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$400ish Gaming rig.

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August 8, 2009 6:43:10 AM

I know thats cheap but I'm going for as cheap as possible to obtain my goals..

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as possible. today, if i can get the info i need.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of warcraft. Main use. (many non wow enthusiasts scoff at the needs of wow - but they have ramped up quite a bit since launch. my dell that used to easily run it max sets is chugging along now especially in the wintergrasp battles as they can be monstrous in size and scale.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor i have. i have a widescreen 1366x768 monitor i will be using...
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.com ..

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type- really don't have a preference. whatever will get me there. quality stuff though - i dont want to be RMA'ing stuff if i can help it.

OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe - won't be taking advantage of it now but would like the possibility for future upgrading to be there.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: as stated before, this monitor only runs at 1366x768.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: noise doesn't really matter, a well cooled and lit up pc would be nice though. My room gets fairly hot in the day (texas ftl)

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August 8, 2009 7:02:51 AM

I should add that parts that are easy to install for newbies are a plus:) 
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August 8, 2009 7:03:36 AM

im tryin to build one and post my own links here, but i am really at a loss as what to go with what and keep ending up way over my budget. (why im here) thought id explain why theres no links - its not lazyness..
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August 8, 2009 7:29:48 AM

Here's a build $445 or $415 after the 2 rebates and then $15 shipping (to me) Had to cut some corners, but all is compatible.

CPU - AMD PhenomII x3 710 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Asrock 760G mATX $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - 2x2 GB DDR2 800 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Rosewill $39 3x120mm fans included free shipping (which can add up fast for a case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - OCZ modstream 500w - $60 or $40 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - HD4670 $70 or $60 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Western Digital caviar blue 320GB SATA $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner - LG SATA $26
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WoW graphic card benchmarks including the 4670, pretty high settings, most likely in Dalaran. If you can stretch the budget for a 9600GT, 9800GT, GTS250, 4830, 4850, do it.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/mainstre...
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August 8, 2009 7:30:16 AM

ah but heres the rub: operating system jumps it up $100 :(  crap!!$@!$!@$!
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August 8, 2009 7:30:38 AM

was typing as you posted that- thanks dirtmountain!
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August 8, 2009 2:44:44 PM

you could save a bit by dropping to a phenom ii 250 or 245
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August 8, 2009 3:30:31 PM

$489.79 after ship less MIR

Prolly can get by with a $99.99 HD4850 instead if u feel its too expensive hehe
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August 8, 2009 3:36:20 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's a way to save 40 bucks. It will at least give you an upgrade path later.

Case for 40. You can probably get by using the included PSU for a little while. Though we usually recommend against it, I have this case, and was on a budget myself, so I ran it that way for a little while, if I'm not mistaken that PSU is rated for 24 amps which should be enough for the 4670.

However if you upgrade to a different graphics card, definitely upgrade the PSU. But being that the 4670 is a low power card, you may be ok.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


One thing to note, on this case when I got it, my mobo did not line up exactly with the holes in the mobo mounting plate. They lined up all along the left toward the rear of the case, but the last hole or 2 toward the hard drives did not line up exactly right. Cheap and easy fix, take a couple of the plastic risers, cut the tops off of them, and put them into the mounting plate in the last couple of holes. Even though they won't line up, the mobo still hangs over them just a little, so we put them there just to be sure the mobo never touched the mounting plate. No problems and still running after almost 2 years.

Btw, same case, a little cheaper, and this link gives more PSU info.

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=939PL&cat=CAS&c...
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