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Old January 27, 2010, 03:38 PM
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My wife and I are casual WoW gamers and need to get caught up to this decade in tech... Well, half decade anyway...

We're currently running AMD 3800+x2 with 2g DDR.... so you can see/feel our pain.


My taxes will be $1200 and I need to stay under that for two builds. Good news is, I don't need everything. Just the "guts". Incoming list...

Newegg.com - Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified,Single 12V Rail,ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply - Power Supplies
Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
$69.99

Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
1Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case
$59.99


2x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade
$219.98

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Desktop Memory
2x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
$209.98

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
2x GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128392
$159.98

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
2x AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor
$181.98

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$47.99 (My current is SATA I - can't have that)

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100286L Radeon HD 4860 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
2x SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4860 100286L Video Card
$248.00 (Chose this card per review from HWC. I'll Oc is a little)

Grand Total:$1,197.89 (w/ shipping)

I just want to make sure I get the bang for my buck. The items listed are the ones I need to replace to get us both up to speed. Discounts and deals may change between now and two weeks from now when I get the cash.

I'm also considering buying two dell refirbished machines. I can get nice ones for $450-$500 USD.


Thanks for your help. Can't tell you how much I enjoy these forums.
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Old January 27, 2010, 06:04 PM
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Chuck out the Rosewill crap psu and get a Corsair TX750W. If you can fit it into your budget, get a 720BE instead. And get a 5850 instead of the 4860??? coz its newer.
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Old January 27, 2010, 06:34 PM
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Chuck out the Rosewill crap psu and get a Corsair TX750W. If you can fit it into your budget, get a 720BE instead. And get a 5850 instead of the 4860??? coz its newer.
Hold on, his budget does NOT allow for a TX750, 5850, or 720.

My advice? Stick to Corsair VX550's for PSU's or a cheaper Antec model. That GPU doesn't seem bad, is it a cut down 4870 or an overclocked 4850? Also I would change the case to an NZXT Beta EVO.
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Old January 27, 2010, 09:27 PM
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+1 on the PSU and Case recommendations (though I'd get the NZXT Gamma if you can, personal preference though).
However, I'd recommend a 5750 for the cards, or depending on the res even dropping down to the 5670. 5750 is a solid choice though for about the same price.
Also, I assume you're carrying over optical drives from your previous builds.
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Old January 28, 2010, 08:18 AM
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Correct on the optical drives. The components listed are the ones that need to be replaced. I have great optical drives.

Budget is firm, can't deviate. I found a Sapphire 5770 on newegg.com for $152. Good chance I'll do that. Definite maybe...



"My advice? Stick to Corsair VX550's for PSU's or a cheaper Antec model. That GPU doesn't seem bad, is it a cut down 4870 or an overclocked 4850? Also I would change the case to an NZXT Beta EVO."

Do you think a 550w PSU will support this build? Corsair is good stuff, if you think 550 will support it, I'll make the switch.

the 4860, if the review I read is correct, is over clockable to 4890 settings. I would attempt this later, after I read a little more. OR I'll just get the 5770 and call it good =) We'll see how money is.

Great call on the case! saved me a little money too.

I'll edit this in a few to show changes. I'm just under $1200 with shipping and will get a much needed upgrade... I'm pumped!

quantity of item 1

NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail Item #: N82E16811146059 Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate11-146-059 $59.99 $49.99 select item 2 quantity of item 2

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822136075 Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $39.49 select item 3 quantity of item 3

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Item #: N82E16813131398 Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$15.00 Instant
$199.98 $169.98 ($84.99 each) select item 4 quantity of item 4

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail Item #: N82E16814161317 Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy Protect Your Investment (expand for options14-161-317|hide options14-161-317)



Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info14-161-317.0.18)
  • 1 year: $19.99
  • 2 year: $35.99
-$8.99 Sale
$325.98 $308.00 ($154.00 each) select item 5 quantity of item 5

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail Item #: N82E16817139004 Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$25.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-139-004 $104.99 $79.99 select item 6 quantity of item 6

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1067 - Retail Item #: N82E16820148150 Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$6.00 Instant
$211.98 $199.98 ($99.99 each) select item 7 quantity of item 7

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX - Retail Item #: N82E16819103681 Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $129.98 ($64.99 each) select item 8 quantity of item 8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM Item #: N82E16832116754 Return Policy: Software Return Policy $209.98 ($104.99 each)


Subtotal:$1,187.39

**** as of today, my selection.

Side note: While I've checked in the "buy and sell" forums and haven't seen anything I need, if anyone has something used that will compliment/replace something listed above, please PM me. I'm open to discuss.

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