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Hey OCN. I'm building a rig for a girl (yes, gender is important no offense ) and she just wants to play WoW and watch movies and stuff. She knows nothing of hardware so I need to make it just "work" and she won't know any better. She gave me $1000.

E2180 ($70)
8800GS ($120)
2GB Ram ($50)
DS3L ($90)
CM 331 w/ PSU ($69)
Western Digital 640GB ($103)
Vista 32 bit ($145)
Pioneer DVR-215 ($29)
Microsoft Basic Keyboard and Mouse ($29)
Samsung 2243BW ($299)

Now problem one is that 64-bit Vista is the same price and I know is better. However, I don't want to be the 24/7 technical support adviser and a 32-bit version may alleviate any 2am phone calls.

Secondly, would an E2180 at stock be good enough to play WoW at an unwavering 60 fps? I mean absolutely unwavering.

I'm buying all my parts for www.centrecom.com.au and this build came to $1,016. Any suggestions or comments?
post #2 of 30
speakers? Also, I would use a smaller hard drive. If she isn't going to be using huge amounts of storage, I think that 400 or 500 gigs would be good. This could save you a few buck too.
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post #3 of 30
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speakers? Also, I would use a smaller hard drive. If she isn't going to be using huge amounts of storage, I think that 400 or 500 gigs would be good. This could save you a few buck too.
Not really it's $103 for an exceptionally fast HD. I think it's just not worth going any cheaper. As for speakers...thanks for the reminder

Edit: Rep+
Edited by NrGx - 7/13/08 at 6:46pm
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To run WoW solid at 60fps, I need to know what the memory speed is on that RAM (I would suggest 800MHz if it's not), and also you might want to upgrade slightly on the GPU, to something like an 8800GT. XP is the way to go if you don't feel like helping her all the time with compatibility problems, I'm still on SP2 and having no thoughts of downgrading to Vista.
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Agreed.

No need for Vista, see if you can find a copy of XP around somewhere.
    
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But that would be the same price...that would be a little silly wouldn't it? I wouldn't feel right giving her a sub standard OS. Also the ram is 533 mhz.
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uhhh, XP is not sub-standard.
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uhhh, XP is not sub-standard.
Yes it is. But yeah, I think it should be fine. I can't recall if there were less problems with 32 bit or 64 bit.
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Yes it is. But yeah, I think it should be fine. I can't recall if there were less problems with 32 bit or 64 bit.
XP isn't substandard, DX10 isn't really useful, the performance gains (if any are reported, only a few have said there are any) aren't amazing, and it'll eat your RAM beyond belief, especially if it's 533MHz. You'd need around 800 for it to run well.
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Originally Posted by grmnasasin0227 View Post
XP isn't substandard, DX10 isn't really useful, the performance gains (if any are reported, only a few have said there are any) aren't amazing, and it'll eat your RAM beyond belief, especially if it's 533MHz. You'd need around 800 for it to run well.
1. Opinion.
2. Opinion.
3. Disputed.
4. False.
5. False, and idiotic.

Maybe your standards are to low?



It's his opinion that XP is substandard. And a person who disagrees isn't going to change that. Just like I'm not going to confine you that XP is substandard.

Back on topic, it seems like a solid build. I wouldn't change anything.
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