What components should i get???

akarusakage

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Before i get started i want to thank those of you reading this right now and let you know that all response are very much appreciated...

I need Help putting together both a Computer station that can be used for both gaming and working, I'm gonna be graduating from high school come June and I wanna have a great computer setup before I begin College. I'm getting a job at either Target or Walmart come January, my school hooked me up with their training program which pays minimum til then. I can use just about everything I make between now and August to splurge on this

Im going to compartmentalize everything to the right forums but I need Suggestions for pretty much everything:

Motherboard: I'm looking for something with plenty of room for accessories of the pci variety at least 4 slots for ram(I'm thinking four 4gb ddr3) (The higher the CPU the better)
It must be able to handle at least 2 HDDs, 2 CD rom drives

Ram: I kinda already found a good deal: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-PC3-10666-1333MHz-Desktop-MD8192KD3-1333/dp/B004DHNAGM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1321419859&sr=1-1 if you know of anything better, let me know

Graphics Card: I know these can get really expensive and I'm not looking to get the very best GCs that are over $1500, just something that can handle all the latest games with some leeway for future games. I don't want to run into a game my GC can't handle for a good while so the higher the GPU the better.

HDD:2 at least(one as my primary and one to back it up on once a week. I'm thinking 2TB, do I need more then that?)

Power Supply: I'm gonna want something that'll be able to handle everything I hook up to it and then some...
 
On black friday (only 8 days away) check frys and newegg specials. My links aren't working, but I recommend the xfx 6850 video card with lifetime warranty. It was around $160 or less. For the hardrives, either western digital or seagate will work fine; get a newer sata 6 version; they're about the same price as sata 3. For the power supply, corsair, antec, seasonic, or enermax are all good, and I use ocz which is a little cheaper but not quite as good quality wise. I recommend either 500 or 600 watts in any of those brands. Newegg has a shellshocker deal on gskill 8 gb 1600 ram right now for $37.99 with free shipping
 

JKatwyopc

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Hmm, I would suggest you pick out your CPU first. Most people on here would agree that the Intel i5 2500K is the best all around gaming CPU for the price. You might consider the i7 2600K if you have need for some serious video editing.

Pretty much every new motherboard made meets the requirements you specified.
Take a look at these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131759
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

I would suggest that you consider getting an SSD for your boot drive and then a good size HDD for data. Here are a couple of good options:

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136830
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148636

For PSU you're probably going to need something pretty substantial. Stick with the brands mentioned above by o1die. Here's a pretty good PSU calculator: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

For graphics I suggest Radeon HD 6870 or 6950 at the minimum for gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150530