I am looking to build a pc. I am not a huge PC gamer because I have never been able to play any games at full capacity without problems. I am looking to correct that. I built my own PC years ago which worked very well. I am now looking to build another and I am rusty. I want to get a new PC together before the new WOW expansion launches as I am currently working off of a $400 notebook. I have read tons of posts and information off of this site and others. I have put together a list but would really like some input from those of you who have done this multiple times. You may be able to save me some money. PC's have changed so much since my last build so please call out any extras I would need to purchase to get this up and running. Thanks
Approximate Purchase Date: I have to have this built by 12/4/10
Budget Range: $600-700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft, maybe future MMO’s, and RTS games, Browsing the internet, watching movies, minor photo editing, listening to music, minor video editing.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (32” 1080p LCD television), speakers. I have Windows XP Pro so I could use that but maybe just an upgrade to Windows 7? I also have a full size Antec case but the wire management sucks.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com
Country of Origin: USA
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131668
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102858
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
OCZ RALLY2 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model OCZUSBR2DC-8GB
Item #: N82E16820227233
-$16.99 Saving $26.99
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ...
Item #: N82E16817139002
$60.00 Instant $169.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231277
If you can stretch your budget a little bit, it might be worthwhile to get an AMD 6850 rather than the 5770. The cheapest in stock is currently $200, which is a little more than the 5770 you picked out.
Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit is currently $95, and you may be able to find combos. It's significantly better than Vista, but I don't know if it's going to fit in your stated budget.
You could cut costs by going with an Athlon II X3 for about $90 less than the Phenom II X4...which would just about cover Win 7 64-bit.
Since the OP needs a new computer before Cataclysm comes out, can't really afford to wait for the new tech coming out in the next few months.
If you skimp a little on the processor now, you can always upgrade to a Phenom II X4 later, if just the CPU needs to be updated. It's really up to you, though. At $600-700, you get the best bang for your gaming buck with an X3 and the strongest GPU you can afford.
I can definitely swing $750. I think I am going to gather the money together and see if I can pull off the SSD and X4 955. I just hate the idea of spending all this money and not getting the pieces off the bat that would kill an oem system and not need upgrading for a few years. I just think I will end up replacing the X3 in like 3 months. Maybe I'm wrong.