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  • 55 months ago

Hi everybody!

I live in southern Virginia. I have never built a PC. However, next semester I will have some additional free time, and I want to learn a new skill. My budget is between $600 to $800 to build a new PC from scratch! I use my laptop now for excel spreadsheets, the internet, and a bit of gaming (mainly Civilization V). I want to build a desktop that can do all of that, but I don't know where to start! I'm not computer savvy, but I want to be. Could one of you fine gentlemen tell me where to start?

Also, I like the idea of a water cooled PC. I was looking into it and it looks really cool. I do a lot of calculations with water pressure and such with my civil engineering courses. Would it be over ambitious to try and built a water cooled PC for my first build, or should I shoot for the stars? Let me know what you all think. Thanks a bundle!

-JDH

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Your 1st PC won't need a water cooling loop on that kind of a budget. A custom loop itself most likely cost over $500 and that's just for a small one. If u want a liquid cooler an AIO (all in one) water cooler is the way to go. I personally prefer air cooling however.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice. I think I'll go with a simple fan.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

By watercooling you mean an AIO or custom loop? (both of which don't make sense on this low of a budget)

Do you want windows and peripherals or just the hardware?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I suppose the water cooling loop won't make sense. I think I'll scrap the idea and go with a simple fan cooling unit.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I think custom loops only make sense in super high budget builds. They are expensive and hard to do.

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  • 55 months ago
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Did you piss someone off to make them downvote your every comment?

  • 55 months ago
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So, do you need windows and or peripherals or just the PC?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'll need to install windows on it. I would like a new mouse and keyboard with my new PC. I thought peripherals were just a finishing touch though.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

So windows with mouse and keyboard? Give me a moment.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a more gaming orientated build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.88 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $139.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury White 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $38.49 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB FTW ACX 2.0+ Video Card $255.99 @ Amazon
Case BitFenix Neos White/Silver ATX Mid Tower Case $45.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $76.50 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $831.62
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $801.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-22 19:33 EST-0500

If you want a build more orientated to load speeds and work, just reply telling me that as there's a few easy adjustments you can make to improve that kind of stuff.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the list. This website is a wealth of information! Yeah I'd say I use my pc for about 90% work, and 10% gaming. I probably don't need that nice of a video card. Right now CoopPlays build makes a bit more sense for me.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't trust based on brand. Trust on manufacturer and model.

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  • 55 months ago
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Corsair doesn't make their PSUs though. Lots of them are made by channel well tech. RAM, maybe, but not PSUs.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $209.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $85.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury White 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $80.93 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Black Edition Video Card $203.98 @ Newegg
Case Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.00 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $804.66
Mail-in rebates -$75.00
Total $729.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-22 19:42 EST-0500
Perfect Upgradeability For The Future :)
Any More Questions, Watch A Couple Of My Computer Based Videos :)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKZnUr3Kk3Kv-xqVVDkVg_g
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Good stuff. I'll definitely check out your videos!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $193.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI B150 PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $82.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Panram Ninja-V 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage OCZ ARC 100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $138.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Deepcool TESSERACT WH ATX Mid Tower Case $25.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $55.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB (32/64-bit) $105.99 @ SuperBiiz
Keyboard Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $45.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $779.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-22 20:28 EST-0500

You could also take a step back on the processor and get a better GPU, or remove the SSD, whatever your preference is.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I think OP wanted the satisfaction and hard work of doing their own custom loop instead of a prebuilt thing.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Somehow your part lists are always one small step ahead of mine. What's your secret?

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