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New Computer Builder - Need Help

by yankeesfanX10 / January 27, 2008 7:10 AM PST

ok, I'm a new computer builder. I've always been tweaking computers, whether it is installing new ram, new hard drives, installing Operating Systems, so instead of buying a dell like i usually do, i figured that I'd just build my own and save some money. But I need some help.

First of all, which brands are the best for the following?
1. Case
2. Processor (I'm pretty sure I want Intel from what I've read about)
3. Motherboard
4. Video Card (
5. Ram Memory
6. Hard Drive (SATA or IDE)
7. LCD Monitor

Also, I'm not looking for budget parts/brands. I'm a light gamer, Like the Sims 2, Starcraft, Warcraft III, Rollercoaster Tycoon Games, I will eventually buy Starcraft 2. Also, I do some small photo editing.

Suggestions for brands, types, sizes of the computer parts would be awesome.

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you need to provide your budget
by ramarc / January 27, 2008 7:47 AM PST

big difference between a $600 pc and a $1200 pc.

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Budget Information
by yankeesfanX10 / January 27, 2008 7:48 AM PST

Give or take $2000

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$2000 is a big budget
by ramarc / January 28, 2008 11:18 PM PST
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for your intended use. what size monitor do you want?

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$1920 build
by ramarc / January 28, 2008 11:55 PM PST
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here's a build with 3ghz core2duo, 4gb ram, 500gb hard drive, good video card, dvd burner, blu-ray reader, and a 26" widescreen monitor.

mobo: msi p35 neo2-fr, $127
ram: 2x2gb OCZ Reaper ddr2-800 cl4, $121
cpu: intel core2duo e8400 3ghz, $220
hard drive: wd caviar se16 500gb, $105:
dvd r/w: samsung 20x sata, $34
blu-ray rom: liteon sata, $190
floppy/flash: mitsumi floppy/flash media drive, $24
video: diamond radeon hd3850/512mb, $185
case/ps: antec sonata ii w/500w power supply, $120
audio: creative x-fi xtreme, $66
lcd: 26" acer 1920x1200, $539
os: vista ultimate, $190

if you wait a few weeks, intel's new quad core e9550 should be out for about $100 more.

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