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April 23, 2011 3:23:11 PM

Hey, looking to build a budget PC that i can upgrade later on, and so far, this is what I've gathered based on what I've heard/read from other posts and my earlier post.

I want a decent computer, for around $600-$750, that can play games like WoW and Rift on highish settings, as that's all i really play, and with 30-40+ fps.

Here's what i got so far:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory - 49.99

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 114.99

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 39.99

XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - 39.95

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - 94.99

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - 19.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 49.99

MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX - Combo: 181.98

Total: $591.87 after rebates

Will be purchasing a mouse and Key-board later, so that'll be added to the cost at some point.

What you think? Anything i can improve or change, but still have enough for a decent mouse/keyboard?

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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
April 23, 2011 3:41:59 PM

Hello bbarrington42;

What resolution is your monitor?

You have an nForce 750a SLI motherboard but a HD 5770 Crossfire graphics card. That's a potential mis-match for upgrading.

And your 400W PSU is nicely matched to your current system but could require replacing most future upgrade scenarios.
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 23, 2011 3:52:15 PM

overal its pretty good, a few suggested changes though

Athlon II X3 450: $79.99
AS Rock 880GM: $59.99

not a combo, but the 3 core processor is better, and you save $41 off your combo.

Get 4 Gb of just regular G.skill DDR3-1333 (10666) RAM: $39.99 and the Seagate 500 GB drive for $39.99, and thats another $20 saved. Combined with the other saving and you can afford a $169.99 HD 6850, a better card than the 5770.

Pick up a mouse/keyboard on the cheap. (I think theres a Pixxo combo of mouse, keyboard and 2 speakers for $17)
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 23, 2011 4:28:43 PM

if you want to get the cheapest possible computer that will play those 2 games, thats one thing. but IMO, why would you spend $600 of your money for a crappy computer when $720 (inside your budget) will get you an awesome one with a modern socket? If you really need to save money, see if you live near a microcenter. You can save $30 on the processor (including tax) and $10-$20 on the case there.



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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
April 23, 2011 4:33:41 PM

I'm OK with your CPU choice or ScrewySqrl's suggested Athlon II X3 450.

But if you're serious about keeping your upgrade options open you want to think about an AM3+ motherboard;
ASRock 880G PRO3 Motherboard AM3+ black socket $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 23, 2011 9:23:07 PM

Thanks for all the advice, i'll keep that in mind and welcome any new advice you can offer. I'll look into getting a better mobo and keeping my options open. The i5 build looks alot better than my current build, so i'll look into that. Thanks, and keep the replies rolling in, incase theres anything i missed.
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