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January 13, 2012 11:58:05 PM

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: newegg.com

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

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What I have so far:

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Mobo
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Ram
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
case
RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238B Black
DVD
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk
PSU
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Price: $529.43

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January 14, 2012 12:03:57 AM

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.
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January 14, 2012 12:07:16 AM

Sorry I thought I put that in there, I'm not a good multi-tasker. A critique of the build I have.
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January 14, 2012 12:11:14 AM

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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January 14, 2012 12:20:24 AM

This processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is cheaper and faster than the 960 .
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 14, 2012 1:13:24 AM

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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January 16, 2012 4:38:25 PM

Best answer selected by javapup.
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