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November 11, 2008 3:22:06 PM

These are the parts I have picked out so far. I am looking to placing the order in the next couple hours just want some reassurance. I just want something capable of dual-boxing wow with no hiccups preferrably on highest settings with some fps games on the side


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $109.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

ASUS P5QL-E LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - $106.49 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz LGA 775 Dual-Core - $122.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $62.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $124.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $119.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $59.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

HP 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVD1060I - 29.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

ATM, I am unsure of the power supply mostly. I normally would just choose a case with a power supply which worked for the computer I am using.. but nobody recommends that

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November 11, 2008 3:30:41 PM

Power supply is a good choice. I've got the same one running a faster rig that is OC'd and it doesn't hiccup at all.

If you have another $75 in the budget, I'd upgrade the process to the E8400 and the harddrive from the 320GB to the 640GB. Its only $15 for twice the hd space.
November 11, 2008 3:36:48 PM

you could get by with less PSU
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Anonymous
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November 11, 2008 3:53:17 PM

The hard drive is designed to get you to upgrade.. they set the price point for the 80gig and make the cost minimal for each upgrade so next thing you know you are getting 1.5TB.. I use 27gigs of my 75gig atm.
November 11, 2008 3:59:04 PM

looks good... you can get by with less of a psu, or you might want to consider a modular to keep the mess down
Anonymous
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November 11, 2008 4:04:37 PM

I'm really not sure at all about what size power supply or what to look for. Like I said, I normally would just get a computer case that comes with a power supply.
November 11, 2008 4:06:50 PM

Quote:
The hard drive is designed to get you to upgrade.. they set the price point for the 80gig and make the cost minimal for each upgrade so next thing you know you are getting 1.5TB.. I use 27gigs of my 75gig atm.


I would suggest you are in the minority ;) 

I'm using about 400GB atm, and this is a recent build.

To the OP,
The Corsair 750TX is a great PSU that will take you through several future builds unless your budget changes dramatically.

However, if you want to save a bit more, I would recommend you get one of the combo deals with your Antec 900 case. If memory serves there is an EA650 that will work wonders, or the Neo 650W. Both are quality PSUs. Not quite as good as the Corsair but good.

If you save $30.00 on the PSU you could upgrade to a 4850, or perhaps even an E8400. You don't need either to play WOW well though.
Anonymous
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November 11, 2008 5:13:14 PM

Would I see a better performance increase by upgrading to a radeon 4850 GPU or the E8400 processor?
November 11, 2008 5:43:15 PM

Yes. :p 

Generally across all games the 4850 would give you the biggest gains. Because WOW is not very graphically intensive, it's possible the CPU would be the better upgrade... hard to say.

November 11, 2008 9:24:57 PM

Here is what I'd consider to get a better system for basically the same $:
CPU - $120 e7200
Mobo - $120 - $15 MIR = $105!!! One of the better p45 based mobo's for the $!
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

GPU - $168 - $20 MIR = $148!! Much faster than the 9800gt you selected.
SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

RAM - $63 - $20 MIR = $43!!! Your RAM that you selected is a good selection!
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

HD - $75 shipped!! One of the faster HD's out right now!
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Case/PSU combo - $115 shipped!!! Has 650w Antec NeoPower PSU w/52A on the 12v rails (which is PLENTY!!). Comes with 1 x 6 pin PCI-e power connector and 1 x 6+2pin (8 pin) PCI-e power connector for your GPU's!
3rd combo from the top of the page.

DVD Burner - $27 shipped!! RETAIL version, so you get the necessary software to read/burn DVD's!!
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail

Total before 64 bit OS purchase = $688 - $55 MIR's = $633!!! Now your original budget was over $700 before shipping and rebates, so this is a better buy and will also save you about $50 or so after MIR's!!
November 11, 2008 10:06:01 PM

I really lik lunyones suggestions, it's a better build across the board, has excellent upgrade paths available for the future and is coming in at a lower budget. Right now Newegg has a combo deal for a E8400 and the Asus P5Q Pro, it's about equal to the Gigabyte board lunyone suggested and with the combo deal with the E8400 is $255 then -$15 in a rebate. So that's an extra $15 for an upgrade from the E7200 to the E8400 and a good quality motherboard. Sorry if it gets confusing with all the talk of combo deals and rebates.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 11, 2008 10:18:18 PM

I've used a 8800GT clocked to 700Mhz, (same as the 9800GT you picked, but at a higher overclock 700 vs. 600) in WoW, runs at 60fps in most places except the graphically intense areas of large raids, Shattrath and large PvP where it drops to 40 or so. In Beta with the shadow effects it took a bit of a hit and dropped a bit more. The HD4850 would be a better choice then the 9800GT, but the 9800GT would still work well usually. The stock clocked E8400 at 3.0 would outperform the stock clocked E7200 at 2.5, it's more a matter of budget and upgrade paths then anything else. With a HD4850 and a 650w power supply you can always crossfire if it's needed at high resolutions or if you start playing a new game like Age of Conan or a game not yet released. If you can afford the $50 or so for the upgraded CPU and GPUs, then they're a reasonable cost. If it's too steep then the E7200 and GT9800 are still good choices.
November 12, 2008 3:11:01 AM

or you could take that extra 30 bucks and get this mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
then upgrade bios to rampage bios and you will be more future proof with the 16 x 16 CF suuport it has


NVM i just relized thats a open box i think retail of that is 199 my bad
November 12, 2008 5:48:28 AM

Yeah but that mobo is an open box and I don't suggest getting open boxed mobo's unless the OP doesn't mind taking a change on it.
Anonymous
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November 12, 2008 3:01:14 PM

Ok! This is what I currently have and am ready to put the order with. This is the complete list of everything.

Motherboard+Processor Combo - $239.98 (after $15 mail in rebate)
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

Video Card - $139.99 (after $20 mail in rebate)
SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Ram - $40.99 (after $20 mail in rebate)
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Hard Drive - $74.99
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

DVD Burner - $26.99
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA

LCD Monitor - $179.99 (after $20 mail in rebate)
ASUS VW222U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP

Keyboard + Mouse - $21.99
Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black USB Ergonomics Keyboard

Headphones - 49.99
Creative FATAL1TY 3.5mm gold-plated Circumaural Gaming Headset

I have been told onboard sound has come a long way and a soundcard is not necessary anymore, is this true? If not, would the onboard sound suffice long enough for me to give it a fair trial before buying a sound card later on? Money isn't such a concern but if I don't need to buy one I won't.

Also, I am split between the case. The antec 300 with neo power supply is about 75-90 dollars cheaper (cant be bothered to check if they also have mail in rebates, LOL) than the antec 900 with neo power supply.. obviously the 900 looks better but is there a clear reason I should get the 900 over the 300?

One last thing, is it usually worth it to try and get any of these parts on green friday? I've never bothered to check what kind of sales office max runs.
November 13, 2008 4:21:48 AM

Well it would be "Black Friday", but sometimes they do come up, but I wouldn't bank on a whole lot of them. There will be some items that will be must have's, but it varies every year, so if you like what you have than I'd seriously consider getting it. Most of the MIR's only last for a short while and may not come back for a bit.
The Antec 300 is the little brother to the Antec 900. Personally for the budget that you have, I think the Antec 300 is a perfect fit. I'd take the $75-90 difference and save that for future upgrades or put it towards the 64 bit OS that you should be using for this build.
Onboard sound has really come a long way. I'd try it out for a bit and see if it meets your needs. I personally use the headset all of the time, so I don't need to spend +$100 for a seperate sound card.
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