Been racking my brain the past couple weeks....reading reviews, benchmarks, etc..., on the ever changing technology of pc components. It's been about 7 years since my last build, so i'm a little behind.
I'm looking to build a new comp here shortly (month or two), and am unsure of whether to stick with AMD or go with Intel. It seems pretty evident, from all the benchmarks, that Intel's cpu's dominate in performance (fps) when it comes to WoW. Which I wish wasn't the case, since I've always used AMD before.
I would love to stick with AMD with this build (primarily for gaming in WoW and Diablo 3 when it comes out, and maybe some FPS), but am I hindering my in-game performance by doing so? I guess my goal is, for once, to be able to play and enjoy WoW on high/ultra settings with great fps. (Plan on including a GTX 470 at this point in time)
Anyway...would love to hear, from those of you playing WoW, what's inside your case, what in-game graphical settings you run, what resolution you run at, and what kind of frames you normally get (crowded vs uncrowded areas, etc).
Well depends what operating system you want to use.
Since you want to get a gtx 470 I guess you would want to use directx 11 so you need vista with service pack or windows 7.
If you look in tom's hardware review of WOW performance Intel cpus are offering better performance than AMD.
So I think you should take a i3/i5/i7.
I do not have windows 7 I have windows xp and for windows xp you do not need a great cpu to get decent performance in WOW cata.
Even on core 2 duo Wow cata works very decent in windows xp,no ideea about how it works on AMD.You realize that if it works decent on core 2 duo than on i3/i5/i7 will work even better (I am refering to windows xp).
I have an Asus G72 gaming laptop. It has a Core 2 Duo running at 2.88GHZ (OC'd), 1GB GeForce GTX 260M (550/950/1375), 6GB RAM and I play on ultra at it's native resolution. I get over 60FPS while in zone questing and while in Stormwind when crowded. I have VSync off and am set for 8X multisampling. I have shadows set at high rather than ultra, but all other settings are maxed (this equals ultra settings on the graphics "slidebar"). With this machine I have yet to have any performance issues while playing WoW-Cata.
Good question and imho the answer is pretty simple. Pick the best you can afford, not basing on brand.
WoW has very low demands on pc's and hence why my Dell Studio 15 (laptop) can hit 120 FPS at native resolution no worries, when i got v-sync off that is.
I run with the below rig (see sig) and it handles everything full and i not seen FPS drop to anything noticeable ever. Also remember that anything over 30-40 FPS is not noticeable as this is the natural frequency of your eyes.
The issue you have is not WoW , more likely Diablo 3 and the other FPS games you wish to play. Then again if your looking at a rig with Intel I3, I5, I7 (or a Black Edition of course) then you rock it with a GTX 470 or a Radeon HD 5850, you will never notice your FPS again!
Intel is normally better in WOW because of high clock speeds are king, as for your GPU get some thing with a around 1gig of memory I would say nothing less then a GTX460/560(end of the month or if you like ATI/AMD GPUs get a 6950.
I think you're on the right track with the GeForce GTX 470. As far as AMD vs Intel goes, it is true that Intel CPUs tend to play WoW with less trouble, AMD CPUs are certainly up to the task. So it is up to your own personal prefference. If you do decide to go with AMD I would recommend either a duel, triple or maybe even a quad core Phenom II. The higher clocked the CPU though, the better it is for WoW. I personally think that a quad core is overkill for WoW as it is optimized for dual cores.
Phenom II X2 550 BE (at stock)
4GB Patriot Viper II Sector 5 1333MHz RAM
Radeon HD 5770 1GB
Runs everything at 1920x1080 on my 50" TV on Ultra settings and never drops below 40fps, even when Orgrimmar and Dalaran are busy.
I am using the beta DX11 code path too.
However this box is WoW ONLY - I wouldn't want to play anything else on it. Going with a GTX 470 is a big boost, but honestly it's a dead card - go with the GTX 570 instead if you want Nvidia.
CPU-wise I'd go with a quad core, but I think a powerful GPU will compensate for any lacking in power - Phenom II X4 should feed a single GTX 570 (or 470) no problem.
Otherwise if you think Intel then you have the quandry of spending more on a Sandy Bridge system because it's the new tech and performs better, or getting the previous i5 and i7 CPUs knowing they're a dead end (even thought hey'll kick ass for years to come).
I concur with the sentiment of get the best you can afford.