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First Build -- $500-$700 budget -- Gaming PC (World of Warcraft)

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March 21, 2012 5:46:36 AM

Hi, I'm new to this site (but I love it already) and am new to PC building. I am requesting help for building a gaming PC to run World of Warcraft with fairly decent fps and have a PC that can be upgraded in the future. I have listed parts I would like to have but am open to any and all suggestions. I need all parts. Thank you in advance for your help.

Approximate Purchase Date: April 2012

Budget Range: $500-$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Mainly World of Warcraft), Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Overclocking: Not at the moment but possibly in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment but possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: First time build. Would it be better to buy a pre-built PC?
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March 21, 2012 4:01:42 PM

If you pretty much exclusively play WoW, I would go for something like this:

Intel Core i3-2120 - $127.99
ASRock H67M (B3) - $79.99
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1333Mhz - $24.99
ASUS HD 7770 1GB - $159.99
Intel 520 Series 60GB - $99.99
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $85.99
Antec EarthWatts EA-380D 380W - $44.99
Fractal Design Core 1000 - $39.99
LG DVD Burner - $15.99

Total - $679.91

Let me start off by saying that you could get better gaming performance for the price but I think that would be wasted on WoW personally, this will play it fine and you have the bonus of very low power consumption and what should be a very quiet and fairly small system. You also keep the H67 chipset meaning you can upgrade to Ivy Bridge if you want, and best of all you have a SSD there. That will make everything just seem faster because it will boot up a hell of a lot faster and programs will load almost instantly.

EDIT: If you prefer pure gaming performance then I would drop the SSD, CPU, PSU and GPU and go for the Corsair CX-500, i5-2400 and the HD 6870.
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