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July 17, 2013 11:59:09 AM

I am new to PC gaming and I have playing WoW on my horrible laptop. I am getting 7-12 FPS. I was told building a computer is cheaper then buying a pre built one. I don't need to be playing with crazy FPS but I would like to get around 30 FPS on ultra settings. So if anyone could help me by letting me know what I should get to be able to play at a decent speed. I need everything. Please and thankyou.
July 17, 2013 12:02:26 PM

Your budget might be too low. An operating system will cost you $90, and a monitor will cost you at least another $100. That only leaves you about $200 for the computer. Can you save up for awhile and get a $600 build (including monitor and OS)?
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July 17, 2013 12:07:53 PM

Oh sorry I got a monitor and I may be able to get another 50-75 bucks.
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July 17, 2013 12:13:07 PM

The biggest issue is that your gaming from your laptop so as jryder mentioned you problably need every from the mouse/keyboard to a monitor. Also you have never built a PC now its easy too do but do you have any local friend with expirance just incase ?

Also could you post the model of the laptop your currentlly using to game on ?
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July 17, 2013 12:15:12 PM

I have a mouse keyboard windows xp os and a monitor so I just want the build components.
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July 17, 2013 12:40:14 PM

Wow, as I know, is a multiplayer game. Need wireless ability for your rig?

Still there are some issues. Do u have a speaker and does your XP os is retail or OEM version?

And plz provide us your model of your laptop so we could find out whats wrong.
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July 17, 2013 12:44:17 PM

jryder said:
Windows XP is pretty dated . . .

You might be better off getting one of the new consoles at your price point. You would need to double your budget for a decent PC.


Not really bad indeed, but it won't support 4GB RAM. (Only 70% can be used with /PAE on). As this dude listed the parts he has $400 would be enough for a decent build

And...Wow is a PC game, there aren't other platforms for it. Am I wrong?
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July 17, 2013 12:52:14 PM

Maxime506 said:
jryder said:
Windows XP is pretty dated . . .

You might be better off getting one of the new consoles at your price point. You would need to double your budget for a decent PC.


Not really bad indeed, but it won't support 4GB RAM. (Only 70% can be used with /PAE on). As this dude listed the parts he has $400 would be enough for a decent build

And...Wow is a PC game, there aren't other platforms for it. Am I wrong?


WoW is indeed a PC game. I look forward to seeing how you cobble together a decent $400 build. I mean that without irony. It seems like a difficult task. My GPU cost slightly more than $400 by itself!

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July 17, 2013 12:57:27 PM

I am using a latitude d620 laptop.
I don't want to use it I just want to build the pc. I can get windows 7 for cheap. So excluding the monitor mouse keyboard speakers and operating system. My budget is $450. Would that work?
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July 17, 2013 1:33:50 PM

Here is my work: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/maxime506/saved/1XnP

Wow may be a little CPU-intensive, but at $450 I could push the GPU to HD 7850.

@Jryder, u'r rich enough to spend $400 in GPU, fair enough n' I appreciate that. Don't mind checking my cobbled work as it arrived as u expected. But since Wow isn't so intensive like FC3, BF3, Crysis 3, so $450 would be fine.

@Justindivine, if u don't need wifi gaming 'n can play Wow with an Internet wire, then get rig of the usb wireless adapter.
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July 17, 2013 1:43:39 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $446.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 16:43 EDT-0400)
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