...D-RRW-RAM.aspx

    a hard drive 38

    http://microdirect.co.uk/(22328)250G...TA-II-300.aspx

    all in all 448 with xtra 5 delivery thats with everything and 3850 card apart from the 2600 and the 2900gt so thats not bad and u only need to change the stock cooler and u should be cool to play games smoothly for a long time . I understand what you mean by budget, but these days its not recommended to build it for cheap as it will not stand up against most games in 6 months time the 8600gt and 2600 cards are both quite recent but they dont manage games that well.

    as for company 100% good company better than a lot of places in uk beat prices on scan.co.uk

    and novatech.com

    hav a look at the links that would hold for the next 3 years with the option of gettin 64 bit o.s. and adding xtra 2 gb of memory to make it 4 gb very nice system plus you got the option to add another 3850 to go xfire when you can afford it

    very nice cheap system

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