Question about barebone pc

Barkode

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I was wondering if one of knowledgeable people out there might have a look at this. I was considering buying a used pc when a friend of mine pointed me to newegg and now I'm rather confused. Here is the barebone I was looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856167036

From the reviews it seems to be a good deal, but would I be wasting my time and money if I added these other items to it and would they even work?

cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103210

ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130394

Basically I just want to know if that would be a good budget gaming pc for playing world of warcraft :kaola:
Thanks in advance!
 

steckman

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Just to make sure: you do know that you will still need a hard drive, some kind of optical drive, and a copy of Windows right? And you do know that you have to mount the motherboard yourself (not that hard, but can be intimidating if you have never done it before)?
To be absolutely sure I would check the MSI website to see if that CPU is on the compatibility list. I also usually check to make sure the motherboard can supply the voltage required by the RAM, but those sticks only require 1.8V and I think every DDR2-800 board will do that.
Lastly, I would recommend the Radeon 4670 over the 8600GTS. It isn't that much more money and is a much better performer. And yes, that setup should run WoW just fine at say 1680x1050 or maybe even higher.
 
Yes it would work, except for the power supply.
You could easily buy a case, power supply and motherboard separately.
300W power supply is really low, not enough for that video card.
Hardly enough for any video card.
You could use integrated video.



 

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I run a Radeon 4670 on a 250W power supply with an X2 5200 Brisbane. No guarantees of course because there are more factors than just the Wattage of the PSU, but I bet that setup with a 4670 would run just fine.
 

Barkode

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Thanks for the responses, I really appreciate it!

steckman: Yes I understand, I have a few things from my computer now that I will be re-using and my friend said he would help me out with the installation.
I was also looking at the Radeon 4670, and for a few dollars more I could get the 512mb version. I will also take the advise about the power supply and go ahead and upgrade it now.
Thanks for the help guys!
 

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If you are going to upgrade the power supply anyway, then I would just order a case, PSU, and motherboard separately like evongugg suggested. Or maybe you could buy a nice Apevia case with a decent PSU included. I've never had a problem with their power supplies.
 

Barkode

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Okay Steckman, I took your advise and put together something on my own and it looks to be a little faster then the barebone would have been. I do have a question about the video card though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252

this is the card I was going to purchase, but I found a similar card for the same price, but it has 1 gigabyte of memory opposed to the 512 on the msi card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102804

would I be getting a better deal with the extra ram from the 1 gig SAPPHIRE, or is it just a waste or extra memory?
 

steckman

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Tough to say. The HIS card has a better cooling solution and is already overclocked by 4%, so I'm guessing it will give you better performance in most games. The 1GB on the Sapphire will allow you to load larger (and thus more detailed) textures into memory, which might help in games down the road. Since your primary concern seems to be playing WoW, I bet the HIS card would be the better performer for you.
On a personal note, I'm not a fan of factory overclocked equipment (or really of overclocking at all), and I am happy with my Sapphire 4670 w/ 512MB on it. So if I personally were making the decision, I would buy the Sapphire.
 

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What are you goin to use the computer for? I wouldn't go for anything under an 8800 GT or 4850 if you wanna game with that thing... Not much of a price difference for the performance difference IMO. Otherwise IGP would be sufficient enough for general use.
 

Barkode

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Thanks for the info, steckman, you have been a big help and it's much appreciated :p

doormatderek: I would mainly be using this to play world of warcraft, and the odd RTS game, but nothing like crisis or the like. I mainly just play mmo's for the most part and although WoW isn't that taxing I would still like to be able to run the game in max settings.

My old computer is an AMD 1.8 ghz single core, with 2 gigabytes of ram, and a 7950gt 512 Nvidia card. This for the most part seems like a nice upgrade to a system I bought nearly 3 years ago.

Thanks for all the comments!