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Old 03-24-2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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I am going to be building a new computer from scratch. This will be my first build and looking to learn more about hardware and how they are compatible with one another. Main things I use the computer for is playing games (WoW, SC, CS), watch movies, and transfer large files. I currently play games on lower/lowest settings to get the most fps/ms. I would like to be able to play on normal to higher video settings. Budget wise I am looking to spend no more then $500. Any direction on where to begin would be great or recommendations on components.

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Old 03-25-2011, 02:15 AM   #2
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Check out this build.


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Old 03-25-2011, 11:09 AM   #3
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Here are some model builds that might provide a starting point and ideas:

1. Tom's Hardware Guide does an annual "System Builders Marathon". They have post model builds for $500, $1,000 and $2,000 (March 2011)
$500 model
$1,000 model

2. ExtremeTech’s also does several model builds:
A “cheap” ($850) desktop (December 2011):
Build It: A Cheap Gaming Desktop - How To by ExtremeTech
Build a $200 Linux PC (July 2010)
Build a $200 Linux PC - How To by ExtremeTech

3. You can also find some model builds at by usage and for different price points at the THG forum:

You have a wide range of options in purchasing video cards; this site provides a lot of helpful information on purchasing or upgrading video cards: Note that it has pages on gaming and non-gaming video cards, system requirements, reviews and installing video cards.
How to Upgrade Video Card
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