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Unread 16-09-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
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I'm new to IT field. now I want to buy a new desktop PC, but I don't want it branded, I want to buy the parts myself (i.e. mother board, RAM, CPU...etc), I took A+ course so I can join them together. do you know a good site that presents different model parts or at least (I know this sounds stupid) but what key words should I type in google to achieve my search. how to know the parts I require before going to the computer shop? please help
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what's your budget and your currency?
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I'm new to IT field. now I want to buy a new desktop PC, but I don't want it branded, I want to buy the parts myself (i.e. mother board, RAM, CPU...etc), I took A+ course so I can join them together. do you know a good site that presents different model parts or at least (I know this sounds stupid) but what key words should I type in google to achieve my search. how to know the parts I require before going to the computer shop? please help

newegg is an online shop that many buy from if interested in building their own. Prices are very good. Personally, I have never bought parts online. I prefer to deal with a local shop for parts.

You need to determine what MB or CPU you want first. Then make sure you get the right memory for that MB. Some MB's have built in sound/network/video. You need to determine if these are adequate for your desire or needs. If they are, get them and build. If not, determine what you want/need and go from there.

My local shop has a few base barebone systems that can have a few different options for faster CPU at additional cost. Plus other upgrade options to.

A base system I would be interested in is $199. After getting it upgraded to better suit my needs/wants it would be about $275.

When building your own, I strongly recommend getting the MB/CPU/RAM and sound card and video card if getting these seperatley from the same source. Drives can be purchased else where if you want.

Building your own can be enjoyable, but sometimes frustrating to.

Enjoy your build.

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what's your budget and your currency?
don't worry about that, I can pay up to 700$

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$700 is more than enough.
buy a intel core2duo processor, an asus motherboard with built in audio/video/network and a PCI express slot, 2gb of ram, a 320gb western digital hdd, a liteon DVD writer, and a Samsung 22" lcd.
Get the cheapest casing with 500watt powersupply and USB outlets in the front.
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Re: help me buy new computer

thanks to you all. this all helped so much. but I have a question, if I bought a mother board with built in audio/video/network and suppose one of the audio/video/network got spoiled, how am I supposed to replace them, will I be able to use the PCI slots to put new sound/network card?
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thanks to you all. this all helped so much. but I have a question, if I bought a mother board with built in audio/video/network and suppose one of the audio/video/network got spoiled, how am I supposed to replace them, will I be able to use the PCI slots to put new sound/network card?

Yes, If you need to add a video/sound/network card because you want to or it goes bad on the MB, you can add one.

I can't imagine someone wanting a network card as opposed to using what's onboard. But it's not uncommon for someone to want a special video card and probably sound card to for its better performance.

Gamers especially, want better then onboard video. But they also may buy a board that doesn't have onboard video, so they NEED a video card.

I could be wrong, but I think MB with onboard S/V/N tend to be more entry level or middle of the road boards for speed. But they work well for 70-80 percent of users.

I worked with a guy who bought a video card for $400. The most recent system I built, I paid $250, including a new case. But he was a gamer and wanted the performance of the card he bought.

I am not a gamer. If you are, make sure you get some advice from gamers to. I think there is a section here devoted to gaming questions. I would think gaming hardware advice would be OK there to.

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$700 is more than enough.
buy a intel core2duo processor, an asus motherboard with built in audio/video/network and a PCI express slot, 2gb of ram, a 320gb western digital hdd, a liteon DVD writer, and a Samsung 22" lcd.
Get the cheapest casing with 500watt powersupply and USB outlets in the front.
I can't disagree with your suggestions. But don't discount AMD dual core either.

My standard recommendation for people asking my opinion on what to buy is an AMD Athlon dual core or its equivalent Intel dual core CPU. If $$ are an issue, then wait a month or 2, save up an extra $50 and they can have the Dual Core

I consider AMD Sempron and Intel Celeron processors to be crippled chips... Doesn't matter the speed, still crippled.

As far as the 500W PSU, I have heard it's necessary if you run a dual monitor system, needing 2 video cards. If not, it's overkill unless you expect to at some point. The cases I have seen with 500W psu, tend to be on the pricey side. $100 and up. My recent case included 350W psu and I think it's fine for my use. My case was $39.

Front Panel USB access, absolutely necessary. Almost like, if your buying a car, get one with tires

The MB also needs to have a header that has the USB connectors to connect to the front panel USB ports.

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Buy an HP or a Panasonic Toughbook.
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He's new to the field, so he shouldn't go AMD.
Any money he saves by buying AMD instead of Intel goes to buying cooling fans to keep his system working.
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<actual conversation at my store>
him: I bought an AMD from another guy since you won't sell me one. I saved x? So..HA!
me: how long have you had it?
him: since last week
me: you use a pc everyday. how many days has it worked that you didn't have to fiddle with the hardware inside the pc?
him: 3 days.
me: so... Ha?
him: do you accept trade-ins?
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