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Choice of home PC specs

By Infernal Acolyte ·
I'm planning to build a desktop PC for home use only, like surfing the web, watching videos, playing MP3s and some small programming like Visual Basic and alike.

May I ask for some suggestions regarding the choice of motherboard, processor, RAM size and video card. ^_^

Thanks in advance.

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2 important questions.

by The Altruist In reply to Choice of home PC specs

Do you intend to play games with it?

How much do you intend to spend?


If you just want something decent and no frills, there are some fine refurb units available for at or under $200USD.

If games are an issue, you'll be spending at least $600-$700USD on a decent budget gaming rig.

Remember, if you build your own, the MOTHERBOARD defines EVERYTHING: which CPU, which Video Card, which RAM, which Hard Drives.

Tom's Hardware and NewEgg can give you some really good cross-comparisons.
Good luck!

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This article may help you

by Bizzo In reply to Choice of home PC specs

Here's a link to a TR article that may be of some help.

http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10877_11-213701-1.html

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A PC for games and anything you chuck at it type of rig..

1). Motherboard.
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DQ6 ATX Intel Motherboard.
2). Kingston or Crucial memory is my choice of ram, the higher the clock the better.
3). Power supply in the range of 780 watt. Or:
ZALMAN ZM750-HP Continuous 750W Modular LED Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?CurImage=17-379-006-07.jpg&Image=17-379-006-12.jpg%2c17-379-006-04.jpg%2c17-379-006-05.jpg%2c17-379-006-07.jpg%2c17-379-006-06.jpg%2c17-379-006-08.jpg%2c17-379-006-09.jpg%2c17-379-006-10.jpg%2c17-379-006-02.jpg&S7ImageFlag=0&WaterMark=1&Item=N82E16817379006&Depa=1&Description=ZALMAN+ZM750-HP+Continuous+750W+Modular+LED+Heatpipe-Cooled+SLI+Power+Supply
4). Harddrives (depending on your size of pockets) Western Digital Raptor:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=189
Theses drives will go like a Ferrari inside your case.
5): Case: http://www.acer.com/predator/
Now this is a case and a half, of which i will be getting to have a look at.
6). Video card: http://store.nvidia.com/DRHM/servlet/SecureControllerServlet?Action=DisplayHomePage&SiteID=nvidia
This will give you a place to start. But it will depend on your finances. :)

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Why build?

by 1bn0 In reply to Choice of home PC specs

The two main reasons I have for building a custom machine are performance and economy.

For an economy machine check out your favorite tech sales site. I like TigerDirect.com (.ca for me).

They sell barebones and pre configured kits. This means they have assembled a package of components and leave the assembly and OS installation to you. Always good prices and I have never had a problem with the integration of the components provided.

They also accasionally offer kits designed to result in a higher end gaming machine.

Since they pick the components you don't usually have to worry about compatability.

For the purposes you listed this shold be more than adequate.

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