I'm looking to build my first computer. My main purpose for this build is
Play WoW
Surf the web
Manage my music
use microsoft office applications
burn dvds

Nothing too big really, ima student in college so my budget is between 700 - 800
definitley no more than 800
MY PROBLEM is im stuck between whats a decent enough CPU, PSU, GPU, and MoBo to satisfy my needs ^^^
Also i have no clue on what type of RAM to get, i dont know about latency and which is best etc.
These are the parts i have planned on purchasing
Intel i5 650 or 760

Asus P7P55D-E
Gigabyte P55 MoBo

Asus eNivdia GTS 450
Gigabyte eNividea GTS 450

Hard Drive
Seagate 7200.12 Barracuda 500GB

Optical Drive
Samsung SH-SF223

Power Supply
Honestly I have no clue!
600W ??

4GB 1333MHz ??

Hyper 212 +

I already purchased my case
Xion AXP 600 Mid

Can anyone help tell me if a 650 processor is good enough and if a GTS 450 GPU is enough for WoW no other gaming aside from that. I dont need a monitor or keyboard or mouse. I might add another samsung 500gb HDD for backup
and i eventually want to add 4GB more of RAM is that feasable??

Any advice is much appreciated thank you
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  1. can you wait till January when sandy bridge comes out? save some money till then when the cpu's hit the market. At least if you dont decide to go with new gen processors itll bring down the prices of the i series processors right now.
  2. Yeah im waiting for my christmas money to arrive before i begin to purchase the big important parts lol
    thats why i only bought the case so far and im going to get the heatsink next and probably the optical drive
    whats the sandy bridge? better than the P55 ?
  3. sandy bridge is the successor to the nehalem processors (current i3/i5/i7). They should be faster than current processors. Everything else is good. Id go for a spinpoint f3 1tb hdd instead, cause its faster and should be cheaper. Make sure u grab a psu by a good name like corsair or antec, etc. And if you manage to save some more money id get a better gpu like the 460 gtx because its better for gaming. I think the 5770 is also in the range of the 450, if you wanna stay in that price range, and its a little more powerful.
  4. This was my WOW/FPS/RTS general gaming config

  5. Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 40$
    3x Fans! Budget, looks nice. [...] 6811156223

    Monitor: Acer G215HAbd-1 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 50,000:1 - 130$ [...] 6824009275

    Memory: PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Timing: 8-8-8 - 43$ (MIR) (Normal 78$)
    DDR3 1600 @ 8-8-8 Gaming Performance Memory 2x2GB = 4GB RAM for 43$, what more can you ask for? [...] 6820178265

    PSU: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready - 25$ (Normal 70$) (Combo)
    >85% Efficiency PSU with a reliable brand name, good reviews. Extremely good deal on this combo with the GPU/PSU. [...] f%20EPS12V

    MOBO: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD - 61$
    Newest chipset AM3 SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX MOBO for 60$ everything, all accessories/drivers included. [...] 813130275R

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W - 79$
    Can unlock the 4th core and OC it to ~3.8GHz. [...] 6819103886

    GPU: GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GeForce GTX 460 Fermi 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI-E 2.0 x16 = 195$ (Normal 220$) (Combo)
    Super OC'd GTX 460, with Smart Tech/Fan/Cooling/OC Capabilities, on par with a Stock 6870 after aftermarket OC is applied. [...] 6814125345

    HD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AADS-FR 640GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - 30$
    32MB Cache 640GB West Digital HD SATA 3.0GB/s for 30$, great deal. [...] 6822136789

    OD: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA - 17$ [...] 6827151192

    Subtotal: $669.91
    Shipping: $22.74
    Total: $692.65 (Before MIR)
    MIR Value: 50$

    Grand Total: $642.65 ($522.65 if you don't need a monitor)

    You could go with an Antec Earth PSU that's 80+ Cert if you really care for about 17$ more, but you would lose out on that good PSU/GPU combo with the Super OC'd GTX 460.
    Also, could get a brand new version of the same MOBO if you really care about open box products for about 25-30$ more.
  6. batuchka said:
    This was my WOW/FPS/RTS general gaming config


    Do i need a GTX 460?
    Could i play WoW with a GTS450?
  7. That would ultimately depend on res/settings ^^
  8. JRom you're better off buying a machine from The Dell Outlet Store if you want an Intel system. You could probably build an AMD machine with your budget.
  9. If you are on a 100$ budget for a GPU
    Go For Gts 450
    If you prefer to go for 150-200$
    Then get the radeon 6850 or gtx 460
  10. Lars Lake said:
    JRom you're better off buying a machine from The Dell Outlet Store if you want an Intel system. You could probably build an AMD machine with your budget.

    Im not familiar with AMD thats why i chose Intel, but is AMD reliable? i want a quad core processor is that even necessary if all im really doing is playing wow and surfing the web and managing my music??

    If you are on a 100$ budget for a GPU
    Go For Gts 450
    If you prefer to go for 150-200$
    Then get the radeon 6850 or gtx 460

    Is the radeon 6850 under 200?
    i was thinking now the radeon 5770 that good?
  11. You dont need a quad core cpu for that but it will certainly help as more and more games are becoming optimized to run on quad cores. Games right now are optimized for an average of some 2.75 cores. So having a quad core will be good for now and the future.

    Heres a 6870 $200 after mri's:

    Heres a 6850 $155 after mri and promocode:

    For $200 the 6870 is as good as your gonna get. Theres also a $210 gtx 470.
  12. An Amd machine makes an excellent low cost enthusiast system.
    A 3 core BE = $100 , unlocks to 4 cores and easily OCs to 3+Ghz
    A good AM3 Micro Motherboard =$100
    A Rosewill case and psu =$100 on sale now at newegg
    A first class Video Card =$200

    So far it's $500. It doesn't leave much out of a budget of $800. With compromise and catching newegg products on sell with free shipping and no tax you can build a very good system for around $800. It's difficult and takes awhile. Good Luck
  13. rosewill psu is crap
    go for antec seasonic corsair or xfx
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