Welcome! The very first thing you will want to do is familiarize yourself with all of the general parts to a computer. It's actually not as complicated as it seems once you grasp the basic concepts, it's really just attaching a few parts to a motherboard and tossing it inside of a case. The most basic computer will have a motherboard (mobo), a processor (CPU) with the appropriate CPU cooler, random access memory (RAM), power supply (PSU), hard disk drive (HDD), and optical drive all housed inside of a PC case. Higher performance computers (e.g. gaming PCs) may have graphics processing units (GPUs), Solid State Drives (SSDs), aftermarket CPU coolers, aftermarket fans; even some will have fan controllers, add-on cards for things such as WiFi, and drive expansions. ============================================ For a visual idea of a computer build, Newegg has their own "How to build a PC" videos that I highly recommend watching. These videos are very helpful and important to watch if you want to learn how to build a computer. ============================================ For an example build, I'll use this next-gen console destroyer: CPU - AMD FX6300 $99.99 Mobo - Gigabyte GA-78LMT MicroATX AM3+ $44.99 w/ MIR RAM - Team (2x4GB) DDR3 @1600 $51.99 GPU - Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 3GB $150.99 w/ MIR PSU - EVGA 500 B 80+ Bronze (500W) $34.99 w/ MIR HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB $51.99 Case - Tt V3 Black Edition $22.99 w/ MIR Total - $457.83 OPTIONAL: Boot SSD w/ room for a handful of games/programs - Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 120GB (240GB) $54.99 ($86.99) HDD if more space is needed - Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2TB) [3TB] - $51.99 ($76.99) [$99.99] Part Explanations: CPU - This is the best bang for you buck right here. the FX6300 6-core CPU is just reaching into the high-end CPUs so it doesn't bottleneck while staying fairly cheap. Motherboard - The Mobo isn't all that fancy, but gets you the basics for killing the next-gen consoles. RAM - The RAM is just whatever is cheap, this one I chose is at that lowest $50 point while having a nice heat spreader on it (you know, in case you live in Arizona or something). GPU - The R9 280 3GB was a must have for it's price (280's are normally ~$190-$200 and with the next cheapest 270X being only $134.99). Besides, the extra GB of VRAM will come in handy. PSU - This was a no brainer for the current MIR available. Nothing other than that, the 80+Bronze is nice. HDD - Your basic mass storage. You could always pick up an SSD and use it as a boot drive to speed things up, so you'd have your OS on there with a couple programs, and the rest on your hard drive. Case - This is mainly just personal preference. I wouldn't pass up a normal ATX mid tower for $23 though. These aren't written in stone obviously since prices and promos change constantly. There's always a similar, if not better, offers out there for some of these parts if they aren't the discounted price at a later point. It's all just about looking out for the good deals. Like a $20 MIR on a $50 PSU, or a R9 280 GPU that's normally $190 for $150. Even the case was a steal for it normally being $40-$50. Also, for a comparison of GPUs at about the same price point, the GTX 750 Ti vs. the R9 280, and the GTX 760 vs. the R9 280. ============================================ For up to date build ideas, check out the PC Master Race build page: http://www.reddit.com/r/PCMasterRace/wiki/builds . Here you'll find various builds at different price points, updated constantly by knowledgeable people. And that covers just about all of the basics, or if you any questions feel free to post them here or message me. I'll be happy to help.