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Need help building a computer to run Blizzard games cheap. Suggestions?

#1JohnnyShred612Posted 11/9/2013 7:56:07 PM
I had another topic open, but I was a little more confused at the time of making it so I closed it.

My friend is building a computer, but basically he just wants to mostly play WoW and D3. He has...

-GPU (ATI Radeon HD 5770)
-Monitor
-Disc drive
-Harddrive
-4GB RAM
-Keyboard/Mouse

He also has an older motherboard (ASUS PSL-VM 1394) that we're not entirely sure will work with the card and a new processor, so any clarification on that would be nice. He has a 400W PSU as well, but I'm not sure if that's anywhere near enough.

Basically, for his purposes, just looking for a cheap motherboard (if necessary), processor, and PSU to go with the Radeon. Also, is 4GB enough RAM?

Thanks PC board!
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#2fataliPosted 11/9/2013 8:03:24 PM
That motherboard of your friend is of an old 775 socket, it would not support any recent processors.
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#3PhilOnDezPosted 11/9/2013 8:33:40 PM(edited)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ZZyI

This should do pretty good in Blizz games. If he wants to play SC2 I would bump that pentium up to an i3 but that shouldn't require any other changes. The PSU he has might be good but if it's an old OEM PSU I'd just replace it while he's rebuilding. He'll need new ram since that board uses DDR2 but 4 gb will be plenty so long as he doesn't keep 20 chrome tabs up in the background.

E: Depending on what he already has though it may run those games alright anyway, wouldn't hurt to just stick that gpu in and see what happens.
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#4JohnnyShred612(Topic Creator)Posted 11/9/2013 9:08:53 PM
Thanks guys! Any more suggestions or builds are welcome!

Also, will any case usually work? He has a case but I'm not sure if you need something new or if any case will do.
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#5PhilOnDezPosted 11/10/2013 4:45:38 AM
He won't need anything fancy, his old one might be alright but OEM cases tend to be pretty cramped. I doubt that will be a problem with a Haswell pentium but I don't know how warm that particular gpu runs.
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#6JohnnyShred612(Topic Creator)Posted 11/10/2013 8:40:54 AM
Thanks -- update.

My friend has decided he wants to put a little more in the tank here. He wants to split somewhere around $350 for a case, mobo, PSU, CPU, and RAM. I know a case I'd recommend for $50 unless someone has cheaper ideas that are still good, so...

$300 for Mobo, PSU, CPU, RAM. Build ideas?
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#7PhilOnDezPosted 11/10/2013 9:19:41 AM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20cpH

He could also get a 6350/decent AM3+ mobo for about the same price but for WoW/SC2 (and Minecraft if he plays that, especially FTB, I had to overclock my 3570k to 4.4 for a solid 60 FPS in FTB) I would really recommend the i3 over that. The 6350 will do better for a wider variety of games but I haven't seen any blizzard games that really utilize anything more than 2 cores in a significant manner and WoW specifically can be pretty CPU intensive, especially in hub cities. The 6350 would have a bit of trouble there, though it would be fine in situations where your FPS actually matters (instances, raids, arenas/BGs). For SC2 though I wouldn't recommend the 6350 at all, though you didn't mention him wanting to play that.
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#8JohnnyShred612(Topic Creator)Posted 11/10/2013 5:01:49 PM
Thanks again!
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