UPDATED: This Isn't Even My Final Form

I'll update this post with my progress on the first PC I've built in a decade (!!!). Wish me luck, TAY!

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UPDATE #1: Mission Accomplished

I have conquered the beast... mostly. Here's what I put together:

Rosewill Redbone ATX Mid-Tower Case
Rosewill Stallion Series 600W Power Supply
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
ASUS M5A97 ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
PowerColor AXR7 260X Radeon R7 260X 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache SATA Hard Drive

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

1. Glad I never tried to be a surgeon. I have the fine-motor skills of a junkie in withdrawal. And so. Much. Sweat.

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2. Installing the CPU cooler was terrifying. I really had to jam that sucker in there.

3. Everything else was pretty straightforward, except when I had to google how to take off PCI Slot Covers. IT SEEMED MORE DIFFICULT THAN IT WAS.

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4. Aaaand, I forgot about windows. OH THAT THING. So I'll probably pick up a copy tomorrow at some ludicrous price. I went to MS's website to try and download a copy, but they're only providing windows 8. Frowny face.

5. Victory tastes good, but not as good as food. I haven't eaten since lunch and my body is not happy with me.

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So that's all for this episode of "This Old PC." Thanks for tuning in! When it's up and running in full I'll report back! Here are some more pics!

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Some of these pictures are out of order. I am too hungry to care.

UPDATE #2: GIGA DRILL!!!!!

Here it is! So pretty! I'm still getting my drivers and everything finalized, but I've already installed some of my favorite games. Let me just say that, as a Mac owner (from 2010, no less), running Skyrim at Ultra-high settings getting ~35 frames felt great. Can't wait to try my luck with some mods.

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I've still got plenty of work to do... For starters, this graphics card is fine for now but it'll probably need an upgrade before this year's over. And of course, I want an SSD drive. I may pick that up when my tax return comes in, provided I see a good sale (luckily, they seem to be going on sale a lot these days). And of course as you can see it's a HTPC for my living room, so I'm looking into using XBMC for easy browsing/gaming. All in good time, poco.

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