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Old 04-23-2011, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to replace my 6 year old dell with a gaming computer that can play the more recent games i.e (Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, GTA IV, high settings WoW). My budget is about ~$700. Nothing from my current build is satisfactory enough to put in the new one. As far as HDD go, I do not need much space, no more than 250gb is needed.
I would like a DVD rw disc drive CD rw as well obviously. The sound card is not very important to me because I believe my computer has been using onboard sound and I have never had any complaints.
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have any preferences like AMD vs. Intel, ATI vs. Nvidia, etc?

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Old 04-23-2011, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Since you are looking into gaming you really need to focus on graphics card.
I'd suggest this (link). It can run WoW at 55-60 FPS on ultra settings in Stormwind (yes, I'm alliance). Since your non really gonna be multi-tasking I'd go with a duel-core processor,nothing extreme. For RAM I'd say 4gigs is plenty. Rest is all preference on what you want.
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I have no preference with ATI vs nvidia and intel vs amd.
I have no idea what is compatible with what thats why I came here
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Do you need an OS as well?
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Yes I do and I will get it through school
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ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0ATX AMD Motherboard


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Newegg.com -Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

Newegg.com -COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER R4-C2R-20AC-GP 120mm Case Fan (x3)

Newegg.com - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

Total = $714 + $11 shipping w/$30 MIR
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And if you don't need windows, this will fit your budget if you don't get the fans. And with the rebate, you can get the fans. Most people don't get extra fans though, so there is no need.
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And if you don't need windows, this will fit your budget if you don't get the fans. And with the rebate, you can get the fans. Most people don't get extra fans though, so there is no need.
He could get by with just one extra fan for the rear of the case as it comes with a single front LED fan, but I wouldn't want to run without having one back there.
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I can pitch in additional $100 on the video card you recommended:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
So whatever you can recommend below $225, keep in mind the games main purpose is graphic intensive games.
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