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January 28, 2010 6:03:31 PM

Hey would like any help on this build. Would like to keep it at 500 or less. I will be using this comp to play World of Warcraft.

CPU/motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 460.43
I would like to keep this 500 or less. I would appreciate any suggestion.

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January 28, 2010 6:10:38 PM

you might want to upgrade the power supply, but other than that for the money you are spending it looks good.
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January 28, 2010 6:13:27 PM

Your RAM is not compatible with your motherboard. The motherboard you listed requires DDR2 RAM. Here's a complete build that comes in right around your budget:

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $150.98 (CPU + GPU combo)

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 - $10.00 MIR

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

The HD you listed is a very old, slow model. This HD is MUCH faster.

LG Black 24X SATA DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $51.99 w/promo code EMCYZNT57 (also currently has free shipping)

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 - $10.00 MIR

Total - $505.92 - $20.00 MIR's
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January 28, 2010 6:16:40 PM

What is your monitor's resolution? For not much more, you may find that a HD4770 provides notably better performance.
Good PSU choice.
Coolermaster cases have earned a rare spot on my personal "do not buy" list. I think every one I ever bought had minor quality issues. None couldn't be readily fixed, but I've never had a problem with any cheap Rosewill case I ever bought, so they're now my choice at the low end. That may drop another $10 or so from your price too.
I know you're trying to be cheap, but a 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 drive will probably be worth another $15 for the improved performance.
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January 28, 2010 6:24:47 PM

I agree that we need to know what your monitor resolution is to make a good GPU suggestion. A dual core CPU with a faster clock speed would probably be better for gaming since it would allow you to upgrade the GPU which is more important to a gaming PC. Here's another build that comes in slightly over budget, but has a much better GPU:

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $93.98 (CPU + Case combo w/promo code EMCYZNT57 for the case)

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 - $10.00 MIR

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

LG Black 24X SATA DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 - $10.00 MIR

POWERCOLOR AX5750 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5750 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99

Total - $526.92 - $20.00 MIR's
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Anonymous
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January 28, 2010 6:40:47 PM

My monitor resolution is 1920x1080
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January 28, 2010 6:57:01 PM

Hmmm, that high you may not find a HD4670 adequate.
You're in a tough spot as far as CPU vs. GPU weighting. I found that a 4850e bottlenecks a HD4670 on Guild Wars at 1440x900, and the X2 240 Regor is only one tier higher on the gaming CPU chart. A X3 425 for $72 is probably the lowest I'd go on the CPU. For the GPU, a HD4770 or HD5750 may work well enough, especially if you lower a few settings. You can use that 400W Corsair with either of those. About the only place I see to cut, and it isn't much, is the case. A cheap Rosewill can be had for about $30.
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