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Building new computer (finally)

ok im finally able to build my own computer... i have a $1100 limit icluding software excluding moniter

im young (14) but i heard its not that hard... it will be for music and videos...not for games but i do want play simple games such as the sims... the hd needs to be atlest 250gig.. what other parts,wires, or anything else do i need...and should i get oem parts of just stick with reatil...thanks any help will be appreciated

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list of parts

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u should go for retail parts

processor: amd athlon 64 3000+
hard drive: western digital or seagate
memory- corsair value ram is good
psu- thermaltake psu (the $30-$40) one will do fine
gfx card: since not much gaming i would go for nvidia 6600
optical drives- get a dvd burner around $50 whichever brand u like
case- ur choice
win. xp home u can get oem but i would go for the retail, u can see it on sale during weekend ads sometimes, easier to get than online
media card reader/floppy- if necessary

u should go newegg for all ur parts. great price and service

keyboard/mouse, speakers, monitor of ur choice

y would u want to go through all this trouble to build ur computer when u can pick up a computer around $800 and stick in a low-end gfx card for less than $1100 and less time

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Don't forget

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arctic silver thermal compound
and case fans.

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(NT) (NT) oh ya u might also need sata hd cable...not sure though

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retail motherboard packages

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When you settle on a CPU and motherboard (a good place to start), see what cables, adapters, and hubs that come with the motherboard. This will allow you to purchase some OEM parts.

For example, the retail versions of hard drives and DVD drives come with cables and usually some software. The OEM versions do not not come with cables or software (usually), but you can use the cables that come with the motherboard.

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yea but will i need software

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maybe, maybe not

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You don't need software for the HD. Any utility software that comes with the HD can be downloaded free from the mfg website.

If you need CD/DVD burning software, go ahead and get the retail version of the DVD drive. I think it's worth it if you don't have any on the computer. Some folks end up using free burning software anyway (CDBurnerXP). You can find some retail DVD burner drives for about the same price as OEM. One of my favorites is the NEC 3540A (retail or OEM, check

Buy OEM Windows XP when you make the qualifying hardware purchase.

The best deals that I find are the weekly rebate specials from brick-n-mortar stores (CompUSA, CircuitCity, Staples, etc.) The retail price after rebate often beats online OEM; however, you have to get lucky with rebates being offered when you need the part. In general, though, most of the hardware and software for my builds is OEM and comes from,,, et al.

Price comparision sites like and come in handy.

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