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January 2, 2011 6:37:08 AM

i'd like to build a pc to play wow on ultra settings(minus shadows) with high fps. other than wow, i'd only be watching movies, web surfing, listening to music for now. at some point i'd like to get a tv tuner and record hd tv, but i feel this is not important in my initial build due to my current budget.

currently have a budget of $800

the only parts i will not be buying: mouse, keyboard, os, speakers

i have a 20" widescreen lcd monitor with 1680x1050 max resolution and a 320gb 7200rpm WD hdd. would these be worth keeping? i'd like to include a 60gb ssd as a boot/wow drive. also how much different would a 1080p monitor compare to my current?

i5-750 and gtx 460 seem to be popular choices for cheaper intel builds. most wow:cataclysm benches show this combo at 60+ fps with ultra settings. if im wrong, please, by all means correct me. im very new to computer enthusiasm but very open to learn.

ive never oc'd before but ive been researching as much as possible, i'd definitely like to go more towards an oc route...

anyways, any combo gurus wanna help me with a build? i know SB is only a few days away, but from what ive read the price drops in current intel chips are still far away, and i dont think i can afford a 2500k build with 800. :( 

thanks in advance.

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January 2, 2011 2:56:04 PM

What you gotta do is check newegg.com for daily deals, and combos. You seem to do a lot of research, so you can do this yourself, which would be best. It's like buying a car. You're always going to find a better deal the next day.
Your combo i5-750/GTX460 will play WOW satisfactorily, but there's always wiggle room for good deals.
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January 2, 2011 5:11:10 PM

as for the monitor and hdd.. should i keep what i have, or upgrade those as well? i might be able to push my budget a little further if it's really worth it.
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January 2, 2011 7:55:33 PM

Keep your monitor and hard drive. You can use it as a secondary storage drive aside from the SSD. This build has $45 in MIR, but even without combos is under $800 and uses great hardware.



Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
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ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
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January 2, 2011 9:51:54 PM

Didn't see the OCing part. Would've recommended different memory and a cooler.

Another great cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (only $30, may even have a rebate).
I use that cooler with Arctic Silver 5 Thermal paste. Under 100% load, I don't break 50C.
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January 3, 2011 5:45:48 AM

wow, so excited to build.. thanks for the suggestions guys, i'll be checking out what combos/deals i can find in the next few days and post a final build when i have a better purchase date. thanks again for all the help. :) 
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