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I am planning to assemble CPU.. Already have 500GB hard drive and 2GB ram..
May I know other hardware needed and some points to consider in choosing motherboard and other things needed..

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The biggest question is what do you plan to do with it?

If you're building a desktop rig for basic usage, I'd recommend just assembling basic parts with a good value. If you're building a gaming rig, it becomes a bit more complex.

I personally always build systems with standalone graphics cards because I want the option to play games. I personally also like to go with a bit more than 2gb RAM...usually more like 8gb RAM.

The motherboard you purchase will be dictated by the RAM you have. What type of RAM is that?

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If you aren't technically astute and haven't built a system before, then either buy a pre-built one with the features you want, or find a local white-box builder (computer store) to build one to your specs. I have built a lot of systems (and am certified by IBM and others to do so - factory trained and certified computer technician by IBM, Apple, Compaq (now HP), AT&T, and Zenith), but my current workstation I had a local builder do it to my exact specifications. That was 8 years ago - the price was very competitive, and it still works fine - I'm writing this on it right now. 8 cores, 8GB RAM, many terabytes of disc, and good audio (built-in) and video (nVidia card) w/ Bose speakers and dual 24" HD displays (1920x1200). The builder burnt everything in and tested it extensively before delivery. If there was a problem, he would have dealt with it before bothering me.

I only had to write him a check, and plug it in!

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zomgmike DDR... What should i consider in choosing motherboard? Any brand or type can you recommend. My apologies for frequent questions.. Thanks.

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