SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games (world of warcraft, CS,) internet, youtube, school, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or intel (prefered intel) . Any name brand motherboard, and 4 gigs of raam
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: must be no higher than 300$ before shipping, i will take other sites if its THAT MUCH cheaper. I know this is hard to do but if at all possible mabe 4 gigs of ram or some deal that is good on ram thanks
4 gigs of ram will be impossible to get at this price window without seriously hacking other components, furthermore it is not necessary for WoW. In the interests of building a balanced gaming PC, I am going to stick with 2 GB.
Can you salvage an old case, power supply, or any old optical drives?
The Intel setup will be faster (the E5200 beats the Athlon X2 240, and has better OC potential); however, the AMD setup has far more room for future expansion. The AM3 socket will still be supported for another year, and it uses DDR3 memory and newer mobo architecture. Additionally, the AM3 mobo I linked has capacity for 4 sticks of ram (as opposed to only 2 stick with the Intel build). Finally, the AMD mobo has two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots; thus, it will support Crossfire (although one slot runs at 4x, and will be bottlenecked).
I'm surprised that nobody chose an ion system. He only wants to play CSS and WoW for games, and web browsing. If my 8400gs in my laptop can handle all of that, then the 9400gs in an ion system certainly can as well.