Crack Ho (bored_to_life) wrote in pcbuilding,
Crack Ho
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Time to annoy all you people that actually know something...

I think the last time I had any part in building a computer was about seven years ago, and I have relatively no memory of it so at this point it's really not going to help me much...

I'm building a computer to be used for gaming, animation, photography/photoshop. Actually, it's for everything.

I have people that are happy to help me put it together, but as far as the actual shopping goes, no one's been much help at all.

My two main problems are as follows-

1. I don't know what all I need. I have rough ideas as far as what I'd like for RAM and a hard drive. I know I'll need video and sound cards and a motherboard and whatnots, but I really don't know- what all goes in the computer.

2. I know nothing about brands, and what is reliable and what isn't.
Price is less of an issue than quality, as I am settling for this over a $1600 laptop, and I know it's possible to make a darned sexy machine for around $900.

I'm looking to spend in the area of $1,000
I really shouldn't go over about $1,200, but I pretty much live at the computer, and if more than that is what it takes to make a machine that will make me happy, then it's worth it to me.


So far, this is what I (kind of?) know-

-I want about a 300 gig hard drive.
I am not a person that tends to take up a lot of space. I don't have a large music collection, I don't keep a lot of movies, and I don't use way too many programs.
I have been using a shitty five-year-old laptop for a year, and haven't taken up more than 20 gigs (though, it's been difficult).

I have heared Western Digital is okay, and I was looking at these two- I can't tell the difference between them-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136053

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136003


- I want more than two gigs of RAM.
Four seems to be a lot, and I don't think I'd run anything that would use more than three.
Would it be possible to use one stick of 1gig and one stick of 2gig?
I'm under the impression that it very much is, but I can't seem to find a way to buy it like that.
And again, I have no idea as to what brands are best.


- Video card...
No ideas here.
Basically if I can run Oblivion I'll be a happy girl, but I'd like a good quality, decent video card. If it stays in the $200 or less range that'd be just spiffy. If not, that's what I have a job for.



Motherboard and sound card are also huge grey areas for me.
And I'd love to get a CD/DVD combo drive, but it appears that Newegg only has a couple and they're apparently shitty.
So brands and products for that would be kind of nice too...

I am pretty sure I'm getting this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129155


... Uuumm yeah, I think that's about it.... Thanks in advance, sorry for any extreme st
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