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I don't know much about computers, so I was wondering if someone could put together a gaming computer for me for $400? I know it isn't much, but it's all I have and I'm really in need of a new computer. My rig now can't really even handle WoW that well. (6 FPS in AV, 30 else where =[ hehe) I wanted to try Warhammer, and I was looking forward to Darkfall, so if it could handle either of those games, that'd be great. It doesn't have to include a monitor, mouse, keyboard, or speakers. If for whatever reason there was money left over, then ok, great. Thanks in advanced.
 
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I will put one together now. You live in the US correct? Also, Warhammer is ok.. If you are pretty set in WoW(lvl 60+, mount, tons of gold) I would just stick with it.
 
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Do you plan on reusing your current operating system (windows, etc.) or are you needing a new one. A new OS will greatly cut into your budget so I would recommend reusing it. I am guessing you are on xp so it should be fine.
 

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I knew I forgot to mention something. I do live in the U.S. and I wont be needing a new O.S.. I'll stick with my Windows XP, maybe later I'll need Vista for DX10 or something, idk...

Sold my WoW account all ready, so sticking with it isn't an option lol =P.
 
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Yeah... well I'm pretty sure I'm losing my job lol. Dammit. Anyways thank you for the build, looks pretty good. Pretty sure I'll end up getting it.
 

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pretty good

4gb of ram extra is needed for games I reckon, only an extra $25
I wouldn't bother, the system is kinda lower end so its not going to be able to take advantage of 4gb of ram. Plus he is going to be using xp so he will only be able to use roughly 3gb anyways.
 

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I wouldn't bother, the system is kinda lower end so its not going to be able to take advantage of 4gb of ram. Plus he is going to be using xp so he will only be able to use roughly 3gb anyways.
Good point
 
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Shadow put together a pretty nice build, but you could drop some price and pick up some watts and amps.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339001

Is a very nice PSU, my frined has been running this for over a year problem free. I had a 650 HEC powering my old 9850 BE and 2x 3870's and it ran fantastic.

Everything else I would say is about right on, just as long as you remember to crank up that 4830's GPU.

Also you could go the Intel route and grab a e1200 or e2200, but thats only if your into OC'ing, the C2D's are just so good at that. But take that route if your into OC'ing because both those will crack 3ghz.
 

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Don't know how to OC.. never done it. Maybe I could have a friend help with that or something.
 
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Don't know how to OC.. never done it. Maybe I could have a friend help with that or something.
I would worry about getting your computer up and running first. Work out all the bugs. OCing is fun and a great way to get some extra performance but it can also introduce many problems. Better to avoid the headache.

Also I would stick with the Antec powersupply suggested by shadow. The hec may look like a better deal but the Antec is going to be a lot higher quality and your not going to have to worry about it blowing up on you.
 
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Not bad for 400 bucks. But you could upgrade a few things if he recycled some parts off of his old one. Optical drives and Hard Drive come to mind. Maybe even the case?

I don't know much about computers, so I was wondering if someone could put together a gaming computer for me for $400? I know it isn't much, but it's all I have and I'm really in need of a new computer. My rig now can't really even handle WoW that well. (6 FPS in AV, 30 else where =[ hehe) I wanted to try Warhammer, and I was looking forward to Darkfall, so if it could handle either of those games, that'd be great. It doesn't have to include a monitor, mouse, keyboard, or speakers. If for whatever reason there was money left over, then ok, great. Thanks in advanced.
Current system specs?
 
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That was really nice of ShadowFold to do that. That's a solid computer.

But you could upgrade a few things if he recycled some parts off of his old one. Optical drives and Hard Drive come to mind. Maybe even the case?
I agree.
 

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Also I would stick with the Antec powersupply suggested by shadow. The hec may look like a better deal but the Antec is going to be a lot higher quality and your not going to have to worry about it blowing up on you.
Read the reviews, HEC's are solid power supplys you will be hard pressed to find any one of their PSU's under a 4 egg rating and with quiet a bit of reviews. I bought my old 650W HEC for like $99 2 years ago. They are good equipment, to this day that PSU is running strong.
 

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Lol, recycling isn't going to be an option when you see these specs. The computer is pretty old, I'm not sure on somethings so I'm just going to list what I know.

CPU - AMD Athlon, ~1.3ghz
RAM - 1024 DDR (256 x2, 512 x1)
GPU - Nvidia GeForce 6600 128mb (AGP)
HDD - 28g, thats all I know
CD - Bad, old, no DvD
Mobo - No idea, KT600 Soyo Dragon?
Case - Black (Dragon), no side panel (which if I'm correct at some point contained a fan), and about from the looks of it only 3 bay expansion slots or w/e.
 
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I'll second on the HDD, and dvd burner. For someone that's not going to OC, I'd look into the AMD 6000+ brisbane (3.1GHz), and 2GB of ram will suffice for now.
 
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Lol, recycling isn't going to be an option when you see these specs. The computer is pretty old, I'm not sure on somethings so I'm just going to list what I know.

CPU - AMD Athlon, ~1.3ghz
RAM - 1024 DDR (256 x2, 512 x1)
GPU - Nvidia GeForce 6600 128mb (AGP)
HDD - 28g, thats all I know
CD - Bad, old, no DvD
Mobo - No idea, KT600 Soyo Dragon?
Case - Black (Dragon), no side panel (which if I'm correct at some point contained a fan), and about from the looks of it only 3 bay expansion slots or w/e.
Oh well. Go with Shadowfolds build. Its a nice one for the price.
 

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I'll second on the HDD, and dvd burner. For someone that's not going to OC, I'd look into the AMD 6000+ brisbane (3.1GHz), and 2GB of ram will suffice for now.
I would go with the 6000+ Windsor over the Brisbane, only 100mhz less and 1mb more L2. They added 100mhz to try and cover the difference of skimping on the L2, but in my mind that just won't cut it especially for a gamer.