Custom is better

Posted by on November 20, 2010 • Filed Under Geekiness

About a month ago, I was thinking about building a custom computer, especially now because I’m playing more PC games. I had some money saved up so I decided to do some research and make a list of computer parts to buy, and then I went with my dad to CompUSA to buy them. I’m really glad I went the custom route, after many years of not having a custom computer.

This is a picture I took with my phone the day my dad and I built the computer:

Inside of the Computer

 

It was cheap, and I got pretty good parts for the money I paid.

  • AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9Ghz (Without OC) Processor
  • Seagate 1TB SATA Hard Drive
  • ASUS M4A785 AMD (AM2+) Motherboard (Up to 16GB RAM)
  • Power Up Standard 550W ATX Power Supply
  • EVGA GeForce GT 240 1GB DDR3 Dual DVI
  • Samsung 24x DVDRW with lightScribe
  • Ultra MicroATX PC Case (Black)

I’m running Windows 7 Professional (64-bit). The biggest change has been the video card, I used the integrated video card on the last computer I had, and you know they usually suck. I can run any game now, it’s such a difference playing WoW or Left 4 Dead with high settings. If you want a computer that is easily upgradeable and one that lasts, you should build one with any spare money you have.

I spent $460 to build this computer. It is very cheap for what I got, and I still have room to upgrade! For example, I have 4GB RAM running right now, but I can upgrade it up to 16GB!

I’m very happy with this investment.

Do you have a custom built computer? What are your specs?



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    JC

    Nov 20, 2010

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    It's a great computer, especially for the price. I think a lot of people don't seem to get that you can get a very good computer at an affordable price. Now we can play games! And we still need to play L4D2 Versus and #YKI!!

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    Angel

    Nov 20, 2010

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    Well I didn't build mine per say because in my instance it was cheaper to just pick my specifications, I agree that custom is better. The specs on my computer are as follows: Intel Core i7-920 processor 9GB DDR3 ATI Radeon HD 5870 Serial ATA II RAID 0 With Dual640GB Hard Drives Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Dual Drives: DVD with DVDRW Blu Ray with DVDRW

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      Nicole

      Nov 20, 2010

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      Awesome specs Angel! I plan to buy a Blu Ray drive soon and more RAM.

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        Angel

        Nov 20, 2010

        Yeah the Blu-Ray was actually and upgrade. They wanted $120 or some other for it and I said screw that so I just recently upgraded for $50 lol.

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    Ashley

    Nov 26, 2010

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    Building a computer is definitely the way to go especially if you're a gamer. My dad builds computers as a hobby which is awesome, I can always rely on my dad to help me if I ever have any computer issues. I'm so thankful for that! Anyway, your computer sounds awesome especially for how much you spent, definitely worth all of it, eh?

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      Nicole

      Nov 27, 2010

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      It definitely has been worth it. Haven't had any problems so far and I'm doing more PC gaming now that I can actually play games with my video card :)

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    Cynthia

    Sep 14, 2011

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    Thats great! Your making out of you creativity.. Keep it up!

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    hocker

    Sep 26, 2011

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    Great post.. I read your blog and I like..Thanks! | :P

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    Genafe Xesons

    Oct 05, 2011

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    I think a lot of people don’t seem to get that you can get a very good computer at an affordable price.

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    Loganasawa

    Oct 05, 2011

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    Nice tips, I had two computers one for my kids and the other one for me, too many pc games download with my technician, like Warcraft, leaf 4 dead, conquer etc, until now its work good because of the system..Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    jellyace5

    Oct 12, 2011

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    Your computer sounds awesome especially for how much you spent, definitely worth all of it, eh?

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    Zean

    Oct 14, 2011

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    i agree with this post because i spend so much time on the computer in fact i spent 10 hours a day.

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    megatron06

    Oct 17, 2011

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    Great blog post! Thanks for sharing it. | :P

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    joy_daviz

    Oct 18, 2011

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    Good post, I download my computer a lot of game, I'm glad its work so good and i never had a problem. Thanks for sharing..

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    hunterX0506

    Nov 07, 2011

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    Nice tips, I had two computers one for my kids and the other one for me, too many pc games download with my technician, like Warcraft, leaf 4 dead. | :P

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