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Gaming PC for WoW and console ports for $2000

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April 14, 2013 2:23:15 PM

Hey all,

I'm looking to build a gaming PC that will be able to handle WoW at 1080p, maxed out and possibly in 3D. In addition, I enjoy console games more than PC games. I like the idea of having a system that can play games like Bioshock Infinite, GTA IV/V, and Assassin's Creed at significantly higher levels of detail and smoother.

My budget is $2000. I'm looking for the best bang for the buck in the high-end part of the spectrum. This is the first time I've ever built a PC, so I need a bit of help.

Now, I do realize that Intel is unveiling their new processor line in late May/early June but I don't feel the need to wait. I've heard that WoW is a more CPU intensive game than most (due to communication with servers, especially in major cities) but does it really make sense to wait for 5 more frames per second? My game doesn't really run at a playable framerate, as is, with massive spikes of slow-down (lag as some may call it) during critical moments. Point is: I'm not sure I can wait.

What about Nvidias Q2 2013 refresh? What have you all experienced as far as GPU 'refreshes'? Will the power gains be worth waiting for for a game like WoW?

I'll break down what components I've decided on and I'd like feedback on whether.

Components bought:

Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I'm kind of torn. I like the idea of doing 3D but it's very taxing on the system. In addition, this display isn't nearly as vibrant as my Mac's. I'm certain that I want 120hz (thus relegating me to a TN display) but I want to have the vibrancy/black levels/contrast of some of the best displays. Let's not go into the $200-300 for the glasses. What do you all think of 3D and it's effect on performance versus the benefit of having it in gaming?)

Components I'm more certain on buying:

CPU – 3.4GHz 3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Graphics Card – Asus 2GB GTX 670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(WoW doesn't run well in SLI. I'm not sure about console ports. Probably not SLI)

SSD's – For Windows – 128GB Samsung 840 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(probably not off of Newegg... $150 yuck...)

For Games – 256GB Samsung 840 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Components I'm less certain about:

For Multimedia – 500GB 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Having a lot of space doesn't really matter to me. I just want low-power and stable. I'm more multimedia light and have my Mac that I can use for most multimedia.)

RAM – 16GB 1600 MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(How does having a RAMDisk improve gaming performance?)

Components where I'm lost:

Motherboard
2+ USB 3.0
Dual-channel memory (To my knowledge, it doesn't make sense to go with triple channel. More work to set up, harder to find parts, and for only 5ish % return...)

Mouse

Keyboard
Mechanical keys
Backlighting (Doesn't need to have multiple colors)
More than 5 Macro buttons, preferably on WASD side)
Wired
I prefer 10-key but it's not necessary.

Power Supply
I want it to be modular.

Case


Also, I have some concerns about getting everything connected. How difficult is it to find cables for all of my components? Should the necessary ones be included with the parts? I'd hate to get everything together only to find out I need a $5 part from online to make it all work.
April 14, 2013 2:56:02 PM

Riqiz said:
Hey all,

I'm looking to build a gaming PC that will be able to handle WoW at 1080p, maxed out and possibly in 3D. In addition, I enjoy console games more than PC games. I like the idea of having a system that can play games like Bioshock Infinite, GTA IV/V, and Assassin's Creed at significantly higher levels of detail and smoother.

My budget is $2000. I'm looking for the best bang for the buck in the high-end part of the spectrum. This is the first time I've ever built a PC, so I need a bit of help.

Now, I do realize that Intel is unveiling their new processor line in late May/early June but I don't feel the need to wait. I've heard that WoW is a more CPU intensive game than most (due to communication with servers, especially in major cities) but does it really make sense to wait for 5 more frames per second? My game doesn't really run at a playable framerate, as is, with massive spikes of slow-down (lag as some may call it) during critical moments. Point is: I'm not sure I can wait.

What about Nvidias Q2 2013 refresh? What have you all experienced as far as GPU 'refreshes'? Will the power gains be worth waiting for for a game like WoW?

I'll break down what components I've decided on and I'd like feedback on whether.

Components bought:

Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I'm kind of torn. I like the idea of doing 3D but it's very taxing on the system. In addition, this display isn't nearly as vibrant as my Mac's. I'm certain that I want 120hz (thus relegating me to a TN display) but I want to have the vibrancy/black levels/contrast of some of the best displays. Let's not go into the $200-300 for the glasses. What do you all think of 3D and it's effect on performance versus the benefit of having it in gaming?)

Components I'm more certain on buying:

CPU – 3.4GHz 3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Graphics Card – Asus 2GB GTX 670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(WoW doesn't run well in SLI. I'm not sure about console ports. Probably not SLI)

SSD's – For Windows – 128GB Samsung 840 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(probably not off of Newegg... $150 yuck...)

For Games – 256GB Samsung 840 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Components I'm less certain about:

For Multimedia – 500GB 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Having a lot of space doesn't really matter to me. I just want low-power and stable. I'm more multimedia light and have my Mac that I can use for most multimedia.)

RAM – 16GB 1600 MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(How does having a RAMDisk improve gaming performance?)

Components where I'm lost:

Motherboard
2+ USB 3.0
Dual-channel memory (To my knowledge, it doesn't make sense to go with triple channel. More work to set up, harder to find parts, and for only 5ish % return...)

Mouse

Keyboard
Mechanical keys
Backlighting (Doesn't need to have multiple colors)
More than 5 Macro buttons, preferably on WASD side)
Wired
I prefer 10-key but it's not necessary.

Power Supply
I want it to be modular.

Case


Also, I have some concerns about getting everything connected. How difficult is it to find cables for all of my components? Should the necessary ones be included with the parts? I'd hate to get everything together only to find out I need a $5 part from online to make it all work.


-Combine all of those drives into one 500GB SSD.
-Get a 7970 GHz. You are spending $2000 and not getting the strongest card?
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April 14, 2013 3:07:35 PM

As far as having separate drives: I've heard that the random reads/writes of an SSD plummet dramatically at 50-75% capacity of total drive from 400-500MB/s to 250-300MB/s. Having separate drives solves that problem. WoW is a game that accesses data randomly, unlike a single player game, such as BF3.

As for the card: I've seen benchmarks comparing the 7970 to the 670. It's not as ridiculously more powerful than the 670 as the October benchmarks (after the 3.11 driver for AMD) would have people believe. Plus, I'm not a big fan of stuttering (which I know will get fixed but I want it to work 100% now). Also, build quality on the Asus card is second to none. 7970s are pretty flimsy and unstable by comparison.

Finally, the most important part: I've seen WoW Benchmarks that place the 670 at an average of 110 fps and the 7970 at 80 fps. WoW runs better on Nvidia.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-rev...

This is pre-3.11 tho...
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April 14, 2013 4:08:48 PM

Riqiz said:
As far as having separate drives: I've heard that the random reads/writes of an SSD plummet dramatically at 50-75% capacity of total drive from 400-500MB/s to 250-300MB/s. Having separate drives solves that problem. WoW is a game that accesses data randomly, unlike a single player game, such as BF3.

As for the card: I've seen benchmarks comparing the 7970 to the 670. It's not as ridiculously more powerful than the 670 as the October benchmarks (after the 3.11 driver for AMD) would have people believe. Plus, I'm not a big fan of stuttering (which I know will get fixed but I want it to work 100% now). Also, build quality on the Asus card is second to none. 7970s are pretty flimsy and unstable by comparison.

Finally, the most important part: I've seen WoW Benchmarks that place the 670 at an average of 110 fps and the 7970 at 80 fps. WoW runs better on Nvidia.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-rev...

This is pre-3.11 tho...


Flimsy and unstable as compared to what? They are built like tanks! That is an old review. I have used both cards and the 7970 is noticably more powerful. Also the Micro-Stuttering is fixed NOW! In fact many recent reviews would suggest Nvidia's are worse, so then you definitely shouldn't get it...
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