View Full Version : Building a Computer Help Thread

29-06-2011, 04:59 PM
Hey, I'm new to the forums but I need help with building my next computer. I've never built one before and I'm just checking if the build I've designed should all work together. I'm fairly sure it all should do, I'm just making sure. It's the size of the case and whether it will all go in that I'm wondering about. Also, if anyone has any ways that I can save money that would be appreciated (for example, I'm not sure if I need the sound card, the wireless adaptor or the fan) and any advice on the actual parts themselves would be great. So for instance if there is a way I cna get a better graphics card for cheaper or whatever. I'll be using it mainly for SC2 and I'll probably be playing on lowest setting anyway for maximum fps. I do play other games on the computer though, so I don't want to be downgrading too much or anything. I live in the UK by the way. So essenitally I'm looking for general advice as a newbie to building computers and thanks in advance for any help but the main thing is making sure all the parts work together.I'm fairly sure they should, but just want clarification as I don't want to waste any money. http://www.teamliquid.net/mirror/smilies/smile.gif

The build is as follows anyway:

Motherboard: http://tinyurl.com/65ng2e2

Processor: http://tinyurl.com/4v9hv9r

RAM: http://tinyurl.com/69qn7rv

Graphics Card: http://tinyurl.com/6hxdky8

Power Supply: http://tinyurl.com/6hhp7z7

Hard Drive: http://tinyurl.com/3x2gw86

Case: http://tinyurl.com/5tu3ym7

DVD: http://tinyurl.com/6zng4m8

Sound Card: http://tinyurl.com/648fh2d

Wireless adaptor: http://tinyurl.com/6ajxx7n

Fan: http://tinyurl.com/6zfrzol

This can be the general computer help thread if you guys wish, or you can keep each thread specific to each question if you'd rather. Thanks again for any help.

29-06-2011, 11:38 PM
Why bother with a "max fps" kind of Quakestyle deal if you're going to be playing over wireless anyway ? :p

05-07-2011, 01:26 PM
I'm no tech wizard and tend to learn by doing and break lots of things in the process (hopefully only once) so take my advice with some salt. Also hopefully my complete wrongness will provoke someone knowledgable to add to the thread.

So Your mobo and processor will work together. The fan looks good too, you will need thermal paste to fix the heat sink onto your processor directly, and aid with heat transfer. I've never done this before so will say no more about it. There are probably guides online.

I would recommend better ram, something corsair-y. RAM is invariably used all the time for everything your computer does so it helps to have capable, premium stuff.

If you feel like treating yourself, get an SSD hard drive. They really are imcomparable. You'll still need the disk drive for storage though, as you'll have to swap out games from the ssd as it fills.

I would strongly recommend avoiding the wireless adaptor and finding a wired solution for your house. Online games deserve wired connections. If you use port switches and those plug-adapter thingys you can usually bridge most gaps. Or drill through the walls.

The motherboard should have some sound capacity so you may well not require a sound card. Unless you really want your 7.1 surround sound or you are a musician editing and recording and need to kill all the feedback and interference from the other electrical components.

So now all you need is someone else to drop in and correct everything I've said. Good luck!