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November 30, 2008 8:51:06 PM

Hello all,
Using my existing case and drives i need to update another pc and wonder if this will do the job for world of warcraft gaming only, and running a few applications, ms word, money, etc. I guess what really makes me think about these items i have selected the most is the mobo, but i dont want to spend alot on this pc.

CPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
$56.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD
MSI K9N6PGM2-V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

GRAPHIC'S CARD
BFG Tech GeForce 8600 GTS BFGE86256GTSOCE Video Card
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

MEMORY
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Memory
$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Power Supply
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2008 10:28:36 PM

Okay just a few questions:
* What are your existing drives that your going to bring over to the new build? Are they all IDE drives or do you have some SATA ones too?
* The mobo you selected can only hold 2 SATA and 2 IDE drives TOTAL! Not sure if this is an issue, but I've already eluded to that on the previous question.
* A 780g or 790gx mobo w/onboard GPU should play WoW pretty easily, so you might consider that route, until you can afford a better GPU. The 8600gts is a bit dated now and I'm not sure it's worth the $50.
* The RAM you selected is good for your budget. If you had more $ to spend I'd suggest getting 2 x 2 gb sticks for about the same $ after the MIR's, but not sure that is feasible for you or not.
* The PSU you selected is a good buy. If you get the 780g or 790gx based mobo's you won't need to upgrade the PSU just yet (need more info to verify this), so you could possibly save the $ for other parts.
* What OS are you going to be using??
* What resolution is your current monitor??

$65 780g Asus mobo that you might consider!
You could even add a AMD 3450 GPU and get Cross-fired GPU's and improve gaming ability for ~$30 more!!
Comparison of several AMD 3450 GPU's!!
November 30, 2008 10:37:32 PM

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* What are your existing drives that your going to bring over to the new build? Are they all IDE drives or do you have some SATA ones too?
* The mobo you selected can only hold 2 SATA and 2 IDE drives TOTAL! Not sure if this is an issue, but I've already eluded to that on the previous question.


I have a IDE HD and CD/DVD Burner now, that i plan to upgrade when i get more cash.

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* What OS are you going to be using??
* What resolution is your current monitor??


Windows XP Pro, 1280x1024 for resolution.

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The 8600gts is a bit dated now and I'm not sure it's worth the $50.


Just figuted the gts would be better then onboard video capabilities. I only plan to play wow, and doubt i get anything new gaming wise for awhile.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2008 10:54:32 PM

If only playing WoW then go with the onboard. Drop the 8600GTS and get 4GB RAM (2*2GB) and a better motherboard. +1 for the 780G ASUS lunyone linked to and the 3450.
November 30, 2008 11:15:38 PM

Two silly question before i buy, which crossfire cards of those should i go with for crossfire? 2nd how hard or what's involved in setting a crossfire up?

It's been 5 or so years since i built a pc so a bit out of the loop on some things.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2008 11:17:20 PM

Okay, I was trying to minimize your costs as much as I could. The GTS would be better than onboard GPU, but I'd consider getting the 4670 GPU over the 8600gts for only $15 more! It doesn't require the 6 pin PCI-e power connection and performs quite a bit more than the 8600gts!
$80 - $15 MIR = $65!!
MSI R4670-2D512 Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Here's 1 review of the 4670 vs. 9500gt (which is better than the 8600gts!)
Another quick review, but this one includes the 8600gts and the 4670. Not the gospel here, but you should get the idea.

What is your budget for the parts that you want?
November 30, 2008 11:21:04 PM

I was wanting to keep it at about $300 with shipping.... so about $275 before shipping costs.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2008 11:40:03 PM

Okay with parts listed below, here is what I see:
CPU - $56 AMD x2 5200+
Mobo - $66 Asus 780g mobo
Memory - $35 G.Skill ones you listed
PSU - $35 For the Antec 430w PSU. Has 30A on the 12v rails and >80% efficient. Plenty for your current and room for some future upgrades. $15 more for the 500w version that will give you more room for furture upgrades. It's up to you which one you want.
GPU - $80 - $15 MIR = $65!! 4670 GPU w/Rainbow6 Vegas2 Game bundle!!

Total with shipping = $272 - $15 MIR = $257!! which none of the parts having shipping charges!! I used the Antec 430w PSU for this total, so if you want to use the Antec 500w PSU, just add $15 to the total!!
a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2008 11:45:45 PM

dunkelson said:
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

plus the 4670

puts me just under $300 which would be perfect.

.... now if i order the above my only concern is the free shipping with UPS. I'd rather go Fedex but i'd spend $50 more.

Good selection on the memory. You'll probably need that extra memory later too.
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