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I need advice for a budget W.o.W. machine

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April 2, 2014 7:52:40 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware people! You've helped me build 3 computers so far, and I'm looking at #4 today. I'm building a computer for a friend. He's interested in playing World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, League of Legends, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Far as I know, that's all he's interested in playing. He has no interests outside of those 4 games.

He already has a case (it's huge), a power supply (450 watt), and an optical drive. He needs a CPU, Motherboard, Video Card, Memory, Hard Drive, and Windows.

So far, this is what I'm considering:

He'd like to keep the final price less than $330 if possible.

What I need to know is:

Will this system play all 4 games without framerate issues? He doesn't care a whole lot about playing at ultra settings.

Is the OEM Windows 8 any different than the standard license aside from the one-motherboard issue? I've never installed one before.

Are there cheaper / better changes I can make to that list without going over budget?

Thank you for your help, you guys are awesome.

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April 2, 2014 8:03:21 PM

Do not get that. I'll post a build here in a moment.

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April 2, 2014 8:18:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($35.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.50 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Momentus 7200.4 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($33.60 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $340.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-02 23:16 EDT-0400)

A bit overkill for league, but for $30 more you can have a much more capable system.

If it's too much I can change a few things.