Budget AMD Gaming

Hey all, I've never built a AMD, or a Budget System, but my girlfriend recently got into playing some MMO's and were waiting for A Realm Reborn to be released, and I know her laptop wont be able to handle it so I'm looking to build her a Budget rig for medium - high Graphic gaming. After looking up parts from AMD I'm not really sure real world performance on there stuff so I'd like advice on a build I've Started putting together.


Approximate Purchase Date: Next Few Weeks

Budget Range:500-700 $ shipping can be a bit more

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Medium Spec Gaming - Everyday internet use, etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'll be ordering everything from newegg, even though the Link is an assortment of different retailers

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Honey Brook, PA USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type - I'm open to Intel if the price would be similar, but AMD seems the route to go for the price I'm looking at.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Like I said game she's playing now is WoW, but I'm building this with A realm reborn in mind. Already have a 650w PSU on hand so I won't need one.
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  1. It would help to know what operating system you will use , and the resolution of your monitor
  2. Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit, not sure on the resolution, the monitor has just been sitting in a closet for about 3 years, I think is 1280x1024, or something like that.
  3. Switch out this MOBO
    And this CPU

    And you are still good to go as far as budget is concerned.
  4. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vzSY
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vzSY/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vzSY/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.27 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $559.20
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 21:21 EST-0500)

    edit: get the motherboard that Lolang suggested if its available for 69$.
  5. Thanks alot for the answers guys, got a great idea of what to get now.
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