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My buddy is wanting a new computer that he can bring to work to play WoW and search the web during the slow times. He would prefer to have a laptop but they are rather expensive compared to a comparable Micro ATX pc. There is a monitor he can plug his pc into at each station (EMS). He really doesn't want to pay over 600.

I came up with this build on newegg and went a little over budget. Looking for suggestions to lower the price and open to suggestions for the build in general.

I haven't ever messed with the small form factor builds, so I am unsure of what will and won't fit. Is that a good case?

692.75$ - 40$ in mail in rebates.

(Just realized I didn't include an optical drive so add 20$)

Edited by SirBash - 2/7/11 at 8:34pm
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Why does this build need a SSD drive? Also just pirate windows 7 and use a bootloader to save yourself the money. Samsung makes good harddrives, 500gig for like 60 bucks. Use the rest of the savings to see if you can get a better video card etc...
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To me an SSD isn't worth the money at all. I have previously owned one and didn't care for it too much. Just get a 1TB Samsung F3, the extra money for so little space and just a bit quicker boot and load times isn't worth it. Also I would probably go with a 450 instead of a 5670.
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Why does this build need a SSD drive? Also just pirate windows 7 and use a bootloader to save yourself the money. Samsung makes good harddrives, 500gig for like 60 bucks. Use the rest of the savings to see if you can get a better video card etc...
I really don't think he would go for a bootlegged copy of windows.
I like SSDs and that's why I picked one lol.. But obviously he doesn't need it.

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To me an SSD isn't worth the money at all. I have previously owned one and didn't care for it too much. Just get a 1TB Samsung F3, the extra money for so little space and just a bit quicker boot and load times isn't worth it. Also I would probably go with a 450 instead of a 5670.
How about this hdd?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148433

And this GPU?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121415
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post #5 of 10
Both look good, I used that same ASUS 450 for a friends build, although I still believe most would favor the F3 over the Seagate drive.

Edit: I have a 250Gb Seagate drive and it hasn't failed on me so its your preference really.
Edited by Elite- - 2/7/11 at 8:55pm
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post #6 of 10
the baracudas fail alot, go for WD Black 1TB, great drive

the 450 should be more than enough

i "tried" win 7 before i bought it and had no problems at all, but piracy is stealing, so unless your just trying it, I would not recommend it
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Found a good combo for the same GPU and a modular PSU which brought the price down 650.80$ minus 30$ rebates. Also swapped to a WD 1TB HDD 7200 rpm. What do you think?

Edited by SirBash - 2/7/11 at 9:37pm
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post #8 of 10
sounds good, lucky friend haha
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post #9 of 10
If hes going to be lugging it around might as well make it fit in a backpack.

Here is a build that would be faster and cheaper than the above build and much smaller.


Includes 802.11N and Bluetooth. $607

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=13419631

If you need to include a copy of Windows and keep price down downgrade the cpu, any AM3 95W and below will work. You can add a slim DVD burner and a slim sata cable for $50 more or just use an external.

Bootleg Win7 is a waste of time. The time you'll spend combating Win updates vs patches and the viruses and root kits you might as well spend the money or use an existing license. I use a Win7 DVD I acquired with my cd key from my broken laptop, you may need to call in to activate and be sure to tell them your only running it on one machine, like me.
Edited by zorrobyte - 2/8/11 at 5:36pm
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Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64-bit $100 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116754

Silverstone SG05B case/PSU $105 shipped

(Amazon same price as Newegg but save $15 on shipping, 300W PSU should be enough)

GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 motherboard $113 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128448

Intel Pentium G6950 $100 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116283
(Clarkdale core)

Patriot 4GB RAM $40 shipped
-$5 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220537

OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD $120 shipped
-$15 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227550

Gigabyte GTS 450 $110 shipped
-$20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125341

$688 -$40 rebates, shipping included = $648

Compared to the screenshot list that the OP attached, this is cheaper (even before rebates), faster for WoW, lighter in weight and smaller in physical size.

Case is really small for portability. It uses a slim optical drive (starts around $30 +$10 for adapter), but leave that out (only need it for Windows install) to decrease weight. Case can handle the 2.5" SSD natively so no need for adapters. The included 300W PSU is pretty good for being "merely" 300W and should handle any graphics card with a single 6-pin PCIe power plug.

Graphics card should be quite a bit faster than Radeon 5670, and the dual fans will keep it cool. If Radeon is preferred, get a 5750 or 5770.

Motherboard is very capable for overclocking dual core Clarkdales.

G9650 is cheapest Clarkdale. Just overclock it a bit using stock HSF at stock voltages. They don't get super hot if not going for crazy overclocks. No need for Corsair H50 water cooling. It is a dual core CPU. AFAIK WoW doesn't really benefit too much beyond two cores.

60GB SSD is a good choice for a dedicated WoW box. Fresh install of Win7 should be around 15GB and WoW is around 22GB (without addons and delete updates after they are installed). The Vertex 2 happens to be on special right now, but the Crucial is a good drive too if that is the preference.

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Why does this build need a SSD drive? Also just pirate windows 7
Please take discussions of pirating software elsewhere.

Regarding the SSD, WoW is actually one program that benefits from an SSD. Not only do loading screens go by faster, but there is less choppiness during actual game play. The reason is that WoW loads some stuff dynamically, not all at once like most games. Thus, while most games don't benefit much from an SSD over any fast HDD or RAIDed HDDs, WoW does.
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