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a b B Homebuilt system
February 7, 2009 11:47:13 PM

Help me get the most performance out of $600.00. This is going to be a gaming PC designed for hours of World of Warcraft.

Would like to keep this to a Midsize ATX case or less. Your mock builds are appreciated.

Here is what I have come up with on my own:

COOLER MASTER ELITE 335
Price: $39 - Free Shipping

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
Price $84

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz
Price $119

HIS 4850 512MB Videocard
Price $139

Seagate 640GB Sata Hard Drive 32MB Cache
Price $69 Free Shipping

Thermaltake Purepower 500 Watt PSU
Price $49

4 Gigs of Gskill DDR2 800 Ram
Price $44 Free Shipping

ASUS 22x DVD Burner w/ Light Scribe
Price $27 Free Shipping

The Total comes to: $577.92
+ Shipping: $15.84
Grand Total: $593.76

Any Suggestions?

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2009 12:53:46 AM

That's a pretty good list over all.

That Thermaltake needs to be avoided. You have 90 bucks between the PSU and case listed.

The combo deal with the Antec 300 case and EA650 is very nice:
Antec 300
It's $120 however.

Yes it's major overkill for your build, but it's an awfully good PSU.... really:
OK Wolf's EA650 conclusions
Reading this review would give you a great PSU education ;) 


Other options:
Xclio Stablepower 500W No qualified reviewers have had their hands on it, but the impression seems to be that it's an acceptable unit. Better than the Thermaltake for sure.

PC Power & cooling 500W
Top notch of course, at a decent price after rebate.


February 8, 2009 1:01:24 AM

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Combo w/Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 $119.94

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99

MSI R4850-512M OC Radeon HD 4850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD/CD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99

Total...after rebates=$614.93

Free shipping on everything but MotherBoard and Video Card


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a b B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2009 1:30:23 AM

Are Thermal Take PSUs really that bad? The ratings seem pretty good on new egg.

What is the difference between the P43 and P45?

I am more familiar with AMD chipsets than I am Intel's.
February 8, 2009 1:47:54 AM

The EP45-UD3R has better cooling
All P45 chipsets OC better than P43
EP45-UD3R has 8 SATA (2 for RAID), 2x Fire-Wire, 2x Esata with external power.
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2009 2:00:58 AM

There is zero practical difference between P43 and P45 in your case. The P45 chipset comes with the ability to have DDR3, usually not implemented. The P45 chipset comes with the ability to crossfire, but you are not building a crossfire system.

However, the UD3R is a very well made, second generation P45 motherboard. It's probably the finest single PCI-E slot motherboard being made right now. It's a good choice, as is it's brother, the UD3P, which is crossfire enabled.


The Thermaltake "W0100RU" is a cheap PSU with poor voltage regulation and ripple. No active PFC. Rated at 70% efficiency but likely less. Doubtful it would sustain 400W output long.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2009 3:35:25 AM

Hmm ok how about less OC headroom but a better GPU/PSU :p 
$588 w/o shipping/rebates
$8 shipping (configured with free shipping stuff as much as i can) so
$596 w/o rebates yet
a b B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2009 3:56:14 AM

batuchka said:
Hmm ok how about less OC headroom but a better GPU/PSU :p 
$588 w/o shipping/rebates
$8 shipping (configured with free shipping stuff as much as i can) so
$596 w/o rebates yet
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Kumasub6xx.jpg

I was thinking of that. Infact I picked almost that same build. I did not like the fact that the 64x2 7750 sucked up 95 Watts and got so many complaints about it's stock cooler. I am not going to toss the idea out the window though. It is a great budget saver.

I have looked at trying to save money with a GeForce 9800GT however their prices really are not competitive at all compared to the 4850s. You get a whole lot more performance just for $10 or $20 more.

This build is for a friend. I think it may be best to push the budget to $650 just to get those extra quality parts.
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