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$600 Gaming pc

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April 25, 2011 1:47:27 AM

So, I have ~$600 budget in mind. This is basically going to be used for WoW and browsing the internet. I have never tried to build my own pc before, but I have a friend that knows how and said he would help me.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 week range

Budget Range: 600-650 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, browsing internet, watching videos

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: doesn't matter

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: doesn't matter

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 (With current monitor in build)

Additional Comments: Bang for my buck type deals

I've picked out some things, but I am not sure how compatible everything is and how WoW would run. I am not expecting it to run on ultra settings but hope for high settings. Thanks for any help given.

LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM - 20.99

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case - 39.99 After MiR

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 44.99

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - 59.99

XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 89.99 After MiR

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - 59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - 49.99

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX - 89.99

Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor - 109.99

Pixxo SP-N100G 2.0 USB Powered Speakers - 8.99

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April 25, 2011 2:27:58 AM

It looks like you have a little bit of wiggle room in which I'd upgrade to a 1920x1080 21.5" monitor for + $20:

Save $10 and get cheaper ram, something like:

4850 is really weak. For $90-100 you can get at least a 5770 and it is much better. But really I think you'd be better off spending ~$125 for a 460 gtx 768 or $140 for a 5850

Going to 1920x1080 lets you watch movies in true HD and the extra screen space is really great. I haven't played WoW in a few years so I don't know how graphically intense it is but the 460 gtx/5850 give you room if you want to play the newer MMOs or if WoW keeps upgrading their graphics.
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April 25, 2011 2:37:04 AM

1600X900 is still a good resolution I was trying to keep it cheaper.
As Dyer said above a better GPU might be smart.
April 25, 2011 2:43:59 AM

Not a bad build at all. I recently did a build with a phenom II X4 955 and basically the same parts as you had for a buddy and he ended up playing wow on ultra with 70-200 fps but would dip down to 40ish in intense parts. (think he was using a funky resolution maybe 1080i)

I used the 4850 because it was on sale for 80 with a 30 MIR. At the current price you are better off spending a few bucks more and getting a HD 5750/5770 or a GTS 450 IMO:|14-102-865^14-102-865-TS%2C14-102-873^14-102-873-TS%2C14-162-062^14-162-062-TS%2C14-187-120^14-187-120-TS

I would go with the 5770 personally but I think wow runs better on nvidia cards. Here is a review on how cards ran the new expansion:
April 25, 2011 3:11:16 AM

Alright, so updated a few things.

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX

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

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

620.90 - 50 = 570.90 with MiR

How does this build look now? A little wiggle room left, anything worth upgrading?