ok, so.. i want to build a desktop for world of warcraft mainly. i'll use it to surf the net a bit and write some papers, but the REASON i'm building one is for WoW. I don't need 1tb of space, blueray or fancy stuff like that.. i just want to slightly overbuild a desktop for a game that is, admittedly, not that hardware intensive. as i understand it, the biggest thing you can do to boost performance with WoW is upgrading the cpu. lots of ram and a killer video card are mostly unnecessary, right? also, i want to keep it in a small package so it can travel, that's why the micro-atx case and board..
here's what i'm thinking so far, and just using newegg for links:
Apex micro-atx case: nothing special, big handle on top and $25
ASRock motherboard:supports all the newer AMD chips and all flavors of DDR2. plus it has a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, which is rare for a micro-atx board. $55
Radeon HD 4650 video card: low profile, 512mb, 128 bit, GDDR2, 600mhz core clock, 320 stream processors, blah blah blah.. only $55 also.
Corsair 4gb DDR2 800 ram (2x2gb): dual-channel, 1.8v $90
AMD Phenom II X3 black edition: 2.8ghz, 95w, AM3 socket (MB supports this) and eight shades of awesome for $120
add a hdd, optical drive, power supply, whatever network card and an OK monitor (acer 19" widescreen 1440x900 $120) and i am right under $600 shipped. is this overkill? good enough? is there any reason the get a higher resolution monitor? should i step up to a quad core? i don't play any other games..
thanks in advance!