I hope I'm not asking for much. I want a game pc so bad but I don't know where to start. Could someone out there possibly, just maybe tell me everything that is in your pc? This is for pc gamers only.
His name is Jordan, he is 17, programs beyond a college level, and has developed his own programs to use with Xfire. You can email him direct or through his web page at http://xfireplus.com/page.php?14
He has developed programs with people from throughout the world. He told me he would either purchase an Alienware computer or assemble his own for gaming. I believe at this point he has just modified a computer from his father (my brother) who owns his own Computer Care company in Boca Raton, Florida.
You can tell him I referred you and not because he is my nephew, but believe me, he knows his stuff!! Without a doubt, after high school, he will get a full scholarship for college, and at 14 had the highest scores in a college level computer class.
Good luck and have fun, Bear
Building a PC isn't that hard, but you must be patient. Patience is key when building and you will always learn tricks of the trade. I love looking at different websites finding out how much stuff costs and why it does, what the technology is, why we are using it. You must must MUST do the research. It's easy to go out on one website and find everything you want, but to do it and know what you're getting and if it's a good price is a different thing. When researching the stuff like video cards, go to the company's website or if the website has specifications that you don't know about, look it up on google. Everyone has questions about technology, so don't think you're alone by any standard. When I took a computer building class in high school, we were given $500 to build a computer for a teacher, finding out what the needs were of the teacher, researching the products and finding the right prices to fit the budget. Sure, cut back here, add more there, but it's all about what you want. Check out these websites for great prices: www.newegg.com, www.pricewatch.com
People are always asking how one cpu or video card stacks up to each other. (ex. AMD vs. Intel or nVidia vs. ATI) Tom's hardware is the perfect place for that. Every year, they make benchmarks displaying how each thing stacks up to the next. It's always up to date and pretty amazing to see. Not only that, but they show you how they are used in popular games and applications that are user friendly. In fact, Tom's hardware even makes it easier by letting you choose which card you want to compare to another. www.tomshardware.com
When you think you have found the product you want, reviews are some of the best ways to go to make sure the product will last. PcStats.com offers good information on high end products as well as new technology. If you can't find anything there, go to cnet.com or epinions.com or anywhere that might have reviews. Newegg.com has tons of reviews for nearly everything people buy. In fact, they encourage reviews. Pricegrabber.com gives people $5 sometimes for reviewing products. Reviewing my sound boring, but its part of the research and could save you in the long run.
No, building a PC isn't hard, but here is a short list of things to keep in mind when you are shopping.
1) Does my motherboard socket number match my cpu socket number? AKA is it compatiable?
2) Do I have the right kind of RAM? bus speed match?
3) Video card or integrated? If video card, PCI-E or AGP? If PCI-E, SLI or Crossfire or neither (motherboard too)?
4) 500w of power is a safe number
5) Hard drive? EIDE or SATA? Got an OS?
6) Overclocking? Enough power? Right kind of heatsink?
7) Does it have the right number of ports? I/O? USB? Firewire? Parallel? Ethernet?
8) CD-RW? DVD? DVD-RW? Floppy?
9) Fans? Lights? (This is if you want cool looks)
10) Is the case what you want? Will it fit your needs?
11) When installing parts in the case, always always ALWAYS ground yourself. The easiest way to do this is to always have a body part (flesh) touching the computer case while installing. This prevent shorts and won't cause the motherboard to "fry".
12) Have fun. Enjoy building the computer.
I hope you have success in this venture and that it's fun. But don't forget to always ask questions. Don't buy something because it sounds cool. Look it up, find out what you are really getting. That way you know what's going into the computer and know that it works.