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February 25, 2010 2:48:07 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ( Next week, 1st of March ) BUDGET RANGE: (would Like to keep it around $ 900 ) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: ( gamings like WOW, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: ( keyboard, trackball, monitor , speakers, Hard Drive-Western Digital 1.0TB, have a huge case )

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ( newegg.com, tigerdirect.com ) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (U.S.A.)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor, but if you think this isn't that good then open to others )

OVERCLOCKING: No, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ( Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 1680x1050)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: ( Be able to max out rez ..etc..plus upgrade it in 2-3 years if needed, this will be my 1st time putting together a computer)

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February 25, 2010 2:51:10 PM

Here's a build to the budget:

CPU/Mobo: X4 620 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $221
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and Antec Earthwatts 750W $370 after rebate
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
OS: Windows 7 Home $105

Total: $851. This build would be slight overkill for WoW and your resolution, but will stand up if you upgrade your monitor or play more intensive games or even both. If you don't need an OS, up the CPU to an X4 955 for an additional $80. You can also drop the CPU cooler since you're not overclocking, or keep it in there, as it's half price then.

Here's one that would be more WoW specific:

CPU/Mobo: X4 620 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $221
RAM: CL 7 1600 mhz Ripjaws $115
GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
OS: Windows 7 Home $105

Total: $660. Same notes apply from the above. This one wouldn't be great for gaming at higher resolutions than what you have.
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February 25, 2010 5:03:41 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Here's a build to the budget:

CPU/Mobo: X4 620 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $221
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and Antec Earthwatts 750W $370 after rebate
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
OS: Windows 7 Home $105

Total: $851. This build would be slight overkill for WoW and your resolution, but will stand up if you upgrade your monitor or play more intensive games or even both. If you don't need an OS, up the CPU to an X4 955 for an additional $80. You can also drop the CPU cooler since you're not overclocking, or keep it in there, as it's half price then.

Here's one that would be more WoW specific:

CPU/Mobo: X4 620 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $221
RAM: CL 7 1600 mhz Ripjaws $115
GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
OS: Windows 7 Home $105

Total: $660. Same notes apply from the above. This one wouldn't be great for gaming at higher resolutions than what you have.



Thanks for the 2 builds MadAdmiral,

I think I'll go with the 1st build, looks to be a good to last for a few years with upgrades in the future. :D 

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February 25, 2010 5:51:45 PM

One last question popped in my mind.
Would using the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX be better than the X4 620 for future upgrading or not? I realize the price will jump to around $100 or so.
If the answer is yes, what Mobo would be good to use with the Phenom II X4 955, also would everything else on the first list still be okay to use?
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February 25, 2010 6:37:53 PM

Just a heads up, WOW does not benefit with SLI or Crossfire, i have personally tried both and saw no gains in FPS or no benefit to raise higher settings.
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February 25, 2010 6:47:11 PM

Bulwinkle said:
One last question popped in my mind.
Would using the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX be better than the X4 620 for future upgrading or not? I realize the price will jump to around $100 or so.
If the answer is yes, what Mobo would be good to use with the Phenom II X4 955, also would everything else on the first list still be okay to use?


Yes it will give you better overall performance and you should still stick with the Mobo that Mad suggested.
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February 25, 2010 7:00:08 PM

Thanks OSU43130,
I likely want to do other things than play wow, so spending a little more ( $95.00) for the Phenom vs. the AMD X4 620 is something I can swing.


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February 25, 2010 7:02:46 PM

Both CPUs have the same upgrade potential as they both use the same socket. That said, the X4 955 is a more powerful CPU, but it's also more expensive. You would not need to change anything else if you wanted to switch the CPUs.
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February 25, 2010 7:06:54 PM

Thanks MadAdmiral,
Great job helping people like myself, trying to figure out this stuff.
Makes the world a lot nicer. :) 
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February 25, 2010 7:07:33 PM

Best answer selected by Bulwinkle.
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March 1, 2010 2:48:32 PM

Okay went to the newegg site via link from what MadAdmiral had posted on here last week, since I'm guessing the specials aren't going on for these
items anymore, I hit a deadend. :o 
Is there a way to find out what items MadAdmiral was talking about exactly? I was going to order them today but not sure what to grab.

Thanks for any help!
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March 1, 2010 2:57:33 PM

Just search for the names. The combo deals change, so make sure to check to see if there are any with the parts you're buying before you purchase.
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