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since iver never built a "budget" system before... im in need of some serious help haha

She mostly listens to mp3s and surfs the web, but she also plays wow. I plan on getting her an ATI vid card, most likely something in the 4600 series.

Mainly i need help with choosing a decent mobo and cpu (amd only)
    
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Whats your budget, roughly?
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post #3 of 54
Get the 4670 or if you can bump up to the 4830 that is an awesome card.
Cpu - E5200 or if you can spend more E7300
mobo - p45 around $100 if you can afford it
ram 4gb for around $40. i prefer g. skill and OCZ

let us know your budget so we can help more.
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budget i wanna try to stick around $500-600 if not cheaper. I already have an optical. I'd like to stick with AMD for the CPU (i know nothing about intel i've built all my systems with AMD cpu's since i was a youngin so i wanna stick to what i know) WoW is the biggest game she'd be running so i wont need to be anything fancy
    
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post #5 of 54
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Originally Posted by emersonsc View Post
since iver never built a "budget" system before... im in need of some serious help haha

She mostly listens to mp3s and surfs the web, but she also plays wow. I plan on getting her an ATI vid card, most likely something in the 4600 series.

Mainly i need help with choosing a decent mobo and cpu (amd only)
More than willing to help you, but how budget is budget?

Wow is not a very demanding game at all anymore under todays standards. I still have friends playing on circa 2003 systems from when the game debuted

Are we talking Monitor, Speakers, keybaord, mouse? Whole kit and kaboodle?

I have a couple pre spec'd wishlists I keep handy for these occassions
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this price includes the case which she likes a few that are between 70-110. Keyboard and mouse are needed.

Things i wont need:
Monitor
Optical drive
POSSIBLY PSU depending on the CPU (i have one thats 24pin main connector with a 4pin CPU power connector and one 6-pin PCIE 550watt output)
POSSIBLY mem if the board/cpu support ddr2
    
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post #7 of 54
The E5200 blows anything amd has out of the water. Its $81 bucks and is better than the phenom x4s in gaming.
I would go intel and buy a p45 board. I have a great one for sale, $80 I think that retails at $130. only 2 months old. i'll put an intel build together for you.
    
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post #8 of 54
Sticking yourself to AMD is only going to hurt you buddy - I suggest you widen up your learning curve and think outside of your "black box".

Intel has great stuff to offer with their 45nm processors dominating AMD in every corner possible.

Fanboy? NO. Intel has the upper hand right now. I suggest getting a build with a 5k series Intel CPU, a decent P35 motherboard, and maybe a nice low end ATI card will set you happy for a strong build.
    
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post #9 of 54
antec 300 $50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=antec%20300
Asus P5Q: $81 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131347
e5200 $83: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116072
550watt BFG PSU (they're great) $49: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817702010
4GB Gskill: $54.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166
WD 500Gb 32mb cache $69.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136320
sapphire 4850 1gb $159 $149 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102802
xigmatek 120mm 28.99 18.99 after rebate (get 92mm if you think it's too big) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233003

Just under $600 before rebates, this would be one smoking system that will last you for quite a long time!
    
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post #10 of 54
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any examples of intel cpu's/boards?
    
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