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December 15, 2006 7:50:38 PM

Hi,

Im looking for a build to max out world of warcraft. Ive been playing casually on my very old shitty laptop since it was released and with the release of the expansion im ready to upgrade. I will be using this computer for gaiming almost exclusivley and would love any suggestions on components. I plan on building it myself and I want absolute max settings on a 20.1" 1600x1200 LCD. My budget is between $1000-1500.
I'm very interested in keeping it upgradable friendly. Thanks to any posters I really appreciate it.

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December 15, 2006 8:00:02 PM

Oh i forgot I've never overclocked a system before but I plan on overclocking this one as much as possible to get the most bang for my buck.
December 15, 2006 8:15:34 PM

Get what DaClan member rwaritsdario got:

Asus P5B deluxe
Intel Xeon 3050
Diamond X1950XT
SuperTalent 800CL4 2GB
Seagate 7200.10 320GB
XClio GreatPower 650W
Silverstone FM121 (or fans of your choosing)
NZXT Apollo black (or a case of your choosing)
Tuniq-120.

That'll run World of Warcraft at max settings with ease and it's entirely within your budget.

Best of luck

OFF TOPIC (...kinda)Questions:
Do you play Horde or Alliance?
On what server?
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December 15, 2006 8:19:28 PM

no no no

A gaming sys is so simple.

C2D, 2 gigs RAM, 8800 vid card, P965 or 680i mobo
December 15, 2006 8:25:51 PM

Alliance on Scarlet Crusade

Anything components will net me a greater gain by dropping in more money and maybe skimping on another. I.E. Im thinking the bulk of my money should go towards Video card but I dont wanna skimp to much that I bottle neck it with inferior parts in other parts of the build.
December 15, 2006 8:32:06 PM

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no no no

A gaming sys is so simple.

C2D, 2 gigs RAM, 8800 vid card, P965 or 680i mobo


NO NUBCAKE DONT DO THAT....

...if you do that then we get hundreds of threads with people asking "What 8800 card is good for me?" or "Is this build good for DX10?" or "G80 or r600?" or "Will this card hold me over?" or "Is the e6600 worth paying more than a e6400?" or "What chipset is better for my needs?" or "What is the difference between pc2-6400 and pc2-8000 memory?" or "What is a good motherboard?" or "What is the best aftermarket heatsink for my build?" or "Should I buy or build?" or "Will this fit in my case?" or "What is a good case for my build?" or "Help my system isn't starting!" or "Did I do this right?" or "How do you like this setup?" or "Getting this system tonight plz hlp" or my personal favorite "What is the best computer I don't know absolutely anything?".....UGH the list goes on and on and on and on and on and on......and it's all pointless fud.

In the end all he wants is a computer that is the absolute best "Bang for the buck within $1000-1500." He wants to make sure that he can run Wow and TBC at max settings on his 20.1" 1600x1200 LCD. So don't ever do that again Asusman. I make his job and everyone else' job ezier.

He can even overclock like a madman with this build if he wants to sometime in the future. Micron D9 memory, ~550fsb on the P5B DLX, the modular psu is a favorite among people that like a clean case, and the 3000series Xeons outperform the standard Core 2 Duo's by creating less heat and running more efficiently thus allowing for higher overclocks.

Never do that again Asusman...ever.

SO AGAIN I SAY

Get what DaClan member rwaritsdario got:

Asus P5B deluxe
Intel Xeon 3050
Diamond X1950XT
SuperTalent 800CL4 2GB
Seagate 7200.10 320GB
XClio GreatPower 650W
Silverstone FM121 (or fans of your choosing)
NZXT Apollo black (or a case of your choosing)
Tuniq-120.

Best of Luck Anvel
~3lfk1ng
December 15, 2006 10:11:23 PM

You seriously need a tampon, your PMS is flairing.
December 15, 2006 10:41:11 PM

LOL, nah, I've just been on these forums long enough to realize mistakes like the one you made and I have since learned from it. 8)
December 15, 2006 11:27:56 PM

There is no need for a xeon for WoW, i would go with Core 2.

Do you need the monitor, key board etc....?
December 16, 2006 12:16:02 AM

why would U buy a Xeon chip for WoW? - Xeon CPU's are designed so that u can have two of them (or more).

as u will not be buying two Xeon CPUs then go with C2D CPU and u can install what I would call 'normall' ram, instead of the Fully un-buffered Xeon stuff.

WoW, Unless im not mistaken, does not use more then 2 cores, and thus a Xeon chip is pointless. U only buy Xeons when u want to double CPU system and have the advantage of 2Xthe N CPU

Even if WoW does use more then two cores in the future, its not a CPU heavy game, GPU speed is more important here. WoW doesnt have loads of physics going on so why bother?

Essentially WoW is a video game, it doesnt have special specs or anything, a fast GPU, fast ram and quick HD will proivde u with a decent FPS rating.

Xeons have no place here unless u plan on getting a dual CPU system.
December 16, 2006 12:20:57 AM

WoW, even at max details/aa on 1600*1200 is not demanding.
It doesnt need a particularly powerful CPU, GPU, or more than 1gig of memory.

I won't go and pick out components for you, but I can guarantee that a system that satisfies these minimum requirements will play WoW at any settings your heart desires.

1Gb RAM (obviously the more the merrier)
7900GS card or higher (x1950Pro, 7900GT, etc ... any card of that category)

CPU

E6300 (or any Pentium D/Pentium 4 3Ghz+, but these are hard to recommend now that C2D is out)
OR

AMD 3500+ (although a slower 3000+ will probably do fine too) or X2 3800 or higher.

Although at this point it certainly makes more sense to go with a Core2, any p965-based budget motherboard will do if you're not planning on heavy overclocking.

Like I said, this game is NOT demanding relative to a lot of games released in 2006. You should be able to squeeze everything into a 1K budget easily (assuming you have your monitor already).

CHeers
December 16, 2006 12:33:17 AM

I used to play WoW @ 1920x1200 with a Pentium M @2.0ghz, 1GB of ram, and nvidia 6800, had an average of about 19-35 fps.....so with that said a core 2 or AMD x2 proc will do fine, at least 1gb of ram (try for 2) and at least a 7900GS or GT if you bought a 8800GTS you would put WoW on its knees and your internet connection would prolly be your bottleneck. get a P965 or 680i mobo and atleast a 600-650watt psu.
December 16, 2006 1:37:23 AM

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why would U buy a Xeon chip for WoW? - Xeon CPU's are designed so that u can have two of them (or more).


LOL, NO....do some research next time before blurting flase information. The xeon3000 series are single processor server solutions that are manufactured the exact same way as the Core 2 Duo counterparts and manufactured on the same machine. Then they are tested, and the Core 2 Duos that outperform the others get rebranded as a xeons because they handle stress better.

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There is no need for a xeon for WoW, i would go with Core 2.


There is a huge need if you want top performance for bottom dollar. The xeon3000 series are Core 2 Duos that can handle more stress, use less voltage, and generate less heat.....the xeons are the smarter choice.

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Hey noobs I'm back, next time plz do your research. I said xeon 3000series. They are the exact same thing as there core 2 duo bothers. They are dual core processors and they do not run alongside another xeon like the old ones did. Never speak false information in these forums....do your research first everytime.

The xeon 3050 is the same exact processor as the e6400 but it was relabled as a xeon because it can handle more stress, generate less heat and therfore overclock higher which is perfect for workstations.

The xeon 3060 is the same exact processor as the e6600 but it was relabled as a xeon because it can handle more stress, generate less heat and therfore overclock higher which is perfect for workstations.

xeon3050 compared to a e6400

Now compare the xeon3060 to the e6600

You'll see they are the same exact processors, the xeons are just made to handle more stress, generate less heat and operate at lower voltages....and therefore the xeons are a much smarter option.

They are a little more expensive...but worth it if you have the money and want a solid machine that can handle more stress.

I hope you guys all learned something,
~3lfk1ng
December 16, 2006 2:33:17 AM

I'm sorry i am such a "noob". anyway he can go xeon if he wants but its just a WoW pc he could run the game however he wants with just an x2 3800, I thought the xeon just had more cache?? 4 instead of 2 for those models i dunno maybe i am wrong, whatever.
December 16, 2006 3:19:41 AM

wow that guy seriously needs to get off the estrogen.... a C2D or a X2 is fine.... not to mention its NOT WORTH IT. FB-DIMM more expensive then regular DDR2 so there is absolutely no point.. the guy wants to overclock not be as secure as the pentagon (ok bad metaphor) but seriously a E6400 or 6600 if you want to go intel and a 5000+ or 5200+ if you want to go AMD. as for video card if you like Nvidia go with the 8800GTX if you like ATI get like a x1950GT and wait for the R600's to come out. as for ram.... 2gb of DDR2-800 is recommended. DDR2-1000 would be nice if its in your budget but 800 is fine too. but 2gb to be future proof. and everything else is pretty much your preference. also think about a creative labs X-Fi to offload some work from the CPU. i'm assuming you dont have a screen yet otherwise you would have told us. so you have to budget in another maybe 300-400 bucks for a screen.

for my preference i would go something like this

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
DFI Infinity CFX3200
2x1024mb OCZ plat. DDR2-800
X1900XTX ( or if you want to wait X1900GT)
creative labs X-fi
dell 20.1" flat screen

something like that is fine...

if anyone else has a C2D based system go ahead and post it.. i'm not too up to date on C2D/mobo prices so eiya...

i have a x2 4400+ with 2gb of ddr1 and a x1900GT and it runs 1280x1024 fine and my friend has a Pent. D 820 with 1gb ddr2-533 x1900GT and he runs at 1600x1200 fine as well.

i'm sorry but anyone that tells you to go buy a xeon chip to play WoW is either smoking too much pot or is a complete retard. if he was going to go out and buy a Xeon why the hell doesnt he just buy the socket 1207 quad FX. but i'm not here to flame i'm here to help so those are some of my suggestions. especially since your a first time overclocker those are some good ways to start getting your hands dirty and still be able to run a good system the xeon might be a little too advanced for you still (maybe)
December 16, 2006 11:05:44 AM

Im fully aware of what a Xeon chip is - but the No.1 main point to a Xeon CPU is so you can have two of them.

And this is WoW you do not need two of them - so instead of buying the Xeon chip buy a C2D that will still be more then capable at running a game, which lets face it, is hardley Oblivion level graphics.

The argument placed here for the Xeon chip essentially means that every single person on earth who has bough a C2D - well, your all stupid because the Xeon blah blah blah is better at staying slightly cooler? yeah, what ever.

Lets not mention the fact u need different ram or anything....

what a load of rubbish.
December 16, 2006 11:34:47 AM

You never read what he said. The Xeon 30x0 series is THE SAME AS THE CORE 2's. They both use socket 775, both use regular old DDRII Ram. So let me reiterate; THEY ARE IDENTICAL CHIPS JUST BINNED DIFFERENTLY
December 16, 2006 11:45:54 AM

Ok my bad on the Ram I didnt realise they used normall ram so to speak - im still not sure why I would want to spend the extra bucks on the xeon tho.

All this talk of 'it can handle more stress' is a very loose statement to make - Whats the suggestion here? that the xeon can cope with more? more what exactlly? and compared to what? a C2D?

whats being asked here? the statement doesnt make any sense.it reads as if C2D might pull to many CPU cycles, and erm, over stress itself?

they are both the same chip, they do the same job, the C2D actually overclocks faster - according to the links provided - and costs less money then the Xeon.

If the talk about stress, is related to reliablity then thats another issue, but I highly doubt that C2D breakdown due to stress if you play WoW to much...

so in short.

C2D and the Xeon chips mentioned here are in fact the same chip but the Xeon was designed for server use and working with other Xeon chips - u pay for that.

Will you ever work the C2D to the point of failure ie, over stress it, as the man calls it?

I doubt it.

Save some $, buy a C2D - overclock it beyond the Xeon, spending your extra $ you save from not buying the Xeon, and voila - faster CPU to play WoW... not that U needed it.
December 16, 2006 12:43:06 PM

Quote:
Hi,

Im looking for a build to max out world of warcraft. Ive been playing casually on my very old shitty laptop since it was released and with the release of the expansion im ready to upgrade. I will be using this computer for gaiming almost exclusivley and would love any suggestions on components. I plan on building it myself and I want absolute max settings on a 20.1" 1600x1200 LCD. My budget is between $1000-1500.
I'm very interested in keeping it upgradable friendly. Thanks to any posters I really appreciate it.


Well if all you want is to run WOW. I will sell you my computer. I can run it maxed out at 1280x1024 at over 150fps.

P4 3.4 with H/T
2Gig DDR 2 400
160GIG HDD
Sound Blaster Audigy 2
ATI X850xt
CDRW/DVDRW

I paid a toal of 800 for this over the course of 3 years. It will do ya just fine for WOW.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
a b Ý World of Warcraft
December 16, 2006 1:03:35 PM

I a sick of this 3lfk1ng guy calling everybody with a different opinion a noob. Seems like he was raised with liquid wisdom...scheeesch... /ignore
December 16, 2006 1:12:23 PM

The point of going with the Xeons is that they cost just a little bit more (about 20$) but they come from better bins.
This because they're sold to be used 24/7 doing services which can results in millions of dollars of losses if interrupted due to a failure.
So coming from better bins, they run cooler, possibly at lower voltages and possibly reaching maximum higher overclocks than their comparable desktop parts.
Same goes for Opterons VS Athlon X2.
December 16, 2006 1:15:10 PM

Here it goes:

*A medium/ High end GPU (Radeon X1900/X1950 or GF 7900GS) with at least 256MB Ram - right now there is no need to spend the extra bucks on a GF8800 since I don't see WoW becoming DX10-only for quite some time.

*As for Ram the old story applies, the more is better, so go for 2GB Kingston HyperX or Corsair XMS

*As for the debate over the Processor C2D is cheaper and will fit your budgt nicely, a 6400 should do fine. There is no use going for the Xeon 3000 on a regular P965 board since it would be overkill.

*Mainboard - your choice between Asus, Gigabyte & MSI. Personally i'd recommend the P5B deluxe.

*HDD a Seagate or Maxtor 320GB drive SATA or look for those bargain 160 drives & set 2 of them up in raid 0 this should give u a nice speedup (you will need a Floppy drive to set this up)

*Optical drive, any DVDR/RW drive should be fine. LG offers great bang per buck


*Case Lian Li PC-G50B one of the best alu cases around there w/ great cooling management.

OS WinXP Pro

Price
CPU - ca.220
MB - ca. 180
RAM - ca. 250
GPU - ca. 270
HDD - ca. 90
Optical Drive - ca. 25
Case ca. 125
OS - ca. 140 (oem)

Total 1300

Now to the Xeon Debate: Cchips are made on wafers those parts that came from the center of the wafer usually are of better quality than those from the outer parts - for example the venerable i875 was exactly the same chip as the i865 (as asus prooved by enabling performace boost on the i865 chipset). I know those are chipsets , but it's the same thing with CPU's, i used that example to proove a point. Since the parts in the center are better they CAN HANDLE MORE STRESS & actlually work better than C2D & ARE ACTUALLY MORE STABLE OVERCLOCKERS than their c2d Counterparts. And everybody that says workstation CPU's aren't good gaming CPU's should complain with AMD for developing 4x4, make fun of profeccional gamers than go to the LAN-Party with heir Opteron/Xeon Rigg...
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In the 60's and 70's people actually fought for their way of life, look it up in history books...
December 16, 2006 1:48:44 PM

Xeons are optimized for shunting data back and forth over networks, not for doing physics calculations and such.

You're doing to same thing as recommending a FireGL for gamer. C2D's are built specifically with gaming in mind, and would work far better for WoW.

In reality though, just get a cheap Athlon for WoW, because it runs smoothly on any CPU these days.
-cm
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
a b Ý World of Warcraft
December 16, 2006 2:02:55 PM

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Xeons are optimized for shunting data back and forth over networks, not for doing physics calculations and such.

You're doing to same thing as recommending a FireGL for gamer. C2D's are built specifically with gaming in mind, and would work far better for WoW.

In reality though, just get a cheap Athlon for WoW, because it runs smoothly on any CPU these days.
-cm


Go with this advice I'd suggest.
December 16, 2006 2:24:43 PM

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Xeons are optimized for shunting data back and forth over networks, not for doing physics calculations and such.

No, not at all.
Xeon 3000 are EXACTLY the same as C2D from an architectural point of view.
Clock for clock they are exactly as fast, they don't have any kind of special optimization.
The only difference is that they are from better bins, so they run cooler and potentially overclock better.
Different is the case for Netburst based Xeons, which are *not* recommended here.

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You're doing to same thing as recommending a FireGL for gamer. C2D's are built specifically with gaming in mind, and would work far better for WoW.

FireGL card usually share the GPU with their desktop counterparts, but have special drivers to suit workstation usages.
This is not true for Xeon CPUs (there's no driver to tell what they can do and how).
December 16, 2006 6:18:47 PM

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I a sick of this 3lfk1ng guy calling everybody with a different opinion a noob. Seems like he was raised with liquid wisdom...scheeesch... /ignore


I'm going to keep calling them noobs too if they want to keep spewing false information. :lol: 

I'm not calling them noobs because they have different opinions, I'm calling them noobs because what they are saying is 100% untrue. They are speaking with what they think is correct....not 100% correct information. If you want to look smart...be smart about what you say.(a little bit of google can go a long ways)

Pippero said it well
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No, not at all.
Xeon 3000 are EXACTLY the same as C2D from an architectural point of view.
Clock for clock they are exactly as fast, they don't have any kind of special optimization.
The only difference is that they are from better bins, so they run cooler and potentially overclock better.
Different is the case for Netburst based Xeons, which are *not* recommended here.


The xeon3000series are the exact same thing as the Core 2 Duo's but they offer more performance for a slightly higher price, as Pippero put it they just come from better bins . They are not made specifically for servers as celewign would like to believe, they have been proven time and time again to offer higher framrates in games and run at lower temps. They use the same DDR2 240pin memory that the Core 2 Duos use and they offer better overclocking results.

Some people find it worth the difference in price, some don't. I personally was going to buy a 3060 until newegg raised the price $40...so instead I got a mesely e6600 which is fine because I got it to hold me over for a few months until I upgrade to a quad core. Now if I have a choice between a 3050 and a e6400 I would choose the 3050 because the 3050 is worth the smaller price difference because you get more "Bang for your buck".

It's not that hard to google information. A simple 5 minute search would tell you everything I told you guys, yet you decide to spew information that isn't even close to accurate.

You guys can hate me all you want, but Anvel asked for help, not lies and false statements. Misleading him is only going to create issues, not only with him, but with me as well. So of course I'm going to correct you and call you a nubcake because if your not a nubcake then you would be smart enough to do a little research next time before making a post. :lol: 

You guys may be new to the forums and that's fine with me. Consider this a lesson learned early on and hopefully you won't make these mistakes in the future. 8)

Don't think I'm perfect either, I had my many mistakes before my 200th post and I have learned from them. In fact most of the guys over 500 posts have learned from mistakes, we all make them, we are not perfect. But the only way to learn from mistakes is to make them, so now it's time to move on.

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Ok my bad on the Ram I didnt realise they used normall ram so to speak - im still not sure why I would want to spend the extra bucks on the xeon tho.

The op stated
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Oh i forgot I've never overclocked a system before but I plan on overclocking this one as much as possible to get the most bang for my buck.


The best bang for the buck for overclocking as much as possible would be a xeon 3050 or a xeon 3060. So hopefully that finished this thread as well as the arguements being thrown around especially the ones Directed at me. :D  :wink:

Please read DaClans review on the e6600 vs the xeon3060 to see for yourself....one of the facts that you guys may want to remember is

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For those of you who are out of the loop, the 3060 is the Xeon 3060 Conroe, the Xeon equivalent of the Core 2 Duo E6600. A couple of weeks back I was roped into buying the chip after this gem popped up in a thread over on Tom's.
The specifications on the 3060, as for the rest of the 3xxx series directly correspond with its Core 2 cousins. The 3060 shares the same 4mB L2 cache, the same 2.4GHz clock speed, same multiplier, even the same CPUz 1.37 ID.
These are not to be confused with the 5xxx and 7xxx series Xeons, which are the Woodcrest cores and are LGA771.


Best of luck to everyone :trophy:
~3lfk1ng
December 16, 2006 6:44:22 PM

Seriously, before you open your mouth, be assured of what you are talking about. The 30XX series Xeons are basically Core 2 Duo's that have been binned for server usage, meaning that they'll run at lower voltages and lower temps. For only $20 is a great OC chip. I should know.
I should have been here earlier to shut most of you up. *shakes head* No more n00bish behavior please.
December 16, 2006 11:07:37 PM

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*A medium/ High end GPU (Radeon X1900/X1950 or GF 7900GS) with at least 256MB Ram - right now there is no need to spend the extra bucks on a GF8800 since I don't see WoW becoming DX10-only for quite some time.


WoW will never be DX10. You don't necessarily buy a 8 series for DX10, but for the absolute raw speed.

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*As for Ram the old story applies, the more is better, so go for 2GB Kingston HyperX or Corsair XMS


I'll give you that. MMORPG's are RAM hogs, plain and simple. They suck up more memory than anything I have seen. I routinely get very close to maxing out my 2GB playing Lineage II.

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*HDD a Seagate or Maxtor 320GB drive SATA or look for those bargain 160 drives & set 2 of them up in raid 0 this should give u a nice speedup (you will need a Floppy drive to set this up)


Let's not turn this into a RAID debate, I suggest avoiding RAID unless it is necessary. My only response is do not buy a Maxtor. Diamondmax 10's were failure's, DM 11's I don't think did much better. Seagate's have been doing quite well and I would agree with that recommendation. The 250GB arena is batting at a better $/GB ratio than the 320, although they are very close. I have been buying in the 250GB range, mainly because they are cheaper and prime for my NAS. This comes down to personal usage. You buy what you need :) 

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*Optical drive, any DVDR/RW drive should be fine. LG offers great bang per buck


Lite-On offers a $35 DVD-R/RW drive that is SATA, so you can finally lose all those obnoxious IDE cables (I personally loathe them)

sidenote: MMORPG's are an entirely different monster than almost every other type of game. They are quite taxing. Oddly enough I don't use prime to stability test my system.... rather Lineage II. Oh sure, laugh, but my system passes prime at 255*11 but crashes in L2 every time. L2 is stable at 250*11, as is prime. It is a weird fact I have happened upon.
December 17, 2006 12:50:25 AM

Haha! This thread is loaded with bullshit! :p  3lfk1ng knows what the hell he is talking about, DaSickNinja knows what he is talking about. End of story.

3lf only dishes out "noob" titles when the title of "noob" is due. I couldn't even read the whole thread it was so bad.

To the OP: PM myself, any of Da Clan or start a new thread if you are knee deep in bull... and want a straight answer.
December 17, 2006 1:12:00 AM

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Haha! This thread is loaded with bullshit! :p  3lfk1ng knows what the hell he is talking about, DaSickNinja knows what he is talking about. End of story.

3lf only dishes out "noob" titles when the title of "noob" is due. I couldn't even read the whole thread it was so bad.

To the OP: PM myself, any of Da Clan or start a new thread if you are knee deep in bull... and want a straight answer.


Thank you so much Tool, wish you were here earlier to assist me :p .

I agree, if he needs a new thread I'll be glad to assist him with some "More educated players"

If he just wants a simple clear and concise answer I would still go with what DaClan member rwaritsdario got:

Asus P5B deluxe
Intel Xeon 3050
Diamond X1950XT
SuperTalent 800CL4 2GB
Seagate 7200.10 320GB
XClio GreatPower 650W
Silverstone FM121 (or fans of your choosing)
NZXT Apollo black (or a case of your choosing)
Tuniq-120.

Dario has chosen the absolute best "Bang for your buck system" within the price range so you know that this beast will overclock really well.

Thanks again Tool
~3lfk1ng
December 17, 2006 1:15:53 AM

Not a prob bro. I may be somewhat new here, but I know to keep my mouth (or fingers?) shut when I don't know if something is factual or not. At least cite your level of knowledge before saying something is the case when it actually may not be.

"Soap box house of cards and glass,
so don't go tossin' your stones around"

Maynard James Keenan (Tool singer/lyricist)


Edit: Dario spent a lot of time choosing parts for that rig, very well spent time too. If I were building from scratch, that would be it.
December 17, 2006 1:21:15 AM

Well, its a lesson for us all.
December 17, 2006 1:23:41 AM

True.

Hey, since the thread is basically off track anyway...how do you like that Xclio PSU? They kinda jumped out at me in terms of quality and I see that you and Dario have one. Or was it just Dario posting in the blog? I don't remember...
December 17, 2006 1:28:26 AM

K cool, will PM him. Deciding between that one, the OCZ GameXstream or maybe the Corsair HX.
December 17, 2006 1:28:47 AM

Nice entertaining drama. Rivals what you can read on WoW forums.
All in all a typical Tom's thread.
December 17, 2006 1:31:41 AM

Ah, so whats your position on the matter, objectively speaking?
December 17, 2006 1:33:57 AM

On the Xeon vs Core2? Didn't someone do a performance test here earlier that prooved that they're basically the same thing? The only thing I didnt know is that Xeon is lower voltage.

As for the thread, it's got my seal of approval. I wouldn't be checking these forums quite as often if they weren't as entertaining.
December 17, 2006 1:36:28 AM

Yeah, that was me. :D 
December 17, 2006 1:40:49 AM

Ah, well, that was informative.

I remember the only thing I didnt like about that review is that your scaling of the graphs was a little strange, so a 2 point difference in 3DMARK looked like a 30% increase at first glance.

Any other reviews planned in the near future?
December 17, 2006 1:46:44 AM

Yeah. If you click the ever changing bar in my signature you'll see that I just did a Intel Bad Axe review. Feel free to comment both here and there.

Edit for typo
December 17, 2006 1:54:09 AM

DA CLAN STRIKES!
:roll:
-cm
December 17, 2006 2:26:35 AM

Quote:
Hi,

Im looking for a build to max out world of warcraft. Ive been playing casually on my very old shitty laptop since it was released and with the release of the expansion im ready to upgrade. I will be using this computer for gaiming almost exclusivley and would love any suggestions on components. I plan on building it myself and I want absolute max settings on a 20.1" 1600x1200 LCD. My budget is between $1000-1500.
I'm very interested in keeping it upgradable friendly. Thanks to any posters I really appreciate it.

IMO get the best single GPU money can buy and atleast 2GB's of RAM. Any dual core, or for that matter any single core, CPU runs WOW great. WOW really doesnt even need dual core as all it does is allows you to run 2 instances of WOW. If you can multitask and play 2 chars at a time then dual core is a must else doesnt even matter.

I can run WOW on a Athlon 500 with 384MB's of RAM and a Nvidia fx5500. Its laggy in the major citys but it goes to show you how none CPU intensive WOW is and how unimportant a dual core would be.
December 17, 2006 2:58:25 AM

Ehh I hope this will teach you not to post at the n00b club...
And my goal was never to play WOW at max settings (even that ill rape that and any other game in my way)... but to surpass 500Mhz, which the OP obviously has no interest in.

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K cool, will PM him. Deciding between that one, the OCZ GameXstream or maybe the Corsair HX.
I picked the XClio because its a tad more stable than OCZ and modular, and because its hard for me to validate rebates. But the OCZ is far a better value if youve got a couple zip ties on hand.
The Corsair seems to be stable but its overpriced for its specs (its Corsair.. :roll: )
December 17, 2006 3:01:08 AM

Its a good standard rig. Solid components, no gimmicks, good price to performance. Now with that said, I head off for the night. Ja ne.
December 17, 2006 3:03:35 AM

Yeah but he can skimp in cooling, mobo, and RAM just to get a 8800. That sure would make WoW not to lag...
December 17, 2006 3:18:54 AM

I'm sure any of the PSU's I go with will be great. If you saw my "Custom Cherry Wood Case" thread at all, I will have a place to tuck extra wires. Thanks for the opinion.

8800's will eat WoW alive and spit out EverQuest.
December 17, 2006 3:25:29 AM

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December 17, 2006 3:28:11 AM

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8800's will eat WoW alive and spit out EverQuest.
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December 17, 2006 4:03:11 AM

Lag is not just on the video card in wow though. Thats what they were taking into consideration when they gave him the specs of his ideal rig for best performance.
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