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Looking to build a computer for simple internet / word documents use, and the ability to play wow at a high setting. but i -definitely- want browsing and simple desktop usage to be lightning fast.

My budget is $500-750, and only includes a cpu, mobo, ram, hd, gfx, ps.

My big question to start, is AMD or Intel? if intel, i5? if amd, x4 640?

if possible, maybe a build of both intel and amd would help me decide?


thanks a lot guys.
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post #2 of 25
Doesn't sound like much, but it you want blazing fast desktop speeds especially with browsers and other small applications get a SSD! You won't need a big sdd, just enough for windows/browsers/word, if you put wow on a ssd its a waste of a good ...what 40GB? and not for much benefit anyways.

Just something to think about.

Also, if I pitch in my thoughts on cpu, i'll say something like the 640. but then again I'm biased
 
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post #3 of 25
Yea bro, defiantly invest in a SSD, You wont regret it. AMD or Intel, Well its your choice and personal preference. But If money allows 2500k is on top with your budget.
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post #4 of 25
Well, performance-wise, Blizzard games prefere Intel so far as im aware, but cost wise, you'l get alot more from AMD. But i beleve the performance difference can be pretty marginal without OCing.
post #5 of 25
AMD man....phenom II x4s are nice. 965 BE only 150ish bucks.

DO NOT get an SSD with such a small starting budget , the speeds are a luxury!!!
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post #6 of 25
If Intel then get this:
cpu- i5 2500k ($180 microcenter)
mobo- asus p8p67 LE ($130 approximately newegg)
gpu- gtx460 1gb ($150 newegg with rebate)
ram- 2x2gb corsair xms3 1600mhz ($50 newegg)
psu- corsair tx650 ($70 newegg)
hdd- 1tb samsung sprinpoint f3 ($70 newegg)
pc case- cooler master haf922 ($80 approximately,newegg)
optical drive- asus 24x dvd writer ($20 newegg)
total- $750

If AMD then get this:
cpu- phenomII x6 1055t ($180 newegg)
mobo- msi 890gx-m g65 ($130 newegg)
gpu- gtx460 1gb ($150 newegg with rebate)
ram- 2x2gb corsair xms3 1600mhz ($50 newegg)
psu- corsair tx650 ($70 newegg)
hdd- 1tb samsung sprinpoint f3 ($70 newegg)
pc case- cooler master haf922 ($80 approximately,newegg)
optical drive- asus 24x dvd writer ($20 newegg)
total- $750
hope u like the setup
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post #7 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aniket View Post
If Intel then get this:
cpu- i5 2500k ($180 microcenter)
mobo- asus p8p67 LE ($130 approximately newegg)
gpu- gtx460 1gb ($150 newegg with rebate)
ram- 2x2gb corsair xms3 1600mhz ($50 newegg)
psu- corsair tx650 ($70 newegg)
hdd- 1tb samsung sprinpoint f3 ($70 newegg)
pc case- cooler master haf922 ($80 approximately,newegg)
optical drive- asus 24x dvd writer ($20 newegg)
total- $750

If AMD then get this:
cpu- phenomII x6 1055t ($180 newegg)
mobo- msi 890gx-m g65 ($130 newegg)
gpu- gtx460 1gb ($150 newegg with rebate)
ram- 2x2gb corsair xms3 1600mhz ($50 newegg)
psu- corsair tx650 ($70 newegg)
hdd- 1tb samsung sprinpoint f3 ($70 newegg)
pc case- cooler master haf922 ($80 approximately,newegg)
optical drive- asus 24x dvd writer ($20 newegg)
total- $750
hope u like the setup
good suggestions here. I would get cheaper HDDs though.
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post #8 of 25
For simple usage at a low price, I'd have to say AMD. The biggest improvement to achieving lighting fast desktop and browsing won't be found in your processor, it will be found in grabbing an SSD boot/OS drive. Modern systems are bottlenecked far more by their HD than any other component (short of 3d gaming which is GPU dependent). Also if all you want gamewise is WoW which afaik can't use 4 cores, then you'd be as well off or better off with a phenomII x2 like the 555 (which is cheaper than the 640).

So something like phenomII x2 555, gtx 460, 60GB SSD (vertex 2 is a good one), 500gb/1tb spinpoint f3 HD (for the rest of your files), 4-8gb of ddr3 ram depending on your pleasure, xfx 650w PSU (if you dont mind MIRs) and a decent mobo like gigabytes GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 should run you about $675 and be quick like lightning.
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post #9 of 25
For a budget build i would go amd, much better price performance, though wow is more cpu dependant that gpu so you may wanna go intel and grab a cheaper gpu if no other games are a concern.
Though on the topic of ssds, im about year and a half(or 214 days uptime) in with mine and its already half dead, and thats with using some tricks and writing all files i can to other disks. Keep that in mind if you plan on not buying and parts for the foreseeable future.
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post #10 of 25
You should definitely go with the Intel build suggested by Aniket. The i5 2500k blows the 1055t away in every benchmark known to man, and it is also a much better CPU for gaming since it is a quad core. Don't let petty company rivalries distract you, the Intel Sandy Bridge option is by far better than the AMD one.
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