Gaming Pc for 500$

Hey guys, I'm building a pc for a friend of mine. He wants it to run wow and Star wars: ToR but doesn't want to spend to much on it. I was hoping to get some tips or help on parts and maybe reduce the price a bit more if possible.

Approximate Purchase Date: Some time this week

Budget Range: 400-500 (either Before / After Rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW and St:tor) internet, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, OS, GPU: gforce 8800 gts

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United states

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Doesn't matter

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Needs a monitor

Additional Comments: It needs to run wow decently

What I have so far:

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Hard drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA
RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238B Black
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Price: $529.43
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  1. So are you just asking for us to critique your build what you have there outlined ? or what and you need a GPU to play games.
  2. Sorry I thought I put that in there, I'm not a good multi-tasker. A critique of the build I have.
  3. I recommend going for an i3 build.


    A higher quality power supply.

    And what about this case?
    It has 2x120mm fans rather than a 120mm and a 80mm and personally it looks flashier(if your friend wants it).
  4. Also... Does your friend need an optical drive> IMO we should phase out of them and you could save money there.
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    This processor
    is cheaper and faster than the 960 .
    The 960 is four phenom cores so it will perform worse than any of the phenoms in the review thanks to its lower clock speed.

    8 gig of RAM wont improve gaming performance . Use a 2 x2 gig kit instead

    This PSU is going to get the job done and is $30 after rebate
  6. He said he's not sure about the optical drive. I'll probably keep it out. It can always be added on later.

    Less ram is a good idea that shaved off some money, thanks for that one.
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