Building Gaming Computer for Guild Wars 2 (First time)

I have posted in the Gaming section but I heard that I should post it here.
Some friends have suggested me to build a computer instead of buying a Dell and told me to come here and ask the community for help.
I have searched the threads but there weren't many on Guild Wars 2.
I did some research and saw this post (
but it was for a Gaming PC for $1500 but my budget is around $1000.

I'm not sure what kind of information I need to give for help.
I am a girl and never messed with computer parts before, I only know how to use a computer and install and play games.
But I am willing to give it a try and build a computer! Is it also possible to build a computer that is easy to modify/upgrade for long-term use?

I would like to use the computer to play Guild Wars 2 on the highest graphic settings and also do some graphic renderings but it is mainly for a lot of MMORPG gaming.

Below are Guild Wars 2 minimum requirements:
Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or better
Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3 OR AMD Athlon 64 X2, or better
NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800, ATI X1800, Intel HD 3000, or better (256 MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)
25 GB available HDD space
Broadband Internet connection
Keyboard and mouse

Below are the V-ray Graphic Rendering requirements:
For Windows Vista and Windows 7
Minimum hardware
1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB of total harddisk
space, 3D class Video Card with 256 MB of
memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card
driver supports OpenGL version 1.5 or higher and up
to date.

BUDGET: Approx. $1000-$1200

I would also like to be able to have 2 monitors to the computer.

Not sure if I am asking for too much, is the budget enough? Feel free to ask for more information!
Also, is there a site or link to how to build a computer without getting hurt?

Thank you so much in advance! I apologize for the length of this post. I saw many other posts and awesome people solved with the use of the pcpartpicker site, which I think is the coolest and user-friendly site for buying for beginners.
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  1. Also, I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    I will need to purchase 2 monitors and 1 can be used for gaming but the other can be of lesser quality for just normal use, if possible.
  2. What resolution are you playing?

    Do you mind buying from more than one store?

    Look at these benchmarks and pick a GPU based on your preferred resolution.,3268-6.html

    Edit: Note that the benchmarks use an Intel i7 so FPS may be slightly lower with a lower end cpu. Gpu is what matters most though.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($46.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Monitor: LG IPS231P-BN 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX)
    Monitor: LG IPS231P-BN 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Total: $1088.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 22:07 EST-0500)

    I could probably squeeze it under $1000. Two nice big 23" 1080p monitors. i5 processor and radeon hd 7850. Upgrading options - add another 8gb ram, sell graphics card and upgrade to a better one in fuure.
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