My First Try at Building a Computer

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  1. pisaman2

    pisaman2 L1: Registered

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    I'm thinking of building my first ever computer. My spoecification is making it as small as possible yet having quite a lot of decent features like a tv output (random, I know) and other things. I'm a complete noob so I realise I should do bit of research first, which I will! My major concern is the processor. If my budget was a little over £400 ($650ish) could I make a decent PC. What specs would I get? Overall, would it be a good computer.

    Also, can someone give a modern guide with recomendations on which hardware to use. I can only find guides written in 2007 for some reason =P

    Thanks

    EDIT: As I said, I want it small. The main reason for this is that I want to make it as laptopy as possible, yet upgradeable and stuff. I realise it will be quite a lot bigger than a laptop, I just want it as portable as possible. Also, somewhat related to being portable. Is it possible to have a few batteries in there somewhere to make it function like a laptop?
     
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  3. pisaman2

    pisaman2 L1: Registered

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    i've looked at that and thankfully, it looks great. I should have little trouble with proces at this rate. I thought I'd get a load of replies saying that with $650, I'd be able to build nothing of use! Thanks for the help
     
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  4. ratclaw

    ratclaw L2: Junior Member

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    Best thing you can do is divide up the cash on how much you're willing to spend on each part. I spent about the same amount on my video card, my cpu, and my motherboard.

    Google certain parts and look around for the highest power at the lowest price, don't forget to check buyer comments cause not all sites are legit or care about their customers.

    Look at what parts you can do without. My motherboard has a built in network card and sound card (reasonable quality too). Thus I didn't need to buy those respective parts. Note if you already have accessories such as a keyboard and mouse, don't worry about buying new ones.