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February 5, 2012 2:49:54 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible, I'm ready to buy right away.

Budget Range: Under $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Starcraft 2, WoW, very old games. Other than that, I use Visual Studio/Microsoft Office for school, and I surf the Internet.

Parts Not Required: No mouse, keyboard, or speakers. I'm also good on Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, unless there's somewhere else that would be significantly cheaper.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I have no real preferences. I'd like to have a dual monitor setup for keeping my code in a separate space/browsing while gaming, but if that's not going to happen without upgrades, I can go without. If the price of the second monitor itself would put me over my budget, I can live with that.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: No real preference/Don't know enough about it.

Additional Comments: To be totally honest, I'm not even sure where to start. I do, however, have pretty solid needs/wants. I only play pretty old games, and I would be happy with running Starcraft/WoW on subpar settings, as long as it runs smoothly.

I'm really not a hardware guy, so I'm having trouble picking parts. I'm not worried about upgrading, as I'm just looking for something to get me through the last couple years of college. I don't play any new/cutting edge games, so... I'm really not looking for anything too nice.

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February 5, 2012 6:12:29 AM

I am operating under the assumption that the dual monitors are not included in the $500 budget. If so, then I doubt anyone can help. However, the system below will do what you need and a bit more.

CPU and Graphics - AMD A8-3850 - $134.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard - GIGABYTE A55 - $59.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory - 8gb Corsair DDR3 1866 - $59.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive - WD 500gb - $89.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD/RW Drive - Samsung - $16.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case and Power Supply - Antec - $59.99 with promo code - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total before shipping - $421.94

The CPU has integrated graphics which will easily handle all your needs. The ram is a bit pricey, but benchmarks have proven that it significantly improves the speed of the A8 processors and graphics. Did not know your hard drive requirements, so I just picked a good quality fast one. I normally do not recommend case/power supply combos, but Antec is the exception. Very good quality.
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April 2, 2012 3:37:57 PM

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