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June 4, 2012 9:01:14 AM

I'm currently using a laptop I've had for 4 years that will now overheat and shut itself off from streaming videos, forget gaming so I want to try building my own desktop. I have tuition coming up so I really wanted to focus on low cost, while still being able to play MMO's (in particular Aion, Ragnarok Online, Diablo 3 and WoW) at max settings. At about $565 (a little overbudget) this is what I got:

This site I'm buying for does price matching, so the price I listed is the price I should be paying, not the websites.

GPU: Radeon HD 7750 iCooler 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI, DP $100
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38045

CPU: FX-4100 Processor 3.6GHz w/ 12MB Cache $115
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36558

MoBo: M5A97 w/ Dual DDR3 1866, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX $86
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35392

Ram: Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB), Cerulean Blue $47
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX34050

Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue7200rpm SATA III w/ 32MB Cache $90
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32840

Case: Bitfenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Gamer Case, Black $50
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39210

PSU: OCZ 700W ModXstream Pro SLI Ready Power Supply $60
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX23281

Optical Drive: Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer, SATA, OEM, Black $17
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33600

Here's a link to Aion System Specifications:
http://gameguide.na.aiononline.com/aion/System+Specific...

Now I know 8 GB of RAM is excessive for my budget, but from my research that seems to be some of the best you can get, and it's on sale 20% off so I splurged on it since RAM is cheap anyway. The main reason for the Shinobi Case was to take advantage of my 3.0 USB ports, but in all honesty I don't know much about them. Is there a way to use them with a regular case to save a little money? The hard drive was also on sale, making me feel like I could afford 1 TB instead of a half.

The main thing I feel I overspent on was the PSU, but from what I can tell I really want one that's 80+ certified. Is there a cheaper one that could support my system? Also, are extended warranties worth it or is the 1 year ok? I'm going to be broke for the next 4 years while in University so I won't have many chances to upgrade. Also this is my first time trying to do this, so if you see something completely wrong/stupid, just let me know, hopefully with a solution.

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June 4, 2012 10:40:20 AM

I like your choices. I use an ocz 400w, and it's very quiet; You won't save much by changing to a lower rated unit. Don't waste your $$ on extended warranties. Just do a breadboard test before mounting your board, and handle with care. I sometimes use an esd strap to prevent internal circuit damage; you can sometimes get them for a dollar.
June 4, 2012 3:48:07 PM

Thanks, any other opinions? I'll need to order by tomorrow for one of the sales.
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