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    first timer building a pc. need help.

    i have been using a laptop since 07. with a crappy integrated graphics card, i could not run many things well. now i want to invest in a computer for general use (daily tasks, multitasking, web browsing, occasional photo editing, new games, etc) to last 6-8 years that i can try building with a more experienced friend. if retail is cheaper, i'll just get that (pros/cons?).

    i want to be able to run some games and have fast speed in general. i'm preparing to spend $1000 +- $200.

    the thing is i know very little about computers. i cant tell if something is good or bad. can someone point me in the right direction? so far all i know is i5 or i7 is latest cpu goods, 4x4 ram seems good (do i need more)?, 1-2tb hd are common, PSU will be dependent on my components, VGA idk anything about, and monitor i'd like 20+ inch. motherboard i know nothing about too.

    i'd appreciate anyone who could give me some tips for finding good components, good prices, specs to look out for, best time to buy, best place to buy, useful suggestions/guides/popular sites. thanks!
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    Perhaps you'd also want to look into a SSD or RAID. But I personally find SSD's too costly and RAID is not always beneficial (software RAID's will tax your CPU a bit).
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    Brian already posted an AMD CPU but this is the one I have. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103849 It's a hexcore (6) and it's awesome. Make sure when you put your OS on your computer you install the 64bit since the 32 can't read more than 2GB of ram. I made that mistake and it was a pain to switch over.
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    64bit since the 32 can't read more than 2GB of ram.
    >4GB ram there junkmail for 32 bit


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    >4GB ram there junkmail for 32 bit
    Forgot what I had for a minute, lol. Changing all that crap over was the biggest pain but it was totally worth it. Thanks

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    thanks a lot! ill take a look. if you could also do some explanation as to why these are good, that would greatly aid in my learning/decision making prowess.

    i've usually heard of pentium more than amd. why the amd choice here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by drcrappants View Post
    thanks a lot! ill take a look. if you could also do some explanation as to why these are good, that would greatly aid in my learning/decision making prowess. i've usually heard of pentium more than amd. why the amd choice here?
    AMD is a bit cheaper than Intel, but it is all personal preference and what you plan to do with your computer plays a lot into it also. For basic computing and gaming, in my opinion AMD is hard to beat for the price. If you into more of transcoding video, 3D modeling, etc. naturally Intel will be the better choice. Just depends on how much you want to spend and what you ultimately would like to do with it. It is all very subjective and mind-numbing...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    AMD is a bit cheaper than Intel, but it is all personal preference and what you plan to do with your computer plays a lot into it also. For basic computing and gaming, in my opinion AMD is hard to beat for the price. If you into more of transcoding video, 3D modeling, etc. naturally Intel will be the better choice. Just depends on how much you want to spend and what you ultimately would like to do with it. It is all very subjective and mind-numbing...
    thanks again for the help. greatly appreciate it. i guess experience >>>>> research as a noobie.

    PassMark CPU Benchmarks - High Mid Range CPU's
    this boggles me.
    79$ and 88$ rank in the top4. there is even a 60$ cpu near the top. why would anyone get the i5 520m over the 430m then? (and wtf does that mean)

    also, can you create a few tiers of processes that require powerful comps? i always thought that newest video games would be the hungriest, but after reading several posts it seems my sense of the tiers is really off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drcrappants View Post
    thanks again for the help. greatly appreciate it. i guess experience >>>>> research as a noobie. PassMark CPU Benchmarks - High Mid Range CPU's this boggles me. 79$ and 88$ rank in the top4. there is even a 60$ cpu near the top. why would anyone get the i5 520m over the 430m then? (and wtf does that mean) also, can you create a few tiers of processes that require powerful comps? i always thought that newest video games would be the hungriest, but after reading several posts it seems my sense of the tiers is really off.
    The m class processors are mobile cpus, i.e. notebook/netbook. As the difference between the 2 you stated, nothing will distinguish one from the other except a emptier wallet in my opinion. Any newer cpu will handle a game just fine, the graphics card will make/break you. Of course, the more expensive the cpu/gpu, the more 'eye candy' you can crank up in your games. Think of it more along the lines of is it worth another couple hundred bucks to squeeze a few more frames per second and go up another notch in resolution in my games. As I said, it is subjective and mind-numbing to find your break even point on price/performance...


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