Re: Newb....Picking a Motherboard/CPU
+1 it ALL depends on what you want to spend. But it's a good idea to build your own. I build the computer on my sig. and it was my first time. Take your time read the manuals and you'll be fine.
check out the "new build guide" sticky in this section it's the best place to start.
I recommend newegg.com
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