First Computer Build

Hey guys,
A friend of mine told me about this site, and after doing some browsing I'm still having trouble getting things sorted out, so um... why not ask? Right? Anyway, I'm building my first computer after 5 hard years with Dell, and want something to really call my own, and something I can rely on.

I'm almost entirely computer-less at the moment, so I want to get this resolved as soon as possible, but I got Skyrim for my xbox, so I have plenty of patience. ;)

My budget is a max of 600 dollars or less, but I may be a bit more flexible due to the upcoming holidays.
I don't need a hard drive, or disk drives, as I can just salvage those from my old system. I hope. Nothing else really worth taking from there... As for external devices, I will keep using all my peripherals, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, etc... since they have all been upgraded already.

I am thinking of going with an AMD CPU, due to their cost, and want to stick with a NVidia card for graphics. I'm trying to do a lot of research on parts, but there is a lot to learn for me still. I also want to go with 8 gigs of ram, but if that's too pricy I may stick with 4.

No overcloking, or crossfire, or anything fancy, I just want a good, durable system to play games on, most notably Skyrim. (I'm going to trade in that xbox version once I get a new PC. >.>; )

Anyway, thanks ahead of time for any and all advice.

- Kirbs
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  1. Start here:,3032.html

    It's a $500 - $600 build. Use any extra money for a better video card.

    Because this is your first build, look at the following threads while you are waiting for your parts.
    Build it yourself:

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
  2. When asking for advice, please include your monitor resolution. Its essential for graphics card recommendations.

    Building your own is very rewarding, mostly because you can choose your upgrade path. Dell, Gateway, HP and others will build a machine with little upgrade options and a barley acceptable power supply because they want you to buy a machine from them every 3 years.

    jsc has given some very solid advice, please visit those pages for further enhancement of your knowledge. It is quite feasible to build a solid gaming machine in your budget range.
  3. Awesome,
    Thanks to both of you for the quick response. I'll check out those sites.

    As for monitor resolution: 1280x1024
  4. Try this for a $600 build

    power supply



    Cooler & Paste
    cooler #1-
    cooler #2-
    I included a second cooler so that if you switch the case and it has a side fan or is smaller you can chose that but the first one should be the choice with this set up.

    Case I chose but can be switched on personal opinion


    Graphics Card

    Operating system

    The total is $692.72 with shipping but you get $80 in rebates.
    If you don't mind going slightly over budget you could get a better graphics card for only $20 more.
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