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good morning everyone
i want to find info on how to build my own pc from scratch.
i have built pc's in the past but that was 10/15 years ago, and a lot (well nearly everything) seems to have changed since then.
what advice would other members give me to start with.
basically, i want to build a pc that is good for gaming and everyday work. i wont really be playing very high end games that often that require mega fast components(not yet anyway), but my theory is that if it can handle powerful games, then it shall be good for everything else too. im on a very strict budget( hopefully under £500 uk).
from what i can gather ssd is the way to go, but i am a little concerned about how long they will last before degrading too much. also water cooling is another feature i would like to explore( but on my budget probably cant afford right now).
also any advice on VR would be appreciated. just thinking that maybe i should make it VR ready as that seems to be the future.
sorry for the long speech, but thought it was best to lay all my cards out first.
THANKS in advance
on a side note this is the piece of scrap i have right now...


OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Version 10.0.17134 Build 17134
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer LENOVO
System Model 90B6007BUK
System Type x64-based PC
System SKU LENOVO_PN_90B6007BUK
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4460 CPU @ 3.20GHz, 3201 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date LENOVO IEKT26AUS, 22/07/2014
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Embedded Controller Version 255.255
BIOS Mode UEFI
BaseBoard Manufacturer LENOVO
BaseBoard Model Not Available
BaseBoard Name Base Board
Platform Role Desktop
Secure Boot State Off
PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "10.0.17134.285"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 7.95 GB
Available Physical Memory 4.18 GB
Total Virtual Memory 9.82 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.96 GB
Page File Space 1.88 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Kernel DMA Protection Off
Virtualisation-based security Not enabled
Device Encryption Support Reasons for failed automatic device encryption: TPM is not usable, PCR7 binding is not supported, Hardware Security Test Interface failed and the device is not InstantGo, Un-allowed DMA-capable bus/device(s) detected, TPM is not usable
Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode Extensions Yes
Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation Extensions Yes
Hyper-V - Virtualisation Enabled in Firmware Yes
Hyper-V - Data Execution Protection Yes
i have a couple of old towers laying about, is it worth trying to reuse one, or even reuse any components from my existing pc
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