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December 18, 2009 6:54:44 AM

going to build my first computer. Wife wants the towers total to be 500-600 money really not a problem but i just need a simple build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
this combo comes with a gigabyte mother board. 2.8ghz dual core processor. 2 gigabytes of ram. CPU cooler. 1gb graphics card. and a 500 gb hdd.
I am going to be adding another 2gigabytes of gskill ram. wireless nic. dvd drive. and internal memory card reader. and a 600 watt PSU. and a case, case really is not important right now. and for a monitor i have 200 i have found a 23 inch monitor not the problem right now.

total is just above 500 with monitor about 700

CPU AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H
RAM G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
HDD Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb
GPU XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16
PSU will be a 600W 8 pin connector for cpu and i need a molex for my dvd and a sata power for my HDD
as for case that one is still in air have been looking at
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... like the whole green black blue might change blue fans to green

this is going to be a basic computer to play world of warcraft, surf web, and do photo editing. I have a 12megapixel DSLR camera

so my needs are that much. am thinking of OC CPU to a 3.0 ghz nothing special i mean .2 out of each core with that huge cooler.

just wondering if there is any problems with this build. case sucks. any of the componets just plain suck
December 18, 2009 8:01:01 AM

Here's a trial build that should perform better in WoW and for photo editing. Final cost under $500 not counting shipping or OS ($12 shipping to me) Uses a AthlonII x4 630, AM3 motherboard, 2x2 GB DDR3 RAM (a bit slow, but can be OCd) Antec300 case with a 400w Antec PSU (fine for the 9800GT GPU)

CPU/mobo/RAM combo - $248 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

case/PSU combo - $80- free shipping for the case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU - $90 - 9800GT will outperform the 4670 by a good margin in WoW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $50 - 500GB SATA Barracuda 7200.12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner - $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some WoW benchmarks, but the CPU isn't one listed.
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,689378/WoW-Wrath-of-...

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,693737/WoW-Wrath-of-...

Nice bench comparing the AthlonIIx2 250 with the AthlonII x4 630
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=96&p2=105
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December 18, 2009 12:15:35 PM

Although I'd feel better about recommending that PSU after I've seen a review of it, Antec's recent track record is good enough that the PSu is probably excellent, and dirtM has a nice overall build. The X4 Propus is a dramatically better choice than the X2 Regor.
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