Built many PCs before, looking to build a new one.... lost....

Pinipig523

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Hey,

Looking to build a new PC for home use. I want to know your ideas and your tips on what components to use to build a good PC.

I'm looking to build a Budget to Mid-Grade PC...

I just need the best value CPUs, best value Motherboards, best RAM values (and brand/type), and best videocard.

Thanks,

Joey

(Budget is between 400 and 600 if possible.)
 

enginurd

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For those who are overwhelmed by the variety of choices out there, or are too lazy to do some research first:

If you post a thread asking for help in building your rig, the following are some of the questions you should answer -- or will have to answer -- before you get any help from us.


  1. What is your budget? $500 Are shipping and/or taxes included within that budget?
  2. Where do you live? Where are you (planning on) buying everything at?
  3. Which components do you need to get? Which components do you already have? Which components are you going to reuse (from older builds)?
  4. What are you going to use your computer for? Which games/programs are you going to use?
  5. Do you plan on overclocking? Are you going to use water (or some other form of "exotic") cooling?
  6. Which monitor are you using? What resolution do you use? Are you using multiple monitors? Do you plan on buying a new/multiple monitor(s) any time soon?
  7. Which features do you want on the motherboard?
  8. How long do you want this system to last? Are you (planning on) making any incremental upgrades during that time?
Again, be as specific AND as brief as possible. But please -- do some research first, and at least check out some of the more recent "help me build" threads before posting your own.

Please answer those questions. Please elaborate on "home use."

Also, check out this thread: http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1327706
 

bunyip

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I recommend searching around on newegg.com. Find the parts you want in your price range, and look for the items with the most reviews (which means it's been purchased often and is probably a good product) and pick the one with the reviews that look the best to you.
 

tiraides

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I recommend searching around on newegg.com. Find the parts you want in your price range, and look for the items with the most reviews (which means it's been purchased often and is probably a good product) and pick the one with the reviews that look the best to you.

NO! Don't do that.

Most of NewEgg's reviews are written by people who don't know what they're talking about -- or don't care enough to give a proper and/or accurate review. Check out hardware review sites and forums (starting here, of course), or read through some of the more recent threads to see which parts people are using.

We normally recommend a lot of the same parts here, but there's a reason for that.
 

enginurd

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I recommend searching around on newegg.com. Find the parts you want in your price range, and look for the items with the most reviews (which means it's been purchased often and is probably a good product) and pick the one with the reviews that look the best to you.

I agree with tiraides... start here, first. Here, as in: these forums... then go to newegg with a list of parts in mind.
 

Dangman

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I concur with Tiraides as well. Key reason why newegg reviews should be taken with a grain of salt: Apevia PSUs. Well known among this particular forum for shitty PSUs yet on newegg gets 4-5 star reviews. That's a major reason why I don't trust Newegg reviews when it comes to PSUs.
 

HardwareGuru

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Yeah, most NewEgg users or even other reviews from online shops etc are not that technically sound. I notice they complain about minor issues. Or, they rate a product good but, they don't go into detail on what makes the product good. They just say it's good because it works and it hasn't broke yet.
 
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