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What should I do ?


mr-greenkey
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I dunno how many times you guys have been asked this question but no one has ever answered it for me and so I am asking now. Should I build my own PC or should I just get a pre-built one? I figured it's around £90 cheaper to build my own but I don't know how hard it is and I don't trust myself all that much so I suppose I have two questions - Should I build my own or get a pre-built one and, is building your own PC hard or delicate ?

Thankyou for any response :)

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Ian in Northampton

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spuds: not sure what kind of web sites you've been visiting, but I think you meant "bare bones" computers, not "bare back"... ;-)

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spuds

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Whoops sorry, been buying to many dvd's :O)

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mr-greenkey

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Thanks for all the help guys and it has given me a new perspective but I think I'll go with the idea of buying one off PC Specialist and then gradually adding bits and pieces on. :) thanks again for all the help though!

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mr-greenkey

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Hey everyone, good news!!! I'm gonna make my own PC :)

Just one thing - can u guys see if all this will work and if it's any good ?

Here:

CPU: Intel i5 2500 (3.3GHz, 6MB cache) PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2UK Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 High Performance 650W Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 - Socket 1155 - Chipset Z68 - Micro ATX RAM: G Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL 8GB DDR3 (1333MHz,Cas 9) HDD: Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache 7200RPM DVD Drive: Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Lightscribe OS: Windows 7 - Home Premium 64bit Graphics Card: Asus 1GB GeForce GTX 560TI DirectCUII PCI-E Graphics Card Case: ZALMAN Z9 Plus PC tower

Extra Stuff:

Keyboard: Emprex 6310U Chiclet Desktop Keyboard Mouse: Gigabyte M6900 Optical Gaming Mouse

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PcTestCard.co.uk

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For novice who intend to learn hardwares of computers, I would suggest self build.

For beginner who only want to have a computer for daily uses, I would suggest buy the prebuilt one.

The total cost will be smaller for buying the prebuilt one since beginning are easier to get wrong parts together or short the new parts while self building.

Hope this helps! Bill

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SparkyJack

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At risk of repeating some of the earlier replies Just go and do it.

There is a first time for all of us in every aspect of life

And getting help if in trouble - here we are

IMHO the best way is to go to someone like Nonatech and purchase a 'Bare Bones' box approximating the spec you need or a mother board bundle and a case- or strip out an existing older machine as a base to build on.

Gong this way you will minimise the critical causes for error.

I build PC's that way for family and friends.

As for money saving- generally spec for spec a branded ready made from a retailer will be cheaper

But satisfaction and the sense of achievement are worth the extra.

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chub_tor

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mr-greenkey I see nothing wrong with the components you have chosen. Some might suggest that instead of a single 1Tb drive you instead get 2 x 500Gb so that you use one for back up. For my purposes a GTX 560 graphics card is overkill, but I am not a gamer and although I have a Lightscribe capable DVD I have never used it for labelling purposes - the disks are more expensive and the monochrome result is not to my liking.

Enjoy the build and come back to the forum if you need more help and advice.

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mr-greenkey

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So basically I should either, get a bare bones PC wich sounds like a good idea for first time, get a 2x500 HDD, or u said something about the GTX 560 being overkill ? What do you mean by that ?

Thanks for all the advice too :)

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mr-greenkey

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I don't wanna start spamming or anything here but I found this one http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/barebones/bb-i7264gb.html and I love it! I don't see a graphics card in the specs, will I need to buy one separate ?

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spuds

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If you contact Novatech, you will find that they are a very willing company to deal with, in respect of customer support. So I would suggest that you contact them as to you intentions and requirements, before possible purchase.

As a first time build, you seem to be considering what I would term as the 'higher end of the market' (others might not think this?), and there's nothing wrong with that, providing you get the right type of help regarding component compatibility, hence my suggestion above.

Also take into consideration that you will require further items,including operating system, at further expense, to have a fully working machine from a bare-bone start.

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