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December 16, 2010 3:57:11 PM

I'm putting together a very low-end machine mostly for the purpose of playing WoW (which is still relatively undemanding) and doing other light duty multimedia stuff. The only thing I'm concerned about is making sure that the RAM, CPU, and mobo I chose from Newegg will play together nicely. The mobo is an open box deal, which will probably be out of stock today or tomorrow, so I'm hoping someone will throw in a qualified opinion ASAP. I hate to waste people's time with questions like this, but I did post here once before and got some excellent advice from users who had worked with the specific parts I was talking about. Thanks in advance!

Motherboard: ASRock A785GXH/128M
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157180R)

RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231144)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103903)

a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2010 5:17:44 PM

Yes, that memory is on the QVL HERE if you want to check for yourself. I don't see that processor on the supported list, (that you can find here), to double check behind me bit I don't think it will work. This is the number (ADX250OCGMBOX) you are trying to match. Just find something on that list and you will be good with the other parts. This one will work for you and is the same price. AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.7GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor ADX425WFK32GI - OEM but you will need a heatsink. Like this one COOLER MASTER Vortex Plus RR-VTPS-28PK-R1 92mm Long life sleeve CPU Cooler for $27. You might can find something you like better for either the CPU or heatsink, these are just workable suggestions.

And you will also need a heatsink for randomhero1090 suggestion below. So $30 more for processor and another $30 for heatsink - what's your budget for this?
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December 17, 2010 2:55:17 AM

Thanks for the comments...I'm trying to do it dirt cheap, and because WoW is the most resource-intensive program being run on it, I want to keep it to a bare minimum. I definitely don't want to add a $30 cooling solution for a CPU that doesn't seem to deserve it, and I'm hoping to keep to $50-60 for the CPU, which is why I went with an AMD build.

I got a cheap fan/heatsink that should work fine (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106156) and if after careful monitoring it's not keeping the CPU at stable temperatures, I'll trash it and wait till I order a quality one. As for the CPU itself, I just went with an OEM one that was on the compatibility list (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103714). I wasn't too sure about the fan fitting the socket because of the dubious difference between socket AM2+ and "AM2+/AM3" but after a little research I think it's fine.

If I've done anything terribly wrong that will explode before it ever POSTs, please let me know so I can cancel the order.

Thanks again!
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December 17, 2010 1:07:44 PM

Looks OK. The cpu cooler should just snap in place but I'm not sure about that and at only 65 watts it should keep it plenty cool.
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