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March 23, 2012 11:33:58 AM

I would like to build a nice computer that would be able to withstand world of warcraft on high graphics and others newer games on a low or medium setting, I prefer AMD but ill work with anything, I do not need a mouse, key board, monitor, Ect... Just the tower and its internal parts, I would like to have a quad core and 8g ram if possible, big also a great video card, thanks

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March 23, 2012 12:43:47 PM

Oops my bad.. Haha
Approximate Purchase Date: sometime this week, ASAP.

Budget Range: 400-525, I would like to have spent only 500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or wherever else you can find the parts necessary

Country: I'm not to sure about what to put for this one, but I live in the US.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type I would like to use an AMD CPU, asus mother board, and maybe kingston ram.

SLI or crossfire: crossfire

Overclocking: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900, but it might be smaller.

Additional comments: would like a tower with good air flow and a window, more importantly an airflow. Airflow is the most important to me
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March 23, 2012 12:47:39 PM

Oh and this is a DIY project for me, ive never build one before. Advice would be helpful :) 

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March 23, 2012 1:26:46 PM

I think you will be hard pressed to plan ahead for crossfire at your $500 budget. The below build accounts for your requirements other than price. If you need to bring the costs down I would suggest going with a motherboard with only one PCIe 16x slot and scale the power supply down to around 500w.

MB - ASUS makes a great board as does ASRock. This board over a comparable ASUS board was just for cost reasons. ASRock 970 Extreme 4 - $105
CPU - AMD FX-4100 - $110
GPU - At 1440x900 resolution you will be fine gaming with this card or an equivilant. XFX HD 6850 - $130 after MIR
MEM - Skip tall heat spreaders... G.SKILL Ares 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5v - $45
HD - Samsung F3 500GB - $85
OPTICAL - Samsung 22x DVD-RW - $17
PSU - Stick with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic. Corsair 750w - $95 after MIR
CASE - Cooler Master Elite 430 - $40 after MIR
CASE FANS - Rosewill 120mm 4-pack 40CFM @ 18dBA - $15


If overclocking...
CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO - $35
March 23, 2012 1:49:54 PM

What if I went with an SLI instead of a ceasefire?
March 23, 2012 1:50:33 PM

March 23, 2012 2:00:44 PM

AMD A6-3650 - $109
Asus F1A55-M LX - $64.99
8GB DDR3 1600 - $39.99
WD 500GB HD 7200RPM - $84.99
Gigabyte 6770 1GB DDR5 - $99.99 - $30 Rebate - $69.99 ( can do crossfire with onboard Video)
Samsung DVD +/- RW - 15.99
Coolermaster Elite 311 - $39.99
Cooler Master eXtreme Power 500W - $39.99 $10 rebate - $29.99 ( good enough for yoru setup)

Before Rebate $494.93 After Rebate $454.93
for 1440x900 this set up should be fine...

you may want to go for 7750 for extra $40 same Power Supply is OK

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6770 Video card
A6-3650 CPU
March 23, 2012 2:15:07 PM

Get the 4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
Don't get a 7770
March 23, 2012 5:03:52 PM

I agree with getting the FX4100. FX4100 may not be the fastest processor, but if you get that, and a decent board, the likelihood is that you will be able to do a bios flash when the next generation, Piledriver I think they are calling it, comes out, and possibly just a do a drop in upgrade to a better processor.
March 24, 2012 12:51:33 AM

Best answer selected by dreamyimp.