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Old 12-18-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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You don't need to tune a computer. The only thing that would cause you to have to do anything anyone would consider tuning would be if you want to overclock the CPU and/or video card. However, for general use, this is not necessary.

Basically, it's put everything together physically, make any wireing connections necessary, install the OS, install any necessary drivers, install any application software you want to use, and your in business.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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You don't need to tune a computer. The only thing that would cause you to have to do anything anyone would consider tuning would be if you want to overclock the CPU and/or video card. However, for general use, this is not necessary.

Basically, it's put everything together physically, make any wireing connections necessary, install the OS, install any necessary drivers, install any application software you want to use, and your in business.

Not if he wants it for gaming. That's why I asked. My PC, while it's getting old, was originally a PACS workstation certified by the FDA for reading clinical images. There are settings that you want to adjust for certain applications, including gaming.

I agree that assembling a PC for general use is a cakewalk.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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You don't need to overclock for gaming. A lot of people do it to get higher performance. If the machine is spec'ed correctly, games should run nicely at stock clocks. The current Intel processors now automatically do a mild form of overclocking anyway.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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I've built my last two, and enjoyed it. One huge advantage - total control of what goes on the hard disk. You don't have to deal with all the demo-ware the commercial builders dump on their boxes.
Another huge advantage -- picking and choosing the right cards for the mobo, as opposed to letting some bean-counter at Dell choose for you.

I want a screamin' fast video card because this computer also does all my media (through Media Center). I also have a TV tuner which is necessary for Media Center, and an IR blaster. And since I have one of the video cards that does digital audio as as well, I don't need a separate sound card (or, shudder, on-board audio).

Building your own costs a bit more the first time. But as you upgrade parts, it gets cheaper over the long run -- because the case, power supply, keyboard, mouse, drives and often the memory and accessories can be swapped to the new mobo. (A TV tuner is a TV tuner. If the OS and the software like it, you'll never have to replace it. Same with things like an IR blaster. They never go bad.)

Upgrading my PC these days means a new mobo, processor, memory and usually a video card. That's it. The rest of my system is anywhere from 5 to 10 years old, and just keeps chugging along.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I've always been an Apple guy growing up in the Cupertino/Sunnyvale with my first Apple // back in the 80's. I feel bad for new windows users using Windows 8. I left windows for Ubuntu a long time ago and never looked back. My main computer is Mac and my secondary system is an I5 PC running Ubuntu.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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I'm great at software (modest, aren't I ), but I don't like working with hardware very much. The problem with building your own is the tuning. Is this a gaming system you are trying to build for your kiddo?
Yes, it is. I just moved to Vegas three days ago, and have boxes everywhere and can't find a thing. I would under different circumstances try to do it, but not now. I called Outlet PC that someone mentioned and they will put it together for $60. Way less than what I would have thought. Now I just hope all the components I ordered today work, as there;s no "computer" warranty. Just a dozen individual component warranties. Hope I don't regret this.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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I've always been an Apple guy growing up in the Cupertino/Sunnyvale with my first Apple // back in the 80's. I feel bad for new windows users using Windows 8. I left windows for Ubuntu a long time ago and never looked back. My main computer is Mac and my secondary system is an I5 PC running Ubuntu.
Great! Let's play Skyrim, Fallout or Starcraft sometime.

Oh, wait....
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Great! Let's play Skyrim, Fallout or Starcraft sometime.

Oh, wait....
I quit playing PC games a while back, but I do have a collection of about 3000 arcade roms from the 70s-90s on a 1st generation Xbox connected to a MAME console with real joysticks and even a real atari trackball. I still play the classics once in a while.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:35 AM
 
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Then you certainly don't need a PC running Windows. I'm no Microsoft fan-boy. But for some applications, its really the only tool for the job. I get peeved seeing the same thing over and over on forums.

"I think I have a virus?"

BUY A MAC!

"How do I get my wireless router to find my new AV receiver?"

BUY A MAC!

"I'm having a problem getting Windows Media Center to automatically strip out commercials."

BUY A MAC!!!!


ad infinitum....
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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You don't need to tune a computer. The only thing that would cause you to have to do anything anyone would consider tuning would be if you want to overclock the CPU and/or video card. However, for general use, this is not necessary.

Basically, it's put everything together physically, make any wireing connections necessary, install the OS, install any necessary drivers, install any application software you want to use, and your in business.

the term is modular.
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