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HELP! first time builder


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usafjonny04

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ok here's my situation... i'm leaving for deployment in jan. and have a wife at home that wants to have a desktop computer. i was thinking about building one for her but i have no experience in doing so. i would like some suggestions on whether i should buy a premade tower or try to get help from other people and do it myself. we are getting a new plasma tv and she wants to hook the computer up to that so she doesn't have to sit at a desk all day. (she's pregnant) i want to build a decent gaming system so that i can play games on it also and she wants it for games like simcity societies and things like that which any computer could handle. so if i could get any suggestions on what im getting myself into, please any advise would help. thanks

Edited by usafjonny04, 30 November 2008 - 09:13 AM.

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Hi usafjonny04, welcome to GeeksToGo!

I always recommend building your own. You gain experience by doing so and you also know what parts you are using instead of some mediocre parts most pre-built computers have. It is also much easier to upgrade if you build your own. It is not hard to build one as long as you follow the instructions provided and note that we also have a pinned thread in this section of the forum: How To Build Your Own Computer.

Before I suggest some parts, could you answer a few questions for me?
1) Will you be overclocking this system?
2) What games will you be playing?
3) What is your budget?
4) Will you be needing OS, keyboard and mouse?

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usafjonny04

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well i would probably be using it for ages of empires 3, call of duty, and maybe WOW. I don't know what overclocking is so i can't help you with that... lol. my budget is probably gonna be around $1000. and yes i would need an OS.
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Here's what I suggest:

Gigabyte EP45-UD3P - $136.99 (with a $20 Mail-In-Rebate)
Antec 300 - $49.95
EVGA 9800GTX+ - $184.99 (with a $20 Mail-in-Rebate)
PC Power & Cooling 500W - $79.99 (with a $20 Mail-in-Rebate)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - $164.99
Corsair DDR2-800 4GB 2x2GB - $54.99 (with a $30 Mail-in-Rebate)
Seagate 7200.11 500GB - $64.99
Samsung 22X DVD-drive - $24.99
Vista Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99
Total = $861.87 ($771.87 after the rebate)

You can also choose these two components below if you like:
Coolermaster Centurion 590 - $49.99
I don't know what style or look you want but either one of the cases I listed are good.
Gigabyte EP45-DS3L - $104.99 (with a $15 Mail-in-Rebate)
This motherboard is also good, the difference between the two is that the UD3P has 2 extra SATA ports and an extra PCI-Express slot.

Hope that helps.
Kamille
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