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May 9, 2011 12:55:41 AM

Hello, I was shopping through Best Buy looking for a good gaming laptop to replace my MacBook that's starting to crap out on me. When I realized that there's no way to get a viable gaming laptop, I began fielding the idea of building a desktop computer in my mind, with a small netbook to complement it. I looked up videos of it and it looks like something I could do. This is my first time building a computer though, so I need help. Every other site on the planet sent me here. So for a decent computer (let's say, can run Brink at recommended settings), what can I expect to pay? And how would the project be difficulty-wise? I have a basic knowledge of computers, but nothing too in-depth. I'm good with software, but I've never mucked about the hardware side of things. Thanks in advance for the help.

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May 9, 2011 1:07:45 AM

I'd expect to pay 1000-1500 for a gaming computer with specs for brink. Build wise it isn't too bad if you read some help guides and follow the manuals. I know my first build had me scared half to death but I did it right the first time and didn't have anything that was DOA. Troubleshooting the first build sounds awful. Tom's has a 1000 build which is great for what you want or you can put a thread in the system section and why_me will give you a build in no time flat :p 
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May 9, 2011 1:09:42 AM

Oh you can also see my sig for what I bought on my latest build :p  I believe I bought everything but hard drives (had them already) for 1050.
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May 9, 2011 1:12:31 AM

crewton said:
I'd expect to pay 1000-1500 for a gaming computer with specs for brink. Build wise it isn't too bad if you read some help guides and follow the manuals. I know my first build had me scared half to death but I did it right the first time and didn't have anything that was DOA. Troubleshooting the first build sounds awful. Tom's has a 1000 build which is great for what you want or you can put a thread in the system section and why_me will give you a build in no time flat :p 

I'm not sure if you're kidding or playing a joke on why_me or not :D . And in regards to your sig, that's still gibberish to me. I'm still unenlightened. Do it do gaming good?
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May 9, 2011 1:43:04 AM

Power supply is a bit overkill if you only use 1 graphic card I plan on getting another 560ti shortly or when my wife lets me >.>
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May 9, 2011 2:02:45 AM

crewton said:
Power supply is a bit overkill if you only use 1 graphic card I plan on getting another 560ti shortly or when my wife lets me >.>

What are the advantages of having multiple graphics cards?
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May 9, 2011 2:23:06 AM

More performance and I don't have to spend 500 at once I can buy one now for 250 and one later for 250 or less depending how long I wait. For me its more economical and something I can look forward to buying later!
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May 9, 2011 2:30:51 AM

Alright, thanks for all the help man. I've already posted a new topic in the Systems forum.
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May 9, 2011 2:31:05 AM

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