Back into building and looking for a double check

Alright,this is my first time posting here so forgive me if I do this wrong please. I fear I am trying to cut too many corners. I have not built a PC in years but my Dell tower is on its last legs, so I went to new egg and spec'd out a build. Could someone review my build and let me know if I got this right please? The idea here was for a good gamming experiance (Wowcrack head here) for World of Warcraft. Also I use the comp for school and business (Electronical Engineering and tech)

Processor: Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072

Motherboard: Asus P5N7A-VM LGA 775 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131348


Power Supply: OCZ StealthxStream 700SXS 700W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019&Tpk=N82E16817341019

System Memory: Corsair 8Gb (4 x 2Gb) 240 oin ddr3 SDRAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184&Tpk=N82E16820145184

PC Fan: Thermaltake Spin Q PerfprmanceSeries Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106123&Tpk=N82E16835106123

Not Sure whether a seperate Vid card is absolutely necessary. I know that there is major system draw on a built into the board however so if a vid card is necessary I have spec'd
EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 512-P3-N954-TR Video Card - Retail
GeForce 9500 GT
512MB GDDR2
PCI Express 2.0 x16


Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130378

Hard drive: Seagate 7200.11 500 gb sata 7200 rpm w/32 Mb cache. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288&Tpk=n82e16822148288
All in a coolmaster Tower with a bottom mount PSU slot, a fan under and behund the opwer supply to eliminate as much PS heat as possible. This is because the Mother board is reportredly vert hot running. Lots of fans on this one I guess just to be safe.

Thank you in advance for any advice:)
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  1. Will you overclock? If not, then the OEM Intel HSF is fine.

    Why such a powerful PSU for a system that requires a 380W PSU or less?
  2. That's not the motherboard i'd use in a budget E5200 build, a P45 would really be a better choice. I'd also use 2x2GB DDR2 800 RAM instead of 8GB of DDR3 RAM (it's still a poor value)
    For WoW i'd really recommend a discrete graphic card. The 9500GT DDR2 one you picked is a pretty poor choice, even at the $45 price after rebate. You'd get better performance with a HD4670, 9600GT, HD4830 for a reasonable (@$30) increase in price. You should look at the last 3 System Builder Marathon builds at the $625 area for some good suggestions at a budget price.
  3. Ahhh Excellent question and one I asked the networking guy at work when I origianlly spec'd a 400W and was advised to go with the 700W for any possibly future expansions.

    Also, no overclocking at this point, don't really see a need in the build so good to know I'm on the right track. Now I need to add a dvd +/- rw and price out a nice 19" LCD.

    About the video card, should I go with the PCI slot card or can I get away with the on board nvidia on the motherboard despit the drawbacks to this.

    I will price out a corsair 400W Power supply and thanks for the heads up;)
  4. dirtmountain said:
    That's not the motherboard i'd use in a budget E5200 build, a P45 would really be a better choice. I'd also use 2x2GB DDR2 800 RAM instead of 8GB of DDR3 RAM (it's still a poor value)
    For WoW i'd really recommend a discrete graphic card. The 9500GT DDR2 one you picked is a pretty poor choice, even at the $45 price after rebate. You'd get better performance with a HD4670, 9600GT, HD4830 for a reasonable (@$30) increase in price. You should look at the last 3 System Builder Marathon builds at the $625 area for some good suggestions at a budget price.


    I actually looked at this board first but again I was going to cut the corners a little with the built in vid card. You bring up an excellent combination adn I will check out the post. Thank you!
  5. Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R
    E5200
    2x2GB G.Skill DDR2 800
    WD Caviar Black 640GB
    HD4830
    Corsair CX400
  6. If heat is a concern, select a high efficiency PSU (80 PLUS Certified) like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007.

    dirtmountain made good recommendations.
  7. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $59.95
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  8. A HUGE Thanks for all the help! I will post the final system configuration tomorrow. This was an education!
  9. Lots of "+1"s to click on up there...
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