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    new build, looking for feedback before ordering

    finally putting together a desktop pc and have compiled a list of parts i will be purchasing tomorrow unless i terribly missed something and have to re-work the list.
    CPU/GPU (going with the AMD llano APU for integrated graphics) A8-3850 FM1 socket
    Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128518
    CPU heatsink/fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099
    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171031 500W, should this be enough power output for what im running, i only plan on mildly OC'ing the apu?
    monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236079
    I already have a case, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066 , mouse, keyboard, windows 7 UE 64 bit, and RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
    anything look like a terrible mistake before i go ahead and get to building? i do know the ram is "designed for intel" but at least a few internet sources says its compatible with AMD... other than that i cannot tell if theres any huge discrepancy with compatibility or anything but, since its my first build in over 6 years i figured i'd put it up for speculation.
    oh, and the reason for no stand alone GPU is budget, mixed with the fact that the llano APU has enough balls for what im looking for it to do (wow) and theres always the possibility for tossing in another radeon 6000 series for dual graphics later down the road if i find it necessary.
    any feedback would be great! thanks so much!

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    The CPU part is weaker than a 2100 would be, keep in mind these numbers are at something like 1024x768




    Keep in mind your monitor is even higher res, so you will come closer to ~35 FPS on a flightpath, and sub 15 FPS in raids.

    It won't be smooth even on low most likely. Save up more and try again!

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    integrated graphics
    What's your max price range? Also, look at getting an antec/corsair/seasonic PSU. You wont regret it.

    Save up more and try again!
    Agreed. Go mow some lawns or ask for extra hours at work. You should aim higher so you don't need to buy a new one a year later.
    Last edited by iggie; 2011-12-14 at 06:42 AM.

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    oh wow! haha! someone had suggested the apu as being able to run wow on high no probs... sure had me fooled! The research i did on it only had it compared to the intel chips and it blew em away. Well I guess its back to the drawing board any recommendations on a CPU/GPU/Mobo? pretty much have 1 month before school gets back for free time to piece this together, and as you can see im on a budget (having a baby in march!) ive got about $700 squared away tho, mostly looking for a good wow/homework machine.

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    Well what parts do you need ?

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    CPU
    GPU
    MOBO
    PSU
    Monitor

    upgrading from a 13 inch dual core 2.26ghz macbook pro as my gaming rig... really just looking forward to not having to slunch over to see my screen and have decent framerates above low settings, not looking for a complete powerhouse, just a solid budget build.
    Last edited by timeconsumer26; 2011-12-14 at 02:19 PM.

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    i3-2100 in a Z68 mobo if you are going to skimp, at least that will let you drop in Ivy Bridge in the future if you want. The minimum you want is a 6850 or 6870 GPU, I have the 6870 and still get down to ~20FPS during part of some of the DS 25 encounters.

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    so after a bit of number crunching and nervous nail biting while watching numbers rise i think i can swing this:
    CPU/Mobo combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.775232
    GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131378
    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139027
    with the previously linked monitor and heatsink/fan http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B002G1YPH0
    we looking at a bit more bang for the buck with this build?

    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    I have the 6870 and still get down to ~20FPS during part of some of the DS 25 encounters.
    what settings are you running? high/ultra? my current setup drops to <10 in 25 DS LFR on mostly fair settings, so 20 fps in 25 mans even on good settings would be awesome for me!
    btw, thanks for all the help everyone! you guys are awesome!!
    Last edited by timeconsumer26; 2011-12-14 at 04:59 PM.

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    2500k is amazing bang for the buck. Ultra except for shadows at 1920x1080. That looks good and should last you several years.

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