You might also save a few bucks by skipping the dual core buisiness and going faster single core for less. I am still completely unconvinced that anyone needs a dual core on the desktop right now and there are still very few apps that can even really use them. I would recommend the A64 3700+ as a good bang/buck CPU.
hehe, I have WoW also, casual play, and EQ2. Both graphic intense games, but I think EQ2's graphics are insane compared to WoW. But on the flip side, everyone in EQ2 looks the same (at high end), and WoW has a great armor graphic designs differentials (class armor suits are hella sweet). Anyways not to sidetrack from the thread, nice build you got going 8)
It's good you chose 2gb, BF2 is a memory hog like crazy
You can definitly skip the dual core and save some cash.
The thing about dual core chips is 99% of applications out there won't use the second core. Why? Because a program must be compiled for dual CPU support in order to use them. What applications support 2+ CPUs? Windows XP Pro (just the OS), Oracle Database, 3D Studio Max, Maya, other expensive software that you and I will probably never use
The RAM, I've never seen World of Warcraft use more than 524MB, so 1GB of RAM is really going to be enough. The only program I have ever seen use more than around 500MB is FireFox .. really, my box was responding really slowly, I opened TaskManager, and found FireFox using 1,044,252k; it was probably some memory leak from the dozens of extensions I have.
The Video, well, WoW doesn't have great graphics, I'm running the game at 1600x1200 with the graphic settings totally maxed out. I have dual PCI-E 6600, using SLi.
The LanParty board, EXCELLENT selection, I have two of these boards and have built two other PCs with them, they are wonderful!
if you want those then its cool. when you get into speakers that is the biggest deabate of all time. so i would pick what you like in this case not just what others recommend. I would invest in a ood set of headphones though.
Actually Youd Be Suprized At How Many.. Apps Have Updates, New Versions, That Are Now Multi-Processor/Dual Core (And 64-Bit) Enabled. And Even The Ones That Arent Still Have An Advantage Over Running On A Single-Core.
Trust Me (Hint: My Systems Specs Are Below, Take Note Of The CPU) And I Use A Large Variety Of Software, And Games, And When I Swithced Up From A Single-Core Of The Same Stock Speed (3200+ 2.0GHz) And My Hl2 Benchmark Scores Went From 107FPS To 130FPS. And Besides.... Why Not Be Ready For The Future?... You Know How Fast Things Change In The Hardware Arena