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Build or beef up your gaming PC with today's Amazon Gold Box deals

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Today's Amazon Gold Box deal is the perfect opportunity for gamers wanting to build their gaming PC or beef up their current one — the online retailer is currently offering discounts of up to 50 percent on a handful of components, cables and motherboards, just to name a few of the listings.

In addition to sound cards and cooling fans, buyers can snag RAM and other storage bits as well as new processors, graphics cards and hard drives and accessories including headsets, mice and routers. There's also a deal on a ViewSonic monitor and a Corsair hardcase for those going the build-from-scratch route.

For those of you intrepid gamers ready to embark on the journey to baby's first home-built PC, check out our features from fall 2012 on editor-at-large Chris Plante's venture to construct his own custom machine. And if you're unsure where to start in terms of the necessary pieces — especially if you're building on a budget — be sure to read over our PC buying guide for advice from Polygon writers on getting power for your price range.