To build or not to build

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by jimmy, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. jimmy

    jimmy Guest

    I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal satisfaction
    along with being able to use it. I do presently have a good functioning
    unit. Everything is fairly clear in my mind except for the
    motherboard..Maybe someone can suggest a make and model # after reading this
    info...I am not into gaming nor will I be..I do NOT edit video now: however
    may be doing that in the future, so I would like that option. I do a lot of
    graphics in so far as editing still images in vivid colors... I understand
    it is better to have a video (graphics) card attached as opposed to have
    video integrated into the motherboard..Audio is not a necessity as far as
    loud blazing noise, heck I cant hear anyway....
    I am doing some light word processing along with lots of broadband internet
    activity.. I am using USB 1 now and would want to upgrade to USB 2.
    (Firewire ???) I will add the most ram, (memory) allowed.
    As far as (intel) or (amd) processor, it doesn't matter to me as long as
    it's a dependable unit...not concerned about dual chips one way or other.
    I'm not on a limited budget, although I do not want to go overboard
    either..If I am correct sata is newer and better than ide.
    I may or may not have covered all the bases, just looking for some concrete
    advice from you.I also see quite a selection of barebone units on Target,
    any comments on that?
    Thanks much
    Jim
     
    jimmy, Feb 23, 2009
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  2. jimmy

    trouble Guest

    Unless you want the latest and greatest and understand how to troubleshoot
    a computer assembly you would be better off buying a pre-built box.
    It is really not worth building a machine unless you clearly know what parts
    you want and why.
    Many novice builders believe they put things together properly and then
    their machines will not post, often because of some simple overlooked item,
    and may end up taking the unit to a repair shop anyway.
    There are amazing bargains in the 500-1000 dollar range that will do more
    than what you specify and come with a warranty.
     
    trouble, Feb 24, 2009
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  3. jimmy

    gnu / linux Guest

    On Feb 23, 3:19 pm, "jimmy" <> wrote:
    > I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal satisfaction
    > along with being able to use it. I do presently have a good functioning
    > unit. Everything is fairly clear in my mind except for the
    > motherboard..Maybe someone can suggest a make and model # after reading this
    > info...I am not into gaming nor will I be..I do NOT edit video now: however
    > may be doing that in the future, so I would like that option. I do a lot of
    > graphics in so far as editing still images in vivid colors... I understand
    > it is better to have a video (graphics) card attached as opposed to have
    > video integrated into the motherboard..Audio is not a necessity as far as
    > loud blazing noise, heck I cant hear anyway....
    > I am doing some light word processing along with lots of broadband internet
    > activity.. I am using USB 1 now and would want to upgrade to USB 2.
    > (Firewire ???) I will add the most ram, (memory) allowed.
    > As far as (intel) or (amd) processor, it doesn't matter to me as long as
    > it's a dependable unit...not concerned about dual chips one way or other.
    > I'm not on a limited budget, although I do not want to go overboard
    > either..If I am correct sata is newer and better than ide.
    > I may or may not have covered all the bases, just looking for some concrete
    > advice from you.I also see quite a selection of barebone units on Target,
    > any comments on that?
    > Thanks much
    > Jim


    Its easy but you are the support person, google is your friend, here
    is a list (link)
    http://www.google.com/notebook/public/05004808999777444482/BDRzpIgoQ5NjTyIAi
     
    gnu / linux, Feb 27, 2009
    #3
  4. jimmy

    Guest

    On Feb 23, 3:19 pm, "jimmy" <> wrote:
    > I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal satisfaction
    > along with being able to use it. I do presently have a good functioning
    > unit.  Everything is fairly clear in my mind except for the
    > motherboard..Maybe someone can suggest a make and model # after reading this
    > info...I am not into gaming nor will I be..I do NOT edit video now: however
    > may be doing that in the future, so I would like that option. I do a lot of
    > graphics in so far as editing still images in vivid colors... I understand
    > it is better to have a video (graphics) card attached as opposed to have
    > video integrated into the motherboard..Audio is not a necessity as far as
    > loud blazing noise, heck I cant hear anyway....
    > I am doing some light word processing along with lots of broadband internet
    > activity.. I am using USB 1 now and would want to upgrade to USB 2.
    > (Firewire ???) I will add the most ram, (memory) allowed.
    > As far as (intel) or (amd) processor, it doesn't matter to me as long as
    > it's a dependable unit...not concerned about dual chips one way or other.
    > I'm not on a limited budget, although I do not want to go overboard
    > either..If I am correct sata is newer and better than ide.
    > I may or may not have covered all the bases, just looking for some concrete
    > advice from you.I also see quite a selection of barebone units on Target,
    > any comments on that?
    > Thanks much
    > Jim


    "I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal
    satisfaction..."

    That is an important statement, you should do this be cause you want
    to
    and for now other reason, because building your own is time consuming
    tedious and frustrating (especially trouble shooting). However, when
    the job
    is well done, it is very satifying and rewarding in the sense that you
    learned
    and further developed your capabilities. As for specs...you don't
    seem to
    need a beefy system and budget is not the primary concern so you're
    pretty
    felxible.

    > MOBO / PROC (try newegg.com "or other" and find a mobo/proc heat sink

    combo deal, whatever the combination, check user and editor reviews
    "independently"
    at review/comparison sites. In the past, I've had great sucess ussing
    the previous years most celebrated hardware, by then the price has
    dropped.

    > Editing video and high res graphics is labor intensive work for procs

    if you plan to do this, you should research what procs, memory and
    graphics
    cards are used by people in the video/graphics editing world.
    Although you may
    not care much about which proc to use, the truth is that not every
    proc can do
    video/graphics editing well. Multiple cores is beneficial maintaining
    stable pc
    function while running complex program routines.

    > Don't assume that video gaming graphics cards are the better choice, they often are not adequate

    for editing. There are well known graphics cards for this purpose, so
    do your homework
    on the subject.

    > The space needed to store video and large image files is substantial, you should

    buy at least 1 TB of storage to start (could use 2+). Dont sacrifice
    drive speed because
    read/write/seek times will affect performance.
     
    , Feb 28, 2009
    #4
  5. jimmy

    Guest

    On Feb 23, 3:19 pm, "jimmy" <> wrote:
    > I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal satisfaction
    > along with being able to use it. I do presently have a good functioning
    > unit.  Everything is fairly clear in my mind except for the
    > motherboard..Maybe someone can suggest a make and model # after reading this
    > info...I am not into gaming nor will I be..I do NOT edit video now: however
    > may be doing that in the future, so I would like that option. I do a lot of
    > graphics in so far as editing still images in vivid colors... I understand
    > it is better to have a video (graphics) card attached as opposed to have
    > video integrated into the motherboard..Audio is not a necessity as far as
    > loud blazing noise, heck I cant hear anyway....
    > I am doing some light word processing along with lots of broadband internet
    > activity.. I am using USB 1 now and would want to upgrade to USB 2.
    > (Firewire ???) I will add the most ram, (memory) allowed.
    > As far as (intel) or (amd) processor, it doesn't matter to me as long as
    > it's a dependable unit...not concerned about dual chips one way or other.
    > I'm not on a limited budget, although I do not want to go overboard
    > either..If I am correct sata is newer and better than ide.
    > I may or may not have covered all the bases, just looking for some concrete
    > advice from you.I also see quite a selection of barebone units on Target,
    > any comments on that?
    > Thanks much
    > Jim


    "I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal
    satisfaction..."

    That is an important statement, you should do this because you want
    to and for no other reason, because building your own is time
    consuming
    tedious and frustrating (especially trouble shooting). However, when
    the job is well done, it is very satisfying and rewarding in the sense
    that you
    learned and further developed your capabilities.

    As for specs...you don't seem to need a beefy system and budget is
    not the primary concern so you're flexible.

    > MOBO / PROC try newegg.com "or other" and find a mobo/proc heat sink

    combo deal, whatever the combination, check user and editor reviews
    "independently" at review/comparison sites. In the past, I've had
    great success
    picking from a list of the previous year’s most celebrated hardware,
    by then the price has dropped.

    > Editing video and high res graphics is labor intensive work for procs,

    if you plan to do this you should research what procs, memory and
    graphics cards are used by people in the video/graphics editing
    world.
    Although you may not care much about which proc to use, the truth
    is that not every proc can do video/graphics editing well.
    Multiple cores is beneficial to maintaining stable pc function
    while running complex program routines (provide the
    programs being used support multiple cores).

    > Don't assume that video gaming graphics cards are the better

    choice, they often are not adequate for editing. There are well
    known graphics cards for this purpose, so do your homework
    on the subject.

    > The space needed to store video and large image files is substantial, you should

    buy at least 1 TB of storage to start (could use 2+). Don’t
    sacrifice
    drive speed because read/write/seek times will affect performance
    while working.

    Happy building!
     
    , Feb 28, 2009
    #5
  6. jimmy

    Guest

    On Feb 23, 3:19 pm, "jimmy" <> wrote:
    > I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal satisfaction
    > along with being able to use it. I do presently have a good functioning
    > unit.  Everything is fairly clear in my mind except for the
    > motherboard..Maybe someone can suggest a make and model # after reading this
    > info...I am not into gaming nor will I be..I do NOT edit video now: however
    > may be doing that in the future, so I would like that option. I do a lot of
    > graphics in so far as editing still images in vivid colors... I understand
    > it is better to have a video (graphics) card attached as opposed to have
    > video integrated into the motherboard..Audio is not a necessity as far as
    > loud blazing noise, heck I cant hear anyway....
    > I am doing some light word processing along with lots of broadband internet
    > activity.. I am using USB 1 now and would want to upgrade to USB 2.
    > (Firewire ???) I will add the most ram, (memory) allowed.
    > As far as (intel) or (amd) processor, it doesn't matter to me as long as
    > it's a dependable unit...not concerned about dual chips one way or other.
    > I'm not on a limited budget, although I do not want to go overboard
    > either..If I am correct sata is newer and better than ide.
    > I may or may not have covered all the bases, just looking for some concrete
    > advice from you.I also see quite a selection of barebone units on Target,
    > any comments on that?
    > Thanks much
    > Jim


    "I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal
    satisfaction..."

    That is an important statement, you should do this because you want
    to and for no other reason, because building your own is time
    consuming tedious and frustrating especially trouble shooting).
    However, when the job is well done, it is very satisfying and
    rewarding in the sense that you learned and further developed your
    capabilities.

    As for specs...you don't seem to need a beefy system and budget is
    not the primary concern so you're flexible.

    > MOBO / PROC try newegg.com "or other" and find a mobo/proc heat sink combo deal, whatever the combination, check user and editor reviews "independently" at review/comparison sites. In the past, I've had great success picking from a list of the previous year’s most celebrated hardware, by then the price has dropped.


    > Editing video and high res graphics is labor intensive work for procs, if you plan to do this you should research what procs, memory and graphics cards are used by people in the video/graphics editing world. Although you may not care much about which proc to use, the truth

    is that not every proc can do video/graphics editing well. Multiple
    cores is beneficial to maintaining stable pc function while running
    complex program routines (provide the programs being used support
    multiple cores).

    > Don't assume that video gaming graphics cards are the better choice; they often are not adequate for editing. There are well known graphics cards for this purpose, so do your homework on the subject.


    > The space needed to store video and large image files is substantial, you should buy at least 1 TB of storage to start (could use 2+). Do not sacrifice drive speed for capacity because read/write/seek times will affect performance while working.


    Happy building!
     
    , Feb 28, 2009
    #6
  7. jimmy

    Guest

    On Feb 23, 3:19 pm, "jimmy" <> wrote:
    > I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal satisfaction
    > along with being able to use it. I do presently have a good functioning
    > unit.  Everything is fairly clear in my mind except for the
    > motherboard..Maybe someone can suggest a make and model # after reading this
    > info...I am not into gaming nor will I be..I do NOT edit video now: however
    > may be doing that in the future, so I would like that option. I do a lot of
    > graphics in so far as editing still images in vivid colors... I understand
    > it is better to have a video (graphics) card attached as opposed to have
    > video integrated into the motherboard..Audio is not a necessity as far as
    > loud blazing noise, heck I cant hear anyway....
    > I am doing some light word processing along with lots of broadband internet
    > activity.. I am using USB 1 now and would want to upgrade to USB 2.
    > (Firewire ???) I will add the most ram, (memory) allowed.
    > As far as (intel) or (amd) processor, it doesn't matter to me as long as
    > it's a dependable unit...not concerned about dual chips one way or other.
    > I'm not on a limited budget, although I do not want to go overboard
    > either..If I am correct sata is newer and better than ide.
    > I may or may not have covered all the bases, just looking for some concrete
    > advice from you.I also see quite a selection of barebone units on Target,
    > any comments on that?
    > Thanks much
    > Jim


    "I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal
    satisfaction..."

    That is an important statement, you should do this because you want to
    and for no other reason, because building your own is time consuming
    tedious and frustrating especially trouble shooting). However, when
    the job is well done, it is very satisfying and rewarding in the sense
    that you learned and further developed your capabilities.

    As for specs...you don't seem to need a beefy system and budget is not
    the primary concern so you're flexible.

    MOBO / PROC try newegg.com "or other" and find a mobo/proc heat sink
    combo deal, whatever the combination, check user and editor reviews
    "independently" at review/comparison sites. In the past, I've had
    great success picking from a list of the previous year’s most
    celebrated hardware, by then the price has dropped.

    Editing video and high res graphics is labor intensive work for procs,
    if you plan to do this you should research what procs, memory and
    graphics cards are used by people in the video/graphics editing world.
    Although you may not care much about which proc to use, the truth
    is that not every proc can do video/graphics editing well. Multiple
    cores is beneficial to maintaining stable pc function while running
    complex program routines (provide the programs being used support
    multiple cores).

    Don't assume that video gaming graphics cards are the better choice;
    they often are not adequate for editing. There are well known
    graphics cards for this purpose, so do your homework on the subject.

    The space needed to store video and large image files is substantial,
    you should buy at least 1 TB of storage to start (could use 2+). Do
    not sacrifice drive speed for capacity because read/write/seek times
    will affect performance while working.

    Happy building!
     
    , Feb 28, 2009
    #7
  8. jimmy

    Guest

    On Feb 23, 3:19 pm, "jimmy" <> wrote:
    > I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal satisfaction
    > along with being able to use it. I do presently have a good functioning
    > unit.  Everything is fairly clear in my mind except for the
    > motherboard..Maybe someone can suggest a make and model # after reading this
    > info...I am not into gaming nor will I be..I do NOT edit video now: however
    > may be doing that in the future, so I would like that option. I do a lot of
    > graphics in so far as editing still images in vivid colors... I understand
    > it is better to have a video (graphics) card attached as opposed to have
    > video integrated into the motherboard..Audio is not a necessity as far as
    > loud blazing noise, heck I cant hear anyway....
    > I am doing some light word processing along with lots of broadband internet
    > activity.. I am using USB 1 now and would want to upgrade to USB 2.
    > (Firewire ???) I will add the most ram, (memory) allowed.
    > As far as (intel) or (amd) processor, it doesn't matter to me as long as
    > it's a dependable unit...not concerned about dual chips one way or other.
    > I'm not on a limited budget, although I do not want to go overboard
    > either..If I am correct sata is newer and better than ide.
    > I may or may not have covered all the bases, just looking for some concrete
    > advice from you.I also see quite a selection of barebone units on Target,
    > any comments on that?
    > Thanks much
    > Jim


    "I am going to attempt putting a computer together for personal
    satisfaction..."

    That is an important statement, you should do this because you want
    to
    and for no other reason, because building your own is time consuming
    tedious and frustrating (especially trouble shooting). However, when
    the job is well done, it is very satisfying and rewarding in the
    sense
    that you learned and further developed your capabilities.

    As for specs...you don't seem to need a beefy system and budget is
    not
    the primary concern so you're flexible.

    MOBO / PROC try newegg.com "or other" and find a mobo/proc heat sink
    combo deal, whatever the combination, check user and editor reviews
    "independently" at review/comparison sites. In the past, I've had
    great success picking from a list of the previous year’s most
    celebrated hardware, by then the price has dropped.

    Editing video and high res graphics is labor intensive work for
    procs,
    if you plan to do this you should research what procs, memory and
    graphics cards are used by people in the video/graphics editing
    world.

    Although you may not care much about which proc to use, the truth
    is that not every proc can do video/graphics editing well. Multiple
    cores is beneficial to maintaining stable pc function while running
    complex program routines (provided the programs being used support
    multiple cores).

    Don't assume that video gaming graphics cards are the better choice;
    they often are not adequate for editing. There are well known
    graphics cards for this purpose, so do your homework on the subject.

    The space needed to store video and large image files is substantial,
    you should buy at least 1 TB of storage to start (could use 2+). Do
    not sacrifice drive speed for capacity because read/write/seek times
    will affect performance while working.

    Happy building!
     
    , Feb 28, 2009
    #8
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