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December 11, 2011 8:55:50 AM

Hello everyone. I am looking to purchase a budget PC for my 2 little brothers for Christmas. It will be used mainly to play World of Warcraft, since I play it and they want to be able to play with me. Now, they have never had any kind of new computer, and they one they use now for internet browsing is probably 7 years old or so. I am on a pretty tight budget, and they need EVERYTHING. I know I will have to go with some less than desirable parts, but considering that most things would be a HUGE upgrade from what they are using, it is not that big of a deal, it just needs to be able to run WoW decently. Considering that they do need everything, I have found that I cant seem to come close to the prices that the prebuilt PCs on newegg go for, seems like I would save money getting one of those rather than parting everything out. This is what I am currently looking at.

I seem to have forgotten to include my budget. It is as close to 700 as possible. Less is better of course, but I can't really do much more.

PC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card since the one that comes with the PC won't cut it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now, I am thinking about downgrading the gtx 260 to perhaps a 9800 gt since WoW does not used the gpu as much as other games, but in case they want to play something a bit more graphic intensive I don't want to cripple them by downgrading to a 9800 from the 260. Any input would be appreciated. And I know the mouse and keyboard included with the PC are low end, but that really does not matter for them. Thanks.
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December 11, 2011 9:56:04 AM
December 11, 2011 10:01:11 AM




Thanks for the list. I still would need to get windows 7 which seems to run about 100 bucks. Also, while the processor you chose seems to be better than the one that comes with the prebuilt, I would rather get them a gtx 260. I know with rebates it may come out to less, but I have never been a fan of counting on rebates since I have had trouble with them in the past.
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December 11, 2011 10:03:06 AM

Actually, that I don't know how that card compares to the 260. I thought it was a much lesser card at a glance, but I could be wrong.
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December 11, 2011 10:06:27 AM

The 260 doesn't even have DX11. The 5770 is miles ahead.
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December 11, 2011 10:16:32 AM

FinneousPJ said:
The 260 doesn't even have DX11. The 5770 is miles ahead.


In that case I changed the 260 to that in my original list. But as I mentioned before, considering that I also need to get Windows 7, the pre-built still seems to be the best choice to me.
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December 11, 2011 12:06:48 PM

Optical Drive
case
HDD
monitor
mobo
os
psu+gpu
cpu+memory
$705.90 ($675.90 AR)

Comes with a video card that will blow the 260 out of the water and a quad core that has the possibility to unlock to a 6 core. Also comes with a free dirt 3 game.

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December 11, 2011 1:14:24 PM

Get the combo and buy them a video card for their birthday.
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December 11, 2011 1:45:54 PM

+1 zooted - nice build
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December 11, 2011 7:15:19 PM

That is...actually a really nice build Zooted. I am looking more into it now.
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December 11, 2011 7:22:25 PM

That's the build I already had in my shopping cart (minus the heatsink).
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December 12, 2011 1:21:39 AM

Best answer selected by fcdwn777.
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December 12, 2011 1:42:02 AM

Happy building! :) 
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