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To reiterate what my fellow posters have already posted, definitely build your own. You'd be amazed at what you can get for the money these days if you purchase the parts rather than a prebuilt. Yeah, there is the potential for minor technical problems or DOA hardware but that happens to everyone. You can find the answer to any question on this site and people will be more than willing to help you out if you do happen to run into a problem.

It can definitely look intimidating at first but hardware is set up in such a way these days that there isn't much guesswork as to where a cable plugs into anymore. From what I can see, while you might run into a snag or two (or may be flawless like is the case for many first timers), you have a lot to gain from the experience:

1) You build a much more powerful computer for the money.
2) If you get recommendations first, the parts you purchase will likely be of much higher quality than the junk that is in a lot of prebuilt computers.
3) The knowledge you gain will let you upgrade, overclock, and build future pcs. You'll end up being much more comfortable around the concept of building a pc with parts.

There are a few "how to build your own pc" guides floating around the web. I think there are even some on OCN somewhere but I can't for the life of me remember where I saw them. I'm sure some will pop up if you do a search though.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 960T BE (3.62ghz @ 1.28v) GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ MSI Twin Frozr II HD6950 2GB OC Edition 8GB DDR3 1600 G.SKILL Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate 500GB LITE-ON DVD Burner CM Hyper TX3 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 27'' P2770H 2ms LCD 1080p I-Rocks KR-6820E-BK Seasonic M12II 620W Modular CM HAF 912 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Microsoft Sidewinder X3 XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse Pad Logitech G330 Circamaural Gaming Headset Case Fans : 1x120mm, 2x200mm CM Megaflows 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
A6-3400M Quad (1.4ghz, 2.3ghz turbo) Radeon HD 6520G 4GB DDR3 1333 320GB 5400RPM 
OSMonitor
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 15.6'' 1366x768 
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