Announcement

Collapse

Computer Lab Guidelines

Here in the computer lab, we talk about cool tech, the newest coolest gadgets, and tackle your toughest tech questions.

If you need to refresh yourself on the decorum, now would be a good time. Forum Rules: here
See more
See less

Bulding your own PC

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Bulding your own PC

    I always build my own computers (except laptops)

    My file server is getting pretty old though. It has a Pentium D motherboard from Asus. It does have USB 3 and SATA 2 ports. I also have an ATI Radeon 9000(?) graphics card and 5 SATA drives.

    I want to upgrade the motherboard but to keep things cheap I want to be able to keep everything else the same, such as the drives and the graphics card unless it comes with a better one built in to the CPU. I figure I will have to buy new memory too. Not sure about the power supply. The case is an ATX server case.

    I haven't been really keeping up with processors much lately. I want something with good built in graphics if available, and probably 6 cores.

    So what would be a good motherboard/cpu/memory for me? I tend to like Intel cpus over AMD. And I like ASUS motherboards but I am open to other ones too.


  • #2
    Subscribing - though it's been quite a while since I built my own computers.

    There was a time I was building 2 or 3 a week for resale! That was when there was a BIG difference between building your own and buying "off the shelf".
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

    Comment


    • #3
      Originally posted by Sparko View Post
      I always build my own computers (except laptops)

      My file server is getting pretty old though. It has a Pentium D motherboard from Asus. It does have USB 3 and SATA 2 ports. I also have an ATI Radeon 9000(?) graphics card and 5 SATA drives.

      I want to upgrade the motherboard but to keep things cheap I want to be able to keep everything else the same, such as the drives and the graphics card unless it comes with a better one built in to the CPU. I figure I will have to buy new memory too. Not sure about the power supply. The case is an ATX server case.

      I haven't been really keeping up with processors much lately. I want something with good built in graphics if available, and probably 6 cores.

      So what would be a good motherboard/cpu/memory for me? I tend to like Intel cpus over AMD. And I like ASUS motherboards but I am open to other ones too.
      I have an ASUS Z97-A motherboard with an i5-4570 (quadcore). I've also got 8GB of Kingston HyperX Fury 1600MHz RAM. It's working great for me.
      I DENOUNCE DONALD J. TRUMP AND ALL HIS IMMORAL ACTS.

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
        Subscribing - though it's been quite a while since I built my own computers.

        There was a time I was building 2 or 3 a week for resale! That was when there was a BIG difference between building your own and buying "off the shelf".
        yeah. I would buy one "off the shelf" but I have most of the parts already, I am hoping. And I like my case. I haven't really upgraded the thing since about 2009 though.

        I have a nice pre-built HP powerhouse here at work. It has a Xeon E5649 Processor with 6 cores, running at 2.53Ghz, but even that is a few years old. Not sure what is out there. They have way too many processors nowadays with various chipsets, graphics and pin layouts. Hard to decide what is best. But I do a lot of video work and file conversions, so I want something fast and powerful, and will last me for another 5 or 6 years.

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by Sparko View Post
          I always build my own computers (except laptops)

          My file server is getting pretty old though. It has a Pentium D motherboard from Asus. It does have USB 3 and SATA 2 ports. I also have an ATI Radeon 9000(?) graphics card and 5 SATA drives.

          I want to upgrade the motherboard but to keep things cheap I want to be able to keep everything else the same, such as the drives and the graphics card unless it comes with a better one built in to the CPU. I figure I will have to buy new memory too. Not sure about the power supply. The case is an ATX server case.

          I haven't been really keeping up with processors much lately. I want something with good built in graphics if available, and probably 6 cores.

          So what would be a good motherboard/cpu/memory for me? I tend to like Intel cpus over AMD. And I like ASUS motherboards but I am open to other ones too.
          Is this a Server Computer or a Personal Computer you're trying to build? I don't have a clue when it comes to Server Computers, but for Personal Desktops, I've built one (and tinkered with many that were given to me in the past).
          Mercenary Maxim 37: There is No 'Overkill.' There is merely 'Open Fire,' and 'I need to Reload.'

          Chaotic Void's Recommended Advice for Trump's Opposition to Punt him from the Oval Office: Git Gud

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by Chaotic Void View Post
            Is this a Server Computer or a Personal Computer you're trying to build? I don't have a clue when it comes to Server Computers, but for Personal Desktops, I've built one (and tinkered with many that were given to me in the past).
            It will be both a file server, and a media PC. I record TV on it and my main display is my HDTV in my livingroom. I also need it to be able to convert video formats fairly quickly. So I need something that can

            1. Handle multiple drives (I have 5 right now)
            2. Output HDTV (1920 x 1080 min)
            3. Be good at graphics and video conversions (usually means a good GPU is needed)
            4. Have 5.1 min sound channels (optical coax port to connect to my surround sound system)
            5. Gigabit ethernet connection
            6. lots of USB ports.

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by Zymologist View Post
              I have an ASUS Z97-A motherboard with an i5-4570 (quadcore). I've also got 8GB of Kingston HyperX Fury 1600MHz RAM. It's working great for me.
              Same motherboard as you, but my processor is a i7-4790K. For RAM I went for Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x8GB) which is probably overkill for the stuff I do with my PC. All in all my PC cost me about 2011€ () at the time I bought it, with all the peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse etc) included.
              ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                It will be both a file server, and a media PC. I record TV on it and my main display is my HDTV in my livingroom. I also need it to be able to convert video formats fairly quickly. So I need something that can

                1. Handle multiple drives (I have 5 right now)
                2. Output HDTV (1920 x 1080 min)
                3. Be good at graphics and video conversions (usually means a good GPU is needed)
                4. Have 5.1 min sound channels (optical coax port to connect to my surround sound system)
                5. Gigabit ethernet connection
                6. lots of USB ports.
                yeeeeeeeeeeeaah, no. My builds are mostly geared towards gaming, so I'm probably out of my depth here.
                ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chrawnus View Post
                  Same motherboard as you, but my processor is a i7-4790K. For RAM I went for Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x8GB) which is probably overkill for the stuff I do with my PC. All in all my PC cost me about 2011€ () at the time I bought it, with all the peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse etc) included.
                  Hey hey hey!!! None of that foreign eurotrash stuff here!!! Only Good Ol' American PC equipment made in China is allowed in my thread.


                  'Murica!!!

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Chrawnus View Post
                    Same motherboard as you, but my processor is a i7-4790K. For RAM I went for Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x8GB) which is probably overkill for the stuff I do with my PC. All in all my PC cost me about 2011€ () at the time I bought it, with all the peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse etc) included.
                    Wow, nice. I don't do anything that would require more than 8GB of RAM (maybe even 4), so 16 would definitely be overkill for me.

                    But my favorite part of my new PC is my SSD. My computer boots faster than my display turns on.
                    I DENOUNCE DONALD J. TRUMP AND ALL HIS IMMORAL ACTS.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                      foreign eurotrash
                      You're the one who's a foreigner, yankee!!!!
                      ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Yeah, I'm wanting to build a PC for gaming, but right now what I have(except Vista) will probably be able to handle some good stuff for at least a few more years. I have 9 gigs of ram, an i7 processor of some kind, and a GTX 660 ti graphics card. Hoping to get Windows 7 soon. Not sure on some of the other stuff in there though.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Zymologist View Post
                          Wow, nice. I don't do anything that would require more than 8GB of RAM (maybe even 4), so 16 would definitely be overkill for me.

                          But my favorite part of my new PC is my SSD. My computer boots faster than my display turns on.
                          I went with a lower-end SSD (Crucial MX100 128GB SATA SSD) for my OS drive, so while it definitely boots up quite fast it doesn't do it quite as fast as yours does.
                          ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chrawnus View Post
                            I went with a lower-end SSD (Crucial MX100 128GB SATA SSD) for my OS drive, so while it definitely boots up quite fast it doesn't do it quite as fast as yours does.
                            Actually, I think that's the exact SSD I have. It is lower-end, but for some reason my PC boots really fast.

                            But I also think my display takes a little longer than necessary to turn on. I'm hooked up to an older 46" Sony TV, btw. It's nice.

                            Edit: What's your video card? I've got a Radeon R9 280X.
                            I DENOUNCE DONALD J. TRUMP AND ALL HIS IMMORAL ACTS.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
                              a GTX 660 ti graphics card.
                              Originally posted by Zymologist View Post
                              Actually, I think that's the exact SSD I have. It is lower-end, but for some reason my PC boots really fast.

                              But I also think my display takes a little longer than necessary to turn on. I'm hooked up to an older 46" Sony TV, btw. It's nice.

                              Edit: What's your video card? I've got a Radeon R9 280X.
                              I'm completely and totally in love with my ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II.

                              My display is a AOC g2460Fq 24" (144Hz refresh rate) TN panel. It takes about 5 seconds to turn on completely, so maybe that explains the different experiences we have with boot times.
                              ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

                              Comment

                              Related Threads

                              Collapse

                              Topics Statistics Last Post
                              Started by Ronson, 10-21-2020, 10:34 AM
                              10 responses
                              70 views
                              0 likes
                              Last Post rogue06
                              by rogue06
                               
                              Started by Christianbookworm, 07-27-2020, 04:14 PM
                              125 responses
                              4,580 views
                              0 likes
                              Last Post mossrose  
                              Working...
                              X