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Postby Gunblade » January 12th, 2009, 10:27 am

I'm building a computer from scratch for my senior project and I plan on keeping it after I finish it so I want to make it as good as I can. what kind of parts should I get for it. I plan on using it to store a lot of music, and to use it for Animecrave so I will need a good graphics card, so what kind of graphics cards are good? Does anyone have any advice on what I should do?
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Postby KeKe » January 12th, 2009, 1:17 pm

do you know anything about building computers? AC doesnt require a good gfx card... games do. how muhc money are you looking to put in to it? how long are you planning on keeping it for? what do you plan on using it for? what operating system do you want on it?

I built my computer 4 years ago its still running, though its starting to die. I think the motherboard and cpu may be going out, it doesnt boot up all the time.

before you go buying parts for a pc there are a LOT of things you need to know and make sure everything is compatable. like the motherboard and cpu need to be the right socket, the ram must be the right kind. like ddr wont work for ddr2 and so forth.

and I highly suggest you look at newegg.com for parts.
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Postby Gunblade » January 14th, 2009, 10:02 pm

I checked out newegg.com and found that to be pretty helpful. I took a computer tech class last year and I kind of learned the basics. I'm friends with the computer tech teacher and he said that he could give me a whole lot of extra parts he had. I was able to get a decent motherboard. It's got 4 RAM slots, 6 PCI slots, and a lot of embed stuff like a serial ports, 2 USB ports, and some serial ports. Since my school gives us absolutly no time to build our projects, I'm just going to have to use some junk parts for now and upgrade it after I give my presentation. My budget is about 700-800 dollars. I want XP as my OS. And I plan to keep it all the way through college.
there's a few things I don't know about computers though. First, is a video card the same thing as a graphics card? also, when I went to newegg.com and looked at there processors they called them like AMD Phenom II X4 940 black edition quad-core. I have no idea what all that means, or like 6 MB Cache (I understand the Megabyte part) but don't know what cache is. Also, what kind of new things are they coming up with on motherboards? Like I saw a computer with AV outputs on it, I know that kind of thing has been out for a while but I can't always stay up to date with computer technology. I know this is a big post but any kind of help would be helpful.
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Postby KeKe » January 16th, 2009, 9:49 pm

do you know the copmany that made the motherboard and the serial number or the name of it? how old is the board? if its more than 3 or 4 years old I highly doubt dual-core processors will work in it. especially since you say 6 pci slots. thats telling me it may not have even AGP which makes the board... by todays standards crap. now if it has pci express thats a different story.

building a computer doesnt take time. as long as you have all the parts it takes serioulsy (if you know what your doing) maybe an hour to put the thing together. and probably less than a half hour.

yes video and graphics cards and gfx cards are all the same thing.

as for the processor You need to know what chipset ( i think thats right) the motherboard is. and i promise you if its an old motherboard that phenom cpu wont work.

AV out would probably be the video card no the motherboard. what are they comming out with? look at the asus gaming motherboard the striker 2 extreme? something overclicking thing I forget the name but its got places to test voltage on the motherboard for ram cpu and everything. not to mention you can enable overclocking with the push of a button. but thats what you get for a 400-500 dollar motherboard these days.

As I said I dont know what motherboard you have, if you can get me that info I could tell you a lot more. and if it will indeed last you through college for 4 years. To be honest I doubt it. mines 4 years old brand new parts and its dying. if yours are used then its iffy. I have ran xp on my machine for 4 years with 1 gig of ram. if you want to play new games I suggest no less than 2 4 if you can, if the motherboard allows that much ram. but then again, if you want to play new games then most of that 7-8 hundred is going to the graphics card anyway.
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Postby HelloxShivani » April 18th, 2011, 8:39 pm

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