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post #11 of 19
i buy what has good reviews and good performance/price ratio. buy a high performance psu, a high end gpu ( 300»400 €) and a mid range cpu with good overcklocability (150»260 €, ram 60€ and for motherboard 150»300€ . it depends on what you onna do with th pc and how much you willing to spend, dont go crazy and buy the ultimate hardware if all you do is gaming
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post #12 of 19
Just be sure not too cheap out on any one component as ultimately it will adversely effect the entire build.
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post #13 of 19
I make sure I don't cheap out on the case, cooling and power delivery (80+ Silver or better).

I always read multiple reviews before I buy.

I look for high performance, yet best bang for the buck gear.

I always factor-in Overclocking in my CPU/MOBO/RAM choices...

My own rules ( I TRY to stick to that, unless a great deal comes up):

-$300 or below for a CPU
-$200 or below for a MOBO (got my P8P67 Deluxe for $219 so I broke a rule lol)
-$500 or below for whatever GFX card arrangement
-$150 for a Power supply

-whatever it takes to get reliable RAM and storage...

I always PRICEMATCH every parts that I buy, using SHOPBOT.ca, PRICEGRABBER and other pricing search engines....

So I buy from NCIX.COM that pricematch it's competitor's prices (within their guidelines)
Edited by delavan - 5/29/11 at 8:55pm
post #14 of 19
I try to get the very best of every component that I can afford (unless I like the aesthetics like with my Sabertooth)....
post #15 of 19
i've always been told get the best MoBo and PSU you can afford

so if your budget is $1000 for a complete system (not including Monitor, keyabord, dvdrw etc..)
-MoBo: 200-300
-PSU: 200-250
-RAM: 100-150
-CPU: 200-300
-GPU: 200-250

thats how i go about it - but i tend to piece my comp together over a month or so and save the GPU & CPU till last
post #16 of 19
Depends on what I'm trying to accomplish and what I can get on sale.
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post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by madalin View Post
I allways had this question in mind ...

On what ratios do you buy your hardware ?

I mean ... if you videocard is like 500$ , will you buy a 250$ processor ?

Same about ram ...

I'm just trying to figure which ratio is the best ... So i'll know how to shop in the future . Thanks !!

That is not really a good way to think about it. It boils down to hitting the sweet spot, at least for your budget. That is typically a per component target and depends on what you use your computer for.

So lets say you game. If you game on a 30" like I do you don't have as many options in the video card area, anything less than single gpu high end card, say a 6950/gtx570 or higher, and you will have to turn down the settings.

Now if you game at 1920x1080 there are a lot of good options. You have look at the performance in games versus the price of the part.

Same thing with the cpu. You have to look at the performance in the applications you'll be running, then at price, and pick which makes the most sense.

So that ratio is never really the same for everyone, or even for different builds for the same person.
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post #18 of 19
Its all about what you want/need based on your budget. A good start would be the price/performance ratio.
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post #19 of 19
Here is what I typically use for system builds. This includes tax and shipping costs. It usually works out great for an air cooled setup.

#s are the order of price volatility. 1 most stable to 6 most variable.

13% PSU #2
11% Case #1
17% CPU+HS #3
25% GFX #6
20% MB+MEM #5
11% HDD+DVD #4
3% Other

Examples:

$1500 Budget:
PSU $195
Case$165
CPU+HS $255
GFX $375
MB+MEM $300
HDD+DVD $165
Other $45

$2000 budget:
PSU $260
Case $220
CPU+HS $340
GFX $500
MB+MEM $400
HDD+DVD $220
Other $60
Edited by Machiyariko - 5/30/11 at 1:34am
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