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#1 ECHO 4 DAVIS

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 04:17 PM

My old machine is on it's last leg and I've been thinking about building my own rig. unsure.gif

Any tips from someone with experience in this area would be greatly appreciated. cool.gif
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 04:31 PM

You may want to give us some clarification on "TIPS"

Fer example, have you ever built a computer before and are you comfortable with installing hardware and software.
I know thats a dumb question but give us some guidlines as to what questions you may have and we can provide better information, otherwise your gonna get a wide range of stuff that wont help you at all.

My 2 cents spelled out with $50.00 worth of words.

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 07:10 PM

Some guidelines would help. I build my own. It costs more than buying but you get want you want and the satisfaction of doing it yourself. It does take some time to get up to speed on the current technology.
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 09:47 PM

Forget building, buy an Alienware!!! =D worked Amazing until my dad shortcircuted it >< but i bet you will be more careful than him =P

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 11:41 PM

You will get more for your money if you build it yourself. Get an idea of a budget, what you want it to do, maybe even post up types of parts you are looking at ie. processors/vid cards/ram/motherboards, and I will put in my 2 cents.

Newegg.com will be very close to the best deals out there without hitting up some flyby night companies from pricewatch. Newegg shipping is amazingly fast, and customer support is good also.

Take a gander at this guide also: http://www.anandtech...doc.aspx?i=2910
Things are always changing, so it just gives you an idea of what could be had at the very second they published that article.
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Posted 01 February 2007 - 09:32 AM

Sorry that was pretty vague, I want to keep it to $3,000 or less . I've never built one from the ground up but I have replaced hardware (power supplies,graphics,sound cards,harddrives etc...)

components I would like to have (wish list)

EVGA 680i SLI motherboard ATX socket 775

Intel core 2 extreme QX6700 2.66 ghz 8 MB cache 1066 MHZ FSB Quad Core

One BFG Geforce 8800 (one for now, things are pricey blush.gif )

One GB corsair DDR2 800

CASE ?

Power supply ?

I already have a couple optical drives I can slap in and harddrives are always on sale.

I've been reading a lot about building your own rig and I am up to the challenge. I want a rig that suites me not settling for what Dell or whoever has available. I realize I might have to compromise on some of the above to keep it close to my budget. Thanx ECHO 4 DAVIS , OUT !!!
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Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:36 AM

PC Gamer has some articales about building rigs every year and down to the price and name of the hardware used, look on a newstand for it, don't know if it is still on sale though >.<

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 11:55 AM

QUOTE(rexx @ Feb 1 2007, 11:36 AM) View Post
PC Gamer has some articales about building rigs every year and down to the price and name of the hardware used, look on a newstand for it, don't know if it is still on sale though >.<


Ya maximum pc Feb 2007 is where I got the idea.
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Posted 01 February 2007 - 03:44 PM

Here is what I am looking to upgrade to...


http://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~elf/abacus/

alienware is a excellent computer, but I find them overpriced, here is something a little more reasonable....

http://www.dell.com/...i...;l=en&s=dhs

this should do the trick


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Posted 01 February 2007 - 04:41 PM

having a Dell now still makes me want my Alienware back because.....

1) when ya use customer service for Alienware, ya don't get a guy in India or Mexico

2) my mom dropped it down the stairs (twice) an it had no problems at all because of the expenive case

3) could play HL2, DoD:S, and CS;S at the same time and not crash or have really really bad lag ( and that was 2 years ago =P)

4) and so on and so on and so on

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:06 PM

check out this dudes rig blink.gif


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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:43 PM

QUOTE(rexx @ Feb 1 2007, 03:41 PM) View Post
having a Dell now still makes me want my Alienware back because.....

1) when ya use customer service for Alienware, ya don't get a guy in India or Mexico

2) my mom dropped it down the stairs (twice) an it had no problems at all because of the expenive case

3) could play HL2, DoD:S, and CS;S at the same time and not crash or have really really bad lag ( and that was 2 years ago =P)

4) and so on and so on and so on



Whooooooooo I thought all dell support was based in the USA....thank you for correcting me....in that case I would pay the extra money to support the home team!!

GO ALIENWARE!!!

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:58 PM

Dell owns Alienware. Don't be fooled, they are the same company.
http://www.alienware...ss032206_aw.asp

Now back to the subject at hand.

Building is much easier than you think. If you are patient and willing to learn, you can build your own. There are many of us in the FNF community who have built their own rigs. We're willing to help you if you get stuck or have any questions.

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 07:03 PM

Yeah, if Money is getting $50, I'll do it for $40! Ahem, I prefer an aluminum full tower case, the weight really makes a difference over steel. Get a separate power supply even if one comes with the case. Here is a list of Sli rated ones: http://www.slizone.c...d_powersupplies
BFG recommends a 400W PCI Express-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 26A or more; I'd get a 500 to 600 watt one at least. This will not be cheap, but you do not want to cut corners here.

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 07:39 PM

Thanks Major I'll keep you guy's in mind when I have everything and begin piecing it together. cool.gif Income tax return will pay for some and I'll have to crank out some overtime for the rest cry.gif

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