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$300-$400 Budget Gaming Build for WoW and Rift

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June 18, 2011 3:16:08 AM

So I'm getting ready to do a budget build meant to play World of Warcraft and Rift on medium-to-high settings @ 1280 x 1024 and possibly 1680 x 1050.

I know that a Sandy Bridge i3-2100 build is the preferable budget gaming build but I would still rather go with an Phenom II.

So here's the parts I was thinking of using

1.) A NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case from Newegg w/ a couple extra 120mm case fans I have for $34.99 w/ a free shipping code
link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2.) A LOGISYS Computer PS480D-BK 480W ATX12V Power Supply from Newegg $25 w/ shipping
link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3.) A Western Digital 500 gb sata 3 drive for $43.99 also from Newegg
link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4.) G Skill 4gb (2 x 2gb) dual channel ram from Newegg for $41.99
link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5.) A Phenom II x2 960 BE if not unlocked then at least overclocked on a BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard in a combo for $129.98 also from Newegg
link http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

6.) A VisionTek Radeon HD 5670 1gb gddr5 from TigerDirect.com on sale for $59.99 normally $79.99
link http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

7.) And finally a Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus from Buy.com for $29.95
link http://www.buy.com/prod/cooler-master-hyper-212-plus-cp...


Total Price $365.93 I also have a $10 discount code bringing the total down to $355.93
Do you guys think this will be able to handle what I want to do?
Oh and before anyone suggests an i3-2100 the motherboard+processor cost takes it above my price range I'm on a really tight budget for this build.

(Edit) Oh and I just remembered I also have a dvd drive so I won't need one in case anyone was gonna add that



June 18, 2011 5:39:14 AM

Yeah you're probably right that's still within my budget so I'm definitely gonna to get a better psu probably the Corsair.
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June 19, 2011 7:31:21 AM

I've had problems with cheap psu's in the past and you don't want to have a wonky power supply shut you down in the middle of a quest. Your build seems pretty good for the budget. Good luck to you!
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June 19, 2011 3:40:43 PM

Looks good to me :)  + I know people have already mentioned it but make sure you get a PSU from well known companies like Corsair .

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June 19, 2011 4:29:11 PM

the corsair one is ok, but this one is cheaper, more efficient, and has the same or better reliability (doesnt come with a power cord, but most people have at least one of these from an old computer, monitor or printer. keep it green :) ):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

do you live near a microcenter? microcenter has a $120 i3-2100+mobo combo every now and then, and is currently offering free mobos with amd processors:
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...
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