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Old September 13, 2009, 12:16 PM
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Hey there HWC!

A friend from work has asked me to either upgrade his four year old computer for him, or build him a new one. His computer is over four years old, so I told him he would probably be better off getting a new one. Well, the only reason he wants a new computer is to play WoW on, and anygame at par with WoWs requirments.

So far, I have come up with this

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition - $115.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 - $25.30
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 Motherboard - $74.70
EVGA E-GeForce 9800GT - $109.99
Corsair XMS2 6400C4 4-4-4-12 2x1GB - 37.29
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W - $79.99
Samsung SH-S2238/BEBE 22x DVD - $22.17
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB - $52.50
TOTAL: $526.94

I was wondering if I can lower that price even more. My first change would be the PSU, is 600W too much? Could this thing work off a 550W or even a 500W? Maybe only a 250GB HDD, as he is going to use XP (5gb), WoW (20gb), Virus Security (50mb), (I dont know how much 18A content he has ), etc, etc.

Well, let me know what you guys think :)
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Old September 13, 2009, 12:26 PM
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ATI 4670: $70
AMD 240: $70
Seasonic 400W/ Corsair 400W PSU: $50
Drop the CPU Cooler.

Pocket the rest :)
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Old September 13, 2009, 12:37 PM
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ATI 4670: $70
AMD 240: $70
Seasonic 400W/ Corsair 400W PSU: $50
Drop the CPU Cooler.

Pocket the rest :)
Thanks for the reply. I really dont know about that 4670 though. However, I can price match the Athalon 240 to $65, the 4670 to $67, and the PSU (corsair) to $41
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Old September 13, 2009, 12:44 PM
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^^^ good suggestion there. 4670 could handle any game like(including) WoW. Saving that money on CPU is good too cause only difference really is 4mb cache and 0.2Ghz and he shouldn't really need it for what he'll be using the computer for. Drop that aftermarket HSF cause you probably won't be overcloking it (right?), and yes 600w is a bit overkill for that system.
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Old September 13, 2009, 01:09 PM
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^^^ good suggestion there. 4670 could handle any game like(including) WoW. Saving that money on CPU is good too cause only difference really is 4mb cache and 0.2Ghz and he shouldn't really need it for what he'll be using the computer for. Drop that aftermarket HSF cause you probably won't be overcloking it (right?), and yes 600w is a bit overkill for that system.
So the 4670 will do good?

If you look at the Athalon and the Phenom II I have, you can unlock two more cores out of the Phenom, and turn it into a quad core - WoW is CPU dependent. Also, throw on that $25 HSF, and I could overclock it enough that $25 would be worth it - would it not?

And If I stick with that 9800GT, what type of PSU do I want, would that Corsair 400W work? As the card minumum is 400W.
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Old September 13, 2009, 01:17 PM
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i wouldn't use the 9800GT b/c it is 2 years+ technology and it is a power hogger. And the 4670 is nearly the same w/ the 9800GT, maybe 15% less performance...
Plus the motherboard you chose CANNOT unlock cores. You need the one with the 710 Southbridge.

Like this one: NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770 PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 2PCI SATA GBLAN Motherboard - GA-MA770T-UD3P In Canada.

Honestly, the Athlon 240 is very good already compared to the P4's which WOW was made to run for.
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Old September 13, 2009, 01:21 PM
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i wouldn't use the 9800GT b/c it is 2 years+ technology and it is a power hogger. And the 4670 is nearly the same w/ the 9800GT, maybe 15% less performance...
Plus the motherboard you chose CANNOT unlock cores. You need the one with the 710 Southbridge.

Like this one: NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770 PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 2PCI SATA GBLAN Motherboard - GA-MA770T-UD3P In Canada.

Honestly, the Athlon 240 is very good already compared to the P4's which WOW was made to run for.
So really, the Athlon II is good enough, and the motherboard I chose will work fine with it? If I did my math correctly, that build (4670, Athalon II) will cose... $360!! That nice and cheap!
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Old September 13, 2009, 01:29 PM
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Although I don't play WoW. so I don't know how much resources it uses, I'm guessing it's not gonna use the full power of that cpu. Wasn't WoW made to run on a single core processor? The 4670 will play it just fine. You could use less than that and it would still be good. WoW has been out for a while, it's not very demanding. The 400w PSU will be fine even with a 9800GT. They just put 400w as the recommended minimum to make SURE you've got enough powere, or you could have some garbage noname psu thats 500W but still not be able to run the card. I calculated requirements using the Phenom and a 9800gt, 2hdds, 4gb ram, 1 DVD, 4 LED fans, PCI card and got 250W. eXtreme Outer Vision - eXtreme tools for computer enthusiasts
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Although I don't play WoW. so I don't know how much resources it uses, I'm guessing it's not gonna use the full power of that cpu. Wasn't WoW made to run on a single core processor? The 4670 will play it just fine. You could use less than that and it would still be good. WoW has been out for a while, it's not very demanding. The 400w PSU will be fine even with a 9800GT. They just put 400w as the recommended minimum to make SURE you've got enough powere, or you could have some garbage noname psu thats 500W but still not be able to run the card. I calculated requirements using the Phenom and a 9800gt, 2hdds, 4gb ram, 1 DVD, 4 LED fans, PCI card and got 250W. eXtreme Outer Vision - eXtreme tools for computer enthusiasts
Thanks for that info

What version of that 4670 should I grab. I mean brand. ASUS, Gigabyte, ATI, Powercooler? Does it matter?
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Wow does in fact use multiple cores.
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