Need Suggestions on Parts of a Desktop PC

I’m planning to buy myself a Desktop PC this Christmas from HP and I’m contemplating between an HP Pavilion Elite m9299d Desktop PC or HP Pavilion s3690d Slimline PC. But I realized that I can save more If I assemble my own Desktop PC. I need suggestions from PC/Hardware geeks or not geeks out there of what parts to buy for maximum PC performance (on gaming, photo editing, video editing, eating, swimming, and everything that we can do inside Milky Way Galaxy).



I’m eyeing on an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Processor , 2 GB DDR2 Memory (or 4GB if I can make use of it), and 1TB SATA HDD. I don’t know what Motherboard to buy, what Graphics Card to buy (nVidia GeForce, ATI Radeon or any better??), and other important specs of a PC to consider. My reason why I’m buying an HP Pavilion is to have my very own 24″ HD Widescreen LCD, because it’s free when you buy an HP Desktop PC. (It’s worth Php20k+ if you’ll buy an PH Widescreen LCD alone)

If I can save more bucks and create a more powerful PC, why not assemble my own and maximize the value of my money and the performance of my very own personal computer.

So the main specs and parts of my dream PC are:
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor
1 TB SATA HDD
2GB DDR2 Memory / 4GB DDR2 Memory
HP 24″ High Definition Widescreen LCD
Wireless Logitech Keyboard and Mouse
Tower Case = Need a slim one, but I don’t have any idea what to buy.
Motherboard = No Idea
Graphics Card = No Idea
Wireless Card = (I’m still skeptical to buy a WLAN card or just buy an External Linksys Wireless-N Adapter.)
And… Just add more parts if necessary.

I hope someone here can suggest what are the best specs for a PC (And what’s the possible total cost) to obtain maximum performance, stability, durability and all lity lity. Hehehe.

Any PC part suggestion or recommendation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank yahhh! :mrgreen:

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202 thoughts on “Need Suggestions on Parts of a Desktop PC

    • e…. gusto ko magkaroon ng desktop eh.. sawa na ako sa laptops. next time na kasi daming nag silabasan na new laptops.. pag bibilhin ko yung isang laptop, may bago ulit na lalabas.. baka next year na me bibili ulit ng laptop :shock:

  1. buy u nalang yung SlimType PC, cute sya :mrgreen:

    wala me alam sa motherboards, graphics cards, etc kuya, kasi di ko alam eh. sowi can’t suggest sa parts :eek:

  2. I suggest na stay away from Nvidia Motherboards. Kasi may problema, problemang di ko alam, pero basta may nabasa me dati na may topak ang Nvidia motherboards na nirelease at yung mga built in sa HP tablets at pavilion laptops.

    Go for an Intel DX48BT2 Motherboard, Gigabyte EP45-UD3P, or any ECS motherboards.

    For Video Cards, ATI Radeon or XFX GeForce. Yung latest na XFX nalang kuya, yung GeForce GTX 260 something, basta yun yun…

    For Processor, Intel Quad Core na sinabi mo sa post mo, oks na oks na yun, or yung andoon sa drawing mo na Intel Extreme, sobrang ok na yan for gaming and 3D. Ewan ko lang kung maghahang sya

    For memory, Mushkin or Corsair na DDR2, yan yung known brands eh. Pwede din Kingston :)

    I think that’s all muna. Pag may tanong ka pa text me, or samahan nalang kita bumili ng parts then libre mo me :mrgreen:

    • naks! zainey! nosebleed ako ah.. di ko alam mga yan.. hahaha! Mushkin? Corsair? ngayon ko lang yan narinig. Bobo me sa mga names ng hardware parts.. wooot! galing! bow ako sayo :eek:

      thnks ulit sa suggestions :)

  3. Hi Jehz, I stumbled upon you’re blog from Google. I love your cartoons and as I browse your latest posts, all of theme has cool cartoons! :mrgreen: you also have cool emoticons :shock:

    Btw, if you’re planning to buy or assemble a PC for extreme performance I suggest you to buy an AMD Cheap, because it’s more powerful and more reliable than intel based on CNET Reviews. Go for an AMD Phenom 9950 2.6 GHz. It’s more powerful than Intel’s Extreme Processor. As for the Memory and Motherboard, Zainey has good suggestions about it.

    If you want a ready-made, super-powerful desktop, check alien ware’s line up of gaming desktops. I bet, it will surely make you wow. Price range starts from $1,000 up.

    I hope this helps. :)

  4. This is my dream PC:

    Motherboard: Intel DX58SO $269.99
    Processor: Core I7 965 $1,079.99
    Graphics Card: Two GTX280’s in SLI $800
    HDD: SATA 1TB $139.99
    RAM: DDR3 1600MHz 2GB X 3 $289.99
    Monitor: 28 inch LCD $369.99

    GRAND TOTAL: $2949.95

    All prices based on tigerdirect.com.

    • wow! cool! astig! 28 inch LCD Monitor? mukhang malaki yan ah.. thanks for the specs and the price paul! Will take not of it.. Core I7, magkano kaya yan dito sa pinas.. yung processor pa lang is 50k php na if pareho sa abroad yung price.. wooot! :oops:

      Intel DX58SO, mukhang maganda din.. :mrgreen:

    • 2GB x 3? bali 6GB ang RAM? magagamit ko ba sya kahit di ako 64-BIT? mga nabasa ko kasi mga 64-BIT lang nakaka maximize ng 4GB ram or more.. pag 32-BIT, less than or equal to 3GB lang dapat, tama ba? nyok..

      or dapat mag 64-BIT ako pag ganun ka ganda specs ko? :mrgreen:

  5. Okay, let’s make it straight to the point Jehz, para saan ang laptop mo, for work lang ba? graphics or gaming? dyan kasi tayo makakabuo ng specs.

      • Oh i see.. anong nangyari sa laptop mo? ba’t namamatay? nagrerestart ba magisa? or battery problem? have you try reformating your laptop? (if mabagal kasi, need lang reformat and cleaning up PC. baka madami na virus or spyware?) anong specs and brand ng laptop mo? =)

      • TX 1000, nawawala wala ang ang wifi, namamatay matay ang laptop :D may hardware problem daw sabi ng HP support, kelangan ko dalhin sa service center :D

        base din sa mga reviews bulok talaga HP TX series lalo na mother board, dmai ko nabasa sa forums eh :D lahat kami same problem, at di pa na sosolusyonan ng HP til now.. :D at di din nila ina ayos, kaya di ko nalang din ipa pa ayos, kasi yung iba mga 3 to 5 months bago nakuha, pag ka kuha sira parin D: yoko na umasa sa mga ganun, kaya bibili nalang me new PC :D

        na reforrmat ko na to, la parin nangyari kasi hardware problem :D laruan ko nalang to :mrgreen:

      • namamatay matay lang sya kasi may problema sa hardware :razz: yun ang sabi ng HP kelangan ko daw ipa ayos pero yoko na ipa ayos kasi matatagalan sa service center, kaya pinag tyatyagaan ko nlang kahit nama matay matay.. di ko kasi to ino off. kahit isang buwan na naka on, naka on parin, kaya ayun tuloy nag o off, kasi mainit na ata ang processer, me thinks.. :D

        walang pahinga kasi tong laptop ko, parang desktop :mrgreen:

      • Nice specs. Tips lng po: Wak keung kukuha ng ECS na motherboard. Cheap low class po siya. Kuha po kayo ng gigabyte or intel na board. Kung gaming Rig po sita, 4gig ram, 1gb graphics (NOT AGP, PCI Express).

        OPTIONAL: HYDRO/WATER COOlING SYSTEM – KEEPS YOUR COMPUTER ULTRA COOl KAHIT 3 DAYS STR8 na keung nagP-PC whether gaming pa yan o hindi XD

      • thanks jesse :D takot ako dyans a water cooling system, baka biglang mag leak at mabasa ang mother board ko :D yung sa office namin kahit isang taon naka on yung mga server di naman nasisira pag may aircon, kaya ok lang cguro kahit walang hydro cooler :mrgreen:

        thanks for the babala about ECS :mrgreen: I’m eyeing on an Intel MB or ASUS :smile:

  6. May budget ka naman eh, intel na rin motherboard para optimum performance, friend. Pick a wireless router, para if on a whim kasi sobra pa naman ang pera mo bumili ka ng notebook e di ayos. You can surf in in your closet, your bathroom, maski sa labas sa garden nyo. At bumili ka na rin ng UPS. Ang saya ng Pasko mo. :grin:

    If you’ll notice nag open me ng blog sa blogger. I know I must be shot in the head for this. I am so clueless – huhuhu. I’m still brainstorming (storm lng pala, no brain activity involved) about my domain name. Yun po usapan natin ha, I hope valid pa rin un kasi I am still seriously interested. Getting the feel of blogging lang un sa blogger. Praktis, praktis. :mrgreen:

    • may linksys wireless router na me, wireless N router sya :D yung latest nila.. nyok, matagal na to sa akin, kaya di na to latest, latest nila nung binili ko noon.. hehehe.. may laptop din me, kaya desktop nalang need ko. :D umiikot ikot din me sa bahay kasi covered naman ng wifi ko buong apartment :D nyok nyok :D

      UPS din meron na.. nyok :D

      good luck on ur blogging career :D isip ka na ng domain para masaya! yiheeeeeee! :eek:

  7. I won’t be upgrading in the near future so I can’t give advice on specific products. But based on what you have written, here’s what I can say:

    memory: go for dual-channel 4 GB DDR3, 2 GB is just “standard” today. Unless you have a 64-bit OS, you can’t go over 4 GB.

    motherboard: para sakin ASUS pa din. unless you’re an overclocker, any board with many expansion slots would do.

    Graphics card: SLI Nvidia but make sure u have a good cooling system. Meron nang 4-in-1 video card pero sobra-sobra na un

    case: depends on the motherboard and your plans of upgrading/adding more components. malaki din space kelangan sa video cards + cooling system

    for gaming, you need Vista to play DX10-exclusive games like Crysis. Pero balita ko kahit high-end systems di kaya ang max settings ng GTAIV sa PC e. hehe :grin:

  8. sa buong post na to, eto lang na-gets ko:

    HP 24? High Definition Widescreen LCD

    hahahaha! wala akong kwenta sa ganyan, layout ko nga di ko maayos eh. XP

  9. wow! nakakalula mga specs natin jan ah, hehe. ako may P2 pa. toink! :roll:

    nung naghahanap din kami ng good pc parts, asus daw. ASUS! malay ko ba kung bakit… sa graphics palit daw, ung iba inno3d, but ung mas okay daw XFX (graphics, not board), ewan ko rin kung bakit…

    so far, ok na sa akin ung nabili ng kuya ko… it works to its purpose… heto specs…

    C2D 2.53GHz
    250 GB
    2GB DDR2 Memory
    ASUS 15″ (aus lng ito, cute nga eh, toink… pero not suitable for graphics artists)
    a4tech (basic) kboard and mouse
    ordinary case, basta may fan :)
    Motherboard = asus!
    Graphics Card = wala, built-in pa lang

    …kaya nga sabi ko nakakalula mga specs niyo… pakiramdam ko nga mataas na specs ng binili ng kuya ko eh… heto ung current personal personal computer ko… (personal PC, hehe redundancy)

    Pentium 2 400MHz.
    board = got no idea, haha… binuo ng gateway eh.
    256mb ram
    13GB
    ordinary kb, mouse, case, avr, graphics (hehe)

    ngayon ko lang nalaman na i’m living in the past… :lol:

    • ok na ba ang specs na yan? hindi nag hahang? similar ang specs ng laptop ko dyan, kaso palaging nag hahang, di kaya mag edit ng 3D images sa swift 3D or 3D Studio Max, pag ipag sabay ko iTunes at photoshop at firefox at ultra edit at apache, di na kaya :cry:

  10. well i can suggest you brands ……
    graphic card – ATI RADEON
    motherboard – IBM
    TowerCase- Alienware
    WLAN- Intel Centrino 2(cums wid da processor) / Broadcomm integrated WLAN
    Bluetooth- Broadcomm

    you can get great deals if you buy the whole alienware packages!!! :mrgreen:

    • intel i7 is too expensive for me :D Unless intel will offer that god-like processor to me for free in exchange for a review :shock: hehehe…

      i’m a not-so-hard core gamer :mrgreen: (gamer lang ng flash games, haha) kaya di ko na bibilhin yung super mahal na parts na yan.. ^__^ for photo editing lang naman, programming and web browsing and PC ko :mrgreen:

      thanks for the comment pakjwan :wink:

      • Intel Core i7-920 (2.66G) 8mb S1366— Php 16 210
        Intel BLKDX58SO X58 crossfire — Php 14 230
        LG GCC-H20L Blu-ray 20x black — Php 9 840
        Apacer 2GB 1066 ddr3 (x2) — Php 3 210
        Inno3D 9800GT 1gb ddr3 2dvi 256bit — Php 8 610
        32” LG 32LC4R LCD TV 1366×768 — Php 3 6330
        Logitech MX Air Cordless mouse — Php 6 150
        WD 2tb World Edition II — Php 21 770
        Creative Gigaworks T20 2.0 speakers — Php 3 580
        CoolerMaster 550w Real Power SLI —Php 4 980
        Total — Php 128 120

        sample yan ng assemble na i7.. in my dreams.. lol if you will assemble a desktop pc.. pili ka ng isang package na gamitin mo reference tas upgrade/downgrade ka na lang then check out the price.. then compute.

      • wow! that’s every PC gamer’s dream :cry: i7… oh my.. mahal :D hehehe.. pero hanggang wow muna ako sa specs na to.. sarap ng specs na to waaaaaaaaaaa! :shock:

  11. 1TB HD
    4GB RAM
    Intel Quad Core
    1GB Video Card

    = 25,000.00

    Sulit na sulit diba? yan ang pinaka murang estimated price ko sa ganung specs. I hope it helps…

  12. ano daw!? :roll: mahina ako sa parts eh! :oops:

    basta ako.. dun nalang ako sa part to maximize the value of your money and performance! hahahaha.. it doesn’t mean naman to buy the whole package.. mas better pa rin yung may personal pick at preference mo yung bibilin mo.. dba mas ok kung ikaw mismo nagpersonalize ng pc desktop mo.. :mrgreen:

    basta ganun na talaga yun.. ahahah.. kung tungkol sa parts.. linalaan ko na sa kanila yan.. :razz:

    • salamat rashid :D oo nga naman.. may tama ka ^__^ at mas makaka mura me pag personalized tigi tigi bibilhin ko kesa sa package.. :D pero pag package di ka na mag a assemble, andyan na agad :shock:

  13. ok naman po yung specs na na mention nyo.
    may I suggest this motherboard:

    Rampage II Extreme
    # Intel® Core™i7 Processor Ready
    # Intel® X58/ICH10R
    # Triple-channel, DDR3 1800(O.C) Support
    # TweakIt
    # ProbeIt
    # Extreme Engine with ML Cap Design
    # SLI/CrossFire On-demand
    # SupremeFX X-Fi
    # BIOS Flashback

    NVIDIA is more reliable in gaming in my own experience, most high end games creator are partnered by NVIDIA. it is also good in photo editing, etc..=)

    and lastly, I recommend na you buy nalang external wireless adapter, para magamit mo pa if my another PC ka…=)

    Linksys WUSB54G (WUSB54GSC) 802.11g/b Wireless Adapter

    sana makatulong sa pag dedecide…=)

    • kahit di ko masyadong alam yung mga features ng mother board na yan, mukhang maganda ah.. :D Rampage II, mga magkano kaya ang SRP nyan? :D

      awwwwwww.. yeah I have a Linksys WUSB54GC, pero plano ko na bilhin na Wireless Adapater yung Wireless-N ng linksys, i think mas ok yun, malaki ngal ang, parang antenna :shock:

      Nvidia for gaming? mukhang maganda nga. pero etong Nvidia motherboard ng TX nag loloko, baka sa TX tablets lang :cry: malas talaga ng TX ko T_T

      thanks ulit trashman for your suggestion! yay!

      I’ll add Rampage II Extreme on my list, at magtatanong tanong din me sa iba’t ibang computers shops sa buong maynila :mrgreen:

  14. Bsta go Intel Core i7!!!!!! pra swabe tlga…. :idea:
    Na overclock na un up to 5.22G (F.Y.I. lang)…. wahhhhhh!!!! :twisted:

    Graphics card: Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB DDR5 PCIe…..
    ATI Crossfire X na yan… if u want the best visuals on ur PC… :grin:

  15. overclocking has many advantages pero in risk yung CPU mo, although core i7 is very adaptive sa overclocking, the threat still remains. Ok lang po mag overclocking, pero try to think po muna kung para saan ang purpose ng overclocking. Sa pagkakaalam ko po kasi, overclocking is done for rendering very large amount of details sa isang 3D animation. =)

  16. Jehz, suggestion ko, tingin ka ng parts sa tipidpc.com, yun ang bilihan ng mga parts ng pc. Yung iba second hand pero ok pa naman ang condition. Nga pala, request sana ako ng link exchange, pwede ba? Gagawa na ako ng blog links page sa blog ko to network with other bloggers like you.

  17. jehz, sensha na wala talaga akong alam, super nosebleed! hehe.
    pero gluck sa pag-assemble ng dream pc! can’t wait for the post
    when you get to show it off! and yes, the monitor is to die fooorrr! Go GO!! :razz:

  18. Hello, May suggestion me sa specs, mga around 50,000.00 pesos ang total nito.

    PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 12MB
    MOTHER BOARD: ASUS Maximus Formula X38
    MEMORY: 4GB DDR2 1066 PC2 Corsair XMS2 Dominator
    STORAGE: Seagate 1TB 32MB SATA
    VIDEO CARD: 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra

    You can also opt for Intel Core i7, mga around 65,000.00 ang cheapest total. Prices are based sa local computer stores dito sa pinas. :)

    For CD Drive pala bago ko makalimutan, I suggest this worth $200 Blu-ray drive, para astig, so aabutin ka ng around 75k to 80k, pero super powerful naman ang computer mo :)

    Sana nakatulong ako to help you decide :)

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    • yeah wacom din balak ko :D pero yung integrted wacom na sa TX2500z, baka yun nalang bilhin ko pag may pera ulit :mrgreen:

      salamat boris, w8 I’ll comment on ur post :razz:

      • welcome :shock: maraming taong nag iisip na ganun.. wahehehe. .bili ka na! ako bibili na.. malapit na. sana.. hahaha :mrgreen:

        yung bagong labas ng TX series yung TX2Z, multi-touch na sya, pero not sure if Multi-touch + WACOM sya.. hehe

    • Domain = Godaddy.com
      Hosting = LiquidWeb.com, Dreamhost.com, HostMonster.com, RapidVPS.com, SoftLayer.com at MediaTemple.net :mrgreen:

      marami pang magandang web host sa buong kalawakan :)

    • add mo din blog ko sa now a wife.. puhh puhh puhhlleeeassee??!?! :shock:

      I’ve added ur link na.. kaw pala si idle in makati :eek: congrats for being a wife! :mrgreen: yay!

  20. jehz, since malaki naman ang budget mo, try mo yung around 6K na VC. magaganda na yun..
    Sparkle 9600GT 1024MB DDR3 Php6500
    or
    Sparkle 9800GT 1024MB DDR3 256BIT Php7950

    sa MoBo naman,
    MSI 945PL Neo5-F 1066 PCIE/S/GbLAN/SATA Php3300
    or
    MSI P45 Neo3-FR PCI16X/DDR2/Sound/Lan/ Php6150

    yung memory, make it 4GB.

    sa PcHub meron ata nyan..

    • sure.. pag bibili na me LCD TV, sa monitor baka HP yung kukunin ko.. nyok..

      may series 8 ba you na samsung? yun gustong gusto ko waaaaaaaaaaaa! pero saka na pag may pera. :mrgreen:

      • Hehe pero with your budget sobra na ang 30K jan i have my bayaw for 25K QUAD core na at 320gb ung HD and xempre malupet na ung VC and don’t forget naka LCD Monitor xa with HDMI

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  22. Hmmm.. dude since napadaan lang ako dito hehe tip kulang sau kung hindi kanaman talaga extreme graphics designer and extreme gamer kahit Core 2 Duo ok na pero kung gusto mo talaga ng extreme machine hehe mag Core 2 Quad kana mura nalang ngaun yan sa videocard naman halos lahat maganda Nvidia, ATI basta halos lahat maganda kumuha kanalang ng 1gb na GDDR3 or GDDR5 hehe sa tipidpc.com madame dun nag bebenta mga 10k below tapos MoBo mo Intel nalang yun lang hardisk mura na mga hardisk ngaun. kung bibili ka ng ganyan makaka discount kapa actually sa lahat naman ng mga pc store nag bibgay na cla ng free na keyboard and mouse tapos meron namang mga casing na may kasamang PSU hehe…

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