Hello, this is my first time on the forums and was referred by my friend after explaining to him that I am looking for a setup to run my games : Black and White 2, World of Warcraft, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. With Black and White 2 needing alot more then my now lost computer had to offer when it came to hardware.
I basically have nothing but the LCD plasma screen 16 inch. Everything else was stolen or destroyed.
In my past I have assembled computers before, but I don't have the wisdom of findings steals and deals on computer parts.
Simply put, I am building a computer from the ground up and humbley ask for you guys to help me out and figure what I can make that will run with my games smoothly and efficiently at the same time. I figure as long as I stay below $1,750, I will be good.
I just want to thank everyone in advance for their help, I am really ignorant when it comes to looking for hardware.
What is he going to do with such a powerfull computer, and such small monitor? Gaming is not only about CPU and GPU, you have to consider your monitor spec, sound card, sound system etc as well. Don't forget that...
I went realy cheap and sucky on the CPU, because I plan to upgrade later, but this should play most all current games. Of course, you'll have to choose the case, PSU, Optical Drive, and MOBO to add to the list. I have an ECS AM2 MOBO with an ATI 1100 chipset and was able to get that little CPU up to 2.2ghz with ease.
Other then going AM2 to stay cheaper, Conroe is the way to go at the moment. If you truly have that budget, an E6300 (or better) and an ATI x1900xtx will do just about anything you want it to, and would be the best value.
Not a "jerky" but he is right, it is better to do it this way, but you could always partition the HD with a seperate one for your OS(s). This way, when your OS Crashes, you can reinstall on one partition and not lose data, however, if the Hard Drive crashes, your SOL
The only thing that I would change about some of the above suggestions is to go with the Seagate 320GB 7200.10. It seems to be faster than the Western Digital (uses perpendicular recording), plus IMO, Seagate drives are more reliable.
Also, I bought that Acer 22" earlier this month and so far, it kicks ass. No dead pixels, 5ms (supposedly) response time. Looks good. If you want more options (adjustments, speakers, etc) a bunch of other manufacturers have the same 22" panel (BenQ, Viewsonic, Samsung, etc). They are just more expensive.
If your budget is smaller, go with an AM2 dual core. They are still good enough for any games and are quite a bit cheaper.