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Gaming PC Help. Please Reply

by Dapro123 / May 29, 2012 1:29 PM PDT

Hi.... I have lots of questions about gaming PCs that I need answered... first of all I know nothing about computers so please do not answer with overally complicated answers... My FIRST question is

1, Can any monitor over $150.00 work with any PC.
2, Can you fit any part in any shell of a pc (case)
3, Will a local PC store answer questions like these.
4, Will a local PC store order specific items online so I can buy them.
5, What is the average price for a gaming monitor (decent size, good resolution)
6, Can I get a gaming PC for a budget of $1500.00 that can handle todays games (Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Diablo 3, World Of Warcraft, etc) and 3 year future games.
7, If my computer can not handle a certain game will it wreck the insides.
8, Will I have to buy Windows 7 seperate (I am buying a build-your-own not pre-built)
9, What are things I should really worry or look-out for.
10, Should I be worrying this much or is it a lot easyer then it seems? lol

Please try to answer every question... would be very much appreciated Happy thanks.

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Some answers
by Jimmy Greystone / May 29, 2012 11:15 PM PDT

1: Almost certainly
2: No
3: Maybe
4: Maybe
5: Depends on what aspects of a monitor are important to you (size, resolution, response rate, contrast ratio, etc)
6: Not without spending a decent amount of money to upgrade as you go
7: Possibly, but unlikely
8: Yes
9: A lot of people tend to overlook the secondary electrical aspects of a PSU; how many amps can be sent over each rail, only looking at the raw wattage. Some video cards are quite specific in needing at least X amps on a specific rail, and just because your PSU might meet the generic wattage requirements doesn't mean it will meet the amperage requirements. So be sure to check the detailed electrical specs for both PSU and video card, make sure that the PSU can handle the video card.
10: For some people, they have a natural affinity for this sort of thing, and there's no real effort involved. Other people can try as hard as they want, and still never come close to what the first group of people can do without any real effort. So unless you're pretty sure you're good with electronics, maybe buy an old computer off ebay or something. Preferably one that isn't working, and then try and get it working. Kind of worst case scenario is that you can't get it running again, but that's why you go for a broken one: they're cheaper. Also, be sure to do your homework. Research every component thoroughly using sites like Tom's Hardware and Anandtech among others. You do things right, and you'll build yourself a computer that is almost infinitely upgradeable. I also recommend hanging onto parts as you replace them, since eventually you can rebuild your original computer and put it to some secondary use, or even just sell it. You also never know when it may come in handy to have a spare PSU or video card or something. But most important of all, and going back to my initial point on this question... If you don't find yourself picking up things pretty quickly with that broken system you grabbed off eBay, then you may just want to have someone build the system for you. There's no shame in that, and better to find out on something akin to an old junker of a car rather than buy a nice sports car and ruin it.

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by Dapro123 / May 30, 2012 5:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Some answers

Thanks for the answer. I guess I'll start researching then on as much as I can learn I guess. I will be going to a shop some time to get more detailed answers and recommendations.

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