building computer

By ballaboo
May 29, 2007
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  1. im looking to build a new computer under 500$ capable running WoW max settings and multitasking. This will be my first build so i was hoping to get suggestions for parts to accomplish my goal on my budget. thx all.
  2. sontommo

    sontommo Newcomer, in training

    wow as in world of warcraft?
    if so then go for the recommened specs and then improve on thema little
    at least 1.5 GB ram and 512 MB gfx card maybe radeon x1650 would begood.

    Sontommo.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    Determine what you will do and expect that for $500 you will NOT have a gaming system. Then purchase accordingly.
  4. ballaboo

    ballaboo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    im not really looking for a crazy gaming computer, just enough to play world of warcraft flawlessly and go on internet or run AIM while playing. The only computer game i play is world of warcraft so i dont want anything more than what i need for that. if icould get some suggestions for processors and video cards and such that would be great.
  5. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 651

    Hmm

    Well that being the case and memory, AMD X2's being dirt cheap it is doable. Now this is under the assumption that the $500 is JUST for the case and componants....

    Lets see what we can do ...

    CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103735

    RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820145098

    Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813130050

    PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817153023

    GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814121068

    Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811119094

    DVD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106075


    All this stuff came out to $ 496.06 Shipped

    The above configuration is a very healthy vista ready machine with DX10 support and should run most newer games rather well at medium to high settings at a reasonable res.

    If anyone disagree's have at her....I am open to suggestions on this build....But for the money I assure you it is one hell of a machine plus being DX10 capable is a major plus...
  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    I'd second those choices, looks good to me.
  7. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 651

    Oops

    Forgot the hard drive, I knew it was too good to be true LoL...

    Oh well add another $50 for a 250GB SATA drive.....

    But still $550 for that machine is well worth it in my opinion....
  8. k.jacko

    k.jacko Newcomer, in training Posts: 743

    After the links to newegg eventually opened......yes i agree thats about the best you'll get for your dorra! Personally i wouldn't go the AM2 route, or vista, as it sucks the life out of games and DX10 means nothing yet especially with vista hammering gaming performance, but your budget dictates, so jimshady23 has done you a good quote there.
    PSU is just about fine no lower than 430w though.
  9. ballaboo

    ballaboo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    that all looks great. thanks. ive never built a computer before. im also going to have to buy an OS right?
  10. k.jacko

    k.jacko Newcomer, in training Posts: 743

    Yes you will i'm afraid, unless you already have a retail version of XP, which allows you to install on any one pc at a time. OEM version has to live and die on the pc its first built on.

    Vista is now common place, but a lot of games do suffer from it. Good luck!
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