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post #1 of 8 Old 10-28-2004, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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PC building question

I've never built a box from the ground up, but I have added hardware to boxes before. I'm going to give it a go, but I'm wondering who has the best deals on hardware? Anything to avoid? How much of a pain is it to get up and running once built?
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Re: PC building question

No help from this peanut gallery, but that is something I've always wanted to do. I don't think it's rocket science - a bit of research and a bit of computer savvy and I'd think it's a piece of cake. Good luck to you! Let us know how the final product works out. I'm sure you will get lots of good suggestions from the more compute literate members on board.
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Re: PC building question

OK I thought the Windoz experts would chime in so I was quiet.

I got stuff from 2 places the last one I built, Egghead and I forget the other. I did a lot of searching on CNet and did not go price alone (I tried to stay away from some of the shady types).

I recommend you get a copy of Windoz at the same time since you can get it at a manufacturer (called something like that) price which is a bargain.

Although it is not terribly hard, plan on the directions in the manual being lame. Mine was a dual processor Opteron with a w/SATA drive so things were a bit funky. Also don't scrimp on power supply you will regret it later.

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Re: PC building question

I'm still looking into cases/power supplies and MB's. I think I'm going to go with an Athlon 64 3500+ , and the GeForce 6800 GT vid card (Doom3 and HL2 are going to occupy a lot of my winter time!). I definitely want to get a good case, preferable over 400w power supply, good cooling, and full tower so I won't worry about running out of space. I'm still in "shopping" mode now, trying to figure out which board I want to get, etc. I'll probably start buying parts in a couple weeks, and build it over Thanksgiving.
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Re: PC building question

With jumperless mainboards these days, building a PC from the ground up is very simple. Just be sure to buy the correct RAM for your CPU and mainboard (Athlon 64 3500+ is Socket 754, and should take DDR400). When selecting your mainboard, look at what chipset it uses. Personally, Ive had nothing but good experiences with Nvidia Nforce series chipsets. Check out http://www.newegg.com, they usually have pretty good prices and a lot of stuff in stock.
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Another vote for Newegg. Great prices and the customer service is exceptional. Gigabyte boards do real well with AMD processors, and I highly recommend Crucial memory, or even the higher end stuff like Mushkin if you're gonna use it for gaming.

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Checkout MWAVE

I used it for my last 2 builds with pretty good luck and some decent prices
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Re: PC building question

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Checkout MWAVE

I used it for my last 2 builds with pretty good luck and some decent prices
I second that one! I've used mwave for years. If they say they have the parts, they do! Good people, good prices, good service.
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