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New 600-780 Gaming (WoW) Build

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February 8, 2010 6:39:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next five days
BUDGET RANGE: 600-780 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming-World of Warcraft, Web browsing and Microsoft Office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or other
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Nothing springs to mind
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1366 x 768

Looking to build a machine to run WoW at or near max settings, and run household applications including light picture editing (croping, darkening, etc, not major photoshopping projects).

Hoping to pull the trigger on something shortly, and I wasn't able to find a prebuilt machine in my price point that I was convinced would preform well.

Hoping you can provide some tips or direction as to the viability of this build as well as the likelyhood that someone who hasn't built a machine in over 12 years would be able to assemble without flames or electrocution involved :) 

Any and all pieces could be switched to better pieces, however would like to get a group of components that all work well together. Would consider a prebuilt system if you know of one out there that would run the game at a high level, along with the other applications, and is within my price range.

Thanks for looking

Proposed build –


LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$26.99


COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119203
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$39.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136098
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$47.99

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128392
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$74.99

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102864
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$169.99

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371030
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231277
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$104.99

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103704
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$101.99

2X Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16835200048
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$8.98

Dell 18.5 Flat Panel Wide screen monitor
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+18.5%22+Widescreen+F... monitor&cp=1&lp=1

99.99

Total - 765 or so



February 8, 2010 7:06:27 PM

Should have noted OS. Will be installing XP initially (transferring license from current machine which will be retired to new desktop)and possibly buying a copy of windows 7 to upgrade in the future though wives work at discounted pricing (unsure of what the cost of that would be)
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February 8, 2010 7:10:34 PM

That's fine. I just didn't know how much I was needing to cut off the cost...
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February 8, 2010 7:18:25 PM

Thanks again for looking things over, building a system after a long type away from such projects is making me paranoid :) 
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February 8, 2010 10:51:19 PM

lothdk said:
For current games, the AMD Phenom II X3 720 would give you a bit better performance at the same pricepoint.

Case selection is very much down to personal preference, some others for you to look at

Antec Two Hundred $50 (shipping included) - used in a recent System Builder Marathon.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion $60 (shipping included, with mail-in rebate).




Is that processor compatable with the proposed motherboard or would that part of the build need to be adjusted?

Thanks!
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February 8, 2010 11:07:50 PM

That one works in the motherboard above.
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February 9, 2010 10:36:42 AM

Also wondered, it appears the AMD Phenom II X3 720 doesn't come with a heatsink fan combo, any recommendatiosn?

Thanks

Ry
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February 9, 2010 11:18:58 AM

There should be a version that comes with some. If you'd rather have an aftermarket cooler, get the Coolermaster Hyper 212.
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March 20, 2010 6:26:48 PM

rythosd said:
Is that processor compatable with the proposed motherboard or would that part of the build need to be adjusted?

Thanks!


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March 20, 2010 6:28:39 PM

Yes it is compatable
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