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#1\2013-09-13 19:19

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So I've been looking all over the place and shooting around ideas on a new computer, buying a custom pre-built pc can get quite costly quite fast, so I'm just browsing about building my own, I figure I can rip apart & rebuild a car engine, I can build a computer, How hard can it be? So i've just been browsing for a basic list of whats all needed, this is what I've came up with
1: Case
2: MotherBoard
3: CPU
4: PSU
5: RAM
6: HDD
7: Video Card
8: CD/DVD Drive
9: Floppy/Media Card Reader (Optional)
This is pretty general list obviously, what misc things am I missing? Do I have to buy any wireing harness and this thermal paste stuff, whats that for? I know most of this I'm sure's on the internet somewhere, but figure my friendly Gom users might have some input, thanks!
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#2\2013-09-13 19:51

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Thermal paste goes on your CPU between it and the CPU fan, and heatsink. I would suggest getting an aftermarket fan and heatsink tho. If your on a budget something like this works pretty good. The COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Their like under $30 on Newegg, pretty simple to install, quieter and more efficient then stock CPU cooling fans. I've installed 2 of these myself, and they've worked great. It dropped around 20-30 degrees off my CPU temps.

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Well the higher tech you go the harder it'll be. So don't start off with watercooling what ever you do. It can be a big pain in the ass and very costly depending on what you get.

It's pretty simple building a computer how ever. The only issue you may get annoyed with is well.. if you bother with doing it but cable management.

Depending on what power supply you get, some are flat cables and some are massive. I suggest getting a modular power supply so you can only plug in what you need instead of having all these free cables going around. But make sure you have decent cooling. If you have a good cpu, then definitely spend a bit on a cooler.

I'd suggest a closed loop watercooler such as Corsairs Hydro series, very simple installation and great performance. If you want to stick by air cooling I suggest noctua. Just make sure you have all the nessecary cables, and make sure your power supply can handle all of the parts.

Keep note on when getting a power supply it'll have ratings and specifications on voltages. The main one you'll need to look for is the 12V rail. Some have multiple but I stick by a single 12V rail with plenty of amps. Everything uses your 12V rail so you'll need to have a bit of headroom with it.

If you can, get a list of parts, send them to me via pm and I'll sus it out and see if the power supply can handle all of the parts. But as said in the shoutbox, stick by a single graphics card unless your doing extreme gaming on crysis 3, farcry 3 etc.

One last tip, if your going with an AMD CPU try and stick to two ram modules as AMD has their memory controller built into the CPU instead of Intels motherboard memory controller. I've heard quite a lot of people having stability issues with 4 ram modules. Now I'm not saying AMD is bad, no way they are great for their prices. Intel can be very costly in the end.

Hope this helps you a bit more.
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If you give some kind of price bracket I might be able to help you.

But for now I'll go with a £630($1000) Build

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1DPhn

Costing in around $ 1200 for a half-decent PC, Obviously change things to your opinion 'n such.
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It's not that expensive for a gaming rig that'll do what you need.
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Heh, I'm also planning a build for early October.

# dG.Cyanide : So don't start off with watercooling what ever you do. It can be a big pain in the ass and very costly depending on what you get.

Truth. Mounting the watercooler's heatsink is one thing, it's mounting the radiator that's the painful part. Especially on a midtower.

# dG.Cyanide : It's pretty simple building a computer how ever. The only issue you may get annoyed with is well.. if you bother with doing it but cable management.

Again, truth. But you don't have to keep it all super clean. Again, if you're building a midtower, just make sure you don't mess up the airflow around the CPU and graphics card.

# dG.Cyanide : Depending on what power supply you get, some are flat cables and some are massive. I suggest getting a modular power supply so you can only plug in what you need instead of having all these free cables going around.

Modulars are OK, but a bit expensive. It's more or less a convenience or aspect thing. Just make sure you buy something that genuinely provides the power it says it does.

# dG.Cyanide : stick by a single graphics card unless your doing extreme gaming on crysis 3, farcry 3 etc.

There really is no point in sticking SLI or Crossfire in there, EVEN if you're gaming. There are plenty of single cards that can handle themselves very well. Personally, I'm looking into EVGA's Nvidia GTX 660SC Signature 2; 3GB.

# dG.Cyanide : I've heard quite a lot of people having stability issues with 4 ram modules. Now I'm not saying AMD is bad, no way they are great for their prices. Intel can be very costly in the end.

The basic idea would be to use as few modules as possible anyway. So if you're building a new PC, there's really no point in buying 4x2 GB modules. 2x4 GB would be one way, but a single 8 GB one is good enough. And remember, the lower the CL, the better.
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The radiator I was fine with, just the tubes and filling it was the pain in the ass.

With the cable management the biggest issue I face is behind the motherboard tray, it's hard to get all the cables flat so the side panel goes back on properly.

Some modulars are cheap especially semi modular ones, which are the ones that have a fixed 24 pin connector and the 4 pin connector for the CPU.

Yes again with the SLI/Crossfire, it actually just depends on what they are needed for. But usually it's best sticking with a very high end card vsing 2 mid end cards.

I use 2x8GB modules but mainly for the fact I multi task a lot and graphic design can eat it up. But is my Cas latency any good? 9.0 clocks.
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