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Get a 9600GSO and an E8400 for WoW. Do not cheap out on the processor at all.
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I just posted some, get a p45 board and the E5200, the E2 series sucks for the money in comparison to the E5200.
    
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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.
QFT X3

I assume you won't be overclocking the system and that's the only area where AMD and Intel CPUs really differ. If you aren't OCing the setup steps are the same regardless of the chip manufacturer: pop the chip in the socket, attach cooler, plug everything in and go...
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 12/13/08 at 9:01pm
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only suggestion is going P45 over P35 as they are around the same $ new and P45 has a few nicer features compared to P35
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P45 overclocks better.
    
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Uh...an X2 5400+ will run you 66 bucks + a decent microATX board for another $70 + 4GB of DDR2-800 for $25AR. There, you have your budget build. Throw in a dedicated video card for $60-70 if you must. This is a budget build, folks. Not sure why so many OCNers are so concerned with the whole "get Intel because they're better" aspect. To be honest, AMD still offers great budget level parts that are priced accordingly and in no way are you getting ripped off for such parts.

If she's not doing hardcore gaming, why get her hardcore gaming parts?
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post #17 of 54
they offer great parts, just add $20 more onto the cpu and you have a proc that out performs the phenom x4s in gaming!!!!! *****. AMD is a fail in this case!
If you like AMD, stick with them. The E5200 just hauls.
    
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If you want an amd setup, I have a brand new abit mAtx mobo with a brand new X2 5000+ for $80 bucks, can't beat that.
    
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The reason that duals are outperforming quads in gaming is due to the fact that duals are better optimized in most games. However, a game where duals really stumble would be GTAIV. I won't be surprised if more and more games start utilizing more cores in the near future than just taking the frequency into account.
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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!
Man what you've got there is WAY overpowered if shes only playing wow and listening to mp3's.

id say get the Intel E2180, its a 2ghz processor, and will be perfect for running wow, and other windows apps.
you DONT need 4gb of ram, unless shes going to be playing crysis at 1900x1200 resolution, 2gb at max will do the job perfectly ok
Yes i think you should get a P35 board, that is a good chipset and should last ages.
and for the gpu a 9600gso should be good, maby even overkill, i hear the 9600gso 512 with 8800gts 512 clock speeds is only %0.3 worse than the 8800gts512 itself, or even a 9500gt 512 would do great.
just a standard 160gbHDD should be plenty too, unless she puts crap loads of music on there, the Hitachi Deskstar 160gb is pretty quick i hear, or a seagate or somthing could be cheaper.
And a 350w PSU will be enough to run this.

Thats just my opinion tho. hope it helps
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