1st time building a Desktop - need advice

Hello -

I am noob @ this so I apologize b4 hand if I sound rIdiculous with some questions I have.

I am building a PC for the 1st time to prepare for WOW: Cataclysm mostly and I went to and created a wishlist but it hasnt gone public yet. However, I thought I would list the equipment I got to get started. I am buying piece-by-piece, paycheck-by-paycheck so im not a real tight budget but I thought this selection was the best for value and performance combined.

any thoughts would help:

Case - - baught already

Hard Drive -

Motherboard -


CD driver -

PSU - - baught already

Memory -


OS -

Any advice or is this pretty decent setup for the price? Do I need an additional heatsink? Am I missing anything? Is there any compatibility issues you forsee?

thank you,
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  1. anyone know if this is a good setup for WoW @ max? Is everything compatible? If not, can someone point me in the right direction please?
  2. Best answer
    Couple of things...

    The two items you purchase to some point are bad ideas... 1) Your PSU is "cheap" and could put your system at risk. You don't want to skimp on a power supply & 2) The Antec 300 is a great case but I would've went with either the Antec 300 Illusion to have the added fans needed or go with the Cooler Master HAF 912

    As for the remaining components...

    Motherboard & CPU Combo: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz & ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 - Faster CPU and Better Motherboard

    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    GPU & OS Combo: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM & SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB

    As for the ability to play WoW maxed out, we need to know your monitor resolution first.
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  4. Thank you for the advice. As for the PSU I baught already, I will see if I can send it back and get something else.

    I was interested in getting a Monitor too, so if you can refer to me a good deal I would appreciate it.
  5. I got an RMA approval for the PSU, but I don't think I'll be able to return the Case.

    with that, can someone point me in the right direction for credible PSU? 650W is all I pretty much need right?
  6. You would be good to go with any of these 650W PSU: Newegg 650W PSU Comparison. Of course, there are better models available at a higher cost. Also, if you don't plan to run a second card, you can drop down to a 550W PSU and still be good to go. :)
  7. Ok, I completed my wish list on Please grade and let me know if this is looks like it will be a decent system for gaming. I know I could of gotten a better case, but I can't return it now so I am stuck with it.

    Let me know if something isn't compatible please, I am really bad at catching stuff like that.

    thank you.
  8. 1) $20 savings on your CPU & MOBO by going with this combo....

    2) I would not go with the Corsair H50... not worth the cost when highend air cooler out perform it. If you are wanting to do overclocking under 4.0Ghz, I would just save your money and pick up either COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus or Sunbeam CR-CCTF. Either of these HSF will perform nicely for a mild overclock.

    The rest looks good to me :)
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