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Mar 20
2012

All of the Build your own Computer Parts Lists are Updated!

Posted by Admin2 in video cards , site news , Hardware , hard drives

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Hard drive prices are finally starting to go down.  1TB hard drive prices have dropped $30 in the last two months.  It will take longer for the prices to get down to the pre-flood levels but they will get there.  The rest of the changes were price fluctuations and replacement of discontinued parts with newer, faster, better versions.  

On the video card front the 2 GPU cards are gone from stores.  Single chip Nvidia GTX580's and ATI (AMD) Radeon HD 7970's are the current high end.  I imagine both manufacturers are cooking up new 2 GPU cards.

You can find the main Parts Lists page here.

Jan 17
2012

We've updated all of the parts lists

Posted by Admin2 in site news , Hardware

Admin2

We changed the recommended CPU for the $250 upgrade and $500 computer from a Socket 775 CPU to a Socket 1155 Pentium G850.  This brings even the basic computer up to a point where in the future you could upgrade to a quad core, Core i7 CPU.  The motherboard and RAM changed as well to accommodation the CPU change.   The rest of the changes were to replace discontinued models and the usual price changes, mostly down.

You can find the main Parts Lists page here. http://www.homepcbuilder.com/build-your-own-computer-parts-lists.html

Nov 27
2011

All parts lists are updated. Hard drive prices have nearly doubled!

Posted by Admin2 in site news , Hardware

Admin2

We've gone through and updated all of the parts lists.  We changed the CPU, motherboard and RAM on the $1800 and up computers to the new Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz LGA 2011 Six-Core CPU.  We also upgraded the video cards on the $2300 computer to the latest 2 chip model cards from Nvidia and AMD (ATI). 

 There were of course prices changes, mostly down with the exception of  hard drives.  In the past 2 weeks prices for hard drives have almost doubled.  This is being blamed on the flooding in Thailand where a lot of hard drives are manufactured.    To keep the cost of each parts list down we have downgraded the hard drives on the $1200 and up computers to 1TB drives. 

You can find the main parts lists page here.

Oct 19
2011

New Bulldozer/Zambezi CPUs from AMD are available.

Posted by Admin2 in Untagged 

Admin2

They are pretty hard to come by.  I'm not sure if AMD just didn't ship very many or there really  are tons being sold.  The good news is that they perform pretty well. Not as well as an Intel's current CPUs but pretty well.  The high end AMD model FX 8150 (8 core) is close in performance to Intel's Core i5 2500K (4 core).  

Benchmark Reviews.com has a well rounded and fare review

The even better news is that the procedure to overclock these new CPUs is the same as previous AMD CPU so if you have watched our AMD Overclocking videos you already know how to overclock the new CPUs. If you haven't watched our AMD Overclocking videos head on over and watch. 

Sep 26
2011

All of the Computer Parts Lists are Updated

Posted by Admin2 in site news , Hardware

Admin2

We added a SSD section to the $1200 and up computers and upgraded the AMD CPU on the $800 computer to a quad core model.  The rest of the changes were replacements for discontinued models and price changes, mostly down.

You can find the main Computer Parts Lists page here.

Aug 14
2011

I just Updated all the Computer Parts Lists

Posted by Admin2 in site news , Hardware

Admin2

There were a lot of price changes, as per usually, mostly down.  One thing I noticed that is just baffling.  On the $1800, $2000 and $2300 lists it is cheaper to get 12GB of RAM than 6GB of RAM.  We replaced a few discontinued models and on the  $800 computer we upgraded the video card from a 6850 to a 6870.

You can get to the main parts list page here

Jul 21
2011

The SSD and RAID videos are Online Now!

Posted by Admin2 in software , Product Development

Admin2

The videos are intended to teach anyone how to setup a SSD or SSD RAID array in their computer.  SSD or Solid State Drives are much faster than hard drives and greatly improve your experience using your computer.  Using a RAID setup with SSDs can improve speed even more.

These videos are available for immediate online viewing by members of the site.  You can join here.  The same videos will be available on DVD for purchase by the end of July.

 

Jul 04
2011

All Computer Parts Lists have been updated

Posted by Admin2 in site news

Admin2

As usual most of the prices went down,  between $1 and $20 since the last update of the lists.  The only changes were updating a few of the motherboards and the recommended DVD burner.  AMD is set to release the new Bulldozer CPUs, which will run on socket AM3+, very soon.  We changed out the AMD motherboards to the socket AM3+ equivalents of the socket AM3 motherboards that were in the lists.  The LG burner that was in the lists has been discontinued.  We replaced it with a burner from Asus.

You can find the main computer parts list here.

Jun 21
2011

The RAID and SSD Videos are coming along nicely

Posted by Admin2 in site news , Product Development , Hardware

Admin2

We've got most of the video shot with Lesson 3 through 5 close to being finished.  Lesson 1 and 2 are similar in format to the Internal Component video lessons from the Home PC Builder 2011 videos.  They are pure information.  We're planning to have all 5 videos on the site and available for members to watch by the end of July. It will take about week after that to get them on DVD.  

May 18
2011

The Computer Parts Lists are All Updated

Posted by Admin2 in site news

Admin2

This month it was mostly price changes.  Some a few dollars and some $10 and $30 changes.  The only changes to the hardware in the lists was the video card and case recommendations in the $250 Upgrade and $500 Computers.  An Nvidia 9500GT was replaced with a Radeon HD 5670.  The cost went up about $20 but I think its worth it.  The 5xxx series supports DX11 and can play all the latest games, just with all the bells and whistles turned off.  The case was replaced with a very similar one only with a higher wattage PSU to allow for the updated video card.

You can find the main parts list page here
http://www.homepcbuilder.com/build-your-own-computer-parts-lists.html

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