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Under $1000 World of Warcraft build

Looking for advice on a build for a friend. I haven't been paying attention to hardware the last few months, so I'm looking for any suggestions. I'll post a build as well, but thought I'd get the ball rolling.

Approximate Purchase Date: within a week or so

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) under $1000 before rebates, will consider a hefty rebate if included, though

System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft, watch DVDs, stream video

Parts Not Required: Speaker system. Everything else required.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, though others if they merit consideration.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No preferences, just best bang for the buck

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Purchasing with this budget, would prefer 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Nothing other than best price/performance.

Going to whip up a build now, will post it in response to this thread.
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  1. Heh I think it's just b not bold :p

    You probably want to shoot for an i5-2500K. I realize it's a chunk but it's a lot more powerful than any alternative and would improve the longevity of the build by a big margin.

    Then probably a Z68 board so that you can use a smaller SSD as a HDD cache.

    After all, if it's just WoW a 6870 will be fine.
  2. CPU - Core i5-2400 - $190 + free shipping
    Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 SATA 6.0 Gb/s USB 3.0 - $110 + 7.50 shipping
    RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws 8 GB kit 1066 MHz - $80 (-$15 MIR by 5/30) + free shipping
    GPU - XFX 6950 - $240 (-$30 MIR) + free shipping
    SSD/HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $65 + free shipping (would like to add an SSD, but don't think it can easily be done on this budget)
    ODD - cheapest SATA DVD burner - $19 + free shipping
    PSU - Antec EarthWatts EA-650 80+ Bronze - $65 + free shipping
    Case - Antec 300 - $60 (-$15 MIR) + free shipping
    Monitor - HANNSpree 21.5" for $130 + 9 shipping or Acer P215HBbd for $120 + free shipping if ordered before 5/30.
    OS - Win 7 Home Edition 64-bit OEM - $100

    Total is ~ $1057 without MIRs, but including shipping. I assume that I can get a little lower by hunting down combos, etc. but I'm looking forward to suggestions.

    And dang, I wish I had read your comment before I posted my build, it was indeed b rather than bold. I swear I got that from the template, though. Weird.
  3. Great time to buy, good discounts and MIR's. With WoW the primary criteria, that means you'll be buying nVidia since above the lowest ranges, there's a very large performance difference between NVidia and ATI cards of the same price. The 560 GTX in the build below is factory OC'd and the PSU is sized for you top add another one at a later date which could extend system life another 12 - 18 months

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-directx-11-performance,2793.html

    Case - $100 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
    PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015
    MoBo - $385 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.642515
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K Inc in above
    RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221

    Total $967
  4. JackNaylorPE said:
    Great time to buy, good discounts and MIR's. With WoW the primary criteria, that means you'll be buying nVidia since above the lowest ranges, there's a very large performance difference between NVidia and ATI cards of the same price. The 560 GTX in the build below is factory OC'd and the PSU is sized for you top add another one at a later date which could extend system life another 12 - 18 months


    Some nice choices in there, Jack. But I need to fit an OS and a monitor in the budget, so while I like the XFX PSU and the 902, I don't think they're going to make the cut, and an SLI-capable mobo is probably an unnecessary extravagance.
  5. Best answer
    @ Jack, OP wants the budget to be below $1000 before rebates. Not after...

    Btw Cold, that build you made, it looks fine. Would've recommended the same thing. But The F3 at amazon is a tiny bit cheaper. Not by alot but hey, it's a few bucks :D
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001U3S5S0

    Both are Z68
    Here's a combo you also may be interested in.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.654392

    Or this combo, cheaper. About $20 cheaper.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.651861
  6. Best answer selected by coldsleep.
  7. GL bro.
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