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November 29, 2010 9:48:09 PM

Would this be a decent gamer to play World of Warcraft on? First time builder, also, is everything compatible? dont want any build problems, thanks.


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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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ASUS ENGTS450 DIRECTCU/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
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Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C7AD3K2/2G
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ASRock H55M Pro LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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November 29, 2010 10:00:06 PM

Welcome, Newcomer, and congrats on making the leap to your first build. To answer your quesiton, the parts you've selected are compatible with each other, for the most part. If you're set on getting that mobo, check the manufacturer's website for what's known as the Quality Vendor List (QVL). This list will show you the parts that have been tested to work with the mobo. This is good practice for all mobo purchases.

Secondly, you should consider getting more than 2GB of RAM. I'm guessing you're planning on using Win7 as your OS. Win 7 32-bit preferred RAM amount is 1GB; and 2GB for 64-bit. WoW also has a minimum 1GB of RAM requirement.

Lastly, you didn't list what monitor you're using, so it's kind of hard to tell you how the 450 will do, but to give you an idea of how FPS and GPU work together, read this article: www.erodov.com/forums/guide-gpus-fps/33949.html
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November 29, 2010 10:49:39 PM

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Get spinpoint F3, it is better... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 54.99

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a 5770 would perform better... but is 25$ more...
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November 29, 2010 11:31:45 PM

Upgraded the HD, thank you, also, the 5770... the reason i went geforce is because the radeon is having some pretty bad review's. i dont want any problems rising with this machine. Other than that, i think i may order this bad boy tonight. BTW this is my $600 budget build. right now at about 550 so trying to save as much as possible.
Reason for having 2gb of ram is because ill be using xp. It only recognizes 2gb for what i understand, if in the near future i upgrade to a different OS ill just throw in 2 more GB's
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November 29, 2010 11:37:28 PM

x86 (32-bit) can address up to 4GB; however, what is useable is only up to 3.75GB. This is takes into account hardware reserves and such. So no matter what 32-bit OS you're using, you can install 4GB, but be limited to use up to 3.75 (typically 3.25-3.5). This route is a good idea (if you can stretch your budget a little) because if/when you upgrade to 64-bit, you'll have enough RAM there too.
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December 8, 2010 11:38:35 PM

Got everything in from Newegg.com. Put it all together.... and then a 1 second power up, then turn off, 5 seconds later it would try to turn back on. Talking with a friend on the phone, tried to figure out what the problem was. Confirmed working power supply, Tried each stick of ram by itself, did the bench test, still nothing, i have chalked it up to a mad MOBO. My friend also figured this was the problem. I am in the middle of doing an RMA with newegg for a refund.

Still am needing a decent MOBO for the above build, dont want any problems, any one have any idea's or suggestions on a good MOBO?
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December 9, 2010 1:14:14 AM

sounds like overheating to me.... doubt it if you have the Fans installed (from the challenger case)

Check the CPU fan.
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December 9, 2010 1:17:00 AM

Would not stay on for more than 1 second at a time. fan on cpu was running along with the other 3 fans during the time of stat up but would then power itself down
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December 9, 2010 3:07:51 AM

yes, but is the fan properly seated? is the thermal paste to thin/thick?
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December 9, 2010 3:10:38 AM

Everything was good believe, even after i took my fan off the cpu and my cpu out of the mobo there was what i believe a perfect amount of paste on the fan bottom and cpu top.
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