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post #11 of 25
@OP,
for that budget if u want to get a ssd then u'll have to compromise on other components,try to get the setup I mentioned earlier,u'll be delighted
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post #12 of 25
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good suggestions here. I would get cheaper HDDs though.
if the OP gets a cheaper HDD (500gb) & a cheaper pc case then he can grab a SSD (may be 40gb corsair force series)
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post #13 of 25
I suggest you go with the used parts route to be honest, if you are confortable with them. Many of the used parts are still under warranty too. The sellers on the forums here are a great place to get a bargain. I bought a X4 955 + My sig mobo for about $160 about 10 months ago. I flipped the X4 on eBay since it was a C2 and got my Thuban for about a $30-40 difference. My initial build costed me about $750 (no Xonar DX and a HD5770 instead of a HD5850). Good luck with your build though.

I would go with Sandy Bridge. That said, you probably won't find many used Socket 1155 parts for sale. I would go for the i5 2500K from Microcenter and try and find a good deal on a used video card around the $80-$120 range. RAM, case, PSU, and motherboard you could probably just get new.
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post #14 of 25
If you are just playing WoW a phenom II x4 is more than enough....coupled with a 560Ti graphics card you will be fine.
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post #15 of 25
I'm not goin to insult anyones builds because they are definitely awesome setups, but the problem is that they are enthusiast builds for things the OP doesn't do. So one last push for the SSD.

The main focus for internet browsing, and word documents needs to be an SSD, drive access times of .1ms vs 12ms (100x improvement) blows away any other performance upgrade there is. Everything will feel more responsive.
For wow a SB build will give more FPS than the OP will ever see. You only need to put out 60+FPS, which a lower end amd chip can do. Reminder, WoW does not benefit from more cores!

If you are looking to be future proof or have more power for other things then a SB build will be nice, but if you don't foresee yourself doing more than you described in your OP, then AMD+SSD will be the cheap and effective way to go (you could even use the rest of Anikets nice build except with the gigabyte mobo and come out ahead)
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post #16 of 25
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I'm not goin to insult anyones builds because they are definitely awesome setups, but the problem is that they are enthusiast builds for things the OP doesn't do. So one last push for the SSD.

The main focus for internet browsing, and word documents needs to be an SSD, drive access times of .1ms vs 12ms (100x improvement) blows away any other performance upgrade there is. Everything will feel more responsive.
For wow a SB build will give more FPS than the OP will ever see. You only need to put out 60+FPS, which a lower end amd chip can do. Reminder, WoW does not benefit from more cores!

If you are looking to be future proof or have more power for other things then a SB build will be nice, but if you don't foresee yourself doing more than you described in your OP, then AMD+SSD will be the cheap and effective way to go (you could even use the rest of Anikets nice build except with the gigabyte mobo and come out ahead)
BINGO!

-the SSD
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post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by ocpokey View Post
I'm not goin to insult anyones builds because they are definitely awesome setups, but the problem is that they are enthusiast builds for things the OP doesn't do. So one last push for the SSD.

The main focus for internet browsing, and word documents needs to be an SSD, drive access times of .1ms vs 12ms (100x improvement) blows away any other performance upgrade there is. Everything will feel more responsive.
For wow a SB build will give more FPS than the OP will ever see. You only need to put out 60+FPS, which a lower end amd chip can do. Reminder, WoW does not benefit from more cores!

If you are looking to be future proof or have more power for other things then a SB build will be nice, but if you don't foresee yourself doing more than you described in your OP, then AMD+SSD will be the cheap and effective way to go (you could even use the rest of Anikets nice build except with the gigabyte mobo and come out ahead)
I disagree, SSDs are not needed in $500-750 builds. At the moment, due to their pricing, they are to be treated as premium equipment for higher-end PCs.

Instead, the OP should focus on getting the biggest bang for the buck available for his money for a very capable midrange system incorporating the i5 2500k - the perfect midrange CPU on the market.
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post #18 of 25
i5 and a p67 pro, altough there goes more than half the money, if you go AMD you can get a processor that will more than accompany your needs and you have money for a good midrange GPU like the 560ti or amd equivalent.
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post #19 of 25
How's this? Everything but the case included. Me being from Hawai'i I never order cases online. Shipping owns my face.

Overall I think this would be a good setup for you. Might push you a bit over the $750 mark with the case included. But the antec 300 case is a really good quality/cheap case.
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post #20 of 25
I'd say why not build the rig now without an SSD now, then save for one, in the meantime you'll be able to testrun the rigs performance without it, once the funds are in place then you'll have a clearer view as to whether you need/want an SSD. Also the newer SSD wiill be out by then (if not already)
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