Any System Builder In Da House?

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vince

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I am about to step into the unknown by building my own rig (PC) and i want to know if anyone here has ever done it before. If so, i'd appreciate a few tips from you guys as i proceed.

It is not that i really need to build one since i can always buy a complete system in the market, but i just want to challenge myself by building my own workstation with gaming specs and components(not ready for workstation components just yet). So, it really is just a luxury adventure, tbf.

Besides, the rig would hold a more special meaning to me if i put it together myself and i need a rig of which the innards i am familiar with and can play around with as i please.

At the moment, i am collecting online infos on how to go about doing this, and when i'm done, i will begin the process by getting me a really good case, preferably a big tower.

I will be putting the rig together over a relatively lengthy period of time, so here's to wishing myself good luck.:fing02:
 

Gen Sani Abacha

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Unfortunately, I haven't yet built one from scratch myself. However, the mortherboard is key a good mother board allows you to expand your system without overheating or diminishing capacity. Sola should bne able to give you some tips on this. Would you mind recording your progressive on the web a little microsite with pics of your progress, any hicups you experience and how you solved them ?

ciao
 

vince

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Good morning, my general!

I am building an AMD rig, so i'll be going for a AMD3+ mainboard for now.
However, the mortherboard is key a good mother board allows you to expand your system without overheating or diminishing capacity.
I doubt that Sola is a builder. At least he has never mentioned that he is one.
Sola should bne able to give you some tips on this.
That would be a very good idea, methinks. I will do that on here, if possible.
Would you mind recording your progressive on the web a little microsite with pics of your progress, any hicups you experience and how you solved them ?

ciao
 

Gen Sani Abacha

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Good morning, my general!

I am building an AMD rig, so i'll be going for a AMD3+ mainboard for now.

I doubt that Sola is a builder. At least he has never mentioned that he is one.

That would be a very good idea, methinks. I will do that on here, if possible.
Gut morgen mein ubermoderator!

I'll be following your progress with interest. I suggested Sola being that he probably messes about with servers and the like. He must know their innards really well and at some point he would either have built his own, or had some built to order, his own specs etc...That qualifies him to hand out technical advice etc IMHO.
 

Gen Sani Abacha

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I have set my heart on this big case, to start things off. I fell in love the moment i set my eyes on it. Pretty pricey, but i want a case i can live with for a long time without wishing to change it for a new one, so i will grit my teeth and buy it. Cost price:- €355.

Cooler Master Cosmos II Extreme Gaming Case Unboxing & First Look Linus Tech Tips - YouTube
Price is pretty steep, I'm bookamarking that tutorial for later reference.
Good luck with this project.
 

Gen Sani Abacha

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A very good power supply unit is in order, along with a powerful cpu cos games are processor intensive applications. Memory 4 gig or more ? O/S windows 7 or 8 or something else ? Suitable cooling fan etc.
 

Sola

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I don't call it building, really. Its more of an assemblage of compatible components, and I did put my three desktops between 2000 and 2010 together myself (I did complete an A+ program just for the heck of it). I have grown rusty lately, considering pretty powerful computers are out there going for a song. Development is fast-paced and I don't keep up as much as I used to. "Building" will cost you more ultimately, since you can't get the prices at the rate the OEM bulk purchasers can, but you will have the pleasure of the DIY-fer. Nothing like it.

GSA was talking about memory. My current system has 8gb and it still struggles with HD video. Go for 16gb at least. Motherboards can easily accept RAM in the 10s nowadays.
 

vince

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#9
I am not going to be using it for video games, but as a workstation for my new NLE. For the power supply, i will be going for 850 watts or higher. For the CPU, i have already decided on AMD FX CPU series, but we shall see.
A very good power supply unit is in order, along with a powerful cpu cos games are processor intensive applications. Memory 4 gig or more ? O/S windows 7 or 8 or something else ? Suitable cooling fan etc.
 

vince

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You are quite right about it being more of an assembling thing rather than building. Anyway, i need to make some calculations to know how much i'll be spending on the rig. I am hoping to keep it under 2k, if i can.

I am definitely going for 16 gigs of RAM, minimum.
I don't call it building, really. Its more of an assemblage of compatible components, and I did put my three desktops between 2000 and 2010 together myself (I did complete an A+ program just for the heck of it). I have grown rusty lately, considering pretty powerful computers are out there going for a song. Development is fast-paced and I don't keep up as much as I used to. "Building" will cost you more ultimately, since you can't get the prices at the rate the OEM bulk purchasers can, but you will have the pleasure of the DIY-fer. Nothing like it.

GSA was talking about memory. My current system has 8gb and it still struggles with HD video. Go for 16gb at least. Motherboards can easily accept RAM in the 10s nowadays.
 

vince

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Okay, guys. I have made the cost calculation of all the major hardware components and have successfully kept the overall cost below 2K while retaining a very high level quality standard. The cost calculations here are based on two different cases. One is a midi tower and the other is the big tower i posted a video link on yesterday. I will have to decide which of the two cases to use. There is enough time to make up my mind.

The Cost Calculations Of Hardware Components are as follows;

1) Cases:-
a - CORSAIR Graphite 600T White Edition = €152.90
b - COOLER MASTER Cosmos II = €354.90

2) CPU:-
AMD FX 8150 (8 cores) = €199.90

3) RAM Sticks:-
CORSAIR DIMM 16GB DDR3 Vengeance = €124.90

4) Video Card(Graphic card):-
XFX HD7950 Dual Fan Black Edition = €364.90

5) Sound Card:-
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Recon 3D PCIe = €89.90

6) Drives:-
a) HDD - Seagate ST2000 DM001 2TB (x2) = €239.80 (4TB)
b) SSD - ADATA Premier Pro SP900 2.5"(128GB) = €96.90

7) Optical Drive(Blu-Ray):-
LG BH 10LS38 = €72.90

8) Power Supply:-
Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W = €142.90

9) Mother Board:-
GIGABYTE GA-990 FXA-UDS = €167.90

Total cost with case A = €1,652.90

Total cost with case B = €1,854.90

Periphery hardwares like keyboard, mouse and monitors are not included, of course, as well as the OS and other applications. A pretty good start that the total cost of these hardware components did not reach 2K. I may end up trimming down the cost of the rig before it is done. We shall see. now to start buying.

I'll keep you guys posted.
 

Village-Boi

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GSA was talking about memory. My current system has 8gb and it still struggles with HD video. Go for 16gb at least. Motherboards can easily accept RAM in the 10s nowadays.
I was going to say go for 32gb because I guess you will at some point be mucking about with HD video and as Oga Sola says... it can become 'haltable grindable' That XFX 7950 seems bada$$.
Good luck with it all. Sorry I don't know anything about PCs. I've only ever looked at Hackintoshes.
 

Gen Sani Abacha

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I was going to say go for 32gb because I guess you will at some point be mucking about with HD video and as Oga Sola says... it can become 'haltable grindable' That XFX 7950 seems bada$$.
Good luck with it all. Sorry I don't know anything about PCs. I've only ever looked at Hackintoshes.
In the name of Bill Gates, I challenge you to a duel, you this disciple of the late Steve Jobs! :D
 

Sola

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That Cosmos 11 is smoking hot. Let expandability and power be the guiding hand behind your choice of a case, as you're going to find that one HD will not be enough for you. I normally stuff multiple drives in my case, each used for different kinds of storage.

Increase memory if you can. You can never have too much.

Ensure your mobo and CPU are compatible o!

Let your OS drive be different from your storage drives. Instead of 1 4tb drive, I would buy 2 2tb drives, one internal and the other external for off-system storage and backups.

Buy a good antivirus that is not a resource hog - say Kaspersky - if your system is going to be web hooked.

Above all, handle everything gently during assembly or you could damage something and end up having to buy it again. You have no idea how many fans and CPUs I have ruined. But installation used to be a bummer back in the day. Now, its better thought out.

These prices are expensive though. Those same items would be cheaper here in Dollars.
 

vince

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And why can't i or anyone else build themselves their own mac? Because Apple are a bunch of rigid ass###s. The flexibility of being able to build your own system to your own taste makes the PC platform a real ace. Apple needs to learn a thing or two from the PC platform and relax their grip on mac a lil' bit and let others build macs.
Vince my cousin, it's 3 easy steps...

Step 1: Get dressed
Step 2: Find an Apple Store.
Step 3: Buy a MAC

:laugh:


Sorry, I'm a software guy.... :)
 
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