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Budget WoW computer build.

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October 15, 2011 6:35:35 PM

Hello, I am looking for a build that is around $800-$900 and includes the OS. No Keyboard or mouse needed.
October 15, 2011 7:20:04 PM

I see that you have put this under Cyberpower, I urge you to watch some videos on building your own PC, you can get a real bargain.

i5-2500k - $219.99
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X - $47.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 - $104.99
XFX HD 6770 1GB - $109.99
Intel 320 Series SSD 40GB - $94.99
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
Corsair CX-430 430W - $44.99
Coolermaster Storm Scout - $84.99
ASUS DVD Burner - $18.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - $99.99

Total - $886.90 before shipping and $40 rebates.


If you are just playing WoW and other relatively non demanding games then the HD 6770 is fine and will free up some funds to get a good motherboard, case and a SSD. On that motherboard you can cache the SSD meaning that all of your most used programs will load a lot faster, it will also massively improve boot times.
October 15, 2011 7:43:15 PM

yeah cyberpower has horrible support. if you insist on buying that brand, buy it prebuilt from a retailer so at least you can RMA or return it.

with a home built pc, at least you have the parts warranties that are generally pretty decent...SSDs, for example, generally have really good warranties since they're a new technology

also if you're just gonna be playing WoW, then you probably should be getting a low to mid range card and more premium parts...i was gonna suggest the llano A8, but it has a dead end socket, so this is probably better

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Mah
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Mah/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($197.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($65.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $820.88
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October 15, 2011 8:23:17 PM

Now that i think about it, SSD caching isn't such a good idea since you can get a dedicated SSD boot drive for not much more. I'd change the Intel drive in my build to a Crucial M4 64GB. Maybe start with 4GB of RAM and/or a slightly cheaper case if you want to make it a bit cheaper.

EDIT: In fact, for any of us to give a better answer we would need to know:

- Do you want to play any other games?
- Are you likely to overclock at some point?
- Which kind of case do you like, the 'look at me' bright lights case or the more simple, understated look?
- Do you want something quiet?
- What resolution do you play at?
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