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well the E5200 2.53ghz beats the 2.6ghz phenom, E5200 also beats the X2 series, so still doesn't matter. I went amd once, biggest mistake for processors, now gFx is another story. AMDs graphics just FTW and are the best cards on the market for the money.
    
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Yes its overkill, I just built a rig within his budget to show him how much you can get for that money, it he wants cheaper, jsut get a 250gb hd or so, you can't go wrong with 4gb ram, its just dirt cheap, get a 4830, 4670 or 9600gso (xfx has a 9600gso for $78 on sale at newegg), get a p35 board. you can easily downgrade, just stick with the reputable brands: antec, asus, gigabyte, intel, ati,....et.all

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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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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?
Thank you everyone for the responses, but Rally got it right on... Im not looking for gaming performance, im looking for web browsing, mp3 playing, and WoW, which doesnt need much to play. The video card is set. HD 4650. The reason i wanted to stick to AMD is because they have a great rep for mid-range spu's which is what i need, i just dont know a good, solid, reliable and affordable amd CPU as i usualy aim for their "higher" end models (yes i know, Intel does blow them away but my 9850 can play crysis just as well as any beef'd intel chip as its not JUST the cpu that does the work) as well as who makes a good micro-atx board to go along with the cpu.

also, i already have 2gb of corsair ddr2 ram sitting here waiting for this build :-)
    
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corsairs are nice! I might get a 4670, a decent amount better for only $10 more. good luck.
    
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Jeez, the fanboy comments are incredible in this thread....just cuz you said AMD!

On a budget, AMD is the way to go...whether the Intel Fanboys want to say it is or not.

Here, you asked for AMD, here's an AMD setup:
Any reputable branded 780g motherboard
Any X2 Processor of your liking (45w CPU's would take less power )
2-4GB of your memory of choice (I prefer Corsair or GSkill myself)
GPU of choice

Despite what Intel guys will tell you, that setup will keep up with any similar clocked Intel system...period. Intel starts taking the lead when it comes to overclocking. And come on...if its just for Wow, an AMD will do just fine. Even if its for Crysis, AMD will do fine. We're talking 1-5 FPS difference at MOST between similarly clocked Intel vs. AMD processors.

If you don't mind spending a few more bucks and going Intel, by all means go for it. AMD will be the cheaper route, and will suffice just fine for the purposes you stated.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131340

$80 ASUS mobo, with nothing but great reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103773

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz $76, great reviews as well.

That mobo/cpu combo is very budget, and will do more than your wife will ever need. I could have gone less expensive for the mobo, but that board is very reliable, and has all the power/ability she will need. Just an idea, but it seems like a good choice.
    
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Thank you everyone for the responses, but Rally got it right on... Im not looking for gaming performance, im looking for web browsing, mp3 playing, and WoW, which doesnt need much to play. The video card is set. HD 4650. The reason i wanted to stick to AMD is because they have a great rep for mid-range spu's which is what i need, i just dont know a good, solid, reliable and affordable amd CPU as i usualy aim for their "higher" end models (yes i know, Intel does blow them away but my 9850 can play crysis just as well as any beef'd intel chip as its not JUST the cpu that does the work) as well as who makes a good micro-atx board to go along with the cpu.

also, i already have 2gb of corsair ddr2 ram sitting here waiting for this build :-)
Nice to see you're at least talking sense.

I have a cousin in China who runs WoW on a 1.8GHz Pentium 4 and a Ti4200 with 768MB of RAM, guys. I really think that a 66 dollar 5400+ X2 will do perfectly well when combined with a HD4650.
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post #28 of 54
NCIX sometimes has full-system AMD kits for ~$270. They include AMD 5000+ X2, cheap Asus AM2+ board, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD and a PSU. You could add a 9600GT to that and the price of the whole system would still be below $400. Damn decent if you ask me. Ive been really tempted to build one for a media server...
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AMD X2 processors fail in WoW. Just letting you all know. ATi cards suck in WoW as well.

9600GT/8800GT + E8400/E7300 = Win.
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