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I want to build my first computer, need help.

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August 30, 2010 9:40:31 PM

Hello, I am planning on building my first computer during my fall semester. My main goal is to have a computer that I can use for both my school work and for games such as WoW, Starcraft II, and Diablo III when it comes out.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime in September

BUDGET RANGE: I don't wan to spend much, but I will go up to $1200, and possibly $1500 but I doubt it.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, school work, surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, but I'd prefer an intel processor.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Have no clue what this means...

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to make one at 2.8 ghz, have 8 gb ram, at least a 1 TB hard drive. I'd love for it to play Starcraft II on its Ultra settings.

Thank you for your help.

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August 30, 2010 9:48:43 PM

Dont worry, we have guides to help you through it.

First edit your post as shown in this template, it gives us all the information we need to set you up with a good build.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

Here is a step by step guide on how to assemble a PC, its not too hard i promise
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

And before you build read through our standard trouble shooting guide, it will help you avoid common mistakes.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...
September 1, 2010 3:39:38 AM

Thank you for the guides on building I really appreciate it.

I was talking to other people on another forum I go to, and they helped me pick out the parts that would go great for what I need.

DVD burner $20

Lancool Case $100

1 TB HD (Thank you Kilted Yaksman) $59

GTX 460 1GB $230

Intel X25M 80GB SSD $200

4 GB DDR3 SDRAM $90

The PSU/Motherboard combo deal $170

Intel i5-750 2.66 ghz quad core procesor $195

Winows 7 Home Premium $100

Cooler Master CPU heatsink $50

Overall it'll be around $1300 so I'm happy with that. There's a slight problem I have. I changed my mind about overclocking and decided to get this heatsink, but from what I heard, this one's rather large and might not fit with the case I have. Is there a site that can tell me what cases would be good for a heatsink like this? If all else fals I'll just drop the heatsink and just run with 2.66 ghz
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