I have been tasked by my sister-in-law to please build my nephew a budget gaming PC. He mainly wants to play WoW (a present) and some other new games out there.
I've never used AMD for a build before, so any advice w/ the CPU and motherboard combo would be helpful. Heard some shaky things about this MB, and it's even the most expensive piece on the list. I'd like to order it all from one place, I usually just use NewEgg. This will easily play WoW and most other games out there right now, at lower resolutions, but that doesn't really matter. Budget is $400, I'm a little over, but that's okay.. can't go much higher though. I'd also like to have a little room for growth in placing a newer processor down the road, so don't want to cheap out on the MB too much.
Here's my current parts list, minus a couple cables I know I'll need (SATA, etc..);
Drop the Athlon 6000+ down to a 5000+, and go for a 4670 or nvidia 9600 gt on the graphics card. Remember, for games, graphics is almost always more important than processor speed.
But to give an idea, I think the 5000+ x2 is on newegg at 59.99. With the 4670 being 80, you would have just enough room to keep nearly the same budget and get a lot better card than the 3650. Also, on a budget, there are 50 dollar boards out there that will probably do what you want, which would leave you room to go higher on graphics card or get more memory.
Only the Phenoms can make use of DDR2-1066, so just get DDR2-800. I agree with those who have suggested a lesser CPU to allow for a better GPU (e.g. like a 4670).
WoW is not really demanding. If future upgrades are more important than initial performance, get a slightly pricier 790GX board; the HD3300 IGP should have no trouble with WoW. Add a much nicer video card later, when needed, like a 4850.
That Thermaltake PSU wouldn't be enough for an eventual 4850, and isn't a great PSU anyway. An Antec Earthwatts 500 is $50 from Newegg; other places may have them cheaper.
Those microATX board tend not to OC very well because the chipsets get too hot. I didn't get too much out of my G33 for that reason, even though the options were all there in the BIOS. They're rather cramped, so they can be a little difficult to cool.
The mobo comes with a pretty good on board graphics card so you wouldn't need to invest in one currently to play WoW at max settings at 1280x720 or 1440x900 resolution. You can always pick up any of the GPUs that dirtmountain recommended and still be under budget.
This build also consumes minimal power, something your sister-in-law would appreciate
I now realise I probably should not have purchased the 2x1GB 1066 Ram but the return policy is poor.
thus I am needing a good reccomendation on mobo to hook these components up to could anyone shed some light on this?
I agree with Dirtmountain and somewhat with Slomo. If WOW's all you're nephew's going to play, then the 780g onboard graphics is capable of handling it on its own. The system will however struggle to handle more demanding games like modern FPS. If you go the separate graphics card way, I'd suggest you just skip the 780g and the AMD build and look towards the E5200 and the g31 mobo coupled with a 4670 graphics card. If you're feeling more loving than usual, I highly recommend the slight $20 increase for a HD 4830 graphics card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Like Slomo said, you can always just ad a separate graphics card to his build to add more umphf, but then if you already know you're going to buy a separate graphics card, it's probably better to go with the Intel build since it's just as cheap but more powerful.