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$700 Budget Build - Mild Gamer

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September 6, 2009 3:46:17 AM

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!
September 6, 2009 5:27:08 AM

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

Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H mobo $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power & Cooling 420W Silencer psu $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill 2x1GB DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache SATA $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc 24x Reads/Writes All CD/DVD $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Vista Home Premium w/Win7 Upgrade $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hanns-G 17" $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Apex PC-389-C Mid Tower Case $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
September 6, 2009 5:59:56 AM

I think for $700 you might want to look at an AMD build instead
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September 6, 2009 6:49:38 AM

September 6, 2009 6:50:26 AM

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?Ite...

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

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

Case - Rosewill $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive - Samsung spinpoint F3 SATA 500GB $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - HannsG 19" 5ms $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard/mouse - Microsoft $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - Vista Home Premium 64 bit with windows7 update $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

about $704 not including $30 in rebates

WoW WotLK graphic card benchmarks.
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,689378/WoW-Wrath-of-...


*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.

September 6, 2009 6:52:48 AM

Go with batuchka's build , its the best so far and overclock the cpu if you want.
September 6, 2009 7:37:03 AM

Yep, batuchka nailed it
September 6, 2009 5:29:35 PM

Definitely a quad core for WoW.
September 6, 2009 7:04:20 PM

Not in the budget, but all the builds could be upgraded in the future.
September 6, 2009 7:30:32 PM

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&cat...
Starting at $110
September 6, 2009 8:10:56 PM

9600GSO is a failure for gaming. :(  Stay with the 4850
September 6, 2009 8:23:38 PM

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)
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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.
September 7, 2009 9:19:23 PM

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
September 8, 2009 1:19:45 AM

The cheapest i5/LGA1156/P55 build would add $140+ to the cost of the system.
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