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January 21, 2010 10:13:44 AM

Hello, I am buying a computer for my son on his birthday so he can play world of warcraft. I dont know much about computers and wanted to ask how well this setup will be able to handle the game. Any feedback and/or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad-Core (2.8GHz, 2MB L3 Cache, AM3)

700 Watt - Power Supply SLI Ready

MB-BIA760G-M2+ BIOSTAR AMD 760G Chipset

4 GB OCZ Gold 800MHz DDR2 Memory (2x2GB Modules)

500GB Hard Drive (Serial ATA II, 3GB, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache)

NVIDIA GeForce HD N250 GTS VN2503SH52 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 2200MHz PCI Express x16 HDCP SLI Video Card

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January 21, 2010 10:30:36 AM

^ The setup is good but going with AM3 socket mobos and DDR3 is better as DDR3 will replace DDR2 as mainstream RAM(actually you can see most of the PCs now come with DDR3)...there is not a major price difference between DDR2 and DDR3 also...

Mobo - Check out the ASRock M3A770DE AM3

RAM - Any decent set of DDR3 1333MHz and above RAM would do...

Graphics card - check out even the HD 4850...HD 4850 and GTS 250 have similar performance and get the one that is cheaper...

PSU - You wont need a 700W PSU for that setup...
Get a quality 500W PSU from Antec/ Corsair/ Seasonic/ Silverstone/ OCZ/ PCP&S...those will be able to run any single chip graphic card...

And from where will you buying the components from ?
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January 21, 2010 10:54:10 AM

What resolution are you planning on using?
The power supply that you chose is overkill, a quality 500W will be more then enough.
You could always have a look at an AMD/ATI 5750 or 5770 graphics card, it might be slighty more expensive but it's more future proof doesn't use as much power as the N250 GTS or 4850.
I would agree with gkay, you should use an AM3 motherboard and DDR3 memory as this will offer more freedom when upgrading.
If you're looking for a decent HDD, I'd take a look at the seagate 7200.12 series.
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