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[–] AmaleksHairyAss 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Seconded. It's as easy as lego, just ground yourself frequently and watch some videos if you're not sure. And don't force anything.

If it's a gaming PC you're going to need Windows unless you're okay with being limited to what Wine supports properly. So pirate that ahead of time.

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[–] Doglegwarrior 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

U can get a local pc shop to put it together cheeply.. i suggest this just incase zomething iz fucked up they are responsible and you dont void any warrenties etc i think you will still come out with either a cheaper computer or for the same price you will get more bang for your buck.

[–] Cedru 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Any specific advice on how to declaw win 10? I hear is a clingy bitch.

[–] Caesarkid1 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

just ground yourself frequently


[–] TurdLord5000 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Built mine using pcpartpicker.com also. Original price was $750, but came down to $650 after I sent in seven mail-in rebates.

[–] J_Darnley 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

For those in The Netherlands and Belgium (and maybe other places in that corner of Europe) there is also Tweakers and their price watch which pulls in from many more stores locally than PCPartPicker

[–] BeauDacious 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 


You can start with some compromise components.

You don't get shit on by a vendor who installs software you don't want. (unless you load win 10 on your own that is)\

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[–] Wahaha 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think it's fine if you're going for mini-PCs. I wouldn't even know how to build one of those tiny fuckers myself, but they're great. Not for modern gaming, though. Then again, modern gaming kind of sucks anyway.

[–] Thrus2 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

only real differences is motherboard form factor and case, after that it is just being sure that you pick parts that handle the power you have available and that you control the amount of heat in a small space.

[–] WeekendBaker 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I am an idiot then with no regrets. I bought a pc years ago, and just upgraded parts as my games needed, starting with the power supply and graphics card. Sometimes we don’t trust our skills enough on something we know very little about initially, and don’t have the social net to find someone we trust to do it for us.

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[–] ProbablyDead1st 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I have built every desktop i have owned since 1995, thats because the market never offered a gaming computer out of the box, that being said a friend asked me to help him convert "From Console" so i said i would be happy to help a defector from console to the light...LOL. So i thought we would make a trip of it so i looked up Microcenter to start to make a list and to my surprise they are offering top shelf systems out of the box running 32 Gb of Ram and an Nvidea 1080Ti Video card. Times they are a changin.It has also gotten much easier as back in 95 you used to have to set all these jumpers on the motherboard dependant upon what hardware you had, the mother board came with a book that was an inch thick a build was an all day process, nowadays just ground yourself with a wrist strap and plug away in an hour your installing windows.

[–] Buff_Awesome 3 points 5 points (+8|-3) ago 

Building will cost you more initially, but in the long run will save you loads. With a custom build you can easily swap out parts when they go bad. A factory build will be a lot cheaper at first, but won't last as long and will require you to toss the whole thing when you want a new one since they use stock components.

Now in terms of your budget, $850 can get you a decent build, but if you don't already have peripherals you'll struggle. The monitor, mouse, speakers, and keyboard could eat up close to half your budget. If you don't already have those, try to get them used. Most workplaces have at least one unused monitor floating around somewhere that they don't want anymore. That'll save you a lot right there. Mice and keyboards can be dirt cheap if you're willing to compromise. Speakers can be cheap or expensive depending on how dedicated you are in getting a sub-woofer. The monitor will be the single most expensive part, except the GPU, so if you can find one for free, you'll be in a much better position.

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[–] Buff_Awesome 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I said it would be cheaper initially, but cost more in the long run. It depends on how much you're willing to spend though. The more you spend, the more future proof your equipment will be. All that being said, I'm speaking in the context of this guy's budget, not as a general rule.

[–] Thrus2 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Your windows solution to even the cost is to use cracked to reduce to zero by not paying for it? ok this is much easier now and I can beat it with ease. https://www.samsclub.com/sams/hp-envy-750-537cb-27-inch-curved-monit/prod21265079.ip?xid=plp_product_1_7 Pick it up and run out with it total cost $30 in sun glasses and a hat to hide your face.

One other thing you are overlooking is time, for some people they don't find building things fun so this will be work and cost them time that they could be doing other things. Especially setting up a water cooled system like the cyberpower system uses after stripping off the heat syncs from the video card and voiding that warranty there before you even get to using it.

[–] Wahaha 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'll take you up on that challenge: https://www.zotac.com/us/product/mini_pcs/iq01#spec Got it for $600 four years ago as a barebone. The form factor is important!

[–] Alopix 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

A 23-24" 1080 screen is $100 on sale new, and there's usually someone trying to get rid of one locally. A mouse with a best-you-can-get sensor for gaming is usually around 60-80. A keyboard is like $2-3 at any just about any second hand store, same for speakers.

Do not skimp on guts for ricer peripherals, ultra res screens, etc. Don't sacrifice power for memes or aesthetics. Don't be a passive consumer, that's the point of this DIY thing in the first place.

[–] Improbablyanasshole 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

A $3 keyboard for gaming, oh god, no, make it stop. I do not like this feel.

[–] speedisavirus 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

A nice keyboard is $80+

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[–] speedisavirus 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Microcenter is great

[–] EBTFatty 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Especially their CPU + Motherboard combos. The combo ends up cheaper than you can get online.

[–] pizza_mine 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Built with a $1500 budget. I used http://www.hardware-revolution.com as a guideline for my build and to stay with in my budget. I managed to build a great VR ready PC. I’m very happy with the result.

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