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$400 WoW Rig
by Wafer67
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Description

built for a friend looking to spend $400 and play WoW decently. total came to $403.99 after rebates, purchased through newegg and amazon. win 7 scores were 7.3, 7.5, 7.4, 7.4, 5.9

Details
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
PNY GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.06Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
Comments
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Smily 5 points 19 months ago

Well... WoW!

 
 
GarretMP 5 points 19 months ago

I knew there would be a comment like this. -_-

 
 
Smily 2 points 19 months ago

And I knew would be eventually, too. So I just decided to get it out of the way.

 
 
Hellvaguy [1 Build] 4 points 19 months ago

250gb is too small, especially when for $5 more you can get 500Gb. That's just a bad choice rite there. Otherwise rig looks decent enough to play Warcraft on it. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd5000lpvt

Sad face : (

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 5 points 19 months ago

it's 5400 RPM !! nope

 
 
Wafer67 [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

The 10$ was better spent on the vid card imo

 
 
Cpsgames [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

If you think it'll be enough for your friend, that's good. Definitely wouldn't have worked for me. You could have got a better deal on the hard drive though. I got a 1TB 7200RPM WD Black on a sale for $80.

 
 
Hellvaguy [1 Build] -3 points 19 months ago

$10 isnt goign to get you a better card unfortunitely. Need around $80-100 for a solid upgrade to the 660 or 660ti.

 
 
TestBuilds 3 points 19 months ago

The HDD is limiting it at 5.9 but as long as you don't need it, great build! How does that PSU work for you?

 
 
Wafer67 [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

its the cheapest psu out there from a reputable company, so far so good. typically i like to go with antec or corsair

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slykrysis [3 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

The Corsair CX430 is a nice PSU. I used it in 2 identical builds and it's pretty good for ~$35.

 
 
suihigh [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

i got the same psu... 3 months old and still goin strong... will soon be upgrading to a modular corsair psu :D

 
 
suihigh [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

5 months old now with my psu and still going strong!! But unfortunately, gonna have to upgrade to a corsair 650w or 750w for my future plans of upgrades :p

 
 
JForce522 [1 Build] 2 points 19 months ago

You could have gotten better RAM for cheaper, but this is a good budget build.

 
 
Wafer67 [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

i like to stick with certain preffered manufacturers, when the parts were ordered this was basically the cheapest 2x4gb 1600 DDR3

 
 
pc_noob [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Great build but I would have gotten a I3 but stall well balanced you know what your doing

 
 
Wafer67 [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

most of the new research i did catered to the 965 being better for purely gaming that doesn't utilize multiple threads

 
 
Jimmy 1 point 19 months ago

There about the same in gaming. But the 965 is unlocked and when overclocked it stomps the i3 in gaming. It still will not beat an i5 though.

 
 
Hellvaguy [1 Build] 0 points 19 months ago

i3 outperforms amd 965. All the major review sites are agreeing on that (just google it, not gunna post all the links). But ya apparently the amd 965 is a better overclocker.

But you still can overclock an i3, so overclocking is kind of a moot point especially on such a low end system where its doubtful he's gunna do that anyway.

 
 
Jimmy 1 point 19 months ago

i3 cannot overclock in any way shape or form. Yes at stock clocks an i3 is better but at 3.8Ghz with a NB at 2600Mhz the Phenom would be better. However I will agree that overclocking is a moot point with this build.

 
 
Hellvaguy [1 Build] 0 points 19 months ago

Google is our friend. Dozen's of article on how to OC i3. Did you even bother to look? Im going with no you did not. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/03/03/overclocking-intel-core-i3-530/1

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2921/5

Want me to link hundred more? Wait nvm just google it yourself.

 
 
Jimmy 3 points 19 months ago

I did in fact look and that is a first generation i3. It's performance is below that of a Sandy Bridge Pentium and it is the only model of the i3 that can overclock. I meant Sandy and Ivy Bridge i3's because they are the only ones worth getting, and they once again CANNOT overclock. Unless you count the stupid 100Mhz one that was performed on a 2120 that is currently the highest overclock on a Sandy Bridge i3.

 
 
SeabassVar 1 point 19 months ago

i agree even for rendering it's a lot a better and gaming. Also why not have 2 more cores

 
 
tsousa258 1 point 19 months ago

how well does it perform?

 
 
aragorn98 1 point 19 months ago

Only thing I would do is upgrade the RAM, HDD and Power Supply. I think 250 GB is a bit small. And if you upgrade any of the components you are going to have problems with power. Otherwise an excellent build for WoW.

 
 
acflow79 1 point 13 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1mCiX this build is a little bit similar, its $50- $100 dollars less if you get an old 80G sata hdd from a computer graveyard or just steal a laptop sata from your friends crap $200 laptop. though I don't store much but a few games anyways so you might want a hdd to go with that, making it 350$ - 450$. haven't got it yet but I plan on saving up for it (may take me a long time since I only make $300 a month cleaning the floors at McDonalds.)

 
 
Soonill [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

How many fan connectors are on this mobo?

 
 
Stormblaze 1 point 4 months ago

How difficult would this be to build? I am an absolute novice at this

 
 
Wafer67 [Submitter] [5 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

if the numerous how to build videos on just this site alone don't give you the confidence on building a machine, the best bet to to find a friend or FoF that can help you.

its not as daunting as it may seem if your somewhat technically savvy

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philip [Staff] [8 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Please do not post those links here. It is viewed as spam.

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