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My poor wife plays WoW with me. On raid nights I usually get to use my main rig and she is stuck on our craptop. I have been trying to talk her into letting me build her a computer so she can raid at higher than 4fps.

I've tried to budget a complete build that can handle WoW at least at 30fps, but I'm not very good at it... currently I have one in my wishlist just under $400. It's still more than she would like to spend.

She needs everything but a mouse and a copy of Windows!

case
psu
mobo
CPU
ram
hdd
monitor (she thinks smaller is good?!? I guess motion sickness plays into it)
video card?

We won't need an optical drive as I can easily use mine to install Windows then I can transfer everything over the home network.

It would only be used for WoW and that's it. We have a laptop to use through the day and I'll probably be tearing it apart to hide it from the kids while they are awake, so small is good.

Any help from the budget pros would be appreciated, I'm used to a larger budget to work with.
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lowest i could get on newegg was 364 with shipping
Edited by catharsis - 8/4/11 at 12:02pm
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CPU/ MOBO Combo : AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz/GIGABYTE GA-A75M-S2V for $214.98
Memory : ADATA Premier Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 for $26.99
HDD : WD Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s for $38.99
CASE : Broadway Com Corp 1243MA-BLACK ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply for $29.99
Monitor : Hanns-G HW-173ABB Black 17" 5ms Widescreen LCD for $79.99
Grand Total of $405.70 Shipped.

EDIT
I put a 17" monitor in this build, but you can go smaller too.
Edited by dixson01974 - 8/4/11 at 12:10pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post
CPU/ MOBO Combo : AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz/GIGABYTE GA-A75M-S2V for $214.98
Memory : ADATA Premier Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 for $26.99
HDD : WD Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s for $38.99
CASE : Broadway Com Corp 1243MA-BLACK ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply for $29.99
Monitor : Hanns-G HW-173ABB Black 17" 5ms Widescreen LCD for $79.99
Grand Total of $405.70 Shipped.
Stole my idea.
Llano is perfect for this.
OP, go tinker with specific parts to see about lowering that price(good luck), but keep the Llano APU.
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Stole my idea.
Llano is perfect for this.
OP, go tinker with specific parts to see about lowering that price(good luck), but keep the Llano APU.
Thanx. The Llano APU is good for a cheap gaming rig for some games. I play WOW too, so I know what it takes to play it.
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$445 here for an AWESOME build with no compromises. A good system, in a couple years it's ready for a couple more sticks of memory, a video card, and a CPU to give it more life. As all computers should be in my opinion. No really cheap parts here either, everything is decent quality.

Functioning SATA III, USB 3.0, 4gb of CAS-7 DDR3 in dual channel, Phenom II x4 @ 2.8, Sapphire 5670 1gb gddr5 = WoW on max settings, a cool blue & black theme, and a computer that is good for pretty much anything besides high end video editing and high end gaming.

Monitor (Smokin' Deal!): http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...ku=S445-715002
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo
PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=C283-1220
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813130275R
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102930
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103940
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303
HD & DVD-Writer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.696127 (You can get just the HD for $12 less if you really wanted)

Nice setup right there for really cheap with no real compromises. Whatever you do, GET THAT MONITOR. It's a really good deal. The PSU is a really good deal too.
Edited by DizturbedOne - 8/6/11 at 2:53am
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You should definitely go with one of the new amd apu's. They are as said above perfect, that way you don't have to invest in a discrete GPU. And later one if you find 30fps isn't enough or you want to play everything on a higher setting. You could cf one of the compatible gpus out there.
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For sure stick with a minimum of DDR3-1600 with an AMD APU or you will be facing a serious bottleneck. Both the CPU and GPU access system memory. Adequate bandwidth is important, even for extra cost.

AMD APU does fit this budget well however, so it seems
EDIT:
A8-3850 + Gigabyte A75M - $215 shipped
A-Data 2x2GB DDR3-1600 - $33 shipped (if you don't buy DDR3-1600, you will have closer to the performance of the cheaper A6-3650. You will lose up to 50% or more performance in games (see link - DDR3-1333 CL9 performance is comparable to/the same as 1066 CL7)
40GB refurb HDD (Microcenter web store) - $15 + shipping (it'll install Windows whatever and WoW fine )
Acer 1366x768 monitor - $60 + shipping [TigerDirect]
Xigmatek Asgard II case - $30 shipped, $20 AR
Antec Basiq BP350 (enough to run the APU due to low power consumption - $25 shipped, $15 AR

Total cost: $378 (plus applicable shipping), $338 AR

You might want to go with this one instead though... it consumes more power and is not as futureproof, but it's more balanced for WoW gaming:
AMD Athlon II x3 440 - $60 shipped after promo
Foxconn 760G motherboard (full AM3 feature support but not suitable for overclocking) - $45 + shipping after promo ABCDEFG
A-Data 2x2GB DDR3-1600 - $33 shipped
Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 - $110, $72 after 9 days [Microcenter web store] (no wait rebate service offered for extra $2 deducted from check!)
40GB refurb HDD (Microcenter web store) - $15 + shipping (it'll install Windows whatever and WoW fine)
Acer 1366x768 monitor - $60 + shipping [TigerDirect]
Xigmatek Asgard II case - $30 shipped, $20 AR

- $41 shipped

Total cost: $394 + shipping
Total cost after 9 days: $356 + shipping
Total cost after all rebates: $346 + shipping

And if you take advantage of the available headroom provided by the GTS 450 no-wait rebate, you can get:
AMD Phenom II x4 925 - $80 shipped after promo
Mascool 80MM cooler - $5 + shipping [Superbiiz]
ASRock M3A770DE - $65 shipped [Superbiiz] (better quality overclocking ready AM3 board)
A-Data 2x2GB DDR3-1600 - $33 shipped
Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 - $110, $72 after 9 days [Microcenter web store] (no wait rebate service offered for extra $2 deducted from check!)
40GB refurb HDD (Microcenter web store) - $15 + shipping (it'll install Windows whatever and WoW fine)
Acer 1366x768 monitor - $60 + shipping [TigerDirect]
Xigmatek Asgard II case - $30 shipped, $20 AR
- $41 shipped
Superbiiz 10% off code ABCDEFG - $7 off

Total initial cost: $432 + shipping
Total cost after 9 days: $394 + shipping
Total cost after all rebates: $384 + shipping

Quad core + GTS 450 + 4GB DDR3-1600 + some overclockability + monitor + quality PSU for just under $400
You will be able to OC the CPU somewhat and run WoW at better than just low or medium for sure
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/4/11 at 10:12pm
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