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Budget Rig needs advice

Last response: in Systems
February 23, 2010 7:26:07 PM

Case -

Optical Drive -

Hard Drive -

Mobo -


Audio Card -




I'll take advice on the CPU, but I really don't see the need for a quad core, almost everywhere that has debates on this pretty much just say it's for longevity, and I don't see the need for extra cores right now or in the next year or two, if you know different then by all means please post about this.

Basically this is a machine built for 25 man raids on WoW and to play L4D2, and maybe the new Star Wars mmo coming out next year.

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February 23, 2010 7:32:56 PM

What's your budget? monitor resolution? do you need an OS?
February 23, 2010 7:39:19 PM

There's no need for an audio card. There will be little difference if any difference at all between an audio card and onboard sound.

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February 23, 2010 7:39:39 PM

Well first off you can save yourself a few bucks and scratch the sound card. The onboard should do everything you need for basic gaming.,254...

the Tom's article lists the Athlon II X3 as the best budget chips right now. They have enough power and overclockability to play any game and even though most games now still only run on 2 threads still it leaves you one open for if your virus scan kicks on or the like.

Finally the only other piece of advice I have is get a larger psu. They run at their most efficient around 50% load so it's better to aim a bit high. Will help on your power bills and on the longevity and upgradability of the computer.
February 23, 2010 7:42:04 PM

^+1 cpu.

You can swap the one I suggested for the Rana 435 and save $10

The advantages of the 545 over the rana 435 is.

1. You have a chance at making the dual core a quad core with the mobo I suggested.

2. It has L3 cache which helps in games.