Build Your Own Gaming PC

building a pc?

i see there are a lot of mixed answers on this but is it really worth it?! I priced it up and theres nothing much in the price difference but at least i know whats going into it and that its quality hardware. I already have a casefrom my old PC which is an old P4 so everythings going to be new: motherboard, psu, cpu ram etc... cheers guys some positive replies! :) also has anyone built them and got to difficulties? if anyone has please share your experience! cheers Ms_Lila! i am putting a new power supply in anw so thats not a problem! =)

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  1. Do it just for the fun, and like you said you know exactly whats going into it. Thats exactly what im going to do once iv been paid, buy parts to build a new PC and make it one hell of a machine.

  2. I built my own computer and I say go for it. This way you know what's going into it, you have more control, you can upgrade more easily, and it isn't bogged down with crappy software that comes with some new store-bought computers. It's also a great feeling of accomplishment when you finish it and start it up for the first time. Whatever you decide to do, good luck.

  3. Go ahead and build your computer - something you didn't consider is that if you build your own computer not only do you know you have quality parts you have direct manufacturers warrantee which is usually longer than the store warrantee. If you buy a preconfigured computer and you open up the case your warrantee is usually void.

    One thing you might overlook if you are using your old case is if you buy any SATA (serial ATA components) make sure your power supply can handle them. ie. connection and enough power


    There will always be small problems when building your own computer but if you buy quality parts - especially motherboard - you will also get a quality manual which will take you through all the steps you need to make sure everything is where it should be. Case wires don't always match up to the labeling in the motherboard book but most often you can figure it out. The best part of building a computer is when you plug it in and boot it for the first time and everything works...great feeling. I have built many over the years and it is still gratifying. Good luck.

  4. Rarely does a system go together without problems. That is part of the fun of building your own system.

    When I build a new system, I focus on the motherboard. I find the latest affordable motherboard that supports all the latest features. This gives me plenty of service life when it comes time to upgrade. My gigabyte motherboard supports AM2/AM2+ processors. Only feature I didn't go for was dual graphics card support.

    I choose a middle of the road AM2 CPU. No sense in spending several hundred bucks on a AM2+ You are upgrading from a slower machine. So a less expensive processor is still a good upgrade. Plus I overclock my processors upwards a few models higher.

    For hardrives, I find the most reliable ones. I choose several Samsungs because of their 5 year warranty.

    Graphics card is totally up to your needs. I play video games, but not highly intensive 3D games. Since I still run XP, I didn't spend the extra money on a DX10 supporting card. I did buy one that hardware decodes HD video though.

    I choose my power supply based on the latest standards. It is Active PFC, supports 80Plus Certified and ROHS. It was rated as one of the quietest ones at 600W

    My latest build experiences:

    My latest system I built a few months ago was a tough one. The instructions to the case were poor. So I had to take the time test fitting the motherboard to the case to see what hardware I needed.

    Then I found my graphics card was a tad long when I installed the ram.

    I had problems with the front header panel's cable wasn't long enough. Plus I had to figure out the best way to route my cables to keep airflow good.

    Then came installing the drivers. Just about every driver on the driver CD didn't work. Nor did the system software. I got the system up and running on mostly generic Windows drivers. Then I had to search out the latest drivers from various sources. Then I had one last flag in my device manager. A search with Google found the solution.

  5. Yes- As you begin to dabble, you find yourself learning and being able to accomplish things that will effect performance. I now have four PCs that I've built. It's a revolving door with PCs here. Plus, you start finding out how to troubleshoot, and prevent problems. Each machine I do is geared toward a purpose. Gaming? That machine is lean and mean. No fluff, no extras. Built for speed. Multimedia? Business? Pfft! I love getting big name PCs from the scrap and rebuilding em into purposed machines. Its fun! Makes my buds mad when my Amd x2 runs as well or faster than their mega death duo/quad $dollar$ machines. Expect a problem or two- and don't sweat it. Looking to hear ya did it!

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