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July 21, 2010 4:13:17 PM

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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a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2010 4:20:14 PM

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.

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July 21, 2010 5:45:19 PM

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!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2010 7:14:13 PM

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...

Not sure if it works in ca though

RAM
G SKill Eco 1600 Cas 7 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

OS/GPU
win 7 pro oem 64 bit and 5770 $235 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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
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July 21, 2010 7:16:06 PM

Fabulous! Thank you both for the help. Really appreciate it!
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July 21, 2010 7:16:15 PM

Best answer selected by parowley.
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