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    Building a PC?

    Hello all,

    I just wanted some help on building PC's.

    I know how to put a graphics card in, dvd drive etc but never built a pc. Read a lot where its a lot cheaper if you build a pc but not sure what components i need?

    I have a budget of £400 to spend on a pc and monitor.

    I keep reading different things on google and some sites show more things and some show less things i need?

    Or should i just avoid it altogether?

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    I built a PC like 2 years ago, but I don't know if nowadays its cheaper than some prebuilt systems (well enough).
    But if you still want to do it for the experience which is why I did it, go for it.

    Firstly i would look at what you want to use the computer for, to decide what parts you will want to use.
    Gaming = nice dual core + higher end graphics
    Video encoding = possibly quad core if it fits in budget + avg graphics.
    etc

    If you need any more info/help just PM me or something
    You will want to get

    Case
    Motherboard
    CPU
    Graphics Card
    RAM modules
    Power supply
    hard drives
    cd/dvd drive
    Oh and Monitor.

    I think thats it lol.

    I would look at sites like CCL, Scan, or ebuyer for the parts
    Building it isn't as scary as it may seem first time, its pretty much slotting things and screwing a few things.
    Good Luck
    Edited by: "munaaf" 7th Aug 2010

    I'm thinking about doing the same thing. Have a look at this site's "pc designer". It gives you an idea of what you need and what you can get for your money. It's not the cheapest place, so I'd look elsewhere once you decide on what components you're going to get.
    Another site I've looked at for ideas is dinopc, but their reviews aren't too good.

    If you want the hard work done for you, try a barebones PC:

    novatech.co.uk/nov…tml

    Then just add all the extra bits you want....

    I built my own =] its fun, just make sure your components are compatible. Research.

    If you need some help then don't build one.

    Do plenty of research before you start it, and not while doing it.

    munaaf

    I built a PC like 2 years ago, but I don't know if nowadays its cheaper … I built a PC like 2 years ago, but I don't know if nowadays its cheaper than some prebuilt systems (well enough).But if you still want to do it for the experience which is why I did it, go for it.Firstly i would look at what you want to use the computer for, to decide what parts you will want to use.Gaming = nice dual core + higher end graphicsVideo encoding = possibly quad core if it fits in budget + avg graphics.etcIf you need any more info/help just PM me or somethingYou will want to getCaseMotherboardCPUGraphics CardRAM modulesPower supplyhard drivescd/dvd driveOh and Monitor.I think thats it lol.I would look at sites like CCL, Scan, or ebuyer for the partsBuilding it isn't as scary as it may seem first time, its pretty much slotting things and screwing a few things.Good Luck



    You'll also need it ground it properly with a wristband.
    Make sure your CPU comes with the thermal paste and a fan.

    Again if you need any help PM me :).

    My order went like this: Case, motherboard, cpu, graphics card, RAM, Harddrive, various cables/cable management, cooling fans/chasis, cpu cooler/heatsink fan(if ur not goin with ur cpu stock one that is). Once all that is done you can add your peripherals like ur keyboard n mouse, monitor and speakers.

    oops and the PSU! =p depending on ur components the PSU will play a big part. U need the correct wattage to power your system so bare that in mind
    Edited by: "Eez1" 7th Aug 2010

    Original Poster

    Wow this already sounds complicated lol

    used to be cheaper but not sure now as their are plenty of bargains around,for £400 you could get a very nice powerful base unit pre built with a warranty.

    It can be very satisfying building your own though and gives you a great insight into how it all works

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    whatsThePoint

    Don't forget the OStbh it's been cheaper for years to buy one ready built … Don't forget the OStbh it's been cheaper for years to buy one ready built and you'll have less warranty issues as well



    I'll give you the OS part but warranties far better with individual components than a prebuilt system, if you can self-diagnose that is.

    Original Poster

    I have looked at a prebuilt one but would need one for 400 including a monitor.

    And i still dont know what is good about a pc? I have seen some amd 3 core something ones. I dont want it to be too noisy either lol.

    If you want a £400 comps ready to go id go for a laptop. Theres prolly afew good deals onhere in your price range with a decent enough spec for the casual user.

    Original Poster

    I already have a netbook which i use for the business on the go. I need a decent spec pc to do some editing and web work.

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    whatsThePoint

    So when the power supply fails and blows the motherboard who do you claim … So when the power supply fails and blows the motherboard who do you claim off?



    Funnily I've had this exact same thing happen to me and Corsair, who manufactured the PSU, replaced my PSU and reimbursed me the cost of the motherboard/cpu.

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    whatsThePoint

    Yeah its a common fault thats why i mentioned it, but not every supplier … Yeah its a common fault thats why i mentioned it, but not every supplier is as good as yours turned out to be



    In some respects, you're right, it can be a bit of a pain with self builds but if you know what you're doing the 2,3,5 year and lifetime warranties on components can more than compensate.

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