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New System for WOW running at 1920x1200 Resolution

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May 22, 2007 7:44:39 AM

Hi Guys,

I'm setting new system for World of Warcraft that is running one or two monitor.

If one monitor it will be Dell 24" with resolution of 1920x1200
If two monitors it will be 2x Apple CinemaDiplay with Resolution of 1680x1050

My components are:
Motherboard: Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP
CPU: Intel E6420, 4MB L2, 2.13GB, 1066MHz (maybe overclock)
Memory: 2x 1GB Samsung DDR2 800Mhz or 2x 1GB Corsiar DDR2 667Mhz (not sure with corsair)
HDD: Seagate SATAII 7200rpm 320GB (wish 10k but can't justify the HDD Size)
Graphic: Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M
DVDRom Drive: Pioneer SATA 212D
Case: Antec P150 or CoolMaster CAC-T05 (not sure if CoolMaster's PSU has enough power).

Looking for your advise. Oh btw. I'm going to with Windows Vista Home Premium.
May 22, 2007 8:25:22 AM

Real nice system, About the same parts I would buy.
Since you are looking at that high of default resolution, I would jump to the 640mb card. Check some the tests on Tom's to see where the difference starts with the 8800 and the screen size used. 1600x1200 is about the point of change
May 22, 2007 8:32:02 AM

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Real nice system, About the same parts I would buy.
Since you are looking at that high of default resolution, I would jump to the 640mb card. Check some the tests on Tom's to see where the difference starts with the 8800 and the screen size used. 1600x1200 is about the point of change


There's no point if all he's doing is playing WoW. My old 6800GT can play it at 1600x1200 fine. Then again, i don't really know why anyone would want to play that game. The constant grinding just grinds away what's left of my sanity!
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May 22, 2007 8:56:13 AM

I will agree with you, the poster wanted to know what needs changing the rig they posted. My rig is much worse than anyone's here and I play wow with that (barely). Sometimes we can't tell people what to buy, just to avoid mistakes. Any recent budget rig will play WoW
May 22, 2007 9:40:00 AM

Just on the optical drive. I think it is still better to get a IDE cables pioneer drive as the SATA drives can be a pain in the ^&* at times. Because of power issues, etc. I think you should get a IDE cabled pioneer drive. My friend has that optical drive that you are considering getting. It has been a real pain in the ^&* for him since he got it, as sometimes it doesn;t recognize the drive and sometimes the drive door won;t open/close. Stick with the latest pioneer IDE cabled drive. It doesn;t matter which pioneer drive you get. Its still NO.1!

Its your decision.

Cheers!
May 22, 2007 9:41:15 AM

How powerful is the PSU your are bundling with the rig? 600W+ should be more than enough, if you are considering going that far...
May 22, 2007 10:09:24 AM

The Coolmaster CACT05 has 350W & the Antec P150 has 430W.

I'm sure if the 350W is enough.

Anyways thanks for your quick reply guys.
May 22, 2007 10:13:22 AM

You will need atleast 500W+ mate. I am running a P4 and its struggling with a 400W PSU. Google PSU calculators. And go to one of the sites and calculate the power you need. it is good to have an extra bit of power, so the PSU isn't under 100% load all the time.
May 22, 2007 10:26:34 AM

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You will need atleast 500W+ mate. I am running a P4 and its struggling with a 400W PSU. Google PSU calculators. And go to one of the sites and calculate the power you need. it is good to have an extra bit of power, so the PSU isn't under 100% load all the time.


Man, this is a very good advice. Thanks now I know Coolmaster is not a good choice.
May 22, 2007 4:07:31 PM

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You will need atleast 500W+ mate. I am running a P4 and its struggling with a 400W PSU. Google PSU calculators. And go to one of the sites and calculate the power you need. it is good to have an extra bit of power, so the PSU isn't under 100% load all the time.


Man, this is a very good advice. Thanks now I know Coolmaster is not a good choice.

Don't listen ot these people telling you you need "over 500 watts" etc. I'm using a 430 Watt with an 8800GTS 320, C2D E4300, 2GB RAM, 2 x 160GB SATA drives and my DVD drive.

Don't take any bullpoop saying you need a 500 Watt. A decent 430 is more than enough for MOST systems.
May 23, 2007 6:14:29 AM

Sorry about that misleading comment, i was just trying to help. But i would certainly google and check it out.

Cheers!
May 23, 2007 6:37:15 AM

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You will need atleast 500W+ mate. I am running a P4 and its struggling with a 400W PSU. Google PSU calculators. And go to one of the sites and calculate the power you need. it is good to have an extra bit of power, so the PSU isn't under 100% load all the time.


Man, this is a very good advice. Thanks now I know Coolmaster is not a good choice.

Don't listen ot these people telling you you need "over 500 watts" etc. I'm using a 430 Watt with an 8800GTS 320, C2D E4300, 2GB RAM, 2 x 160GB SATA drives and my DVD drive.

Don't take any bullpoop saying you need a 500 Watt. A decent 430 is more than enough for MOST systems.

Wrong as well. A decent 12v rail is what will allow you to power a high end video card. Look at the video card specs for 12v requirement, and find a psu that has a comfortable headroom above that for 12v supply. Living on the edge will only mean the psu will become insufficient as the capacitors age, and you will reduce the lifespan of your system.
May 23, 2007 6:45:08 AM

Everyone is right. A GOOD 430w PSU will power your system. A crap 500W PSU might not. For $50 I like the FSP 430W.
May 23, 2007 1:04:47 PM

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You will need atleast 500W+ mate. I am running a P4 and its struggling with a 400W PSU. Google PSU calculators. And go to one of the sites and calculate the power you need. it is good to have an extra bit of power, so the PSU isn't under 100% load all the time.


Man, this is a very good advice. Thanks now I know Coolmaster is not a good choice.

Don't listen ot these people telling you you need "over 500 watts" etc. I'm using a 430 Watt with an 8800GTS 320, C2D E4300, 2GB RAM, 2 x 160GB SATA drives and my DVD drive.

Don't take any bullpoop saying you need a 500 Watt. A decent 430 is more than enough for MOST systems.

Wrong as well. A decent 12v rail is what will allow you to power a high end video card. Look at the video card specs for 12v requirement, and find a psu that has a comfortable headroom above that for 12v supply. Living on the edge will only mean the psu will become insufficient as the capacitors age, and you will reduce the lifespan of your system.

I intended to mention that the amount of amps on the 12v rail is what actually allows you to power your video card but i'm not too sure on what specs. are actually good, so i left it alone.
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