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August 21, 2006 3:14:30 PM

I was wondering if someone could helpme with my problem. I want to build just a basic computer to play World of Warcraft on.

But I can't decide what parts to use. I keep thinking I should get some nice components, and I am constantly tempted to get a better part here and there and the price is spiraling out of control.

So... is there anyone out there who can suggest to me what parts to get (besides case and psu, which I already have) to build a computer that can play World of Warcraft for under 400-500 dollars? Can it be done? Can it be done for cheaper?

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August 21, 2006 3:26:43 PM

It can be done for about $500 . . . but before you think about re-using your existing PSU it might be wise to post its brand and wattage here. If it's more than a few years old I'd guess it might be inadequate for more modern components.

Also are you planning to re-use anything else like DVD or CD-ROM drives? Every dollar is going to count with the budget you listed.
August 21, 2006 3:31:30 PM

The PSU is 580 watts, not more than 6 months old, and in good condition. I can only salvage the Windows operating system and a monitor, everything else is pretty much toast from an unfortunate "accident."
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August 21, 2006 3:33:03 PM

Alright then, I'll try to cobble something together for you and post its specs here . . . give me about 15 -20 minutes.

Edit:

Alright here is what i came up with from zipzoomfly (free shipping on everything)

Mobo: Asus M2N-E $101
CPU: AMD sempron 3400+ $75
RAM: Corsair DDR2 800 xms 2X512 MB $117
Video: Asus 7600 gs 256 MB $139
HD: WD 80 GB sata $48
DVD: Sony 16X DVD-ROM $25

Total: $505 (shipping included)

This will provide a strong, stable platform with good upgradeability (it all starts with a solid mobo) AM2 needs at least ddr2 800 to perform better than ddr 400 on socket 939.
August 21, 2006 3:39:37 PM

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I was wondering if someone could helpme with my problem. I want to build just a basic computer to play World of Warcraft on.

But I can't decide what parts to use. I keep thinking I should get some nice components, and I am constantly tempted to get a better part here and there and the price is spiraling out of control.

So... is there anyone out there who can suggest to me what parts to get (besides case and psu, which I already have) to build a computer that can play World of Warcraft for under 400-500 dollars? Can it be done? Can it be done for cheaper?


This will Play World of Warcraft with ease and still offer you an upgrade path since it's based on the AM2 AMD socket which means it can be fitted with an Athlon64 X2 Dual Core processor or higher. It also supports 4 RAM sticks with up to PC2 6400 support.

System specs:
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA $62USD
AMD Sempron64 2800+ AM2 $50USD
2x512MB Kingston PC2 5300 ValuRAM $86USD
Powercolor Radeon x800GTO 256MB $90USD
160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATAII $59USD
SONY 16X DVD±R $29USD

Sub Total: $376USD

For more information on the motherboard visit this link.

The Video Card could be swapped for a 7600GT if you want more graphics power. Here's a VERY reasonably priced 7600GT instead of the x800GTO for $150USD. You could also up the CPU from a Sempron to an Athlon64 3200+ AM2 for a mere $86USD. This would bring your sub total to: $472USD which is within your price range of $400-500USD.

The beauty is that the system I'm quoting has enough power to run World of Warcraft with or without the extra addons, but opens you up for future performance upgrades without having to dish out another large chunk for a completely new system.

World of Warcraft does not need an x1800/1900 or 7800/79x0 level graphics card to run beautifully. It does, however, need an ample amount of ram.
August 21, 2006 4:22:22 PM

Your best bet is probably to use slightly older technology (in this case socket 939) since it will save you money in the end and not force you to use a "budget" processor or video card. All parts & prices from Newegg.

Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo4 $64
CPU: Athlon 64 3200+ $76
RAM: 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR400 $104
Video Card: Saphire Radeon X1800XT $200
Hard Drive: Western Digital 80GB SATA3.0 $44

That totals $488 and offers you a very nice system. Adding a DVD burner or ROM would go slightly over the $500 mark, but there really isn't an area that you can lop off a bunch of money without greatly sacrificing performance.
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