December 28, 2008 at 3:35 am #28447
If you wish to build your own computer, here are some suggestions for the components you'll need to get the best bang for your buck. I'll be posting my thoughts on a value mid-range setup later, and I'll follow that with the details of what I consider a dream machine 😉Before you even consider building a computer yourself, you should carefully consider whether you think you have the knowledge to do so. It would only cost an extra $100 or so to get a professional to assemble it, and that could save you a lot of grief.A high quality, fast, modern BUDGET computer. *1x Generic case with 500W power supply
Mitz from Tips4pcDecember 28, 2008 at 1:21 pm #30667BearParticipant
That is a pretty good set up there Dak, I have a couple of suggestions Forget the floppy drive unless you happen to have floppy disc's laying about and really need the drive floppy's are pretty much a thing of the past.When getting your components particularly the motherboard make sure that it will support at least two cpu upgrades and that you can open the bios.Do a lot of shopping to make sure you have the best prices and if your going to have it built check several shops as wellBearDecember 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm #30668
This is intended as a guide for a computer that costs little, and can be easily upgraded. Of course, its best to shop around both for your parts and for your labour if you are going to pay someone to assemble it. Every part could be substituted for a better or lesser part if desired - this is just a guide as to where the best value for money lies at the moment in my opinion. The motherboard supports the very best CPU on the market at this point in time (unless you include xeon or multiprocessor computers) though of course thats not the CPU I have recommended because its a guide to a budget PC. I've put it together with futureprooofing in mind, and the basic system is capable of many more upgrades. The midrange computer I will post next will be also be based on this motherboard.Keeping in mind that I am Australian, its also possible that many of these particular components are not even available in other countries, but you can use the basic specifications of these models to find something of a similar performance and value level in whichever country you live.It is also possible to save a lot of money by lowering the standard of the PC, with for instance a Celeron CPU instead of a Core2Duo. That would hurt the futureproofing of the PC though, because the performance of lesser components will just not stand the test of time.I'm not aware of any modern motherboard that you cannot access the bios on, unless some of the large companies building complete computers dont have that facility provided. Certainly when buying components and assembling them yourself, I am pretty sure bios access is universal.I've included a floppy drive because they cost almost nothing, and though floppys are indeed almost a thing of the past, there are still some uses for them. One of those would of course be adding a RAID volume at a later stage, and others include bootable rescue discs, transferring network settings, etc. Given that they are so cheap to
Mitz from Tips4pcDecember 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm #30669
wow DAK !!!!!This looks like a fantastic computer...and even though it is a budget version I know it will kick butt!!!I am amazed to see the Asrock 4CoreN73PV-HD720p R3.0 Motherboard so cheap.. Not happy because I only have a dual core, however I am sure I could still drop that into my computer without a problem. And you didn't go too cheap on the computer case either which is good. If you buy a really cheap computer case the connection wires are all split appart and you really need to know your stuff when using these.. Just to connect one front usb can have up to 8 plugs..(can be a nightmare) The case you have chosen would probably have the connections bundled into one so it would just be like putting the plugs into the right spot. Later on, like you said, you could expand on this... Add a bigger hard drive, plug in some more ram, and so on...October 31, 2012 at 8:29 am #30670Nyle RemeParticipant
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I also agree with the fact that buying computer parts and assembling them on own is one of the best way to save your money as well as building a latest computer.
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