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Budget MMO Gaming Rig

Hello all!

First time builder here. In fact I'm just switching back from a Mac for my gaming needs (have been stuck using a Mac for several years due to professional reasons). Looking to build a budget rig for MMO gaming (LOTRO, DDO, Fallen Earth, The Old Republic when it comes out). Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Couple of weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: ~ $600 After Rebates (the lower the better)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MMO Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not for the foreseeable future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (but don't care if it's not maxed, as long as it's decent).

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll need to buy an OS, so you can knock $100 off that $600 budget. Don't need to run everything on Ultra Super Crazy High settings (but higher would be nicer). Strictly a MMO gaming rig, so not going to even look at FPS games (just personal preference). Not that interested in Directx 11 technology at this juncture (correct me if I'm wrong, but most MMOs don't support the tech...and besides after looking at screenshots I don't much care for the Dx11 "improvements" anyways :na: ). I'm hoping to use components that are fairly easy to put together since this is my first time building a PC.

Here's a potential rig I put together with my limited knowledge / budget. Give the above considerations what do you all think? All components were sourced from Newegg.ca

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 Rana 3.0Ghz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX - $76.99

MOBO: MSI 78GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 78G HDMI Micro ATX Motherboard - $74.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100273L Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0x16 HDCP Ready CrossFirex Support Video Card - $102.99

RAM: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-PIN DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model - $92.99

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 7200 RPM SATA 3.0G/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $59.99

DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support OEM - $23.99

CASE / PSU: APEVIA X-DREAMER3 X-DMR3-NW-BK/450 Black metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply - $61.99

OS: Windows 7 - $104.99

Total: $598.82

Do I need an additional cooling unit even if I'm not planning on overclocking anything? What about internet connectivity? Will the motherboard's onboard LAN chipset handle that well? Or do I need to invest in something else I'm not aware of?

Done a lot of research, but still feeling lost. :o
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  1. Use combo's. You can probably do a 5770 build for the money.

    You want DDR3 not DDR2.

    Also, that case and PSU are just fail. Get a quality PSU, it's the one component you'll regret skimping on the most when a cheap one fries everything in your computer.

    Possibilities are a CM elite case and OCZ 500W modxstream.

    Stock cooling is fine if you don't wanna OC.
    Onboard LAN was never an issue.
  2. Is the HD 5770 worth the extra money over the HD 4850 given I don't much care about Directx11? Seems like most benchmark tests I've seen rate the HD 4850 as quite a bit better...

    I'll definitely switch out the case/PSU and get a Mobo that supports DDR3.

    Thanks a bunch!
  3. Motherboard: ASUS M4A77T/USB3 AM3
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131656

    5770 is definitely better than 4850. Get the 5750, which is closer to 4850 both in terms of performance & cost.

    I would go for Antec 300 w/ EarthWatts 430 (which is enough for the OP).

    RAM: Gskill 4GB
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253
  4. Best answer
    Full build

    ok canada, that'll be a bit harder to do.

    Any chance you're a student?
    $30 for win 7 pro
    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows.aspx

    Not sure if it works in ca though

    RAM
    G SKill Eco 1600 Cas 7 $105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    PSU/Optical
    OCZ 500w modxstream and liteon $58 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435082

    HD/Case
    7200.12 500gb and NZXT gamma $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.431380

    OS/GPU
    win 7 pro oem 64 bit and 5770 $235 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437534.14-102-873

    CPU/mobo
    Athlon II x3 and GA 785 US2 $133
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.436340

    Total: $596 after rebates, before shipping.


    lol, got it right as I was editing haha. Wait, are you actually purchasing in CAD or US? I didn't think tigerdirect shipped to CAD
  5. Fabulous! Thank you both for the help. Really appreciate it!
  6. Best answer selected by parowley.
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