Building new pc, help!


Feb 10, 2009
I am planning on building a cheap gaming computer that can run WoW pretty smoothly and hopefully handle SC2 okay in medium settings.

Here is what I have so far:
1. ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail 79$
2. AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor - Retail 60$
3. SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail 85$ (after MIR)
4. Deskstar P7K500 500GB 7,200RM Serial ATA-300 Hard Drive OEM 50$ (after MIR)
5. XMS2 4GB DDR2-800 (PC-6400) DIMM Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules) 35$ (after MIR)
6. winTV-HVR-1600 High Performance PCI TV Combo Tuner $80
7. Three Hundred ATX Case 45$
8. ViewSonic 24" W, 2ms 1000:1 300 cd/m2, 1920 x 1080 WUXGA, Energy Star® Qualified 220$
9. Power Supply? (trying to minimize watts needed)
10. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $100
11. Samsung 22x DVD±RW Burner with Dual/Double Layer Support OEM $25

Any help would be great. Specific requests are:
-How many watts should I look for in a power supply?
-Would I be able to utilize the HDMI?
-Are there better deals on any of the parts?
-Anything that doesn't really fit the picture? (I'm new when it comes to this stuff)

Thanks a ton!


Dec 24, 2008
Stick a CPU cooler in there to maximize your performance through overclocking, Xigmatech S1283 is great for the price.

I can't tell which monitor you are using, a model number would be nice. If it has HDMI input then you can use the HDMI through an adapter that is supplied with that video card, but that card doesn't have a built in HDMI output, and I'm not sure if it would have the same image quality or not.

With the size of that monitor, you should consider a more powerful GPU, I'd say at least a 4850. The 4830 will limit your gaming a lot.

If you are an AMD fan, then at least look at the 7750 BE Kuma, that processor you selected is not up to the task IMO.
+1 @gkay09 (although it's a 430W PSU). The Antec 380 that xthekidx linked can handle a 4850, but would be running very close to max. With a 1920 x 1080 monitor, you might want 1GB of video RAM.
I'm also not sure that 5050e is up to it. It's a nice processor for minimizing power use, but may offer disappointing performance. The size of your monitor suggests a reasonable budget; take a look at this month's $625 SBM article for further ideas.