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#1 Jusatsushi

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 08:39 PM

So yeah as per title really. I'm considering having a go at this on my week off in october. Now I've replaced various bits and bobs in a PC before so I'm not a total fucktard around a motherboard, but is it really as simple as buying the right bits, fitting them to the mb, popping them in a case and installing an OS? Is there something I'm missing? It seems do-able in my mind but I don't want to spunk 700 on kit then fuck it up...

On the other hand, for the price of the bits I'm looking at, getting a built pc from OCUK or Alienware would cost me about 500 more so it is very tempting...

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:46 PM

Pretty much!

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 10:37 PM

Check the motherboard manual, there may be some DIP switches you need to set, but other than that, if it fits in a hole, stick it in (ooh err).

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:00 AM

The only bit I've ever struggled with is all the little tiny connectors that plug in the hard drive led etc, they can be a bit fiddly, other than that it's just a big fun jigsaw puzzle

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:02 AM

I built one about 2 months ago and its ace! Go for AMD processor wise. Their quad cores are sweet and very affordable.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 10:21 AM

Piece of piss mate.

Grab a motherboard bundle as they usually have the processor, memory and settings all pre-configured, so it saves alot of messing around and compatibility issues. Then you just need to shove it in a case, connect the graphics card and drives, install OS and you're sorted.
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:11 PM

Only issue I ever had was with the connectors for the power switches etc, as the colour coding between case and motherboard was different. Soon sorted that and was happy as Larry

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:10 PM

Cheers guys, first bits should be arriving soon.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:03 AM

Make sure you have a good PSU and one that can handle all the bits you put in, I believe these new fangled GFX cards draw some meaty power. I wouldn't skimp on the PSU for sure.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:17 AM

Make sure you have a good PSU and one that can handle all the bits you put in, I believe these new fangled GFX cards draw some meaty power. I wouldn't skimp on the PSU for sure.


This. If there's one part that's worth spending the money on it's almost definitely the PSU. Been caught out so many times with cheapy power supplys that cause random issues.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:01 PM

Got a Corsair 600w PSU and a Geforce GTX 465 on the way!

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 08:06 AM

Ok final specs are intel Quad core i5 Processor, geforce GTX 465 and 8gb Kingston RAM.

Everything is assembled apart from the RAM which is due to arrive before 12 today \o/

Crysis, Mafia II and FFXIV open beta are ready to go.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:03 AM

What was your old PC?

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:07 AM

My lappy! Intel dual core 2.2ghz processor, Radeon HD3470 GPU and 3gb RAM. Runs older stuff like The Witcher and Oblivion pretty well but it scored 300 on the FFXIV benchmark!

Still gonna keep hold of it though.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:10 AM

Ok ;), you obviously saw right through me / :A043:

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 05:11 PM

Just out of interest, how much did your PC cost you. I'm going to be slowly building one over the next couple of months.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:14 PM

So I built my PC in September 2010 and the only thing I've changed is the GPU.

 

3 years on, I still see this when testing new games (Metro Last Light btw):

 

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:36 AM

Nice. What was your spend Jusat?
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:08 AM

The original build was just under £700

 

Since then, I sold the GT 465 for £110 and bought a 560ti for £200, then sold the 560ti for £100 and bought a 660ti for £220, so all in £900.



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:52 PM

Well, after an epic trial, I've now got my ol' girl all Haswell'd up. Picked up an Asus Z87-A motherboard and an i5 4670k and swapped out the old first gen i7.

 

First off, the new MB was bigger, and the gpu used a different slot, so I had to shift everything around. Secondly, the haswell chip was thinner than my old one, so the heatsink wasn't connecting properly and I was having ridiculous heat issues. Finally, google suggested I could swap out these bits without a windows reinstall as 7 is supposedly good with upgrades and both boards were Asus. Not the case. Windows threw up all kinds of hissy fits trying to boot with my old settings, so I had to do a wipe and clean install and lost all my frickin' game downloads including the FFXIV beta, which I was well into.

 

Anyway, tl;dr building a new rig is easier than swapping motherboards on an existing one, but at least it's all done now and seems fine, and I basically have bought my PC right back to current tech and have an upgrade path for hopefully the entire next gen as this motherboard is SLI ready (maybe another 660 in a few months??).






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