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However this guy wants to build a computer that can play wow and Diablo 3.. for 400 dollars and Im just really stuck on how to go about this. suggestions?
 
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How much storage does he need? optical drives?
Consider the sandy bridge Pentium cpus. G620 or the higher model. With a h67 motherboard and a corsair CX v2 PSU, you might even be able to add a HD 6850. Depending on the games, yes an i3 with a cheaper GPU might be better. Also depends on the res he is going to play at.
Edited by Infernosaint - 2/1/12 at 10:12pm
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I'm betting its going to be a Fusion build..........
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Edited by shineon2011 - 2/1/12 at 10:12pm
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is that 400W xiga gonna support that cpu and GPU? the 465 is not exactly a power draw champion.
 
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post #6 of 31
It's really just not going to happen at that budget.

I think if you go for a micro-atx build with the cheapest of the cheap for parts like your memory, PSU, board, etc, you will still need to pony up for something like a GTX-460 for video, and maybe an i3-2100 processor or AMD equivalent, which is already half of your build.

The best I can really come up with:

Intel Options: Intel Core i3-2100 @ 124.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

and

ASUS P8H61-M LE @ 74.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131724


AMD Options: Phenom II X4 960T @ 124.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995

and

Not really sure on the board, maybe someone else can help you out there.

The rest:


GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 @ 139.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125412

Antec EarthWatts 430 @ 53.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034

Fractal Design Core 1000 @ 39.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352009

4gb of ram @ 20-25 - take your pick.

dvd drive @ 15-20 - take your pick


That all comes out to about 20 over budget - less tax and shipping, and there isn't even enough cash for a hard drive. With prices on drives as high as they are now, it's difficult.

Going to be really tough. Maybe raise the budget to 500 or so and it may be possible. You could pick up a cheap 64-100gb SSD or a 320-500gb mechanical drive if he needs the storage space, and that would complete the build.

Your other option might be to go with a llano build, but as far as upgrade paths go, I don't really like that option. If he's dead-set on his budget though, you could put the video card cash towards a beefier APU.
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Used parts. Try the for sale section. Just because you can put words into a sentence doesn't mean it's possible. I don't play WoW myself but I know people who do and it seems to be very cpu intensive so if this is for gaming purposes, the most future proof thing you can do is get an i5. Getting an i3 for browsing, video playback and most other common tasks is okay but it will get left behind very quickly as games become more demanding and will require more cores to run properly. It's just not very possible unless you buy prebuilt (not from a store, from the for sale section) and even then it's unlikely. If he wants a $400 rig for those kind of games, he'll be upgrading within a month rolleyes.gif

Essentially you'll have to skimp on the case, motherboard, opticals if none are needed, and hdd space. Ram isn't too bad because 4gb is very cheap now. Essentially toss everything into cpu and gpu. It won't be a very nice build overall but he can upgrade those other things later if he wants to start gaming now.

To clarify, the only choice you have with intel is an i3 but it won't fare too well in games that are cpu intensive and will leave with much to be desired. My recommendation is to not build anything until he can scrape up some more money if he wants something that'll last a decent amount of time gaming-wise. If it has to be done, you should get the last gen i3 on socket 1156 and overclock it which would be a double edged sword because you'd also need something a bit better than stock cooling so you'd be spending more money for more performance in the end.
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Definitely start with i3 2300 build $189
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Almost impossible but its do able
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max res on the monitor which is a dell E173FP

1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz
 
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