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August 2, 2012 11:22:31 PM

i dont know if im posting this in the right place so im sorry!

so my problem is that im not sure if i should buy a prebuild computer for gaming or make my own, i think i can build it but if i do something wrong i will waste my money.

i also dont know what components i need or whats better,
my budget is around 700-800
i pretty much need everything to build a pc

thank you for the help

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August 2, 2012 11:32:02 PM

Where do you live? And what resolution is your monitor? Also, what games do you plan to play? I'll make a parts list after your reply :) 
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August 2, 2012 11:35:37 PM

Ultimately this boils down to a very simple question: Which is more important to you; your time or your money?

Building a computer is very time consuming, requiring extensive study to learn how to tell which part is better for your needs, then how to put it all together, support it, etc.

Buying a computer is often more expensive in the long term, and you lose some flexibility. However, someone else does all the grunt work of putting it together, and you have a single point of contact for all warranty issues. Plus, if there's a warranty issue, then you can make it someone else's problem to fix.

So, it's up to you if you want to take the time and invest the energy needed to learn how to build a computer.
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August 2, 2012 11:36:03 PM

i live in United States , CA, i do not have a monitor so i would have to buy a new one, whats a monitor that is cheap and looks good.
i probably would be playing Diablo 3, cod games, wow, guild wars 2 , and some steam games.
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August 2, 2012 11:47:11 PM

I'll whip you up a parts list right away :) 
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August 2, 2012 11:52:33 PM

Intel Core i3 2120 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock H77M Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1600Mhz RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Radeon HD7850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core 550w PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VS Series 23" 1080p monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand total - $781.26 after Discounts including shipping.

The Graphics card has a $20 rebate at the moment, which will lower the cost even more to $761.26. I forgot if any of the other components had rebates, you'll have to check that for yourself :lol: 
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August 3, 2012 8:01:15 AM

cl-scott said:
Ultimately this boils down to a very simple question: Which is more important to you; your time or your money?

Buying a computer is often more expensive in the long term, and you lose some flexibility.


Couldn't agree more on this. I already tried the route of buying a major brand computer as a base, with the plan to upgrade it as my needs required. Much like the OP, I had never built a computer and was afraid of throwing money away if I failed- so I figured the safe way was to start with a working system. In the end, it cost me around $1200 to buy and upgrade the system I could have built from the ground-up for around $750, because I was having to work around the limitations of the original platform. Even with all of that money spent, I still ended up with a few shortcomings that can't be changed (inability to overclock CPU or control fan speed).

Now I just posted my own thread a couple days ago here- I'm building my own machine from scratch because I'm never repeating the same wasteful mistake I did last time.

If you need something up and running this weekend or you really aren't the "DIY" type, then you probably should buy a production model that meets your needs without upgrading. If you have a little bit of interest in learning, some free time to do the research, and no urgent deadline to have the computer up and running, I highly suggest you do it yourself. I've yet to complete my first full build, so take that with a grain of salt, but I thought it might be helpful to get the $.02 of someone closer to your own position. :hello: 
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