what do i need to build a gaming computer?

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  1. steve19137

    steve19137 New Member

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    so im looking to build a computer. it will run, most likely, winxp, win7, and ubuntu. but i decided that pre-built gaming computers were too expensive. ive heard that $600 can be a low price for building a computer. to be completely honest, all i want to play is star wars games. so it doesnt need to be a super strong computer. in fact, the game i plan on playing the most, knights of the old republic, doesnt need so much. here are the specs for the game (http://swforums.bioware.com/viewtopic.html?forum=91&topic=272501).
    but what i really want to know is the parts i need to build a computer. i have a microcenter nearby, so i have all i need besides the money and parts. thanks.

    what i know i need:
    motherboard
    processor
    hard drive
    memory
    video card
    sound card
    network card
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    DVD or Blu-Ray drive

    That's pretty much it, I think. Btw. most Motherboards have an integrated sound card nowadays. May not be the greatest sound to some, but I'm completely satisfied so far with mine.
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    ah. thanks. i just compiled a small list for stuff i might by from micro center. im worried about some parts not being compatible with the other. how can i know what goes together and what doesnt work?
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    Well.. You probably want to start out with a budget, on how much you can afford. After that, start with a good motherboard, find out which CPU you want and locate a mobo that will fit that CPU. You shouldn't have to worry about HDD compability, they're almost always the same. Same goes for Disc drives, PSU's aaaand.. Graphic cards. After you've found your CPU+mobo, find the RAM that fits that mobo, then find a CPU cooler that will fit that mobo/cpu, then find a gfx card that will fit on that mobo(fit = size). Think about getting a good case too, that will be able to contain all parts. Some cases are too small for some gfx cards, so you might want to check up on sizes.
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    hmmm. i see. well, this will be hard because i have a tight budget. ive seen the dell zino, and that intrigues me because its pretty cheap for good specs. problem is it has a amd processor. are there any recommendations for pcs that can be used for gaming, but not the (official) main purpose?
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    with the tech they have on motherboards now, you really dont need a sound card. Your graphics card will probably have a HDMI so it can put sound out to your monitor, and motherboard will have full surround or SPDIF digital audio support.
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    Wow, you should go to the Computers, Science and Technology forum. The responses you got aren't so great lol.

    Go to newegg.com to order your parts (assuming you live in the U.S.)
    What is your budget? I will pick out good parts for the price for you.
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    Depending on the processor you get, you might not need to get a separate CPU cooler/fan.
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    The only processor that he would need to get a fan for are the ones that don't come with one. As far as I know that's only 2 the Intel Core i5 675k and the Core i7 875k.
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    And any OEM chip that may be cheaper on sites.

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