Cheap parts for new build

itchytoo

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Hi, I want to build a new computer soon. I want to build one just to learn how to. I would just take apart my own computer, but I'm afraid that I'll screw something up. What are the cheapest parts that I could get for my first build?
 

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Depends on what your system specs are please post them in detail then i can better help you pick what to get and what we can use from the computer you have now also what do you plan on using this new build for gaming and surfing web or what
 

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I want to just build a whole new computer entirely. I don't really care about gaming or surfing the web. I already have my own PC. I want to learn how to build one. I want the cheapest parts possible so that I can learn how to build a computer
 

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Think AMD when choosing a motherboard and CPU. Make sure the sockets are the same, and make sure you have enough power with your power supply. (A minimal build usually doesn't require anything more than 350-400w). Newegg, Amazon, and ebay are the best places to shop for used, refurbished, and new parts. Just make sure if you buy a used part, it comes with what you need. (i.e.: if you buy a used CPU, make sure it comes with a fan and thermal paste, or you may end up paying more than you would if you just bought a brand new one). For the ram, just get 4gb (Really isn't that expensive anymore, might be even harder to find dual 2gb ram since everything is DDR3 now). For the harddrive, just get 120gb or something crappy. Maybe get some SATA cables so you can expand later.

That's pretty much it. For the graphics card, don't go to crazy. Infact, just look for any mobo that has an integrated one, it's obviously all you need if you're just building one for practice. (That doesn't mean you can't upgrade later, though).

Here's a pricing guide: http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png

Do NOT use this as a computer bible or anything. If you find a good deal, then take it. This is just for a general idea. I built a computer for $230 with a dual 2.8ghz intel cpu.

EDIT: Oh, and about cases... Just get a mid size or micro atx. Mid size cases are easy for beginners, but they're more expensive and cables don't always reach on micro atx motherboards.
 

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oh o.k. well then these videos will help you get the basic idea on how to go about it PART I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw&feature=related PART II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=relmfu PART III http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=relmfu
 

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