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First Computer Build - Need Help

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Hey guys, this is my first build. The computer is being built to play MMOs mostly (Star Wars the Old Republic) and a few first person shooters. Would like to have help finding a Video Card for 150 bucks or so for now (to be upgraded later) and an optical drive that has the most bang for the buck.

Ive done some research and this is what Ive come up with so far. Does it all Work together?

Case - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119227

Screen - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824236079 (May downgrade for a cheaper monitor)

Mother Board - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131736

Processor - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103996

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817152028

Keyboard - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16823201039

Mouse - Have one already

Memory - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233180

Video Card - Need Advice

Optical Drive - Need advice

Dvd Burner - Do I HAVE to have one in order to play games like Star Wars. All I want the comp to do is play games for right now

Windows 7 Bought

Bought an Anti Static wrist device for build.

Need help finding a good small screwdriver for building As well

Any advice is greatly appreciate it, thank you guys
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Hi pbmark and :welcome:

You don't need a DVD "burner" to install or play anything. But to install Windows, you need a DVD drive - but not anything special.

Would you buy a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera then buy gas from the corner Tobacco Hut? Even if you would, a car engine can miss a beat and keep on running. Not so with high speed digital electronics. So don't try to cut budget corners by getting a cheap power supply. Raidmax is not noted for quality in the first place, and you have selected one from their budget line. At the very least, get a PSU that is 80 Plus certified. I like Corsair and Antec supplies. But don't pick out the PSU until you have selected all your other components so you can be sure you have enough power.

Look on your motherboard's website. Most makers provide QVLs - qualified vendors lists - for CPUs and RAM. You need to buy a CPU from the list. There are too many RAM makers and models for ASUS to test them all so make sure you buy RAM with the same specs as RAM listed.

For cases, I don't like lugging mine outside to blast out all the dust and dog hair that gets sucked in by my fans so I will NEVER buy another case that does not have a removable, washable air filter. With a filter, I lug my systems out once a year, instead of every 3 or 4 months. I like Antec cases.

For your graphics card, see Toms Hardware Best Graphics Cards for the money December 2011.

When you finalize your parts, download all their manuals from their respective sites. Then become familiar with them while waiting delivery. Pay particular attention to the mounting instructions for the motherboard - especially about case standoffs and ESD control.
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