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Old 04-03-2009, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My brothers moving out and i need a computer. I want to be able to play WoW on high settings with decent fps.
I have decided to go with this kit to start off.
Asus M3N78 PRO 8GB AMD Barebone Kit - AMD Phenom X4 9500 Quad Core Retail, 8GB DDR2-800 Corsair, 750GB SATA2, Clear Side Mid-Tower, 650W PSU at TigerDirect.com

And now for a video card i was thinking :: XFX GeForce 9800 GTX + Video Card - 512MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support PVT98WYDFH at TigerDirect.com

ps. maybe i will buy a second one but not right away.

Now all i think i need is a montior and an OS. I was thinking of just using windows XP for now because my friend can get it for me and then just buying some 19" monitor.

Will the kit and the video work together well enough to play WoW, or maybe high end games like AoC?

and is there anything I am missing to build a complete computer?
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That will work fine for playing WoW, but please do not get that bearbone kit. 8 gigs of ram is retarded and totally overkill. You can build a much better computer yourself. The Phenom IIs are nice, but the phenoms themselves suck
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any suggestions for a different kit? with kinda of the same specs.
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Not a barebone, but here goes...

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-334-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $45

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies $75 w/$10 MIR

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards $75 w/$10 MIR

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops $125

Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $48

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $90

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100266HDMI Radeon HD 4830 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $125

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems $100

$683 w/free shipping on the CPU, RAM, PSU, OS, and hard drive. Total of $20 MIRs (not figured into the price like TD does, which is lame).

You can go to 8 gigs of RAM for an extra $48.

Your barebone + GFX card comes out to $615 before rebates and does not have an OS. While the 9500 is a quad, it is a couple of generations back (pre-xx50 Phenom) and is the lowest range; the 710 will out-perform it.
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I am just trying to build a computer that can play most games for 700 the highest, i am trying to base it around this video card XFX GeForce 9800 GTX + Video Card - 512MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support PVT98WYDFH at TigerDirect.com with the possible chance of have 2 for sli. I was only thinking about that kit because i thought i should try vista 64bit so the 8 memory would run good with that. Deciding computer parts is harder then i thought and a kit just made it easyer.


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The 9800gtx+ has been dated...and that motherboard won't support SLI so you'd have to upgrade it anyways. You're not going to be using 8gb of RAM with WOW, the graphics demand isn't that high at all. For WOW 2GB is enough. Although most builds will start with atleast 4GB these days.

If you're insisting on an nvidia card the replacement for the 9800gtx is the gts 250, smaller and uses less power so go with it instead if that's what you want. The 4830 will run wow no problem at all.
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thanks trotter that was very helpful. ill be looking at that in more detail when i get home.
Mainly i want it to play like WoW, TF2,CS, but also want it to handle higher graphic games along the road.
So your setup will probaly work, all i need is a keyboard, mouse, and montior but that shouldnt be hard to pick out myself.
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Don't get 8 gigs of ram. I'm running vista 64 bit on 4 and it flies. Anymore would make no difference.
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I might start off with xp pro and then later get vista 64-bit, can i do that?
I think going to start buying now, that build seems to be perfect for me
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You will have to format your drive to go from 32-bit XP to 64-bit Vista. If you can handle that you will be fine.

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