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First time Builder, need compatibility check!!

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October 3, 2011 5:13:54 PM

Hello THW,

I am looking to build my first budget gaming computer, and I have no idea whether these parts are compatable. My budget was <$400 and this is what I came up with for playing WoW at ultra settings.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A nice black mid-tower with a 480W PSU inside :) 

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Biostar A880G+

PSU: Included with Case

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
500GB 7200RPM (I would have an SSD but couldn't find one big/cheap enough)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x4 GB; DDR3; 240 pin; 1333mhz

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Athlon II x3 (or x4 if I'm lucky with the BIOS unlock)

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB GDDR5

I've never built a computer before, so can you please tell me if I'm missing anything? Are all these parts compatable? Will they all run WoW nicely? Any suggestions for upgrades/downgrades? Thank you!!


October 3, 2011 5:15:49 PM

I think you need a GPU for the ultra settings...
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October 3, 2011 5:18:02 PM

Thanks, I forgot to add the GPU. It was included in my budget already. it's updated on my post now.
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October 3, 2011 5:19:27 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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October 3, 2011 5:40:35 PM

everything looks ok. the bottom line is, you get what you pay for. the only thin i would do is save a little more and get better cpu
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October 3, 2011 6:17:01 PM

hot74rod2003 said:
everything looks ok. the bottom line is, you get what you pay for. the only thin i would do is save a little more and get better cpu



Maybe I don't know as much about computer parts as I thought. But could you explain what you mean by saving a little more and getting a better CPU? Aren't better ones generally more expensive?

What should I be looking for in a CPU that would define it as "better"? And thanks :) 
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