$700 Budget Build - Mild Gamer

Posting this for a friend since she can't log into Tom's Hardware. (Keeps kicking her back to http://www.tomshardware.com/membres/ even after logging in)

This is gonna be a heck of a budget build...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a Month
BUDGET RANGE: No more than $700 USD. (Newegg Please)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (MMO's such as Wow, Guildwars), Surfing the Web
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Computer Desk? :P (Needs to be an entirely scratch build. She's coming from a Win98 box)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: LCD Monitor 17" Or Bigger. A "pretty" case. (Something simple, black)
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Going to be a stretch. Wants to run WoW and Guildwars, and The Orange Box. Unfortunately needs everything. Could go without keyboard/mouse if you really had to. Will probably end up building it for her so building expertise isn't a concern.


Thanks!
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  1. Intel E7500 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo + Sapphire HD4850 1GB Combo $225
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.231095

    Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H mobo $69
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128072

    PC Power & Cooling 420W Silencer psu $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703017

    G.Skill 2x1GB DDR2 1066
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231172

    WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache SATA $57
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

    Sony Optiarc 24x Reads/Writes All CD/DVD $33
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    Vista Home Premium w/Win7 Upgrade $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116674

    Hanns-G 17" $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254032

    Apex PC-389-C Mid Tower Case $24
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154095

    Total = $700.49

    No keyboard and mouse, use current ones, mobo will handle them. Careful, it might outrun yours :)

    Logitech Cordless KB and Mouse $31
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126041
  2. I think for $700 you might want to look at an AMD build instead
  3. Along the same lines as Twoboxers build, but AMD with 2x2 GB of RAM and a GTS250 512GB instead of the 4850.

    CPU/motherboard combo - PhenomII x2 545 3.0GHz and a Gogabyte 785G/SB710 $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.254105

    RAM/GPU combo - 2x2GB G.Skill 1066 and a GTS250 512GB $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.256723

    Power supply/DVD burner combo - OCZ 500w and Samsung SATA burner $82
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.248196

    Case - Rosewill $25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147073

    Hard drive - Samsung spinpoint F3 SATA 500GB $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    Monitor - HannsG 19" 5ms $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254025

    Keyboard/mouse - Microsoft $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109132

    OS - Vista Home Premium 64 bit with windows7 update $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

    about $704 not including $30 in rebates

    WoW WotLK graphic card benchmarks.
    http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,689378/WoW-Wrath-of-the-Lich-King-Benchmarks-with-Ati-and-Nvidia-graphics-cards/Practice/?page=2


    *edit* Batuchka did you link the 32bit by mistake? 3 builds for your friend. All would work fine for what she does.... i kind of like Batuchka's myself, but i like Nvidia in WoW.
  4. Go with batuchka's build , its the best so far and overclock the cpu if you want.
  5. Yep, batuchka nailed it
  6. Definitely a quad core for WoW.
  7. Not in the budget, but all the builds could be upgraded in the future.
  8. overshocks said:
    Go with batuchka's build , its the best so far and overclock the cpu if you want.

    +1. Agreed. Also, you don't really need a 4850 for WoW. Take a look at the 9600GSO which is $35 after MIR at Newegg. Also, you can easily OC the CPU with a cheap $25 cooler (See: Core Contact Freezer).

    One more thing: You MAY be able to go i5 with that budget, so I recommend waiting for i5 release.

    i5: http://www.ewiz.com/query.php?categry=689
    $220

    i5 boards: http://www.ewiz.com/query.php?dp=1&dt=2&categry=124&categry=124&brand=&pa0=LGA1156&pa1=&pa2=&pa3=&pa4=&pa5=&pa6=&pa7=&pa8=&pa9=&nl=30&searchStr=Search+from+current+results&ob=&myanchor=%23displaytop
    Starting at $110
  9. 9600GSO is a failure for gaming. :( Stay with the 4850
  10. ManaKazushime said:
    Posting this for a friend since she can't log into Tom's Hardware. (Keeps kicking her back to http://www.tomshardware.com/membres/ even after logging in)
    ................
    Thanks!


    Try this: Enter ALL info in the fields for -Personal info -Forum options -Public profile then Sign out and Sign In again IMMEDIATELY and renter All the info again and try to open a forum section.

    It happened to me too so if any (moderator or anyone who can help) saw this it happened to me like 20 times at first till i tried this BESIDE that the post "EDIT" button doesn't work only "Quick Edit". I use FireFox 3.5, Vista Ultimate 32Bit and Kaspersky Internet Security 9.0.469 (if that helps!)


    Regards.
  11. batuchka's build is the best still, but go with a i5 build now since the i5 750 performs like the i7 920 and it's cheaper. Some dude overclocked i5 750 to 4.0ghz with just stock heatsink lol
  12. What?!!!!!
  13. The cheapest i5/LGA1156/P55 build would add $140+ to the cost of the system.
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