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May 17, 2012 5:29:30 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: sometime this week or next week

Budget Range: $600 including tax/shipping after MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing World of Warcraft, surfing the web

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com, microcenter.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: would prefer an AMD cpu since they are cheaper than intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: noise isn't an issue for me it can be super loud I don't mind. I built a gaming computer for $600 two years ago that can handle wow on max settings (for my husband), now building another one for myself with the same budget that can hopefully handle wow on ultra as well.

So far this is what I've come up with:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz Six Core Socket AM3 Boxed Processor - $99.99

Tower: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan - $49.99

HD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $69.99

Memory: Crucial 2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 memory module x2 - $29.98

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $49.99

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $114.99

PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom - $89.99

Are they compatible?
May 17, 2012 6:43:51 AM

Looks good, but get the Radeon 6850 as it performs better and runs cooler. For no CF/SLI, the most you will need for a Radeon 6850 is a 400W PSU.
May 17, 2012 6:58:51 AM

it would work, but the psu is has an excessive amount of watts. a 400/430w could handle it fine. with the extra money, switch the gpu to a 6850. its possible to get a rosewill hive 550w for only 40$(combo with your case and 15% off psu code) which is probably the best watt to price ratio
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May 17, 2012 7:00:21 AM
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Sadly that is NOT a good mix of parts for gaming . A processor with more than 4 cores wont add gaming performance , the motherboard uses the very worst possible chipset , the case won an award for being cheap ,and the power supply is WAY overkill .
Yes its compatible , but its not a good way to spend money

Instead try
AMD FX 4100 cpu $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard with a 970 series chipset $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x2 gig of 1600 MHz RAM running at 1.5 volt or less $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Radeon 6870 $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster 430 elite case $40 [ also cheap but much better ]

500 gig hard drive $80

600 watt psu corsair or similar quality $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd drive $20

Cheaper
MUCH better gamer

You could get an even higher quality case , or fit a blu-ray , or a larger hard drive
May 17, 2012 7:14:10 AM

perfect system you have selected
May 17, 2012 9:17:39 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Sadly that is NOT a good mix of parts for gaming . A processor with more than 4 cores wont add gaming performance , the motherboard uses the very worst possible chipset , the case won an award for being cheap ,and the power supply is WAY overkill .
Yes its compatible , but its not a good way to spend money

Instead try
AMD FX 4100 cpu $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard with a 970 series chipset $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x2 gig of 1600 MHz RAM running at 1.5 volt or less $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Radeon 6870 $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster 430 elite case $40 [ also cheap but much better ]

500 gig hard drive $80

600 watt psu corsair or similar quality $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd drive $20

Cheaper
MUCH better gamer

You could get an even higher quality case , or fit a blu-ray , or a larger hard drive


Tower: I actually did plan on going with the Coolmaster 430 initially as it is the same price as the Rosewill but the Coolmaster is slightly larger and they are known to make good cases. I ended up going with the Rosewill one since it came with an extra fan and had room for an extra 120mm fan if I'm not mistaken. I believe the Coolmaster comes with 2 fans and has room for 2 more, the Rosewill comes with 3 and has room for 2 more.

Gpu: I will definitely go with Radeon 6870.

Memory: I hear good things about Crucial and they are the exact same price as newegg so when in doubt I choose the reliable brand name.

Mobo: I will go with the one you have listed.

HD: I found a combo deal of a 500gb HD with the coolmaster 430 so I decided to go with that one.

CPU: From the comparison I saw on http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a... and reading new egg reviews, if I were to choose a 4 core processor would AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX $120 be better than the AMD FX 4100 for $10 more for the former CPU?

PSU: I realize 750W is just a tad "overkill" as you put it lol. According to my calculations on http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp and following the http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx I was having a hard time finding a 500W PSU (6870 needs a min of 500W) that was significantly cheaper. They either had bad reviews or ranked in the 5th tier or cost $80+ so it came down to SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W or the OCZ ZS Series 750W and I went with the OCZ.

From the suggestions made here I've decided to go with this:

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430

HD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Case + HD combo: $103

GPU: Radeon HD 6870 $160

Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $85

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 $120

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W $70

Memory: Crucial 4GB kit (2GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 $30

Would this work better? Are they compatible? I don't require an OS, CD drive or peripherals. Thanks for the input!
May 17, 2012 9:25:46 AM

Check the $600 build in my sig.
May 18, 2012 4:36:21 AM

I've discovered that World of Warcraft (primary use for this pc) favors intel and Nvidia cards. So this is the final build I'm thinking of going with:

Cpu: Intel i5-2500k
Motherboard: AsRock Z68 Gen3 ATX
Memory: Crucial 4GBx2
Video Card: ASUS GTX 560 Ti
Hard drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Power Supply: OCZ ZS Series 550W
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 + 4x120mm fans

I don't plan on overclocking and not in need of peripherals, cd drive or an OS. Any thoughts?
May 18, 2012 6:36:00 AM

Instead of relying on a calculator, base your PSU requirements off reviews. They are more reliable.
May 25, 2012 3:36:57 PM

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