What Specs do you recommend i need everything to be cheap as i don't have a lot of money and i would like some left over to buy some games
asked Aug 05 '10 at 08:42
be careful with articles or podcast on custom computers. They generally become obsolete after a month or less. computer hardware changes quickly and so do prices.
If you want a good system for the money, I recommend these specs
CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (don't go for the black edition as it is the same core just 50% more expensive, simply overclock this one to the same speed of further (both can hit around the same overclock (this just requires playing with more of the multipliers)
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16820144439 GeIL Ultra PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Great ddr 3 1600 memory with a cas latency of 7 (high clock speeds and low cas = much faster read and write speeds for the memory)
Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16813130275 MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
Used it in a few builds because for the price, it has many features and all the overclocking options you could want.
Videocard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873 SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
It can max out all current games at 1920x1080 with no problem
Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018 OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 Modular power supply
Great specs and from personal use, very stable voltages. especially for it's price range.
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16811103010 XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Good case, with good airflow and plenty of space for large videocards
Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
it has the fastest read and write speeds in it's price range and has good reviews
CD/DVD burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16827136180 LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22NS40 - OEM
Just a standard dvd burner.I have one and it works well
Total with shipping: Grand Total: $810.84
A cheaper one can be built but it will be a much worst value as you will get much less performance for the money
Cooler Master HAF-932 case - $120
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - $200
MSI 790FX-GD70 - $170
Corsair 750W PSU - $80
Corsair PC-12800 DDR3-1600 4GB RAM kit - $110
ATI Radeon HD 4770 - $80
Corsair H50 water cooler - $70
WD 500GB HDD (7200RPM) - $40
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit upgrade kit (you can do clean installs with it, look it up) - $120
In total, that should run you up around $970.
answered Aug 05 '10 at 11:30
Use an i3, i5 or i7 processor, are you in the UK? because if you google ziclone they have EXCELLENT prices on computers. cheapest ive ever seen.
answered Aug 06 '10 at 11:55
Usually one builds a PC to fit the purpose of the machine. No offense, but if you're "building your own", shouldn't you know the kind of specs already that you'd like? I mean, realistically it's always nice to hear input from others, but it's not "our" machine. It's yours.
answered Nov 02 '10 at 20:17
well you could do what i did, i went for a cheepo bundle rig $600 19inch lcd 80gig hd slow ass cpu and 512ram with vista, waited a year for the warranty to pass then went and bought a new cpu, 4gigs of ram a new psu and a graphics card.
answered Aug 05 '10 at 08:48
Here is someone that is asking for the same thing for less than $650 http://lockergnome.net/questions/47337/can-i-get-a-decent-gaming-computer-for
answered Aug 06 '10 at 11:37
A few questions.