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Gaming PC for my father


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Gessyca

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Good Afternoon,

My dad and i have been playing World of Warcraft together for some time now, And his computer is a Macintosh Laptop currently -- He can barely see the chat and it runs very poorly in heavily populated areas within the game (Dalaran! Yikes)

So i decided to try my best and put together something he can afford to be on par with me when we play.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY would appreciate any input on this as i am a really big noob. I have built my own computer but it has been 2 years so.. :)

Again, We are on a 800 Dollar give or take budget so keep that in mind when you are suggesting (Thank you!!)

Ok, Here's what i have thusfar:
Asus Motherboard:
ASUS M4N72-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131367
I really had trouble picking a motherboard. I'm not sure what i needed other then ATX to match the case.. lol!

XCLIO Computer Case:
XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811103011
I chose this one for its size, Cooling capabilities and it's on sale this month! Woot

Power Supply:
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817703009
This.. Might be a little bit overkill. But since im doing a 9800 and the Phenom processor listed below i wanted to be sure i would have enough power..

Video Card:
eVGA 9800GTX+ 512
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130457
This is the same video card i'm using in my computer.. This and the case i chose are probably the only parts im really comfortable with

Processor (rawr!)
AMD Phenom 8750
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103295
This is on sale for a good price. I hope it will work out for what i need it to do. It's better than mine ! :)

Memory
Corsair 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145184
I love corsair

Hard Drive:
Uh.. 720GB
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136283
I HAVE NO CLUE if this is ok or not.. Errr.. /hides

CD Drive
Getting Two
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151173
Again, Very inexpensive, And this is the one thing on my PC's over the years that break. So i got two.

OS
Windows Vista Home Basic
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116468
I still use Windows XP on my machine, But you cant even get that anymore. This is the cheapest Vista they have to offor. What do you think?
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Hi Gessyca, welcome to Geeks To Go!

Is World of Warcraft the only game your dad plays? There's quite a few overkill parts you selected. Will you also need a monitor for this setup?

Here's a few suggestions:
Motherboard - This is an AM3 compatible board
Processor - This is also a triple core CPU however its newer technology. Another thing is that this is a retail version so it comes with a heatsink/fan, black edition don't usually come with one.
Case - This is usually personal preference but I just want to throw this one out there and see what you think.
Power Supply - You don't need a 750W power supply so a 650W should be enough.
OS - For $10 more, why not get the Home Premium, you're getting more out of this than the Basic version. See here for comparison. And with the 64-bit OS, you'll be able to see the whole 4GB of RAM instead of ~3.2GB.

Hope that helps,
Kamille
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Hi Gessyca, welcome to Geeks To Go!

Is World of Warcraft the only game your dad plays? There's quite a few overkill parts you selected. Will you also need a monitor for this setup?

Here's a few suggestions:
Motherboard - This is an AM3 compatible board
Processor - This is also a triple core CPU however its newer technology. Another thing is that this is a retail version so it comes with a heatsink/fan, black edition don't usually come with one.
Case - This is usually personal preference but I just want to throw this one out there and see what you think.
Power Supply - You don't need a 750W power supply so a 650W should be enough.
OS - For $10 more, why not get the Home Premium, you're getting more out of this than the Basic version. See here for comparison. And with the 64-bit OS, you'll be able to see the whole 4GB of RAM instead of ~3.2GB.

Hope that helps,
Kamille



Hello Kamille, Thank you for your input.

We have a monitor, Speakers, Keyboards etc. :) That part i'm good at!!

I went ahead and switched to the Home Premium OS you suggested, I did overlook the prices. I read some of the reveiws for the motherboard you suggested and a lot of people mentioned they were having trouble with it being a tight fit for some components. The prices on the one i chose and the one you chose are identical, So i think i will stick with what i have.

Also, I should add that we live in Florida, His house does not have very good air conditioning. Your case doesn't seem to give as much airflow and cooling options as the Xclio one.

I do like the processor you listed, But since i am thinking about keeping the Asus Mobo i listed, would it be compatible? (CPU Socket Type AM2+/AM2
CPU Type Phenom II / Athlon X4 / Athlon X3 / Athlon X2) I don't want to have to buy a heatsink, You are very correct.

your thoughts?

Edited by Gessyca, 21 April 2009 - 11:15 AM.

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I looked at some comments with that board and a lot of people mentioned that it supports AM3 processors (the CPU I suggested) and also googled it and came up that the board supports it.

Found this at ASUS site, the board you selected does support AM3 processsors.

I forgot to mention that the board I suggested comes with on-board video so if anything happens to the video card (have to send out for repair or something), you would still be able to use the computer using the on-board video. But the board you selected should be fine as well.

Kamille
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I changed the CPU, the PSU, and the OS. Now my price is in the $925.00. Which is probably going to be too much for him.

My budget is 800$ or under, for something to mostly store lots of music, pictures (nothing an external can't handle ) and run WoW perfectly. That's all he needs really.


I wish my newegg wishlist would update to public so i can just link that!
But here is my current list with changes:

The following are set in stone and ordered

Case: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811103011

Video Card: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130457

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139005

Memory: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145184

Operating System: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116488

The following are still up for debate:
AMD Phenom (Different): http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103471

Asus motherboard ***unsure of compatability with Processor**** http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131367

Hard Drive http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136283

CD ROM Drive http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151173

Your thoughts?

Edited by Gessyca, 21 April 2009 - 09:24 PM.

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Why did you change the processor? Your dad won't need a Quad Core CPU so he should be fine with Phenom II X3 710 or 720 (720 is better for overclocking).
But the Phenom II X4 940 is an AM3 processor so the motherboard you selected will be compatible based on the link I provided before.

Both the CD-Drive and Hard drive are pretty good and I wouldn't change those unless you want a smaller capacity hard drive (there's a nice 640GB Western Digital one if you want to save $15)

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Why did you change the processor? Your dad won't need a Quad Core CPU so he should be fine with Phenom II X3 710 or 720 (720 is better for overclocking).
But the Phenom II X4 940 is an AM3 processor so the motherboard you selected will be compatible based on the link I provided before.

Both the CD-Drive and Hard drive are pretty good and I wouldn't change those unless you want a smaller capacity hard drive (there's a nice 640GB Western Digital one if you want to save $15)

Kamille



Thank you for all your insight Kamille. I ordered the Phenom II 710, and i actually found a nice Asus AM3 motherboard that would work with it for a really good price! Everything is ordered now. I couldn't have done it without you.
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Glad to be of help :)

If you come across any problem you know where to go :)
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