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Building A PC - New Topic!

by zvai - April 24, 2014 5:38 AM PDT - Desktops

So the last PC I built and my very first, I didn't really put a lot of research into. I just grabbed all my money, threw it at the guy at Fry's and said what can I get with this. This was in December 2009.

Yeah, it's been a while.

So I've been using an ASUS G74Sx series laptop for the past few years give or take.

And I'm itching to built a new desktop.

Now, several things come to mind.
If I build a desktop now, I would like it to last a while, at least till 2020 when bio-computing is supposedly going to start being introduced to the market to replace the microchip and silicon stuff.

So I'm wanting something that can utilize DDR5 memory, and a very nice graphics card but nothing too pricey and processor that will be capable of taking some advantage of Google Fiber once it hits the market.

Now cost becomes a concern.

I don't want to spend an arm and a leg for the latest and greatest.

But I'm not quite sure how to back track and find out what products were the latest and greatest, say 6 months to 1 year ago, and if it would be possible to find those products at a much lower cost now that they have become "old" tech.

I'd also like a decent Tower, and motherboard that can be upgraded in the future if needed. Something that will support that next new thing that comes out, that I can grab a hold of as it gets cheaper as well.

And one last question.

SSD, or HDD.... SSD apparently depending on quality and even in higher qualities, still have a limited life. Each time you delete something and it is rewrote, it damages the cells.

HDD, substantially cheaper, and able to purchase 1TB - 2TB mained in my tower at a good cost, with some externals.

Sorry if this seems like a **** ton to respond to.

I'm looking to spend hopefully no more than $800 but I'm always flexible, just means I'll have to wait an extra week or so to increase the budget.

I don't need a monitor, that I can pick up at a later date. I have a 42inch screen already I plan to hook up.

I have a mouse. Razor Taipan.

So I just need the keyboard, tower, graphics card, internal wireless adapter, motherboard, processor, OS, memory, sound card (optional?).

Thanks for any advice in advance and or guidance. (read more)

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