New Budget Build Review Please (trying for under 800)

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a Month or 2

Budget Range: 600-800 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (World of Warcraft and if MoP flops, be able to handle a first person shooter)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case with 650w power supply.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No pref

Overclocking: Never done it, so I'll throw a maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Just trying to get a PC that will last another 5 years (been playing wow for 5 on my current)

Here is what I have so far. Wish list # is 19529052

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard.

My last case (which I'm reusing) had a ATX mobo in it as well if a question would arise about the case model (which I don't know as I didn't buy it from newegg and can't find a trace of a model (just know it's an ANTEC).

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

This all totals to 840, but since I don't HAVE to have it right now, I would figure maybe some of these prices would come down within that time frame. (Also another reason I'm posting here, as you guys might would know a better price on something equivalent)

I know WoW isn't the most graphic intensive, but then again, I and my friends are not all that enthused about Panda's either. I'm not going to judge to hard yet, but the trailer right now is focused on Kung-Fu panda, and not anything epic like trailers of the past. (BC, Wrath, Cata) If it flops, we'll most likely go to a first person shooter, which I can only assume will need a nice system.

To put it into perspective, I have been playing WoW on all lowest graphics settings, and I completely lag up if in a 25 man raid or a 40 man AV and the fighting is intense. My Nvidia 9600GT doesn't perform well anymore (never really did, but acceptable when I put it on all low graphics) I was happy for 5 years of gaming off of it though for sure, even if it wasn't stellar.
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  1. Your plan is reasonable.

    If you are near a microcenter, they will sell you a 2500K for $170. They sell a 3570K for $190, and give a $50 discount on several Z77 motherboards.
  2. I suggest you switch the CPU to Intel Core i5 2500K

    and the motherboard to
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4

    This will make your PC a bit more future proof by enabling you to overclock.
  3. Get these combos:

    CPU & DVD Drive: $226- i5 2500K & Samsung

    Motherboard & HDD: $175- Asrock Z77 Pro4 & Samsung Spinpoint 500 GB

    GPU: $250 Sapphire Radeon 7850 (Same)

    RAM: $46- GSkill RipjawX 8GB (Same)

    OS: $100- Windows 7 (Same)

    Total: 797 USD
  4. z_4 said:
    Get these combos:

    CPU & DVD Drive: $226- i5 2500K & Samsung

    Motherboard & HDD: $175- Asrock Z77 Pro4 & Samsung Spinpoint 500 GB

    GPU: $250 Sapphire Radeon 7850 (Same)

    RAM: $46- GSkill RipjawX 8GB (Same)

    OS: $100- Windows 7 (Same)

    Total: 797 USD

    I'm digging this setup for sure. The only thing I can't find is adding combo to a wishlist. Not possible?

    If not, I guess I could buy those myself and just have the rest of the list for someone else to help with (birthday coming up).

    The DVD player, HD, and RAM are ones that would actually be bought by someone off my wishlist if anything would be purchased. So putting them in a combo pack would potentially put all of the expense in my corner. Guess I could ask for a gift card though :)
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