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I'm thinking about building a gaming computer, but to tell the truth, I'm pathetic when it comes to computer parts. I know everything about USING a computer, but when it comes to making one, I'm dumbfounded.

I play a lot of WoW, I wont deny it. Its the only PC game I've managed to enjoy, well actually one of the only games I've ever liked for any system. I'm more of a social person, and I like the community aspect to it. The thing is, my current computer is choppy as hell while playing, I've sucked it up for 2 years, and I think its time to change things up.

What I would enjoy doing is to be able to play smoothly, without any lag or choppy video. I don't have to have each detail setting at full, but I would prefer to be able to have most above the half way mark.

One other thing I would like to be able to do is record videos, which is next to impossible for me to do now.

I know its hard to say how much a computer like this would cost, but what would be your guesses? WoW isn't an extremely memory consuming game, so I'm taking it it wont cost TOO much... I hope.

I'm not rich, so I do have limits on how nice of a computer I can get, remember that.

I'm really hoping I can learn about building computers from this, its always something I've wanted to learn, but never really could...

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Budget: How much money are you willing to spend on the new build?

Brands: Are there any brands of components you want or don't want?

Multitasking: Will you be multitasking with this computer and if so, how much?

Gaming: Will you be gaming and if so, how much and how new are the games?

Calculations: Will you be doing any intense calculations or media encoding?

Overclocking: Do you plan on overclocking and if so, how much?

Storage: How much storage will you need and what will you be storing?

Legacy Support: Will you need support for older hardware like parallel, serial, or PS/2 devices?

Operating System: Do you want Windows XP or Vista, or Linux compatibility?

Case: Do you want help selecting a case and if so, how big do you want it?

Accessories: Do you want a keyboard, mouse, or other items included?

Recycled Components: Will you be reusing any components you already have?

Monitor: If you want a monitor, what size do you want and should it be widescreen?

Stores: Do you have any online stores that you prefer to purchase from?

Location: What country do you live in?

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Budget: Under $1000, but the less the better... I'm not looking for something amazing...

Brands: Nothing special, as long as is it gets the job done..

Multitasking: Very little, at most having firefox opened in the background...

Gaming: Yes, and WoW is the only game I play

Calculations: No.

Overclocking: No idea what this means, so most likely... no.

Storage: Not much at all, I've managed with 50GB and am happy with it...

Legacy Support: I dont... Think so?

Operating System: Which ever would work best with WoW I guess, not sure which would....

Case: Probably not...

Accessories: No.

Recycled Components: Possibly 1GB of ram, but I wont count that in just incase it wont work with my new computer.

Monitor: Don't need one

Stores: Canada Computers, cheap, local, and truthworthy

Location: Canada

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so your in Canada, this store is Canadian too.
1.Video card you want to do some recording as well as play WOW
EVGA has the best policy as in life time! 104.99 after rebate
2. Mother board gigabyte socket LGA 775, supports vista if you want to go that way $100.12
3. CPU $140.00 Intel C2D E4500
4.Hard drive $56.39 160 gig 7,200 RPM Seagate barracuda
5. Ram or DDR2, OCZ PC-6400 800Mhz $77.42 after rebate Technology
6.PSU $56.36 after rebate Enermax Liberty 460W
If you can reuse the keyboard and mouse you have this will save you also, and the old case that your computer is in.
7.OS Vista it just a little more than windows $124.28
Total about $675.00 with out delivery Also you can reuse the CD or what ever drive you have from old unit too.
It's late and I'm tired If you guys see a mistake let me know(only trying to help).
Tips for building
Trouble shooting help
opps almost forgot artic paste $5.00

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here is something with a little more power and a step up.

The 8600GTS is a better card than the GT and worth the little extra.

same deal with the E6550, and the OCZ 700W power supply is just plain value for money

EVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Ssc Edition 756MHZ 256MB DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out DIRECTX10 Video Card $182

ASUS P5K ATX LGA775 P35 DDR2 2PCI-E16 3PCI 1PCI-E1 SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard $145

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory $105 ( after rebate )

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive 5YR MFR Warranty $82

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.33GHZ 1333FSB 4MB Retai $195

OCZ GameXStream 700W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black $115 Technology

You can choose either vista or XP, it is really your preference
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