Originally Posted by Shahin
is there anybody on these forums that knows hardware pretty well? I was wondering if somebody could figure out the best computer i'd be able to buy with $1000. I'm trying to build it myself so piece by piece what would i need?
That's excluding the monitor and such.
Really depends on what you're looking for.
Go to tomshardware.com and see what the top motherboard is these days. I built a mean mofo about 6 months ago for under $700, I built my brother a nice PC for ~$350. Newegg.com is the online store I use. I feel comfortable with their low prices, service, and reliability.
You just have to do a bit of research on your parts. If you don't have an operating system, that'll be $140-190 right off the bat (depending on which OS you pick).
*The most important thing to consider is the case. You'll need one with good airflow and the right size for you. Typically, the best, most reliable components fit on an ATX motherboard, so you'll probably want an ATX MidTower.
*The next thing you're looking at is the power supply. Most cases that come with power supplies come with crappy power supplies. Almost not even worth it to get a case with a power supply already in it (paying more for to get a useless part included). #1 thing to remember with power supplies is that the heavier it is, the less likely it is to be crap. The heavier, the better. This is probably the only piece of hardware you probably want to buy at a real store. For brands, I swear by Corsairs they're beasts.
*The Motherboard and CPU are the next matters of business. Intel has surpassed AMD by quite a bit in recent years, so it's the obvious choice of CPU. The trick is whether you want QuadCore or DualCore. Most non-hardcore consumers roll with the DualCore as it's markedly cheaper. The QuadCore choice would likely run the rest of your components up over the $1000 mark.
*Memory is pretty key. 2GB is the ABSOLUTE minimum you want these days. It's cheap, so ensuring you have a proper amount shouldn't be an issue.
*The Graphics card is the next major decision, and this one is really dependent on what you want to do with the PC. If you want to play games, you need a good one. If you're just futzing around with email, MS Office, and the internet, it's not nearly as important (almost an afterthought). nVidia has really conquered the market on this component (similar to Intel for CPU's)... The GTX series is the top of the line right now. It'll run you at least $170, though I'd recommend planning to spend $250 on this part - that's usually where you get the best performance-price value (from my experience anyway).
*A hard drive is obviously needed... You can get a 1TB HDD for $80. I recommend Seagate HDD's as I've never had a problem with one. I've had problems with Western Digital, but that was awhile ago and you'll typicall get the best price from WD. Look at the RPM's to compare different HDD's, and try to make sure you get a 3.0GB/S SATA hard drive.
*Optical drives are relatively cheap. Get a standard DVD Burner, you can get one for $30, sometimes less... Unless you really
want a Blu Ray ($160+)... But I'd really hold off on the Blu Ray until the price goes down (shouldn't be long), and just add it as a second drive. Make sure you get a SATA
. You don't want to deal with IDE cables if you don't have to - I'm so glad those things are a thing of the past.
*Sound cards are optional. All motherboards come with onboard sound, and it's generally pretty decent. You can spend a good bit of cash on a really nice sound card, and it'd probably be worth it, but it's not necessary.