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Skhilled:
My current PC has a lot of issues. Some being:

1.  Getting very sluggish since the last 2 Windows upgrades.

2.  Still using Vista! 

3.  I built this one 5 years ago and the CPU is old. Using AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800 2.51 GHz 32-bit version.

4.  Some software will not update or install because of the old CPU or Vista.

5.  Only 4 GB RAM DDR2...should be at least 8GB.

5.  Stalls on boot up possibly due to BIOS upgrades. Using ASUS M2N-E Motherboard.

So, I've decided to build a new PC this year with my Tax Refund.

Since I didn't have anywhere to go yesterday, I decided to drive to the Philadelphia/St. Davids Micro Center location (they have various locations across the US) on an "info gathering" mission to see what I should get and how much I can expect to pay. The staff there are VERY knowledgeable and can answer all of your questions...I've been going there almost since they opened about 25 years ago! They have a vast array of products...almost anything you could every want for a computer or other device. Training for various needs is on location as well as they can build a computer for you while you wait!...for an extra fee. Books, software, nut and bolts of various sizes and colors, PC cases, fans...you name it! Trust me, you will be impressed! And they have different sales going on every week.

So, here's what I got so far:

Motherboard
ASUS A88X-PRO Socket FM2+ ATX AMD Motherboard - The link says "Out of stock" cause I bought the last one!  This was $149.99 with a $25 instant savings and a $25 mail-in rebate! And because I purchased the CPU, listed below, they took another $40 off! 

CPU
AMD A10 7850K 4.0 GHz Black Edition Boxed processor - This is listed at $149.99 at most places but was $119.99 there and helped me get the $40 off for the mobo above. 

Memory
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) - 2 sticks which I may take back for faster ones and 16GB instead of the 8GB these have...not that they are bad. I just started thinking I may want more.

So...I still need to get:

1.  PC case - preferrably toolless and plenty of space for drive bays and ventilation.

2.  DVD drive - the one I have is messed up. 

3.  Fans for the case

4. Power supply unit (PSU)

5.  SSD HD drive - for my primary drive for speed.

6.  1 or 2 TB HD for storage.

6.  Graphics Card (GPU) - the mobo does have on-board graphics so that is not needed right away.

7.  Win 8.1

And maybe a few bells and whistles like lighting for the inside of the case or colored screws to match the case.

Any updates or anything else I can think of will be added to this topic. :)

Ken.:
Sounds good so far Steve.  8)
You'll find a lot to like with Win 8.1 and a few parts that you do not... but there are work around for most.

My two top changes are to the start page, I installed Classic Shell to replace that page full of charms. And the 'OneDrive'... my 8.1 laptop is stuck with the OneDrive icon down by my clock because, even though OneDrive can be disabled, it cannot be turned off.  :censored:

Anyways... I'm looking forward to reading about your progress as you do your build.  ;D

Ps: Any idea on your final cost?

Maxx:
Yes sounds very close to the one I built and build for others, I would get to 2 one TB drives at a High Cache  and at least 7200 rpm SATA. the Windows 8.1, I also like very lite on resources once you clean out what you don't want it's nice. ( note the Solid state drives run fast, until they build up some file then they get slower and slower) are very pricy!

I keep a in clone on the other drive ( secondary )!

 has many apps you just delete and or high. as Ken mention you can set up a regular Desk top,
Some of the control Icons hidden but mostly on the bottom left and right sides.
You will find it very fast compared to Vista.

I have on my Intel windows 10
on my standby AMD ASUS PC I have windows 7
and on my Laptop I have windows 8.1

Once you you get hang of the Windows 8.1 you will like , I think!
Many don't like 8.1 cause they don't like the change!

"Yes it's been a long time coming, but change is gonna come oh yes it. " say one more time Sam!

if any of you guys need help, with you computers. I will try my best to help you out!

regards,
Maxx

 

Skhilled:

--- Quote from: Ken. on March 01, 2015, 10:04:36 AM ---Sounds good so far Steve.  8)
You'll find a lot to like with Win 8.1 and a few parts that you do not... but there are work around for most.

My two top changes are to the start page, I installed Classic Shell to replace that page full of charms. And the 'OneDrive'... my 8.1 laptop is stuck with the OneDrive icon down by my clock because, even though OneDrive can be disabled, it cannot be turned off.  :censored:

Anyways... I'm looking forward to reading about your progress as you do your build.  ;D

Ps: Any idea on your final cost?

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Thanks. I plan on changing the Start Page because I've never liked it since Win 7. It's one of the reasons why I still use Vista. LOL

As for the cost, I usually spend around $500-600 but that is usually all in one shot. I plan for what I want then buy it all at once. This time I'll go a bit slower and spread it across several paychecks. This will allow me to spend a bit more. ;)


--- Quote from: Maxx on March 01, 2015, 01:25:52 PM ---Yes sounds very close to the one I built and build for others, I would get to 2 one TB drives at a High Cache  and at least 7200 rpm SATA. the Windows 8.1, I also like very lite on resources once you clean out what you don't want it's nice. ( note the Solid state drives run fast, until they build up some file then they get slower and slower) are very pricy!

I keep a in clone on the other drive ( secondary )!

--- End quote ---
Yes, the SSD'd also tend to wear out faster from what I've been reading in reviews so the jury is still out on that.

So, I may opt for the two 1 TG drives. I always dual-boot with at least one version of linux and that would give me enough space for several distros to play with.

I also got paid Friday and didn't realize I had more in my account that I realized or I may have gotten a few more things.  :happy:

Ken.:

--- Quote from: Skhilled on March 01, 2015, 02:46:11 PM ---Yes, the SSD'd also tend to wear out faster from what I've been reading in reviews so the jury is still out on that.

So, I may opt for the two 1 TG drives. I always dual-boot with at least one version of linux and that would give me enough space for several distros to play with.

--- End quote ---

I've read those reviews as well, but there seem to be many positives as well and to me the main one would be SSD speed as compared to other drives available... so if it were me building a new PC a small SSD, just big enough to hold the OS, would be my first choice for the main drive and then one or two regular (SATA) drives for programs and storage.

Me gonna enjoy seeing you build this one Steve.  :cool2:

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