Oct 17, 20181639 views

[Ongoing] PC Building Questions & Answers

On Massdrop, you can find enthusiasts of all levels within any given community. There are beginners who are just starting out and experts who really know their stuff. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, you should always be able to find answers to your questions within the community.
PC BUILDING One of the most technical and equally rewarding things you can do for yourself is build your own PC. It’s no easy task at first, but with practice, guidance, and perhaps some helping hands, you too can take part. Whether you’re looking to build your very first PC, or looking to make some upgrades, or just need a tidbit of advice you’ve come to the right place.
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Striker, Bitbat, and 11 others

Is there an easy way to add an old storage hard drive to a new pc and have the new pc know where all the programs on that hard drive are located? Or do they have to be reinstalled?
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Got to reinstall, it's mandatory
Thank you for the answers.
Hey guys, resident Audiophile here stepping into the world of PC building. I don’t know much about it and I’m looking at building a desktop that would handle gaming ( Destiny 2, Anthem, Gary’s Mod, etc.), 3-D modeling software (Engineering student) and FL studio. My budget would be around $500-$600 for the components plus tower, excluding keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Any ideas what I should get? I’ve heard any processor with 3.5 GHz or higher is good. Thanks
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i'm a agree with that
with that budget you can't get fancy parts, but if you plan your parts accordingly, you would be able to play those games. Specs that would be good for that price range is a Ryzen 5 + 1070 or rx580 + 1080p monitor, do not buy 1440p resolution since the pc doesn't have the horsepower to run those games 60fps+ on 1440p, atleast not on highest settings.
I am looking for some powerful parts to build a pc. My sister is a video ecitor and she needs some power to edit and play games. Any suggestions? budget would be around 300-500 bucks.
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ok so if your into 4k editing use a server to off load and load the video to and fro..... edit 1080p 16:10 or play fortnight and pubg and a load of emus then: Follow along CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor $99.00 ebay.com (US site) new and used at this price point Motherboard ASRock - AB350M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 $56.49 Buy Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $42.99 Storage HP - EX900 120 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $32.69 Seagate - 4 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Windforce OC Video Card $67.50 cheaper at ebay.com (US site) Refurbished Case Corsair - Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 Optical DriveLG - UH12NS40 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $15.00 current list $478.64 **** Swap the 1050ti for a 1070 ti about 130 more that above price and remove the legacy blueray reader, and your gaming with direct x 11 or 12 depending on graphics card
he has got to build it himself to get the best possible outcome for the slim budget
Can anyone help me with getting a pc, I want one that run Fortnite and that I will be able to do simple things with, download discord and do homework My budget is around 1000 USD
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prebuilt or easy/moderate build out?
1000$ is a good budget for a mid tier gaming desktop. With this budget, you shold be able to build a 1070ti gaming desktop (budgetly), there are alot of videos out there for 1000$ budget 1070ti. Go take a look. And if you are like me, who is willing to use "used graphic cards" you can even get a 1080ti for 400$ on ebay.
I have a PC already and I want to upgrade to an SSD but I don't want to pay for another windows copy or any other software I have. so how can I transfer the data from my hard drive to my new SSD? I am not to comfortable using cloning software because it might delete my data or mess up the drives if any of yo have any suggestions that would be helpful.
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You can use software for this/Cloning is perfectly okay, just back up the drives on your HDD/External, to be able to do a recovery. Typically you'd have to pay around 30-50$, but i did a SSD to NvME SSD earlier this year, and it worked like a charm. i'm at work right now, so i cant reference the exact software i used. Conduct a quick google search.
Thanks that helps me out a lot. I had no Idea that the massdrop community was so nice.
I’m new to pc gaming . I previously had an xbox 1. can anyone recommend a good pc build?im looking for a price range of no more than 800$
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Hello friend! Im more of a budget PC gamer and my last build consisted of used parts... But a long time ago I used to be like you with my Xbox 360! The best solution to your problem is to look around for benchmarks of the newest and greatest hardware and to see what is worth your dollar. Nobody in any forum will know exactly what YOU as an individual need. Only YOU can get the information and build it in your way. I used to play on a Core 2 Quad Q8400 and GTX 570 and I can tell you that the best way to get into gaming PCs is to work on something like that, it teaches you how important bottleneck optimizing is, it teaches you how to improve your gaming experience and ultimately you will understand better how to go about buying hardware! Try it with your dad's old computer, start tinkering with it to try to squeeze that beautiful FPS you're looking for, it's honestly the BEST most REWARDING way to game on PC.
Hey there. All these comments are a mess. Here is what you are looking for. Build your own PC with these parts. Get tutorials from Youtube. Join the PC Master race < $800. PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/LHGtHh CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($159.89 @ OutletPC)  Motherboard: MSI - B450M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ B&H)  Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)  Storage: Team - L5 LITE 3D 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($62.89 @ OutletPC)  Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING X Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)  Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ Amazon)  Power Supply: EVGA - BQ 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.11 @ Monoprice)  Case Fan: Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.19 @ Monoprice)  Case Fan: Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.19 @ Monoprice)  Total: $782.23