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Old 05-22-2006, 06:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. I'm trying to put together a gaming rig for myself. I mainly want to run games like World of Warcraft with all the bells and, if I can afford it, some of the whistles. I don't need anything fancy like dual cores but would like to have a motherboard that would have the option of upgrading to dual core in the future. Do you guys have any ideas for a mobo, cpu, mem, and video card?
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Well if you want future upgrade ability then wait until AMD's Socket AM2. But if you want to run WoW on nice settings, be prepared to pay at least $1000, if not $1200 at a minimum. $600 will barely get you a decent office PC.
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Man, I didn't realize it would be so much. What kind of gear would you suggest to run WoW nicely, even if it does cost more than a thousand?
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It's possible to put together one for $600 No monitor, but you have that right? I will get you a list of some goods
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ASUS a8n5x
NVidia 6600
2 Gigs of Value RAM
Cheap Case
AMD 3200 (To avoid cutting edge prices on the AM2)
Since it's a cheap motherboard (relatively) you can upgrade to
AM2 in the future, when it's cheaper.
ANTEC 450Watt Power Supply



That's my go. Any other comments? I don't know much about WoW, but that'd be a decent, cheap machine.
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It can be done.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119068
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822135106
Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130491
PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104954
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220037
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103535
Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130283
Total: $611.22 Before Rabetes&Shipping.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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AMD Athlon 3200+ = $145.99

Thermaltake Soprano Case with 430w PSU = $96

NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A = $33.99

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive = $71.99

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory = $79.99

ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard = $78.99

XFX PVT42EUDE3 6800 XTreme 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card = $94.99 after rebates.


$601.94 + whatever shipping is to your house.

This computer smokes one of my friends' computer and his plays WoW flawlessly. His is a system with an Athlon XP 2800+ and a 9800pro with 512mb of memory and almost no hdd space left :P With what I put together you get 1gb of ram in dual-channel mode, a graphics card with 256mb of GDDR3 memory which is the fastest and 256-bit memory interface which is great! Also a case with great cooling, made by a trusted brand, and a nice power supply!

This is officially the best budget PC I have ever put together :P If you get it then tell me how great it is I would not mind pulling some money together to get this thing as my first PC
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Actually, the post above mine has a much better video card But no DVD drive Though if you wait I here when AM2 comes out the s939 processors out now are going to go down a bit <3
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Thanks so much guys. These are really gonna help.
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if you want, wtk pro l has his 3200+ for 100 bux in the BST, and d*** they OC like beasts. they usually top out at 2.9ghz w/ 1.55-1.6v in em. I can get mine stable to 2.4-2.5ghz on stock votls.
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