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Christmas build. Could use some suggestions.


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#1 Doxd

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:43 PM

Hello once again, this will be my final thread on the topic of building a computer, I will end up buying it with the help/suggestions of people.

This computer will mainly used for gaming. I would like for it to run WoW, and TF2 Flawlessly on high or ultra settings.
I would also like for it to run other games at around high settings.
I'm looking to spend around $800-$1300. That's including the OS.



This is a Combo I was thinking of
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.722559&cm_sp=DIY_PC_Combos-_-722559-_-Combo

I have my case already picked out. It's a full case, so space should be no issue.

Any help with this build would greatly be appreciated.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:00 PM

A gaming PC with a micro-ATX motherboard isn't a good idea due to thermal issues and you should get a faster hard drive. My original build in your previous thread is still very good for what you want:

The prices have changed since I last posted this:

Case: You said you already have one.
Motherboard - ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 - $99
Graphics Card: XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $174 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)
PSU: ENERMAX NAXN ENP550AWT 550W - $64
CPU: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz - $209
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $24
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB - $94
ODD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - $19
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $99

Grand Total: $844 (Before taxes, rebates, and shipping) <<<This has changed since last posted.

You can decrease the price by going with any of the below processors.
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz - $179 (with a free DVD-RW drive as a limited time offer.)
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz - $149
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz - $119

All of these CPU's are good and can get you where you need to go performance wise.

Alternatively, you can further increase graphical performance by going with the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB. With your increased budget, you can supplement your build with an SSD, like the SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5" 128GB. Or, just ignore the traditional platter-based drive altogether and get a fully SSD system with a larger one, such as the Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III or the OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-480G 2.5" 480GB.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 12:31 AM

So that build without a doubt will pretty much do everything I stated?
As you can tell I'm still new to computer building :\

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:01 AM

Those are old games, far from needing a super computer. WoW and TF2 are about four years old. My old laptop from 2003 could run WoW with a few tweaks, the only thing I had an issue with was the graphics card being integrated with the motherboard and needing special drivers. I run a similar system to the one I put above and I can fly through more graphically intensive games. So yes, I believe that you can, moreso with the higher end graphics cards. I forgot to mention this in the previous message, but AMD's stock fan for the CPU cooler is quite loud, I use a model sightly different from this one: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283. It keeps things cool and quiet.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 12:30 PM

Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 08:29 PM

Would there be anything else you suggest to the build?

I changed a few things
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087&Tpk=11-129-087

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

and for the HDD, I went ahead and just got one with 500gb.

I also went with the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 05:33 PM

A case is largely a style choice past the size, but I prefer something more elegant like the LIAN LI PC-A70F or the LIAN LI PC-A71F. I wish the original Cooler Master Cosmos was still available in silver, that was a beautiful case. Keep in mind that side panels and side vents do increase the ammount of noise exiting the case and that aluminum cases tend to be of higher quality. I suggest not getting that RAM. The heatsink on it makes the RAM taller and if you use an aftermarket heatsink like the one I suggested, it may not fit. I use the Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB and it just BARELY clears the bottom fins of my CPU cooler. The PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 is also a good choice. Don't worry too much about who made your RAM, it very rarely fails outside of the RMA window. Often, any problems manifest themselves almost immediately. I do suggest you run Memtest or Windows Memory Diagnostic overnight just to be sure.

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