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I put the jeep on hold for a bit & I spent some money on a gaming pc.

Let me preface this by saying I have NO experience building computers, I'm not a video game nerd, the only game I play is WoW (World of Warcraft) so this build was focused on being able to run WoW and type the occasional word document.

This build to date has me at $360, my case, power supply, and graphics card were supplied by some friends that I game with.

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Intel i5 quad core 4460 CPU
8gb of G.Skill RAM
EVGA GTX260 (graphics card - this is an older card, may have to upgrade)
Kingston 120gb SSD (went with the Solid State Drive over a hd for speed, and also the cost of the SSD was cheap!)
ASRock H97 Anniversary Motherboard
Cooler max PSU (power supply unit)
Cooler max case

Ordered everything off newegg.com
Assembled it in about 30 minutes, very easy, there's a lot of videos out there to show assembly and again, I have no experience with building pcs.

Just got it booted up a few minutes ago, still need to pick up a monitor, a copy of windows 7, and a wifi card. That's another $150 in the hole easily, putting me around $500 for a build that'll run quicker than something I could've bought. And I got the experience of building a computer!
 

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Nice build. I would upgrade the video card though, if you try to play newer games that could be a issue.

On a side note: Quit WoW and play a real game.
 
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Along with the graphics card....I'd add a 2nd larger HD, go to 16 gb of RAM

How many watts is your PSU?
 
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I would have gone for a CoolerMaster HAF Full size tower....love them.
 

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Nice build!

If you do upgrade the GPU in the future, you might want to factor in the cost of a bigger PSU as well.

Many of the PSU's made by case manufacturers are minimum-spec units that don't respond well to operating close to their limit.

EDIT: A decent place to look for all levels of system guides: Maximum PC's Build a PC page - LINK
 

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Nice build!

If you do upgrade the GPU in the future, you might want to factor in the cost of a bigger PSU as well.

Many of the PSU's made by case manufacturers are minimum-spec units that don't respond well to operating close to their limit.
on the PSU. I usually go with 800w minimum
 
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Thanks guys
I have a video card in mind - the gtx760, I want to see how well if at all the current one will run WoW. Hopefully I wasn't mislead, but my understanding was that WoW is simply a heavily modified Warcraft 3 engine, and in its current state runs on just over 2 cores!

Along with the graphics card....I'd add a 2nd larger HD, go to 16 gb of RAM

How many watts is your PSU?
PSU is 650W

I gotta say, there nothing more satisfying than booting it up the first time, especially since I didn't plug in my 8 pin connector and it wouldn't start as a result...
 

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You have a good foundation there. RAM you can always add down the road but the 8MB will work with 90% of your needs. For the video card the best bang for the buck out there is an 2MB NVIDIA 750Ti based card (watch NEWEGG for sales $120-150 range) - they are run cool and are very efficient and you only need a PSU in the 350w range. They typically only have one standard power cable (verify this) because they don't need super cooling. The SSD drive is the way to go but get at least the next size up from the 120 - these drives also lessen the need for a large PSU. The SSD should outlast your system. I am running a Dell XPS i7 systems with the same upgrades with 16mb of RAM and I did not have to change out the factory PSU (310 watts I think).
 
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My first computer was a Commodore 64. Yep, 64K of RAM of which only 32 were available if the BASIC interpreter was resident in memory. I had a book of sample programs. I spent half the morning typing stuff in sob the computer would display a mouse dancing across the screen.
When my grandmother saw that she was literally amazed! She heard of computers but never saw one.
 

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Very Cool. I just built a new gaming PC too. I am an AMD guy for some reason. But I have to agree, the PSU has to be 800+ these days to handle all the juice from the graphics cards, fans et all. I play mostly War Thunder, Elite Dangerous, Arma 3, and a slew of role playing games (1st and 3d person). Perhaps a sub-gaming club with LIF members?
Also, a playstation or xbox GOT NOTHIN on PC gaming. NOTHING!!!!!
 
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