reply to post by Phoenix267
Really it depends on what you intend to do with the system, if you aren't into gaming or video editing, you don't need to spend 400$ on a video
card, the onboard video will be just fine.
You will always save money building yourself, as long as you know how. And your friend who "builds" pcs? Yeah, I had a friend who did that too,
cost my over 2 grand in fried parts cause he didn't know what the hell he was doing.
There's a few things that can go horribly wrong building a desktop:
you purchase the wrong form factor case so your board or cards won't fit.
you improperly mount the board on the standoffs creating a short circuit (my friend)
you fail to properly install the heatsink with either thermal compound or a thermal pad, and it cooks your board/cpu.
honestly, pay them to build it. I'm a computer / network tech and have been building and working in the industry for over 10 years. the last
desktop i bought, I paid NCIX (or tiger direct, can't remember) to build it for me, you pick the parts, customize it the way you want, then for 50$
they build it, and it's under warranty.
You've got a few choice to make tho. Intel or AMD? You can save some cash with amd, you really can, but for certain ranges, intel offers the most
bang for your buck, an icore7 or even an icore5 would be great, my 7 is a few years old now and still running swift like a boss.
I'd suggest a solid state drive for windows, 120gigs is more than enough. They are ridiculously fast and tend to last longer than mechanical drives.
But.... because it's nand flash memory, once it goes, don't expect much data recovery options.
For my rig, I run windows, games, and a few apps from the SSD, the rest sits on a standard mechanical sata drive.
You don't need a flashy case, in fact, most that end up with blue or red LEDs all over the place grow to hate them, i have, I hate LEDs, yet most
fans that ship are led fans.
I'd suggest an LED monitor (I don't hate THOSE leds) they are rather cheap, and unless you get some crappy walmart brand, are pretty epic screens,
night and day difference between a standard 1080p lcd and an LED.
Most motherboards will have your network card, video and audio built in, unless you are doing gaming, or high end video / audio editing, they are more
Since it's a desktop, avoid windows 8 like aids, get windows 7 if you can.
As for technical specifics, kinda need details as to price range, possibly retailers, and what you intend to do with it. I can tell you to try to
avoid asrock boards, they tend to have bad capacitors.