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Thinking about building a new pc...

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  1. Bob Vila

    Bob Vila ɐןıʌ qoq Admin VIP

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    Best sites/forums to learn some info?

    My main use of the pc will be for graphics - Photoshop/Image Ready, Flash MX etc so memory is key.

    Processor
    Mother board
    etc

    Any tips? Places to go to learn?

    Thanks
     
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    BodyDroppedNikes ...PENDEJO.... VIP

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    make sure you get a good video card too :)
     
  3. CRX-YEM

    CRX-YEM Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    can't think of any sites off the top of me head.
    but look for site reviews about hardware.
    like http://www.tomshardware.com/
    that's the only one that comes to my mind.

    Memory
    memory is cheap, by lots of it. and if you're looking for a quality made product buy crucial memory , it's microns own outlet store - it's micron ram with tagged with a company name of crucial. (I've got 1.5GB DDR ram and it makes a world of difference.)

    Video Card
    look for a very good video card either an ATI or nVidia based chipset, all others are useless crap.

    I installed an ATI 9800 Pro in a coomputer the other day, it's a nice card, but I hate absolutely hate the driver install for ATI's it's a bitch.
    I also just bought a newer nVidia Geforce4 Ti 4600, and I've used them for a long time great cards, easy install nothing more to ask for.

    I'd suggest the nVidia GeforceFX (the 5700 model at least, if you can swing the $$ go for the 5900) , if you're looking for quality go with PNY,TYAN,JATON,LEADTEK. for tha manufacturer.

    Processor
    I'm biased here, but AMD has always kicked ass for me.

    Motherboard
    again I'm biased but I use TYAN alot, have never had a single problem

    Power Supply and Case and Cooling
    ANTEC, only way to go, they make kick ass poer supplies. if you don't buy an antec case and supply make sure you get a very good power supply or you'll find yourself needing to replace the cooling fan in the power supply within one year.

    I suggest a water cooling system if you don't want the thing to sound liek it's godd grow wings and take off, if noise isn't a problem I can't stress enough that you need reliable cooling for the processor it makes a world of difference.

    Hard Disk
    Western digital used to be my preffered but I've had to many problems lately.
    I lost 2 Hard disk's in my server in one year after buying them (thank someone for DLT backup). I've started using Maxtor, and have had nothing but great things to say about them and if you want to dish out some $$ go IBM.
    also disk space is cheap 120GB for like $80 these days.

    Have fun building your new friend.
     
  4. Bob Vila

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    I was thinking of doing water cooling...but it is expensive isnt it?
     
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    CRX-YEM Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    it's not really expensive, Cal can give you a lot of info on that subject as he's already doin it.
     
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    It is alot quieter tho correct?
     
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    it' alot quiter by far, there are no spining fans at all.
    just the pump going.
     
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    just get some alcohol injection on that bitch :)
     
  9. Bob Vila

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    Ok, I did I quick google search and the cheapest "kit" i found was an AquaCool...it was 88 bucks.

    I still have yet to look into Processors and the MB...

    Crucial is the only ram I use. :)
     
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    Glad to hear it
     
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