So I'm building a PC for the first time.

#1 Posted by BadSniper52 (608 posts) -

Well, I finally said I'm going to build my first PC after see my old computer memory was depleting and barely couldn't run anything. My budget ranges around $300-800,If I can I want use my old slim tower and put in a new motherboard. Anything I should know before starting?

#2 Edited by believer258 (11897 posts) -

I was dicking around earlier and put together this on a Word document:

Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

$219.99

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0

$59.99

Graphics cardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125412

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

$139.99

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138352

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

$89.99

RAMhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

$45.99

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

$89.99

Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$89.99

DVD Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

$19.99

Total – 665.93

Oh, and here's this:

I went with a GTX 460 in an attempt to cut down on costs; if you've got some extra dough, bump that up to a GTX 560 TI or a GTX 580. Or 670. But a GTX 460 will run most things pretty well on pretty good settings, I believe Ryan once mentioned running Battlefield 3 on High with a GTX 460.

#3 Posted by Jrinswand (1709 posts) -

$300-800 is a pretty wide-ranging budget. $300 won't take you far but if you make it $800 then you can build yourself something really nice that will last you at least another 4-5 years.

#4 Posted by ajamafalous (11992 posts) -
@believer258: Dude'll need a copy of Windows too.
#5 Posted by believer258 (11897 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

@believer258: Dude'll need a copy of Windows too.

Well, if $800 is his price roof then he can fit a copy of Windows in there.

#6 Posted by Barrock (3533 posts) -

@believer258 said:

I was dicking around earlier and put together this on a Word document:

Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

$219.99

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0

$59.99

Graphics cardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125412

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

$139.99

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138352

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

$89.99

RAMhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

$45.99

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

$89.99

Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$89.99

DVD Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

$19.99

Total – 665.93

Oh, and here's this:

I went with a GTX 460 in an attempt to cut down on costs; you can do better than that if you're willing.

I agree with this. Though I might bump up the video card if you can afford it.

#7 Posted by BadSniper52 (608 posts) -

@believer258: Thanks man, This is great information

@Jrinswand: The reason I said $300-800 I wasn't sure how my money looks in the coming months, Crazy shit happen every time I do something like this.

#8 Posted by david3cm (635 posts) -

If you are planning on building your pc yourself, and you have never done so before, there are some helpful hints on this thread here.

#9 Posted by believer258 (11897 posts) -

@BadSniper52 said:

@believer258: Thanks man, This is great information

You're welcome.

I want to save up and build one myself, and what I get will probably end up being something like that, so I went ahead and got a ballpark estimate earlier today. I saw you needed the exact same thing and just copied it here.

#10 Posted by BadSniper52 (608 posts) -

@david3cm: Thanks!!!

#11 Posted by Barrock (3533 posts) -

When I built mine I bought it in parts. One paycheck I bought the video card, then I bought RAM and the HDD, etc.

#12 Posted by BadSniper52 (608 posts) -

@Barrock: I'm doing the same,once I have all the parts I'm going to start doing it.

#13 Posted by Andorski (5309 posts) -

I recommend using PCPartPicker.com when looking for the cheapest place to buy each part. The vast majority of the time you will find that either Amazon or Newegg is the cheapest buy, but other retailers sometimes undercut these two (for example, I got my i5-2500k CPU from Microcenter for only $180).

Also, I'd recommend getting all your parts at once. The initial bite in the wallet might hurt, but then you don't have to worry about RMA issues. It would suck not being able to return your motherboard because you got your PSU a couple months later which allowed you to find out that it was DOA after the return time period.

#14 Posted by AlexW00d (6274 posts) -

@BadSniper52 said:

@Barrock: I'm doing the same,once I have all the parts I'm going to start doing it.

That's a bad idea. Sure you may save some money, but really, you'll just be waiting longer and longer 'til it gets 'cheaper'. Just buy it now and don't look at the price of components after for a few months. Ha.

Also that PC up top is pretty decent, but there is no point buying a 460; thing is 3 generations old now, sure it's cheap, but it won't last you too long.

#15 Posted by BadSniper52 (608 posts) -

@AlexW00d: Ok, Because at first I was going to buy the stuff time by time, But I see you point that I need to buy everything now.

@Andorski: I was looking for a website that help me a little more, thanks!

#16 Posted by Questionable (619 posts) -

@BadSniper52 said:

@Andorski: I was looking for a website that help me a little more, thanks!

I strongly suggest playing around with the PC builder on this website: http://www.alternate.com/ I automaticly filters out components that won't be compatible due to

I just ordered my own 1200 euro (1500 USD) PC myself yesterday. Today i received all parts except the power supply so now there is a mountain of temptation in the middle of my living room (I'm not some crazed PC enthusiast, it was my first upgrade in 5 years)

For a PC case i can heavily recommend the: Fractal Design Define R4suprisingly enough it turned out to be the same jeff got (watched the video justnow) it is very roomy and has a ton of little touches that show they really put some thought into this product.

#17 Edited by Questionable (619 posts) -

If i were to cherry pick the parts for a Budget PC i would be getting the following parts: I will list some recommended high performance parts afterwards. So you can compare by yourself if you want to make the extra investment without being burdened with 100's of options:

low-mid range PC
CPU (1155)Intel Pentium G860 Boxed57,3
Mainboard (1155)Asrock B75M-DGS49,45
Memory (DDR3)Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C916,82
HDD (Sata)Western Digital Blue WD5000AAKX, 500GB53,45
GPU (AMD)Club3D Radeon HD 7850 royalQueen157,05
CaseSharkoon MS140€ 33,30
PSUAntec VP350P€ 32,71
Optical driveLG GH24NS90 Zwart€ 14,82
Total in Euro:€ 414,90
Total in USD:$ 532,57
Exchangable high end parts
CPU (1155)Intel Core i5 3570K Boxed€ 199,90
CPU CoolerScythe Mugen 3 PC Games Hardware Edition€ 34,99
Memory (DDR3)Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M2A1600C10€ 65,95
HDD (SSD)Samsung 830 series 128GB84,1
HDD (SATA)Western Digital Red WD20EFRX, 2TB109,95
GPU (AMD)Gigabyte Radeon HD7950 WindForce 3281,2

Keep in mind i used euro stores to compare prices so it should be a bit cheaper when you start comparing to local stores. Because everythings cheap in the usa -.-

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