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I'm fairly new to this computer stuff and this looks like a cool site to learn more about them. A few months ago I bought an Alienware Aurora R2 to play games like Metro 2033, Crysis, Homefront, COD Black Ops, etc. It seems like a good computer, if not a tad overpriced, but oh well.

I'm keenly interested in learning how to replace my power supply and upgrade my graphics card in the near future. I'm not so sure if I'll be able to run Battlefield 3 or any of the newer games with my 5670 crossfire. So I thought I'd join this forum and learn ... Who knows, perhaps I'll be able to build my next computer myself instead of paying someone else to do it
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7, 860 @ 2.80 GHz Alienware Micro ATX HD 6950 8.0 GB Dual Channel 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate Barracuda RAID0, 1TB external Seagate 2 Blu-ray drives: one burner, one player Win 7 Professional 64-bit 24" Dell ST2420L 
PowerCase
Alienware 875 W Alienware Aurora R2 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7, 860 @ 2.80 GHz Alienware Micro ATX HD 6950 8.0 GB Dual Channel 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate Barracuda RAID0, 1TB external Seagate 2 Blu-ray drives: one burner, one player Win 7 Professional 64-bit 24" Dell ST2420L 
PowerCase
Alienware 875 W Alienware Aurora R2 
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Switching out a PSU and GPU's are super easy. No worries, you'll find help here.

You will probably need to update your GPU's, though, and as a result your PSU.

Best of luck, and welcome!
Mjolnir
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K ASRock Z77E-ITX Radeon HD 6850 Corsair Dominator 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 (PC3 12800) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Crucial M4 128GB SATA III SSD Corsair H100 Windows 7 Ultimate SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX PSU 
Case
BitFenix Prodigy Black 
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Mjolnir
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Intel Core i5-2500K ASRock Z77E-ITX Radeon HD 6850 Corsair Dominator 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 (PC3 12800) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Crucial M4 128GB SATA III SSD Corsair H100 Windows 7 Ultimate SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX PSU 
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BitFenix Prodigy Black 
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Not too sure about the PSU bit actually. Some OEMs like to change around the pin configurations on their motherboards/PSU 24pin connectors to prevent this sort of stuff.

Still, building your own rig is definitely a lot of fun, and gives you lots of room to customize. It's easy to go from a big gamer computer to something small yet powerful like my little box

And of course, welcome to OCN!
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Welcome and enjoy your stay
Jango (Main Rig)
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Edward (HTPC)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4790 MSI ATX LGA 1150 Z97 PC MATE mobo MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 4 (OS) 1TB Hitachi (Data & Apps) 1TB Hitachi (Movies & other Multimedia) 750GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
DVD±RW / ASUS USB 2.0 8x Slim external DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper T4 NZXT Sentry Mix COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120mm x2 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VS247H-P 23.6"  ASUS VH236H 23"  HP 27" 2560x1440 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Corsair Professional Series HX850W CM Storm Trooper Razer Tron 
Mouse PadOtherOther
XTRAC Pads Ripper XL Rosewill Red USB 2.0 7 Port Hub With Power Adapter Creative HS-1000 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Qu... ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX ATI Radeon HD 4670 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1... 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1... Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM SATAII 3.0Gb/s Samsung 250GB 7200 RPM Enermax ETS T-40 T.B. SILENCE 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit 47" Sony TV RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 530W Custom Wood Table 
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Jango (Main Rig)
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Edward (HTPC)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4790 MSI ATX LGA 1150 Z97 PC MATE mobo MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 4 (OS) 1TB Hitachi (Data & Apps) 1TB Hitachi (Movies & other Multimedia) 750GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
DVD±RW / ASUS USB 2.0 8x Slim external DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper T4 NZXT Sentry Mix COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120mm x2 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VS247H-P 23.6"  ASUS VH236H 23"  HP 27" 2560x1440 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Corsair Professional Series HX850W CM Storm Trooper Razer Tron 
Mouse PadOtherOther
XTRAC Pads Ripper XL Rosewill Red USB 2.0 7 Port Hub With Power Adapter Creative HS-1000 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Qu... ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX ATI Radeon HD 4670 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1... 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1... Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM SATAII 3.0Gb/s Samsung 250GB 7200 RPM Enermax ETS T-40 T.B. SILENCE 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit 47" Sony TV RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 530W Custom Wood Table 
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Welcome to OCN!
   
Spare Rigs
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
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