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Old 08-30-2011, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so heres whats up. I'm thinking of either buying a computer Gateway Intel Core i7-2600 Computer (DX4850-45CU) : Desktop Computers - Future Shop and i would just replace the PSU and Graphics card. Or would it be better if i just built one from scratch? Also i have no knowledge of computer building.

Edit. the main purpose of this computer would be gaming.
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Don't get Gateway. You are basically throwing money away. No doubt their no-name PSU and proprietary boards are anything but spectacular.

You will get more worth out of building your own system. Look at this: The animated guide to Building a PC. Learn to build a PC from scratch with PCitYourself!
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Most people on this forum will suggest you build one from scratch. You'll be able to pick good quality parts and customize it the way you want.
Putting a computer together is not that hard, there are lots of tutorials on the net or ask here if you have any questions.
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Hmm i see. but building still seems pretty complicated to me. is there maybe a computer you would suggest getting that i could just upgrade. or maybe you could tell me what parts i would need for the whole computer. and budget wise im at about maybe a bit above 1000$
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For $800+ you can build a computer that will be optimized for gaming, which that one is not.
If you want to post a budget and what extras you'll need (keyboard/mouse/monitor) I'm sure the community can cook you up something nice.

If you want some insight into building your own check out:
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Well keyboard and mouse wise im good for now, also for a monitor my dad is gonna get me one for my birthday. my only problem with putting together my own computer is im not sure what parts and stuff are compatible. and i deffintally wouldnt want to break anything putting it together
Budget is about $1000 maybe a bit more
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Haha, Roark. Though, he is also correct on his first bit. I built my i5 1156 machine for roughly $1K. But the parts I wanted, you probably wouldn't need. You can build a great system for $800

Edit: Read the guides we posted. We will make sure you have parts that work with each other. It's what we do here.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Great. yea im currently going through the pcityourself guide. seems pretty straight forward so far.

Edit: for a case i was thinking about this one http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

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nd that for a graphics card not sure about mother board tho
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I'm sure Trotter can praise on that case, but I'd recommend this: Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Better airflow, IMO. I have the 922.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Wow thats a sick case ill probly get that one if i do decide to build my own. So for a mother board is there any specific kind i want for a gaming rig?

Edit- i was thinking maybe this one? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813128510
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