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ben bythewood Oct 03, 2008, 11:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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my dad has just put out an idea about making a frag box personalized from scratch by me and let me tell you that is the best idea i have ever heard it saves money and you can customized to fit me with more options to chose from. but, i hit a snag, i know what OS and CPU I want but i dont know what else i want i need suggestions im using this computer for games schoolwork and web surfing please suggest somthing along that line. thank you!


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Shawn Langley Oct 03, 2008, 01:42pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: frag box modding from scratch
If i'm thinking 'fragbox' as in lug it around to LAN parties and kill people.... build a 17-19" monitor into the side panel and a handle into the top! Wireless KB and Mouse wont go a miss either try to keep everything in a single unit would be my opinion.

And of course a good lighting scheme nothing worse than three tri-colour red/blue/green neons strapped inside a case and called 'modded'


EDIT: Also if you mention what CPU your using i'm sure some people around here could build you a cracker of PC (or at least tell you the parts) Personally id go with nothing less than 2Gb of DDR2 ram as a starting point its cheap and helps ALOT... Also for a brand if your OCing go with a decent brand if your running stock and looking to cost cut just generic stuff will do IMO.

Having voices in your head is normal. Listening to them, common. Arguing, acceptable. However, when you lose the argument, you're in trouble.
Colin Burke Oct 06, 2008, 09:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: frag box modding from scratch
You at least want an Nvidia 8800gt. (I have the MSI 8800GT-OC, used frmo the egg was 141.99 6 MOs ago) With an online deal from Newegg or frys, you can get one for around $100, thats a steal. Since the specs are pretty much exactly the same as an :blush:9800gt:blush:, its still a very good card. Many 8800gt s come with a huge heatsink to keep it cool. It would help to keep your box cool if it were to house your monitor as well.

With that being said, you need to have adequate cooling... At least a 120mm in the front as well in the back if you are housing a monitor. With an intake on the side or the top too. If you are getting an intel CPU, dont use the stock intel heatsink its garbage. I use a scythe katana and i swear by it but theres a lot of other heatsinks that are smaller that you will benefit from. Cooler Master and Thermaltake are good brands.




ben bythewood Oct 06, 2008, 05:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: frag box modding from scratch
ive found a better solution, i went to a couple of sites and thought mmmmm... i found a shuttle barebone kit with a intel core 2 quad then i found a graphics card worth its salt but affordable and a 22 inch hdtv monitor and windows vista 64 bit premium and a g15 gaming keyboard and a logitech gaming mouse with precision aim all for roughly $1300 (i am buying crysis too):P

Colin Burke Oct 07, 2008, 11:48am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: frag box modding from scratch
Watch out for those little cases. Depending on the graphics card you get it might not fit. Do a lot of research first. Some of the shuttles only support low profile video cards ive heard... Low profiles don't go much faster than a mid range card...

ben bythewood Oct 14, 2008, 01:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: frag box modding from scratch
thanks I have had some great thought and I found a case that takes atx or atx micro motherboard what motherboard do you think i should get. oh and what is the right cable i should use you know the cable that you hook the motherboard up to the hook the other parts of the computer to it. what is that cable called?? cant remember somone help me with my memory.

Suspended User Oct 14, 2008, 02:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 14, 2008, 02:49pm EDT

 
>> Re: frag box modding from scratch
ATX, the cable you are referring to is Molex. This is only really used for case fans these days. Optical drives and Hard Drives use a Sata power connector, and graphics cards use PCI-E power connectors.

Make sure the PC you buy has a decent power supply in it. If it doesn't, buy one.


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