APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Earlier the better. The latest is Jan 1 2010
BUDGET RANGE: 700 although less is better
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of Warcraft, vent, fraps, webbrowsing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, maybe the PSU. I have a 650w therlmaltake. It used it to power my old x1950 pro card and dual xeon processors
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: a) tigerdirect.com b) newegg.com for smaller parts. I live in NJ, so newegg taxes me, but could ship to an office in NYC. Parts have to be small though.
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This machine is being built exclusively to play wow and fraps some wow movies. I have a pretty good workstation at home I use to run a mySQL db and soon to add an oracle developer db. I like to have a gaming only machine. The only game I play on a computer is WoW. Everything else is XBOX.
I've read the techmo's post and have been convinced to go with DDR3. Not because I think ddr3 is better but because I think ddr2 prices are only going to go up as demand shrinks
While WOW WotLK is optimized for dual cores, a tri or quadcore CPU helps when running vent or various addons (DBM for example).
Unless you're overclocking, then stick with the stock HSF. I'd stick with your present case unless your budget can handle the $50- $80 needed for a new case, i'd rather spend money on components that boost performance. I personally like Scythe fluid dynamic fans for quiet/CFM. Unless you're crossfiring go with the AMD 770 over the 790X to save money.
The caviar black 750s are going to be old 250GB platter drives. New 500GB platter drives are much faster. The Samsung F3 500GB/1TB and the Caviar Black 2TB are the fastest right now (they are faster than velociraptors). The seagate 7200.12 500/1TB beats the velociraptor in some benchmarks.
Just looked at the numbers. Kind of curious why they don't have an entry for the Phenom X3 with ddr3 and just with DDR2
The RAM type is controlled by the motherboard, not the CPU. There are older motherboards that run DDR2 memory and handle both AM2 and AM3 CPUs. True AM3 socket motherboards use DDR3 memory and only socket AM3 CPUs.