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Building my first gaming computer on a budget

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Hi all,

I've been thinking about buying a new gaming computer and well their very expensive and i only have about $700 to spend. I've been looking around online for a little while and am very frustrated at the fact that they all basically suck. I will be using this computer for movie watching, photo editing, video editing, and gaming. I play World of Warcraft, City of Heroes, Final Fantasy 11 and 14 whenever it decides to come out. Also games like the Sims 3, starcraft 2, and Diablo 3 whenever they come out. Eventually i want to put in a tv tuner but if i can't it won't be the end of the world. I know i could also upgrade the graphics card later on for games like FF 15, SC2, and D3.

So i figured if i built one i would get so much more for my money.

I've put together a list of parts from Micro Center. Reason I'm using Micro center is because it's close to my house and if something doesn't fit or work i can easily exchange it and don't need to reship anything and i don't need to pay any shipping charges. Also i have no idea what i'm doing and if it doesn't make sense please don't yell at me =(. Thanks!

This one is about $800 i was hoping for less but oh well I'll figure out how to get the extra $100 but if you can help me make it cheaper i would appreciate it. I do have another question about the Windows 7 OEM and Full version. What's the difference? if i wanted to reformat my computer would i be able to reinstall windows 7 OEM again?

Asus Computer International
P7H55-M PRO Socket 1156 H55 mATX Motherboard

Intel Corporation
Core i5 650 Processor Boxed

OCZ Technology
4GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules)

ATX-238WR Tornado ATX Mid Tower Case - Red

Eagle Technologies
Voltas 600 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply

Microsoft OEM Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit OEM

PNY Technologies
GeForce GTS 250 1024MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card

Gear Head, LLC.
LightScribe 20x DVD+/-R Triple Format Optical Drive

Hitachi-OEM Deskstar P7K500 500GB 7,200RM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive OEM

I was also thinking that i could maybe switch the processor to the Intel i7 920 and use 2Gb of RAM and also get 320GB hard drive in a fews after i built it i would of course add another 2GB of RAM.

Thanks for all the help!

Edited by Myaa, 28 January 2010 - 10:11 AM.

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