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August 18, 2011 5:31:03 PM

Hello, Forum friends of Tom's Hardware !
I'm looking to build a budget desktop for WoW. (Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft)

I'm on a budget of US $600 that is semi flexible because I know a decent monitor is going to cost me a little bit extra.
I'm wanting to be able to have a GPU (nothing shared graphics integrated) and a pretty nice Screen to view the wonderful colors of Darnassus and the Heavy orange shades of Orgrimar.

If you can help me build this I would surely appreciate it. I prefer my website to be TigerDirect.com

My main system usage will be WoW+Ventrilo/Mumble (an alternative VoIP client to Ventrilo)+fraps. + 20 addons for to customize the WoW GUI.

MY budget
is semi flexible at the very most of US $150.
August 18, 2011 5:39:06 PM

Hello,

Wow is very easy to run.

There's a nice $120 GPU card on newegg from HIS, look under best sellers.
Get a $80 motherboard with a socket 775 for the cpu (most common)
Get an entry quad core for $120 and OC it.
You wont need much in the power supply catagory just find a good review 500 watt for $50
Don't spend over $80 on a case, there are lots of cool ones for under 80. get a $20 cd/dvd drive. Get a 7200rpm hdd, size doesn't matter, 500gigs is more than nearly anyoen will ever use. that will cost you $40. What is gonna cost you is the operating system. Windows 7 is about $100. And then we get to the screen. I play wow on a 32" LG LCD 1080p tv. Best $300 bucks I've ever spent.
But, there are some very nice $160 24" screens.
That would put you at :
160-screen
100-os
40-hdd
20-cd/dvd
80-case
50-psu
120-cpu
80-mobo
120-gpu

That puts you at $760 with a very capable computer. It would be 600 without the screen, and 500 without the OS. Usually when people quote up computers they forget these things.
August 18, 2011 5:52:10 PM

bit-tech has a nice july build for $630
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/buyers-guide/2011/07/1...

if you need to shave off some $, you can get a mATX mobo if you don't plan to use any add-on cards besides the graphic card. you can also drop down to an ATI 5770 for around $100 for further savings although I would hold off on that.

case wise, get any you like for around $50. antec one, two, and three hundred are all good. CM has some good budget cases like the HAF 912 & elite 430.

PSU wise the corsair they recommend is a very good unit as are antec's neo eco 400w and earthwatt 380/430w although they don't come with plugs (you can always use your current PSU plug)
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August 18, 2011 6:00:13 PM

Thank you Circulate I do appreciate the very timely response. Although I don't have the ability to shell out 300 dollars for a Hi Def TV I will consider that in the future. I'm wanting to know if you or anyone else could provide links to the online sources for each of the hardware components I am going to need to buy. Thanx again. I'm honestly considering running Wine over a linux distro as a possibility . But 100gigs is going to be designated to Windows/WoW and the rest a flavor of Linux.









circulate said:
Hello,

Wow is very easy to run.

There's a nice $120 GPU card on newegg from HIS, look under best sellers.
Get a $80 motherboard with a socket 775 for the cpu (most common)
Get an entry quad core for $120 and OC it.
You wont need much in the power supply catagory just find a good review 500 watt for $50
Don't spend over $80 on a case, there are lots of cool ones for under 80. get a $20 cd/dvd drive. Get a 7200rpm hdd, size doesn't matter, 500gigs is more than nearly anyoen will ever use. that will cost you $40. What is gonna cost you is the operating system. Windows 7 is about $100. And then we get to the screen. I play wow on a 32" LG LCD 1080p tv. Best $300 bucks I've ever spent.
But, there are some very nice $160 24" screens.
That would put you at :
160-screen
100-os
40-hdd
20-cd/dvd
80-case
50-psu
120-cpu
80-mobo
120-gpu

That puts you at $760 with a very capable computer. It would be 600 without the screen, and 500 without the OS. Usually when people quote up computers they forget these things.

August 18, 2011 6:05:05 PM

Dirtyferet has an okay build there, I believe you can get a better comp for the price, and remember the price he's linking doesn't include OS or Screen.

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August 18, 2011 6:10:53 PM
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circulate said:
Hello,

Wow is very easy to run.

There's a nice $120 GPU card on newegg from HIS, look under best sellers.
Get a $80 motherboard with a socket 775 for the cpu (most common)
Get an entry quad core for $120 and OC it.
You wont need much in the power supply catagory just find a good review 500 watt for $50
Don't spend over $80 on a case, there are lots of cool ones for under 80. get a $20 cd/dvd drive. Get a 7200rpm hdd, size doesn't matter, 500gigs is more than nearly anyoen will ever use. that will cost you $40. What is gonna cost you is the operating system. Windows 7 is about $100. And then we get to the screen. I play wow on a 32" LG LCD 1080p tv. Best $300 bucks I've ever spent.
But, there are some very nice $160 24" screens.
That would put you at :
160-screen
100-os
40-hdd
20-cd/dvd
80-case
50-psu
120-cpu
80-mobo
120-gpu

That puts you at $760 with a very capable computer. It would be 600 without the screen, and 500 without the OS. Usually when people quote up computers they forget these things.



Suggesting a LGA775 Socket is flawed, it's not the most comon and extremely hard to find these days. He needs a Socket LGA 1155 or 1366 as there are a multitude of motherboard Intel CPUs avaliable for these sockets.

Honestly if you're looking to build a budget system and you plan on overclocking the CPU, go with AMD.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 CPU - 3.40GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

August 18, 2011 6:18:45 PM

I honestly don't know how to overclock a CPU but if it helps bolster my system i might give it a try
August 18, 2011 6:18:49 PM

what supermario stated, intel socket 775 is dead and buried. you will pay inflated CPU prices and may get stuck using more expensive DDR2 RAM. also $80 for a case but only $50 for a PSU?? you can get decent $50 PSU but if you have the extra cash I put in for a PSU upgrade over a case upgrade any day.
August 18, 2011 6:21:21 PM

So can y'all compile all this useful information with links(that I can buy these products in) with full compatibility ?
August 18, 2011 6:24:30 PM

Snipely_Jenkins said:
I honestly don't know how to overclock a CPU but if it helps bolster my system i might give it a try


OC an AMD black edition CPU is simple, honestly you can get the phenom II x4 955 and with a simple change in the BIOS get phenom II x4 980 performance or better.

how to video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQWTtvn98uU&feature=rela...
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