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Budget Gaming PC **1st Time Building**

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December 4, 2008 8:12:51 PM

This is my first time building a pc. I'm trying to build a gaming pc around the $400-$500 range. The only game I really play is World of Warcraft so I would like to be able to max the settings out on that and get decent FPS (which shouldn't be too hard).

Here is the build:

Gaming PC

Case – Antec 300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive – Western Digital 640GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive – Lite-On Black CD/DVD-R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply – Antec EA650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory – Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU – AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card – Asus Radeon HD 4670 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard – Asus M2R32 – MVP AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Questions:
Should i get windows vista or xp?
Will i be able to run crossfire in the future with this set up?
Is there anything i should switch out to give me a better bang for my buck?
Is this ALL i need to setup my computer. Do I need other wires or such?

Thanks!
December 4, 2008 8:30:38 PM

With SP1 out Vista is the way to go in my book. The Mobo supports crossfire and 650w should be plenty for two 4670s. I would suggest getting a phenom over an old athlon though. The 4670 is supposed to have a good price/perfromacne ratio so there not a bad choice for a gamer on a budget. All the power cables and such you will need should be included with the parts.
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December 4, 2008 8:35:31 PM

+1 for Vista (Home Premium 64-bit)

You're better off with a HD 4850 than with HD 4670 Crossfire.

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