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January 5, 2009 12:11:29 AM

Looking at neewegg to find new puter to replace my dead Gateway. All I want from the system is to play WoW well. New egg has

newegg Gamer Power 900X Desktop PCs
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iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 900X Core 2 Quad Q6600(2.40GHz) 4GB DDR2 320GB NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - Retail for $499 or

iBUYPOWER Gamer 501E-I Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2GB DDR2 250GB NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS Windows Vista Home Premium - Retail $524

Few questions? Is IBUYPoWER any good? Will the systems play wow? and what one is better? thanks for help!!

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January 5, 2009 12:43:48 AM

I'd buy a cheap Dell; anything with a dual-core CPU and 2+ GB RAM, and just throw a Radeon HD 4670 in there. That should play WoW nicely.
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January 5, 2009 1:14:18 AM

If you are considering cheap Dell, check out their outlet. I was considering a new desktop for my house, I priced components for an E7200 and otherwise a fairly basic machine, came out about $800. A similar machine from the Dell outlet was about $530. One difference of course is that I could overclock mine heavily, not sure if you can overclock the Dell but I wouldn't count on it. The other difference is that a homebuilt would have more video options. A stock Dell might not have enough electric power to run a high end video card.

If you check the newspaper ads on Sunday morning, you can occasionally find some good deals for a basic box from places like BestBuy, OfficeDepot, etc.
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January 5, 2009 1:21:03 AM

You're asking some tough questions.
It sounds like your budget is around $550.

One of the issues with these low cost systems is the power supply.
If this computer is for gaming, I would suggest you find a system with a core 2 duo, with at least 2G of ram, with at least a 450W to 500W power supply with at least a 24amp 12V output. If you can find one with dual 12 outputs that would be better as long as they are above 24 amps combined. Make sure the motherboard has a PCI Express 16 slot. The cost would have to be in the area of $425 to $450.

You can then buy a GeForce 9600GT or pehaps a HD4830 and put it in.




January 5, 2009 1:27:40 AM

Get a dual core system with 2 gb ram and an radeon 4670 or 9600gt and you'll be fine.
Buy a prebuilt and just upgrade the graphic card WoW isn't that demanding.
January 5, 2009 2:10:41 AM

$80 - Intel e5200
$80 - P45 motherboard
$30 - 4gb DDR2-800
$85 - 9800gt 512mb
$20 - DVD/CD burner
$60 - Corsair vx450
$50 - Coolermaster case
$50 - 500gb HD

Any video card less than a 4670 or 9600gt isn't worth buying.
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January 5, 2009 2:13:00 AM

Of the 2 systems you have listed the 900X with the Q6600 would be the best choice. As with most prebuilt systems it's using a very weak graphic card (the GeForce 8400GS) and includes a pretty weak power supply (480 watt, but only 18 amps on the 12v) that will keep you from upgrading to a high powered graphic card without changing out the power supply. It would be adequate for playing WoW, but would bog down in high graphic demand areas (Shatt, Dalaran, raids and PvP). A good graphic card upgrade that you could do with the included power supply is add a HD4670 for about $80. The 4670 rates about 15 tiers higher then the 8400GS in Toms graphic card hierarchy chart.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-grap...

It's not a ripoff deal, and i don't know much about Ibuypower, but it does have some inherent weaknesses. I'd suggest you keep shopping around and keep doing research with an eye on deals...... unless you need the PC right now.
January 5, 2009 2:24:33 AM

ok, can you build systems? and the next is how much you want to spend? say about 500 bucks or less, it comes with a dual core, 2gb of ram, 160gb hard drive, case, nice psu, sata dvd burner, and some other junk that will probably be left over form your other machine..pm me and i will email you a wishlist if you want. it has integrated graphics btw (i dont mean junky int..i mean amd 3200 or 3300 one...that is all you need for WoW. it will even run EQ2 no problems...at 1680x1050 at that!!) or, for say about 100 bucks more (what you would spend on another vid card) you can downgrade the mobo a step or two, and then pop in two 3850s. so, all up to you, what you want to spend for what you want to get?
January 5, 2009 2:32:10 AM
January 5, 2009 2:59:54 AM

yeah, you will need an extra 120mm fan for the back..its optional in that case...still an old mobo...
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January 5, 2009 3:46:13 AM

You're much better off building it yourself and you'll get more satisfaction out of it. Anyway for $500 you can't do too much, but you can afford to build something like an Athlon 5400+ BE with a decent board to overclock it, 2GB of RAM, and a Radeon 4670. Of course if you already have an OS you can probably get something with 4GB of RAM and a better vid card
January 5, 2009 3:50:38 AM

I would love to build something just dont know if I am up for it. I would hate to fry $700 of circuits.

If I went the dell route would the Vostro 220 Slim Tower for $420 work? All I would need to do is buy a graphics card?
January 5, 2009 4:21:01 AM

I would avoid the slim tower as you might have issues fitting a videocard inside. Stick with a mid tower case and make sure the mobo has a pci-e x16 slot.

What exactly is your budget?
January 5, 2009 4:25:32 AM

$500-600 I hope.
January 5, 2009 4:32:13 AM

http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.asp...

buy either a radeon 4830, 4850, or a geforce 9800gt from newegg and you are looking at $550-$600

edit: just realized it only has a 300 watt powersupply. thats the problem with OEM pc's.

I'd check out a cheap system builder like cyperpowerinc.com I bought a pc from them a long time ago and it was fine, basically like a homebuilt but someone else is doing it for you.
January 5, 2009 11:54:54 AM

What about the Systemax SG 1150 Gaming Desktop Computer - Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200, genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1, MSI G31M, 4GB, 320GB, DVDRW, 9500GT, Flash Card Reader, GB LAN, 500Watts

advised on tiger direct. For $569?
January 5, 2009 12:37:21 PM

It would probably work but is not worth the money IMO. Is there anyone you know who could possibly help you build a PC? Otherwise I suggest you do some research and use the forums to build your own, its really quite simple.
January 5, 2009 2:11:46 PM

Well I did watch some you tube videos of how to. And I am going to library to pick up some books on it. I guess the big thing in no warranty if I kill it some how. But I am sure i can have you guys walk me though if I get stuck. I guess if you can tell me. all I need to order so all the stuff woks together I will be ok. The only thing I will keep is mouse keyboard and mounter. What else if anything do I need that's not on your newegg list? thanks for all the help Jared
January 5, 2009 4:25:42 PM

what exactly died on your gateway? you might be able to salvage some parts like the optical drive, hard drive, RAM, power supply, case and the operating system. also what is the model/serial number, we can look it up and see what the components are.
January 5, 2009 6:15:09 PM

its a Intel pentium 4 2.4ghz 1 GB of ram. model #ESX 500x. Last year I put in a PNY g-force 6600 256mb agp graphics card.

About a year ago I had real bad virus and took in to clean it up. When I got it back it would over heat in a few min with nothing running. I took the side off and put a room fan in it to keep it cool.

Buy for the last few weeks it freezes up when my son and I play WoW. But more so at night when the server is busy I think? I also put a DVD r/rw last year. The one fan on the intel chip works but sounds real bad like a train or something.
January 5, 2009 6:16:08 PM

Also It has XP on it, Do not have disk. Gateway
January 5, 2009 7:08:29 PM

well you can reuse the DVD-RW and maybe the hard drive if you wipe it out and nothing is wrong with it. If you can get a cracked xp disk you can use the old license from the gateway on the new PC.
January 5, 2009 7:11:11 PM

If you managed to install a DVD drive and a videocard, you should have no problem building a pc from scratch. Just make sure to pick up a static wristband from radioshack or newegg.
January 5, 2009 10:16:45 PM

Ok thank you for all the help! So if I go with everything on your list I will have everything I need but OS? O and one more question if I have a few bucks more should I get a better processor chip to stay current longer?
January 5, 2009 10:56:56 PM

actually i didnt make out a list but i can make one for you.

CPU: E7300 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: Gigabyte P45 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 4GB DDR2-800 $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Videocard: Sapphire HD4850 $145 use promo code: EMCBCDABJ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: antec 300 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: PC power and cooling 500W $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: samsung 500GB $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $590 not including shipping or mail in rebates
January 6, 2009 12:25:57 AM

O ok I was looking at patater's list. Thank you for putter this one together. It looks like the hardest thing in putting it together is getting the motherboard to the right height. Also do you load the drivers before or after putting the OS on? thanks
January 6, 2009 12:33:30 AM

After. The motherboard manual should give you step by step instructions for installing the components as well.
January 8, 2009 9:44:39 PM

yeah man, save about 100 bucks and get stuff made for gamin, not office productivity!!! lol. its really simple to build a computer. if you watch how to vids on smearing the thermal paste and practice on the sink before install you will be fine. everyhting else is slotted and keyed (and yes, there are arrows and diagrams in the book that tell you how to put the cpu in the socket) and its really easy. especially with the am2 clip design, you sit the sink on there, twist a little bit to get it seated and air out, not a lot, just alittle. then put the brackets on the clip things, then flip the lever over, viola done. its easy. and you dont have to get a anti-stat strap, i recommend it though. if you DONT get one...you MUST keep yourself grounded on the case...aka keep your arm on the side while messin with components, or hand on the lip, or somehting always touching it...hope everything goes well!!!
January 8, 2009 9:48:51 PM

oh, i forgot...the case has holes already pre drilled...and your motherboard comes with risers and screws (always has extra hardware!! which is good if you lose some!!) and you can sit your motherboard in to eyeball which holes to line the mounts up to, then you put the atx riser screws in. then sit your motherboard on top of those risers (you should be able to see all of the riser mounts through the holes, if not move risers accordingly) then screw it in. you load the os first, then start inserting all of your driver disks that came with your hardware. after its up and running, go to each vendor and search the support part for new drivers...you might even want to update the bios too...if you need help with that, just ask!! we are here to help!!

first, i like to assemble the system out of the case on a clean dry surface...like cardboar sitting on a table top. put the cpu and hsf on, the ram, but i do teh video card later..its all in your preference.
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