Building a gaming computer

Larc9783

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Howdy there! I just got out of the Navy and i'm looking to spend some of my hard earned money on a gaming computer. Unfortunately, I don't quite know what is necessary for a good one and looking around at all the posts online, all I see are numbers and letters and I don't understand a lick of it! >.<

So I was hoping someone on here could either show me a information resource I can use to easily learn this stuff on my own or link me a a solid gaming computer set up for the 1000-1200 range (Monitor and OS included). I appreciate your assistance!

Edit 1: As an aside, I just realized I didn't specify what kinda gaming I am doing. My prime focus is to get WoW at ultra Max settings, but i'd also like to be able to use Guild Wars 2 at near Max (because I do realize that game is a beast graphically). Thanks again :D
 

Bad_Kitty13

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here is a build for you with everything you need, if you dont need keyboard mouse headset can use the extra money to get a better graphics card

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3druE
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3druE/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3druE/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($32.98 @ Newegg)
Headphones: Rosewill RHM-6308 7.1 Channel Headset ($24.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $1207.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 18:58 EDT-0400)

here are some benchmarks for the 760
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_760_Direct_Cu_II_OC/7.html
 

Larc9783

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Oh wow, hey thanks a lot! I have a quick question, does the motherboard come with the wireless ethernet/sound boards? Or would I have to purchase those seperate?
 

Bad_Kitty13

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it comes with onboard audio (all mobo's will that i know of) for wireless you can get a usb or pci adapter. they run around 30 dollars but i would suggest against it if you are going to be playing online. there are 3 things that shouldnt be wireless when it comes to gaming...keyboards, mice, and internet :) if you cant avoid it though just go with one of the adapters
 

Larc9783

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Thanks a lot my friend. One final question; are all motherboards the same size? For some reason I have some trepidation that when I get everything together, i'll find that it doesn't fit in the case. Fear from ignorance >.<
 

Bad_Kitty13

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nooooo they have different sizes

they have atx-xl, e-atx, atx, matx, itx(mini itx) these are the most common and sizes scale as written.
generally any case you look at will have the mobo size that would be compatible in the specs on whatever website your looking at. most full towers/ desktops support everything down to matx most mid towers support atx/matx...itx you have to be careful because their mounting holes are slightly different but they generally go in really small cases. if your looking for a regular build go with a atx mobo

psu's also have the same sizing if a psu is atx it means it will fit n a atx case. other sizes you may want to do some research on.
 

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