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November 6, 2012 1:41:03 AM

I was hoping someone could show me a good Intel budget build for about $600-$700.

PC is mostly used for general use minor photo editing (photoshop elements) and mostly playing World of Warcraft.Really would like something to be able to handle WOW on a decent setting if possible in my price range.

I would need all parts (CPU,MOBO,Hard Drive,Graphic Card,Ram,PSU,Case) I will buy win7 64bit home and using my Vizio HD tv for monitor.

Thanks for any info!!
November 6, 2012 2:12:32 AM

I would so something like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $699.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I almost (never) suggests a nVidia card right now due to its pricing, but seeing as WoW is one of your top priorities, GeForce is the way to go. Radeon cards are known to have trouble with WoW for some reason.

P.S - Best click the Partpicker list link to see the combo discounts.
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November 6, 2012 2:23:17 AM

excella1221 said:
I would so something like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $699.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I almost (never) suggests a nVidia card right now due to its pricing, but seeing as WoW is one of your top priorities, GeForce is the way to go. Radeon cards are known to have trouble with WoW for some reason.

P.S - Best click the Partpicker list link to see the combo discounts.

It's okay, but he does not need a 8 core FX. He's doing minor stuff, mostly wow, so a i5 will do him well.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mGty
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mGty/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mGty/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint M7E 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $766.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Run Wow on highest settings.
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November 6, 2012 10:16:25 AM

^You've gone wayy overbudget. $106 over before rebates to be exact.

The 8320 isn't a bad gaming CPU for its generation, and it's a hell lot cheaper than the i5.
WoW is GPU-intensive anyway, not CPU, so it shouldn't be such a big issue.

Also, it's a known fact that AMD/Radeon cards struggle a lot in WoW for reasons unknown.(This is coming from someone who suggests AMD a lot).

The one HDD we recommend will be his primary drive for everything since an SSD won't fit in the budget, so I wouldn't suggest a 5400RPM drive.

H77M is okay.. but I don't really suggest microATX boards as much as possible since it limits PCI slots and possible future expansions.
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November 6, 2012 10:26:01 AM

lchrisk, you seem to not read the original post of people requesting certain budget builds.

Also, you said he won't "need" the FX 8320 yet you suggested a more expensive CPU and platform and of course went over budget. I would commend excella's build. I would have recommend AMD but since excella stated that AMD cards have issues with WOW, a GTX 660 is the way to go.
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November 6, 2012 12:23:24 PM

Thanks for the help and suggestions everyone......K72
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November 6, 2012 3:29:08 PM

Lol guys, my bad! It was very late last night when I was helping people out. Sorry for the confusion XD. Anyways I just woke up and I'm too tired to make another build.

Go with excella's.
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November 7, 2012 2:18:06 AM

excella1221 said:
I would so something like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $699.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I almost (never) suggests a nVidia card right now due to its pricing, but seeing as WoW is one of your top priorities, GeForce is the way to go. Radeon cards are known to have trouble with WoW for some reason.

P.S - Best click the Partpicker list link to see the combo discounts.



I had a question about the graphic card,it shows under system requirement a minimum of 600 watts? however when I watched the video on the card they said you would want a minimum 450 watts for your system. I plan on using your build and was wondering if the PSU of 550 watts would be good enough? Why would the system requirement be 600 watts?
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November 7, 2012 4:22:38 AM

550w should be more than enough for the whole system.

Where exactly did you see that 600w is a minimum?
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November 7, 2012 11:56:05 AM

excella1221 said:
550w should be more than enough for the whole system.

Where exactly did you see that 600w is a minimum?


I got the part # off your list,placed it in Newegg and when it pulls up the card scroll down to the video and you'll see a couple tabs. Click Details and its under (General) system requirements.
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November 7, 2012 9:56:27 PM

Dunno why Newegg listed it that way. You can actually even get away with 450w on this card.
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