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post #1 of 8
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i'm thinking about building my first computer, and i've picked out some parts that i think will do well together. my budget is around $500. if i've forgotten anything, or there's some glaring incompatibility i haven't noticed, or if you feel like chiming in with ideas, please feel free. in the interest of saving money, i've decided to go with Ubuntu Linux as my OS, which adds a new dimension of difficulty (especially where playing World of Warcraft is concerned). there's plenty of reports of people playing WoW just fine in linux, and i want to be one of them.

here goes:

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119203 ($39.99)

power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016 ($74.99)

motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186166 ($54.99)

processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...on%20Processor ($64.99)

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134730 ($47.99; not 100% in love with any particular set of ram i've seen, but i do want 4gb. basically looking for a blend of low price with good performance)

video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161252 ($69.99; this is the part that concerns me the most, as far as gaming is concerned. i love WoW, and i don't want to stop playing. still open to ideas and still researching)

hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073 ($56.99; seems good, but i'd be willing to look at other manufacturers, etc. i picked WD cause i've had them in all the dells my family has owned and there's never been a hard drive issue.)

dvd burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106289 ($25.99; i've heard good things about lite-on, so that's why i picked this one. any thoughts?)

if anyone here runs wow on linux, i'd be glad to hear what sort of graphics card you're using, and what (if anything) doesn't work, that sort of thing. I'd be willing to run windows, but that would just make it take longer, cause i'd have to save up more :-P

thanks in advance, guys
post #2 of 8
The case you picked is excellent. So excellent in fact that I'm switching out my current one that I chose for my build for this one. Thank *you* for that find.

Your PSU will do just fine.

Your mobo and CPU are both good and compatible.

Your RAM is fine, but if you want good quality RAM that overclocks well, consider 4GB G.Skill which is I think about the same price.

If all you want to play is WoW, this card is absolutely fine. I had an old nVidia MX 440 and it ran WoW without hassle.

Your HDD is fine, as is the manufacturer. However, you might want to consider a cheaper 320 or 160gb HDD, because 500 is a *lot* of space for just playing games.

And yeah, Lite-on is great. That's what I chose.

All in all, good, decent build. One last reccomendation I might make is the OS. You can get Windows 7 RC for free too, and you're guarenteed no compatibility problems. Just my 2 cents.
    
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AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb Black Edition 3GHz GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P 790X ATX AMD Motherboard XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 G.Skill 4GB DDR2 1066MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 250GB 7200 RPM LITE-ON DVD ROM Windows 7 Release Candidate Hanns·G Black 17" Widescreen LCD Display 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 250GB 7200 RPM LITE-ON DVD ROM Windows 7 Release Candidate Hanns·G Black 17" Widescreen LCD Display 
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LOGISYS USB Illuminated Keyboard OCZ ModXStream Pro CrossFire Ready 500W Athenatech ATX Mid Tower Rosewill Basic 3-Button USB Optical Mouse 
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post #3 of 8
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thx for the 7rc idea. of course, that's only free till june of next year. i'm running that on this computer atm (dual-boot with XP) and it's quite nice. looks like vista, but isn't sucking all my memory and such (using about 30% of ram idle, out of 2gb). i'm considering going with an nvidia graphics card, since their linux drivers have been reported to be better in general, and with WoW in particular. be interested to see what some others have to say
post #4 of 8
Here are my suggested changes:

Phenom II X2 550: $99.99 shipped (I would suggest this but if you want to save the 7850 is $60)
Open Box Biostar 790GX Micro ATX: $62.99 + shipping (the one you had was too cheapo)
Corsair 400W PSU: $43.99 shipped after MIR (The Antec was overkill and overpriced)
MSI HD4670: $39.99 shipped after MIR (cheapest HD4670 but if on-board video is fine you can just use that)
G.SKILL 4GB DDR2-1066 Kit: $50.99 shipped (266MHz Faster, only $3 extra, and tighter timings to boot)
WD 640GB AAKS: $60.53 shipped (only $3.54 for 140GB extra space)
Windows 7 Beta: free (can be used until 2010 sometime, then buy it used)

Total: about $424.46 + shipping after rebates (includes DVD Burner and Case you had)
Edited by Ben the OCer - 7/18/09 at 2:18am
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just placed my order

i went with the power supply, mobo (i got the retail one tho; i like boxes and wires and such), the $60 processor, hard drive and ram suggested. i kept the video card and case i'd picked, cause i liked em; also, changed the dvd burner out for retail also). i'll be sure to post here with any questions i have while i build (i'm sure something will come up). any tips for a first time builder? feel free

edit: grand total: $481.67

i'm super excited and can't wait for all the parts to get here so i can start building.
Edited by jamesxross - 7/20/09 at 6:02am
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just placed my order

i went with the power supply, mobo (i got the retail one tho; i like boxes and wires and such), the $60 processor, hard drive and ram suggested. i kept the video card and case i'd picked, cause i liked em; also, changed the dvd burner out for retail also). i'll be sure to post here with any questions i have while i build (i'm sure something will come up). any tips for a first time builder? feel free

edit: grand total: $481.67

i'm super excited and can't wait for all the parts to get here so i can start building.
Tips for new builder...

Have plenty of plasters nearby, its amazing how many cuts you get building PC's!
Take your time, rushed PC builds normally end up in trouble!
Dont force anything that wont go in easy, especially processors!
Keep your receipts to hand for RMA purposes!
Have fun!
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post #7 of 8
Oooo I love that price. You picked out some great parts for sub-$500!! Have some fun building your first, it always seems to run better, because you built it, or so I thought.
    
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1TB WD Caviar Black Samsung Black DVD SATA Windows 7 x64 ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms 
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post #8 of 8
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wow! that was so easy! i will never buy another pre-built computer again. the parts all slid pretty much right into place (except for the hard drive, which isn't here yet (stupid super-saver shipping from amazon). running on an old ide drive i had laying around, with windows 7 installed. it's great so far, can't wait to see how it performs when i've got that in here so i can install all my programs and such.
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