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October 29, 2008 3:47:05 AM

Hello! I've been browsing around and need some help on a new build. I built a PC about 4 years ago with help and advice from here, did a little overclocking and such, but I have REALLY fallen behind on technology since then. Anyway, all Im really concerned with is playing WoW and browsing on firefox. My budget is $800 (not including monitor, etc.) Basically I just need a machine that runs WoW amazing, and lets me browse and do some multi-tasking quickly. I dont need any fancy cases with lights (anymore :lol:  ) or anything, just a stable running, quick machine to browse around and play WoW. I wouldnt mind overclocking a little bit, but nothing too serious. Thanks in advance!

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October 29, 2008 4:19:34 AM

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 -$20.00 MIR

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99

ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 -$30.00 MIR

Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.94 (Bundled with case)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

Total $837.87 -$50.00 MIR's = $787.87
October 29, 2008 4:25:34 AM

^ +1 good solid all around build.
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October 29, 2008 4:44:55 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 -$20.00 MIR

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99

ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 -$30.00 MIR

Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.94 (Bundled with case)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

Total $837.87 -$50.00 MIR's = $787.87



good choices
October 29, 2008 4:28:23 PM

Ah! thank you guys very much. That bundle looks like a good deal. Im assuming quad core wont make that much difference to me? and that spending a little more a step up or two on the vid. card wont matter? I dont really know the next step on video card though.

edit: also, will the stock cooling fan be ok for the cpu? I had an aftermarket on my last build.

edit #2: what are the differences between brands on the Vid. card? such as the Saphire/Asus/MSI HD 4850 512MB. Looks like their all the same card to me.
October 29, 2008 4:38:20 PM

Im total noob to building pcs but after doing some reseach i think duel cores are better for gameing as most games dont have quad core optimisation.I could be wrong tho Im in very simler boat to you kyleharmon and are trying to build great gaming rig for same price as you.
October 29, 2008 4:44:48 PM

+1 to shortstuff's build. Those are great choices for that price.
October 29, 2008 4:50:47 PM

This is the rig im considering getting

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 "Toxic" 512MB GDDR5 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 LGA775 'Wolfdale' "Overclocking E0 Stepping" 3.33GHz (1333FSB) - Retail
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

Asus P5Q Pro Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

Corsair TX 650W ATX2.2 SLi Compliant PSU
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) PC2-6400C5 Dual Channel Vista Gold Series DDR2 (OCZ2G8004GK)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

Antec Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (ST3160815AS)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket LGA775)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

Samsung SH-S223F/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=AC...

i know the hd is not huge but i dont need big one as any date i wana keep goes onto me server or exsternal hd.Yes the ram is cheap but i have read a lot reviews regarding ocz and they seem pretty good.Also i dont intend to go sli.

Total : £781.20 in vat and delivery
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