Building my own system for XMAS! First timer, got some questions!

So I am going to be asking for money this Christmas and will be building my own PC. I cam here because I know this community is the best, so here we go.

What are the parts I will need to get to build a PC, including any glue, thermal glue, and accessories of the sort.

I play WoW and I want to know about how much it would cost to build a PC that will play WoW in 25 man raiding with above 30 FPS, and with all the addons I need.

Basically I want my first gaming computer that can play WoW at High-Ultra settings and be able to raid with no FPS issues.

Thanks so much,

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  1. well for a pc build you will need: a power supply to power it all up, case to hold the parts in, hard drive to store your data to, optical drive to install operating system from, the os oem, video card for games, motherboard/matching processor/matching ram (short term memory), optional heatsink for your processor if you want to overclock in the future

    thermal paste will be applied on the stock heatsink that comes with the cpu, if you buy an aftermarket heatsink they will include a small amount for you to apply between the cpu and the heatsink

    as for accessories its good to get cable ties to make the cable job look clean and help you improve the air flow inside your case

    let us know what your budget is and we will make you a nice list of compatible parts here. also what kind of resolution you will be playing at and is this build is for the box only or do you need the monitor/keyboard/mouse too
  2. Thanks so much for the reply! I just need the Box. already got Keyboard, Mouse, and monitor. I play at 1600x900, and I would say my budget is about 900 dollars, I dont think I need to go over that to play WoW at max settings.

    Thanks again!
  3. ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black $70

    2x Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 ($70 each)

    GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 $210

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $40

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W $60

    ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $85

    Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop $200

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $100 (or windows 8, I like 7 more lol)



    You can save some money and get a single hard drive for now
  4. Awesome man, thanks so much. that is a really powerful graphics card, i believe I could get a little cheaper one. So basically when I get all these parts I just got to plug the Processor into the Motherboard, install the memory into the motherboard and then plug in the rest and I am all set, right? Is there a link you could provide me for a how to set up your PC?

    Also would this Motherboard come with a Fan to cool the Processor or would I need to buy a separate one?

    That is a great list, thanks for your time!
  5. you're welcome. yea i picked a powerful gpu since you want to game, it will max out WoW and let you enjoy eyecandy of all the newest games

    when you get the parts in first you want to prepare your computer case meaning you have to take the motherboard out and gently put it inside the case. from there you will see which holes you will use to attach the motherboard inside the case (you wont use all of them). only use the motherboard holes with metal grounding around them. so it will look like bare screw, motherboard with metal grounding around, stand off, case

    once you have the motherboard situated there and made sure you have used the stand offs instal the optical drive (top slots of the case) and the hard drive(s) (bottom slots below the optical drive)

    i forgot to mention instal the cpu and ram in the motherboard before you screw the motherboard in. as for ram it will have a latch in the middle, align it and you will hear a pop sound meaning you got it in correctly. with stock processor cooler you will push in four plastic tabs..make sure to hear the pop and move on to the next tab until you get all four, make sure to connect the cpu heatsink fan to the fan (4pin) power header next to the socket

    from there i would instal the power supply, try routing the cables behind the motherboard tray. you will need a 24 pin power cable going to the motherboard, 8 pin power for the processor close to the processor socket (thats the cable i route behind the motherboard tray and drop it from the top since the case has holes around the motherboard to make your life easier) make sure to connect the optical drive and your hard drives to power

    next run data (sata) cables from your optical and hard drives to the motherboard

    next open the motherboard manual and find an illustration for front panel connections. these are the buttons responsible for turning your pc on, restarting it, power LED, activity LED. people get this step wrong a lot of times and their pc wont turn on. those cables are located on top of the case, look inside of it where your power and reset buttons are (the header for these connections is on the bottom right corner of the motheroard)

    next thing i would do it instal the video card, feed it one pcie 6 pin power from the power supply

    double check connections and connects any remaining case fans. Try to boot, when setting up raid you have to go bios (by pressing del key) and change your sata (data) ports to raid. once you restard on screen it will say press ctrl+f or ctrl+i to set up raid. there you will create your virtual drive spanning across two of your drives

    after that save and turn off, go to bios. make sure to have your boot device as cd first. inset windows cd, follow the onscreen prompts. windows should see your raid virtual volume and let you install to it out of the box. after the windows installs set your raid as first boot option and you're set. next thing to do is install drivers from the cd that came with your motherboard, install the newest video drivers for your video card from the internet

    let me know if you have questions
  6. "Also would this Motherboard come with a Fan to cool the Processor or would I need to buy a separate one? "
    the processor will come with a stock heatsink for you to use. it will have the thermal paste pre applied so all you have to do is take the protective plastic off and slap the heatsink on top the cpu, connect the heatsink's fan power cable to the motherboard power header located next to the processor socket labeled "cpu_fan"
  7. Might wanna get yaself a toolkit if ya don't have already.
  8. Will do thanks for the help! i will keep you posted on what I end up doing and how it goes.
  9. With these sales going on I may start shopping today! Any good looking stuff on there that could replace the stuff u listed ?

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