A PC question for all you Sharenators.

Recently i've been thinking about building up a old computer i got from my grandmother, now to be honest it sucks donkey balls. So what should i do? build this one from the ground up or should i start saving and
buy an alienware or something along those lines?

And i want to play games on it

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    Depends what you want to use it for... if your planning on playing games on it, it would probably be smarter to get a new computer... but if you're just using it for school it should be good enough, you can always wipe the computer clean and it will run smoothly.

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    I would advise against buying an alienware computer, while they look cool and they are good for gaming, THEY ARE INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE.
    If you know what you are doing, you can build yourself a decent gaming computer for under $1,000. my A+ class built one for about $800.

    Well this is my first time. what would i be looking at for new parts?
    - DarkicoN13 March 7, 2011, 5:44 pm
    Most expensive parts will probably be the processor and the graphics card if you are going for a gaming computer. I don't personally know enough about building a computer from scratch to be much help,
    but if you want to look at prices for parts and such, i recommend starting here
    - drakengard85 March 7, 2011, 5:52 pm
    Alright then, quick question thenm Dual core or quad?
    - DarkicoN13 March 7, 2011, 5:54 pm
    I think that dual core would be alright for most of your needs, but if you have the extra cash then you might as well spring for the quadcore.

    were you looking at this?
    because this seems to be a pretty nice cpu for a good price
    - drakengard85 March 7, 2011, 6:36 pm
    Do you mean power core? and i usally look at a local store site mainly because i don't like buying online
    - DarkicoN13 March 7, 2011, 6:40 pm
    I honestly don't know what a power core is.. Sorry I can't be more helpful, I'm only halfway through my computer class.
    - drakengard85 March 7, 2011, 6:54 pm
    Sorry i think i meant the processer thing.. nevermind. well thanks for your help man
    - DarkicoN13 March 7, 2011, 6:57 pm
    The only problem you would have with building up you old one is it is probally a single core processor and can only go up to 2gb RAM probally the motherboard couldnt handle enough RAM to play any decent game.

    Also if you do plan on building one make sure the motherboard and processor can go together that is the main key. Choose quad core that phenom is good especially for that price.
    - buddyfoeva March 7, 2011, 7:50 pm
    I just got a new motherboard like last year in the summer so it should be fine
    - DarkicoN13 March 7, 2011, 8:04 pm
    What processor is in the old computer now?
    - buddyfoeva March 7, 2011, 8:10 pm
    IDK i'll get back to you on that
    - DarkicoN13 March 8, 2011, 3:04 am
    It is a amd athlon ii x2 240
    - DarkicoN13 March 8, 2011, 6:48 am
    Yeah thats a decent processor you could build off that if you wanted to save some money just buy a new fxcard and RAM and that would be pretty much it
    - buddyfoeva March 8, 2011, 12:53 pm
    What is it dual core? a couple of games i want to be able to play is BFBC2 Starcraft 2, mabye L4D 2 and the upcoming BF3
    - DarkicoN13 March 8, 2011, 2:15 pm
    yeah its a dual core. How much are you willing to spend that would help us help you better
    - buddyfoeva March 8, 2011, 6:34 pm
    well im making about 20 dollars a week so i don't really want to go over 200$ for anything
    - DarkicoN13 March 9, 2011, 3:18 am
    well you cant really build that much of anything then. best bet stick with what you have buy a gfx card and you will probably need a new power supply for it. that would keep you a little under $200. just buy a good gfx card
    - buddyfoeva March 9, 2011, 4:49 pm
    what would you recomend for a graphics card, any price?
    - DarkicoN13 March 9, 2011, 4:58 pm
    GeForce GTS 450
    that would be a decent card you could use around $120
    supports dx11 1gb deidcated memory that is just for media and gaming there are better ones but that is a decent card
    - buddyfoeva March 9, 2011, 5:26 pm
    alright. Now saying i would bump up my price range to a maximum of 350 would that give myself some better options?
    - DarkicoN13 March 9, 2011, 5:35 pm
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    Building yourself is 99% better than buying new. You get the exact spec YOU want and it works out cheaper.

    First things, buy a new motherboard, processor and ram. If it has an IDE drive (not sata) then replace that, to at least 500gb. Solid state if you want to go that far. Finally, get a good graphics card. If it doesnt have a dvd rw drive, i suggest you get that.

    New Motherboard
    New Processor (go Quad Core)
    New RAM (go DDR3)
    New GFX Card

    If hard disk is less than 500gb or IDE, then replace it with a 500gb or more SATA drive.
    If optical drive is less than 16x DVD RW then replace. According to a computer guy I know, always get an IDE optical drive, not SATA.

    The other stuff (power supply, fan, case) should be OK, unless you want to get a new case too.

    He's probably better of starting from scratch.
    Issues with case size (Atx and micro-atx compatability for motherboard)
    Power supply being too little for newever GPUs.

    Also just get a 1TB harddrive. No point restricting yourself, and don't even bother with solid state drive enless you've got plenty of cash to spend. May aswell spend a few quid more and get a faster writing HDD.
    500gb = £23 working out at 4.6p a gig.
    1000gb = £36 working out at 3.6p a gig.

    New Motherboard - Definately check up on compatability.
    New Processor (go Quad Core) - Agreed (prehaps look for overclocking potential)
    New RAM (go DDR3) - 4gb at least! anymore is pointless for gaming really, and it's cheap to upgrade in the future.
    New GFX Card - Spend your most money here, most important factor for gaming and no point being cheap.

    You mentioned studying so i take it your a student? If so take advantage of the deals they have on windows 7 (got mine for £8 rather than £80) Do not even consider another OS for gaming.

    I assume the pc is for gaming as you mentioned alienware (gaming pcs)
    - pureawesomeness March 8, 2011, 7:27 am
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    Mod the shit out of it. Look up some ideas in the sharenator archives.

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    If you want to play high end games then I would suggest getting a little better computer.
    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/ has good computers for very good prices.(and most of their computers will allow you to play bf3 at max graphics which is saying something)

    but if you want to just use the Internet and word processes then your probably fine.

    • btw32
    • March 8, 2011, 2:27 pm
    like i said in my post i want to be able to play games
    - DarkicoN13 March 8, 2011, 2:30 pm
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