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Less then $500 rig to play WoW

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July 30, 2010 7:48:46 PM

Help me build a middle range gaming system! I've reviewed the article posted in jule, but It edges a little over my budget, and the processor isn't available anymore.

I'm not looking for it to do awesome things, just to play World of Warcraft (and possibly the star wars mmo coming out in the future) and do some standard video editing and graphic designing. I have a list of components I'm considering.

While I've taken a class on dissembling and resembling computers, this will be my first time constructing my own for use.

This is what I'm currently considering:

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus 500W V2.3 Power Supply

Motherboard: ASUS M4A785T-M/CSM AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

RAM/Memory: Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1339 (x2 - so 4gb total)

Graphics Card: XFX PVT95GZAFG GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Optical Drive: ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

Other Details:

64bit System
Windows 7 Home Primium
Not interested in blu-ray
Interested in SSD, but doubtful it fits in my budget
Not interested in overclocking it

What do you think? Do you see anything that's a bad idea? Have any alternative ideas for any of the components? What else do I need? Do I need a heat-sink and a fan or does it come with the processor?

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July 31, 2010 1:28:18 AM

Negative on PSU: really entry lvl non 80+
Negative on 9500GT : IIRC one of the few GPUs to date to be labelled 'failed' by HardOp for price/performance
If u meant including OS and if $524AR isn't a bridge too far....
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