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February 10, 2010 5:05:36 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month
BUDGET RANGE: Under $400 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming & Surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Windows 7 64 bit OS, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (US)

PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Doesn't not matter.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Upgradeable Options in the future. My friend just wants to be able to play WoW on if possible highest settings.

More about : 400 gaming

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February 10, 2010 7:44:05 PM

$39 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 160 GB 7200RPM SATA 3 GB/s 8 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive ST3160318AS-Bare Drive
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-ST3160318AS-Bar...


$35 Coolmax CX-450B 450W Silent Switching Power Supply w/120mm Silent Fan (Black)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...


$47.55 Foxconn M61PMP-K AM3 NVIDIA MCP61P Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$50 Crucial BL2KIT12864BA1336 2 GB (1 GBx2) Ballistix 240-pin DIMM DDR3 PC3-10600
This is 1.8V memory, which may require BIOS setting.
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-BL2KIT12864BA1336-Ballist...


$92 AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$50 Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$79.28 PNY GeForce 9600GT 512MB DDR3 PCIE 2.0
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00141CIZO/ref=d...


$3.40 sata II cable
http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=sa...


$396.23 TOTAL


No guarantees as to whether it's possible to run at highest settings, but this is as good as I was able to do with such a limited budget.
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February 10, 2010 8:00:20 PM

Forgot to mention that I'm assuming you can borrow an optical disk drive to install everything.
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February 10, 2010 8:08:23 PM

Please don't get that power supply. Coolmax is lousy. This one would be much better.
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February 10, 2010 8:11:56 PM

Thanks soulbro. Not sure how I missed that.
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February 10, 2010 10:22:55 PM

Wow vanekl thank you for all that and taking your time. and thanks soulbro with the PSU. I will look these up and see if there are parts that others are willing to swap out etc. and i plan to use a external cd/dvd drive that i got. so yep they will be no internal optical drive for this pc.
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February 10, 2010 10:23:06 PM

Best answer selected by tenzin.
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February 10, 2010 10:52:49 PM

I just noticed the front-side bus of the Foxconn board is only 1000MHz. You would be happier with a 2600 MHz board.

ASRock K10N78M AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The memory changes from ddr3 to ddr2. The above memory wont work with this board.
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