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$600 or less, Budget pc with light Gaming in mind

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February 7, 2012 5:16:48 PM

Hello, let me just say first, that I really appreciate the kind of help I see all you guys and girls giving people all over these awesome forums.

Now to the point...
I want to build a computer that can easily take on the one the game I play, which is World of Warcraft. I understand that Wow is a pretty Cpu intensive game vs videocard intensive, but at the same time is a pretty mild challenge for even mid to low end gaming setups.

So, I'm while I'm semi-pro at forum hopping and figuring out computer tech problems, I just don't have all the sorts of insight I have seen being posted on this site in my recent researching.
I would very much appreciate some help in forming a very budget build of under $600 (I still have to buy a monitor) that can easily pump out WoW.



Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks

Budget Range: less than $700 INCLUDING MONITOR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Research and dicking around

Parts Not Required: Nothing, I'll be buying the Whole Shebang

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NEWEGG OR TIGERDIRECT, I just want to use one site for the whole deal, no real preference

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I'm partial to Amd and Ati for their prices
Overclocking: I don't think so
SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Still need to purchase monitor, so recommend!

Additional Comments: I'm a cheap bastard, and this is to play the lowest end games! I just want this thing to pump out Wow nicely.
February 7, 2012 5:24:12 PM

Also, I should mention that I'm not concerned with things like flashy cases or huge hard drives, or anything more than a dvd burner.

Also, what's the forum's opinion on buying a small HD tv instead of a monitor? Do these televisions have a lower resolution or something- why else can I buy a 24 inch tv with HDMI in for the same price as a 22 inch monitor with HDMI in?
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February 7, 2012 6:19:25 PM

At the top of the forum is a thread about how to ask for advice .

but for $600 your system is going to look something like
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

Component prices vary so comparing on newegg is a good idea
Right now the Corsair CX 430 psu is a good price
That might mean you can upgrade the case , or RAM
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February 8, 2012 3:08:48 AM


Thanks Outlander_04
I have seen that post, and I was at least partly interested in it. What worries me a little bit is that I don't know how to overclock. Then again I've never assembled a PC from scratch, but hey, I was expecting it to be simple enough.
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February 8, 2012 3:15:29 AM

Outlander_04 said:
At the top of the forum is a thread about how to ask for advice .

but for $600 your system is going to look something like
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

Component prices vary so comparing on newegg is a good idea
Right now the Corsair CX 430 psu is a good price
That might mean you can upgrade the case , or RAM

I don't recommend the CX430 because it has a very annoying whiny noise when it's plugged in. I would go with the Rosewill RG430 S12 430W.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a list of good PSUs if you're curious.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322966-28-list-recomm...

For the build, go with cheaper DVD player (if possible) and skimp on the HDD because HDD prices are just outrageous these days.
And one more thing, NCIX.com has some really good deals from time to time so go check out their website.
http://us.ncix.com/
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February 8, 2012 10:24:33 AM

I know a lot of people state the CX430 has a whine, but I can't hear it.
I think it could be many other people have much more acute hearing then I do or something.
I have my PC right next to my monitor on my desk, so I probably should be hearing it. XD
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February 8, 2012 2:50:09 PM

I just switched from an i5-2500K to an i3-2120 since I never used the full capabilities of 4 cores and I'm not noticing a difference in my games. Skyrim hasn't change at all, although I'm running it on High with FXAA and x8 AA and x8 filtering. Didn't want to deal with stuttering on full Ultra.

EDIT: In case you didn't know, Skyrim is very CPU dependent, which is why I chose it as my example. I'd recommend an i3 with a better GPU rather than a high-end CPU with a mid/low end GPU.
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February 8, 2012 3:11:23 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/335716-31-help-cheape...

Processor: 63.99$ (combo saving w/DVD Burner)
Intel Pentium E5700 3.0Ghz Dual Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116381

Mother Board: 42.99$
ASRock G31M-S R2.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157173

Video Card: 29.99$
ASUS 8400GS Geforce 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814121483

Memory: 14.99$
Crucial 1GB DDR2 800Mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148166

Hard Disk Drive: 79.99$
Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148765

Optical Drive: 12.99$
SAMSUNG Black 16x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151250

Power Supply: 14.99$
Diablotek DA 350W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817822007

Chassis: 19.99$
APEX SK-39- ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811154109


for a total of 279.92$ USD

the link to the post is above. just buy those 2x2gb rams, a nice corsair/seasonic psu, 300gb-500gb HDD, then your all set it should be more than enough and cheap too, well since you just play wow it should be more than enough for it
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February 8, 2012 5:18:01 PM

thanks Tavo, this is the kind of response i have been looking for! this is a little under budget though, so could someone recommend the right processor and video-card upgrade for this setup? i'm looking to just run Wow yeah, but I'd like to use the highest settings I can afford to run. i'll pick out the ram/hard drive change if any, like you were saying. thanks again!
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February 8, 2012 7:32:56 PM

I'd imagine an i3 and a GT series GPU would do the trick if it's just for WoW. You could also nab some older generation parts (like previous generation i3/i5 + P55 board) for a bit less than the current generation.

That said, I do have a Core 2 Duo E6850 platform I'm looking to sell in the US. PM me if you're interested at all.
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February 8, 2012 9:07:47 PM

thanks very much drunkducki, yer build on that page is now the one i'm considering. is there a card lower than the 560ti that won't sacrifice too much performance, but would be maybe 50 dollars cheaper? i'm still trying to work a monitor into this budget for less than $700.
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February 8, 2012 10:05:43 PM

There's the GTX 560 (no Ti) and the 550Ti, and I'm guessing some of the higher end GTX 4XX cards are in similar performance ranges.
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February 9, 2012 3:58:11 AM

THANKS drunkducki, and all you other wizards! ducki, yer build is my current winner, and my shopping cart looks sooooo enticing! any notes on building this or will everything be perfectly compatible? this is my FIRST build, so i will be following the guide on this website or newegg or something, when assembling.
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February 9, 2012 7:31:05 AM

CAS: Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tower Gaming Case [-17]
USBX: None
CASUPGRADE: NONE
CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
CPU: Intel® Core™ i3-2120 3.30 GHz 3M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
FREEBIE_CU1: FREE! 4GB USB 2.0 Portable Flash Drive
FAN: Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink
MOTHERBOARD: Biostar H61MH Intel H61 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ Onboard Video, HDMI, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB 2.0, SATA-II, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping]
MB_SRT: None
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+145] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+26]
HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
HDD2: None
USBHD: None
USBFLASH: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
GLASSES: None
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
SPEAKERS: None
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NCSW: None
MODEM: NONE
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
TEMP: NONE (AS SHOWN)
WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+26]
FLASHMEDIA: None
IEEE_CARD: NONE
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
OS: NONE - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
TVRC: None
SERVICE: Standard Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty Plus Life-Time Technical Support
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
_PRICE: (+584)


this will play WoW at fullmode right?
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February 9, 2012 8:17:45 AM

Sunnk, i appreciate yer efforts but with that setup already being almost $70 over and not including the cost of a GPU, it'll be way over me budget. thanks though!
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February 9, 2012 10:44:48 AM

so for your budget i3 2100 will be good but i give that because its one of the best cpu for gaming and overclocking and i3 2100 cannot do that its more future proof then i3 2500k so thats why i give u that other wise for your budget i3 is ok.:) 
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February 9, 2012 3:56:53 PM

thebillydangerous said:
CAS: Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tower Gaming Case [-17]
USBX: None
CASUPGRADE: NONE
CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
CPU: Intel® Core™ i3-2120 3.30 GHz 3M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
FREEBIE_CU1: FREE! 4GB USB 2.0 Portable Flash Drive
FAN: Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink
MOTHERBOARD: Biostar H61MH Intel H61 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ Onboard Video, HDMI, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB 2.0, SATA-II, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping]
MB_SRT: None
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+145] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+26]
HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
HDD2: None
USBHD: None
USBFLASH: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
GLASSES: None
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
SPEAKERS: None
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NCSW: None
MODEM: NONE
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
TEMP: NONE (AS SHOWN)
WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+26]
FLASHMEDIA: None
IEEE_CARD: NONE
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
OS: NONE - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
TVRC: None
SERVICE: Standard Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty Plus Life-Time Technical Support
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
_PRICE: (+584)


this will play WoW at fullmode right?


getting a generic power supply is a bad idea. find a quality power supply. the build looks fine otherwise.
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February 9, 2012 5:51:20 PM

DRUNKDUCKI!!! i'm SCAREDDDDD. so i'm teetering between buying the parts that drunkducki has suggested to me and I have settled on, or paying some extra money and not getting the best computer by having it premade. i am just SO worried that, as a first timer, my parts won't all work together, or i will mess up somehow during assembly. someone just reassure me that building my first comp is easy, i want badly to order these parts!

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February 9, 2012 7:06:46 PM

will my Intel processor come with thermal paste, or must one also purchase that when putting a comp together?
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