View Full Version : Got to build a PC for bro

08-26-09, 10:08 AM
He just reupped in the Marine Corp and wants a desktop for his apartment, he gave me a budget of 1000. His requirement is he wants to to work with his HDTV and Xbox360, which he read he can do, never heard about it though. He needs alot of space, he buys disks and rips them, and his laptop just isnt cutting it anymore and he filled his 1TB external with movies already. HD content playpack is a must. He doesnt game on PC yet, but has expressed interest in trying wow with some of his Marine buddies, so able to play wow decently is also needed. His HDTV is 1080p so it needs to support that res playable. Having never attempted to mess with a media PC I dont know what software ect he needs. He will be here next week on leave so he wants to order the parts by Tomorrow

08-26-09, 11:32 AM
You can find some good deals on here for used parts but just be careful I heard there were some on here that might rip you off.

08-26-09, 12:14 PM
getting parts from newegg, not here

08-26-09, 04:31 PM
You can find some good deals on here for used parts but just be careful I heard there were some on here that might rip you off.

buying used always has it's risk. sometimes it is worth it sometimes it is not.

08-26-09, 04:56 PM
buying used always has it's risk. sometimes it is worth it sometimes it is not.

Yep, so far I haven't been ripped off but once on Ebay over an old horror movie VHS tape. It was in Greek language and who the hell in the civilized world speaks that mess? :p
The seller did give me back my money and told me to keep the tape so in the end it worked out alright.

08-26-09, 05:01 PM
i got ripped of once couple years ago when i sold a dvd burner.

Sold it, shipped it to the buyer, few days later buyer contacted me that it didn't work. Refunded the money, he shipped the burner back.

I noticed that two screws on the cover were stripped. bastard switched out the interior mechanism from his broken burner with insides from my burner.

SN on the outside cover didn't match the label on the inside logic board.

08-26-09, 05:05 PM
I will buy used when it makes sense over buying new. I am building a new server for home use and every single part I got used except for the PS and case. Gonna end up with a dual xenon with 3tb storage for less than $400.

08-26-09, 05:15 PM
ok guys its gonna be all new 1000 dollar budget, what do i need to drive Blueray 1080p and link to an xbox360

08-26-09, 05:29 PM
No idea about the xbox but if you just want blu ray playback and web surfing capabilities then the ion-atom platform will do that. I built a zotac/ion n 330 (http://www.zotac.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=331&Itemid=555)with 4 gb ram last month and love it.

It is running windows 7 and its my htpc/web surfer. I do have all my media stored on a seperate server thou, and am expanding that with another one atm.

You could get that board($170) ,4 gb ram($50), blu ray drive($90), and 2 1tb drives($180), and a ps/case ($100-300)for well under $1000.

If he is gonna do any video encoding, gaming or anything heavy then I would suggest a 775 quad or and i7 if you can budget it.

08-26-09, 05:58 PM
well he wants to play wow, and since it will be on his 40in HDTV 1080p I needs to drive wow lol. Decoding ect I dont think so, hes not very comp literate. He wants Windows Vista on it, so ill get Vista Home Premium X64 for it

08-26-09, 08:49 PM
My gf plays peggle on my 47" with it. :D

Grab an e series cpu, 4 gigs ddr2, decent asus, or gigabyte board, and a 48, 49 radeon, or 9 series or higher nvidia. Done.

08-27-09, 12:04 PM
It's pretty simple to select parts nowadays unless you have a specific need. Basically any Intel Core2Duo processor and any good name brand motherboard such as Intel, Asus, Abit or Gigabyte. Just choose the one that's going to have the number of connections you'll want as well as either a board that's going to run SLI or just 1 video card. From your case sounds like just 1 video card is sufficient. Really isn't any point to going for a quad cpu unless you just have the money to burn or specific need.

Graphics card pretty much any Nvidia Geforce 260 or better from brands such as BFG or EVGA, PNY is ok too. Not sure what the equiv ATI board is now.

After that get ya a good power supply as it's pretty much THE most important part of any computer build. I've loved my Corsair HX620 ever since I got it to replace my OCZ. Just go with a good name brand power supply that has about 600-750W for single card. Even that many watts is more then enough but you want some headroom for later expansion.

Then find ya a cheap BlueRay player and have fun putting it together.

08-27-09, 03:17 PM
Ok here is my basic newegg build

Athlon X2 250 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103681)
Gigabye GA-MA790XT (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378)
PNY Optimia DDR3 1333 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178238)
Corsair 550VX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004)
Saphire HD4850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102837)
Seagate 1.5 TB Drive x2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148412)
Coolermaster Centurion 5 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068)
LiteOn BluRay 4x (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106325)
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488)
Office 2007 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116135)

how does this look, he has a mouse and keyboard already, and he doesnt burn disks, he just puts any song he wants on his Ipod and told me a burner isnt needed he wont use it. So how does this look for Media, WoW and Xbox360 connectivity? Office is because he wants it. His Moniter as said is a TV.

Total cost is 981 + shipping