Budget gaming rig advice *please*

Approximate Purchase Date: anytime between now and end of November


Budget Range: $500-$550


System Usage from Most to Least Important: WoW @ highest settings available for budget.


Parts Not Required: Antec 300 ATX mid-tower case/keyboard/mouse/


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: U.S.


Parts Preferences: no preference


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: I need a monitor, so that needs to be included in budget.


Additional Comments: Would like a quiet and low maintenance Desktop. I am a casual gamer and just need something to play wow by itself with high fps.

Here is what I have so far;
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=20639048

but I know I need to make adjustments to fit my budget. What can I change to fit my budget so I have everything I need. I don't even have OS so that needs to be included.

I am lost, thanks.
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  1. Is this a joke? That's overkill for WoW at max. What resolution do you want to play at?
  2. whatever WoW offers... like I said, I need to find a monitor too.
  3. Ok I did a little better... I was able to get all the gear I need to build my PC with my budget requirements.

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=20639048

    (already have Antec 300 ATX mid-tower case)

    Any advice?
  4. Incompatibility spotted:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131595
    AM2+ mobo with DDR2 DIMM slots incompatible with DDR3 RAMs
  5. Ok, I increased my budget a little to $650-$700 and here is what I came up with...

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=20639048

    Anyone think this is decent build for what I am looking for?
  6. well i made a build for u which cost $560 before posted that, just read uve increaesd ur budget. so now i will post both the builds. btw, i have viewed a number of benchmarks and from them i have learnt that, excluding a very VERY limited number of games, athlon x4 is not good for gaming. the phenom II x2 even outperforms it quite greatly. and btw, a peice of advice. COMBOS!

    $570 before rebate, $517 after rebate

    monitor, same one u choose
    dvd, same one u choose

    OCZ 600W power supply + 500gb harddisk $90 before and $75 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492756

    Phenom II x2 555 black edition + mobo $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.499271

    ram 4gb 2x2 ocz black edition + operating system, $171 before and $151 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.488339

    zotac 9800gt graphics card, $70 before and $50 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500154&cm_re=9800_gt-_-14-500-154-_-Product
  7. tanner775 said:
    Ok, I increased my budget a little to $650-$700 and here is what I came up with...

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=20639048

    Anyone think this is decent build for what I am looking for?
    HERE YOU GO <><> https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=10175189
  8. looking at ur new budget, i build the following built. its better in EVERY WAY, NEW BETTER MOBO, BETTER BIGGER POWER SUPPLY, BETTER RAM, BETTER LCD WITH 21.5 INCHES AND FULL HD, DIRECT X 11 MUCH BETTER GRAPHICS CARD, plus i hear WOW is coming in direct x 11 soon so u will be needing it, PHENOM II X4 REPLACED AHTLON 2 X4

    the cost is a lil above ur budget before rebate, $717 , but below your budget, $683, after rebate.

    OCZ AMD black edition 4gb ram + 500gb hard disk, $136 before and $116 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.489495

    5770 saphire graphics card and 21.5 acer full hd monitor $136 before and $116 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.489495

    PHENOM II x4 955 black edition + windows $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.510961

    OCZ modular 600w supply + dvd $67 before and $47 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.511527

    $50 asus mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131626
  9. and i cant see the new wish list you uploaded
  10. death_relic0 said:
    looking at ur new budget, i build the following built. its better in EVERY WAY, NEW BETTER MOBO, BETTER BIGGER POWER SUPPLY, BETTER RAM, BETTER LCD WITH 21.5 INCHES AND FULL HD, DIRECT X 11 MUCH BETTER GRAPHICS CARD, plus i hear WOW is coming in direct x 11 soon so u will be needing it, PHENOM II X4 REPLACED AHTLON 2 X4

    the cost is a lil above ur budget before rebate, $717 , but below your budget, $683, after rebate.

    OCZ AMD black edition 4gb ram + 500gb hard disk, $136 before and $116 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.489495

    5770 saphire graphics card and 21.5 acer full hd monitor $136 before and $116 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.489495

    PHENOM II x4 955 black edition + windows $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.510961

    OCZ modular 600w supply + dvd $67 before and $47 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.511527

    $50 asus mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131626


    NOTE: the 2nd link is the same link as the 1st one.

    Also, Im not familiar with overclocking. The Mobo I had picked out on my wishlist has 1600 slot w/o having to overclock and is only $20 more. The mobo you picked has GeForce so will it be compatible with a Saphire GPU?

    I just keep hearing that ATI is a way better product than Nvidia
  11. i would say go with 1 of these harddrive and psu combos. same price, depends if you want the modxstream or the stealthxstream II.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506601

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506609

    i dont think that 5770 with 21.5"screen combo is $136. the card by itself is that much.
  12. hmm, my bad, heres the link

    5770 saphire graphics card and 21.5 acer full hd monitor $136 before and $116 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.512209


    well if im not mistaken, at default, it is set to 1333 MHZ, so that shouldnt be a problem. look at the review and u will see. also otherwise just buy ram and hard disk seperately. also, ur north bridge is of nvidia, it shouldnt make any difference if u run an ati or nvidia graphics card. so u shouldnt worry about that. and i myself am an ati fan.

    also the motherboard u have choosen is openbox, if ur willing to risk it, sure, otherwise i would advice going for a new one

    well if ur still afraid, might as well get those items seperately, uve already found a hard disk, also get a 1333 MHZ ram. here are some suggestions

    OCZ, chepeast ram, $77 before and $67 after rebate,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227589

    A data gaming ram, 8 CAS latency hence should be faster, $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211410
  13. i dont think your looking at the same we are looking at. the combo says $274.98 before and $259.98 after.

    for a budget pc i would go for either the gts250 or the HD4850.

    Powercolor HD4850, $94.99 before, $79.99 after rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131365&cm_re=4850-_-14-131-365-_-Product

    Asus gts 250, $99.99 before, $79.99 after rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121381&cm_re=gts_250-_-14-121-381-_-Product

    for the monitor i would go for either the asus 20" 1600x900 lcd monitor or the hanns g 20" 1600x900 monitor.

    the asus has a higher contrast ratio, its $119.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236094

    the hanns g has a hdmi port, which could be useful depending on which graphics card you get, same price as the asus although you do get a free mounting kit.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254049

    for the cpu and motherboard, you could go for this x3 445 and biostar combo. only $120.98

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.500519

    there are several good combos if you go for the x3 445 instead of the x4 955. the x4 955 will give more performance but i think it will be out of your budget.

    for example heres a x3 445 with an asus motherboard (with 2 pci-e x16 slots for crossfire/sli) for $162.98

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.500531

    heres a x3 445 with 4gb of OCZ ddr3 1600mhz ram for $150.98

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.489347

    depending on the motherboard you may need 1333mhz ram, therefore you could go for the x3 445 with 4gb of OCZ ddr3 1333mhz ram for $142.98

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.489145

    if you want a cheaper motherboard you could go for the x3 445 with asus am3 motherboard for $140.98

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.500489

    if you really want the HD5770 you could go for the x3 445 with a HIS 5770 for $200.98

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.500403
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