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January 30, 2011 3:55:53 PM

I am trying to put together a computer for a buddy who is on a budget. He is planning on playing mainly WoW on it, and maybe some CSS. I ran across this combo deal on newegg while I was trying to put some parts together to try and get a price going for him. Let me know what you guys think of this. He doesn't need a monitor so thats not an issue.

Do you think he'll be able to run WoW efficiently at 1920-1200 with reasonable settings?



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ---- Vid card I will use with this config.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- optic drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... --- This is the combo I came across



Any help and suggestions is appreciated. Let me know what you guys think.

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January 30, 2011 4:16:26 PM

This card might suit his needs better since it will allow him to accelerate CS5 functions with the Mercury playback engine (NVIDIA-specific CUDA technology).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That combo seems cool, though. The RAM is a little obnoxious and might limit what heatsinks you'll be able to use. Also, haven't heard much about cooler master psus, but that one is 80+ gold and has a lot of the right features.
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January 30, 2011 4:30:03 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k ($230)
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO ($190)
RAM: 8 GB G.SKILL Ripjaw X 1600 MHz ($110)
GPU: GTX 460 1 GB ($150)
Case: HAF 912 ($60)
Optical: The one you have
PSU: XFX 750 Watt Black Edition Modular ($100)

TOTAL: ~$870

Will be better.

EDIT: Forgot HDD. The spinpoint listed below.
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January 30, 2011 4:31:06 PM

its alright but there are some improvements to be had

that graphics card is old but it still has grunt but i'd get something newer
psu extreme overkill that could run 3 5850's
you only need that ram is you gonna do least a bit of competitive overclocking 1600mhz in a low cas is more then enough
that case is over priced in the current market
hdd is not the best in its class and price




top class psu enough for even 2 mid range cards
6870 almost matches a 5870 while using less power
there is a combo with the white phantom cass
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January 30, 2011 9:08:06 PM

This board down below runs two cards @ 8x & 8x.

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/P67A-C45.html#/?div=BIOS <--- latest bios update for that board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $349.98 - $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $329.98
MSI P67A-C45 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $541.94 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..
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January 30, 2011 10:14:34 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371026 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Above posted by Why_Me good PS

obsidian86 posted a good PC Mobo combo (that's the one I got)

I believe this GX460 superclocked killed the 6870 and costs less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For RAM I purchased http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but would like to know the advantage of http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... posted by obsidian86

I would also look into an SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All the HAF cases are great! I bought the 942, but if they don't need a big case the 912 or 922 are good too.

My friend got http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and it was surprisingly built well for the price. Here are 2 others built by Rosewill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 30, 2011 11:20:53 PM

jbegosh said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371026 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Above posted by Why_Me good PS

obsidian86 posted a good PC Mobo combo (that's the one I got)

I believe this GX460 superclocked killed the 6870 and costs less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For RAM I purchased http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but would like to know the advantage of http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... posted by obsidian86

I would also look into an SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All the HAF cases are great! I bought the 942, but if they don't need a big case the 912 or 922 are good too.

My friend got http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and it was surprisingly built well for the price. Here are 2 others built by Rosewill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Why settle for a 460 ??? Gaming is all about FPS. The 560 will eat it up. Makes no sense building a gaming rig and then blowing money on an SSD and then settling for a vid card that' considered mediocre at best. It's like buying a Corvette and then sticking a 4cyl. engine in it.

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_g... <--- gtx 560 review/benchmarks
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January 31, 2011 4:14:02 PM

Alright I think this is what I'm going to go with. Let me know if compatability is messed up or anything else you might see. All of your suggestions have been great. I appreciated the info guys. The only thing I'm concerned with is the PSU. Is it going to be able to run everything? Should I stray from that combo and pick up a better one?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Mod
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX80G 2.5" 80GB SATA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... --- white phantom combo




One more thing. I am going to go with that SSD, but its kinda small, and I know they can fill up fast especially with the sizes of games today. I was thinking about going with a slower 1TB drive just for back up or less used games anyone have a good suggestion for one?

Maybe the suggested
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as a back up drive?
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