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Hello again everyone, placing my first question down now that I've introduced myself in the introduction portion of the forums. Yes I'm a signalier in the US Army But I have no freaking clue how a computer exaclty works.

First off I'd like to say that my plans are to make a gaming rig. Gaming is what I like to do and through out my ENTIRE life I've never been able to relax and play a game with zero lag. Its just never happened. MMORPGs are my game of choice. Don't know what I would do without them. BUT as my current standings are, the PC I have at home is a mess. Its old, completely outdated. Barely runs ANYTHING. Luckily, having the most amazing wife in the world, she told me next year (2013) when I get my taxes I can build me a new gaming rig. OMG REALLY?! yes, and you have no idea how excited I am. Now I do have a budget, but what I expected to be able to spend on a pc, my wife almost gave me a heart attack when she almost doubled what I expected to be able to spend on a rig. (I'll mention my price range a little later, right now I'm just looking to answers without price in mind.)

So, let the first questions commence:

I'm looking to build a gaming rig, where should I start?

What should I spend the most money on? the processor? video card? mother build?




I'm having a brain fart so I'll post this and see what happens. I'll come back with more questions I promise lol.

UPDATE: I do have a computer at the house right now. Fully funcional but it is a POS. 19'' monitor. standard keyboard, and a gaming mouse.
Edited by Volt0 - 12/4/12 at 1:40pm
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Oh crap I also forgot to mention, of coarse, I would like to build it myself, I don't want to buy a pre-built machine.
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Originally Posted by Volt0 View Post

Hello again everyone, placing my first question down now that I've introduced myself in the introduction portion of the forums. Yes I'm a signalier in the US Army But I have no freaking clue how a computer exaclty works.

First off I'd like to say that my plans are to make a gaming rig. Gaming is what I like to do and through out my ENTIRE life I've never been able to relax and play a game with zero lag. Its just never happened. MMORPGs are my game of choice. Don't know what I would do without them. BUT as my current standings are, the PC I have at home is a mess. Its old, completely outdated. Barely runs ANYTHING. Luckily, having the most amazing wife in the world, she told me next year (2013) when I get my taxes I can build me a new gaming rig. OMG REALLY?! yes, and you have no idea how excited I am. Now I do have a budget, but what I expected to be able to spend on a pc, my wife almost gave me a heart attack when she almost doubled what I expected to be able to spend on a rig. (I'll mention my price range a little later, right now I'm just looking to answers without price in mind.)
So, let the first questions commence:
I'm looking to build a gaming rig, where should I start?
What should I spend the most money on? the processor? video card? mother build?
I'm having a brain fart so I'll post this and see what happens. I'll come back with more questions I promise lol.

http://pcpartpicker.com/
that's a good site to help get stuff together. As for other things, what's your budget? Video card will most likely cost the most depending on how important graphics are to you, processor will cost a couple hundred, and motherboard could be 100-200$ again depending on your budget.
post #4 of 67
Are you budgeting as you go along? Do you have a rough idea?
post #5 of 67
Don't worry we never recommend to buy it pre-built.

You can watch Neweggs "How to build a PC" or check out many of the guides here to get started.

Are you going to use the same monitor that you have now and do you have an OS? Also what settings would you like to play at?
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Budget will be roughly between 1500-2000 dollars. I'll just go ahead and throw it out there. I plan on buying the parts I decide on, probably all at once. Because I'll be buying it with my tax return so I'll have that large sum of money all at once. Now if there is anything AFTER that that I will want to get I will just save for it.
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Originally Posted by Ubeermench View Post

Don't worry we never recommend to buy it pre-built.
You can watch Neweggs "How to build a PC" or check out many of the guides here to get started.
Are you going to use the same monitor that you have now and do you have an OS? Also what settings would you like to play at?
I would actually like to get a bigger monitor, the one I have now is only 19'' and as for OS no, I will need to get a new copy of Windows 7. I personally don't like 8 very much so hopefully the price for 7 will continue to fall a little.
post #8 of 67
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Originally Posted by Volt0 View Post

Budget will be roughly between 1500-2000 dollars. I'll just go ahead and throw it out there. I plan on buying the parts I decide on, probably all at once. Because I'll be buying it with my tax return so I'll have that large sum of money all at once. Now if there is anything AFTER that that I will want to get I will just save for it.
Do you need a monitor, keyboard, mouse? Any size limitations? ( Cases come in anything from super small and easy to move to massive and not worth the trouble of moving ")
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Originally Posted by Greeen_Machine View Post

Do you need a monitor, keyboard, mouse? Any size limitations? ( Cases come in anything from super small and easy to move to massive and not worth the trouble of moving ")
I have a 19" at the house and everything. so those things are LAST on my list. I can just use the ones I have. I can always save up for something much better later. The 1500-2000 will mostly go towards the tower itself, motherboard, processor, PSU, video card, RAM, harddrives, etc. and I HAVE NO CLUE how much it is but I'm really interested in water cooling.
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And as for a case itself, should I get the guts first? then get a tower that it will all fit in? or should I get a big case and hope it all fits? ;D
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