So I'm building a new computer for Warhammer Online. I would like to be able to run this game on all high settings with no slowdown. I would also like to be able to do this with some other games (Spore is one of them) but WAR takes priority. My budget is around $600, but I can always go a bit above that.
I have been doing research over the last couple days, posted on a lot of forums. But I'm hoping I can get some good advice here, everyone seems really cool.
I don't need a case, i have one from my last computer.
And as for a monitor (this is one of my big questions) I have a 40" Samsung HD LCD 1080p Television, and I was hoping to be able to play on this. Does anyone know if that would work out? I suppose I would need to hook it up through an HDMI cable, but I'm really not sure.
(I've heard great things about this processor, I decided I probably wouldn't go for the quad core since this is mainly for WAR. I'm not sure about the heatsink on it though, reviews say that it's not the greatest. Should I buy a better one?)
If anyone can answer my questions I would greatly appreciate it.
I'm looking to purchase my new computer very soon, most likely tonight. I think I'll be trying out Newegg's Preferred Account, as I can easily pay this off within 6 months. (Anyone ever used this?)
As long as you are not overclocking the stock CPU cooler is sufficient. The problem is not so much cooling as it is getting it attached well. The Intel push-pin system for CPU coolers is a poor design. Most CPU coolers use this same design, but a few, like the Xigmatek S-1283 come with an optional kit that allows you to bolt in the cooler... far more secure, but a bigger project over all.
Oh, yes either video card will work for that. Get the 4850 though, because it is quite a bit faster and will last you longer. 8800GT is still fast enough and will indeed run WAR very well but in 6 months it will be struggling with new titles. 4850 should have a longer satisfaction period for you.
Make sure you have good air flow through your case though, the 4850 will heat up all your parts otherwise.
Ok cool, thanks again!
I'm pretty sure my case has good airflow, it has at least 4 fans if I remember correctly (I'm at work).
I've never really had to deal with heat/temperature issues so I'll have to do some research.
That's an interesting article, thanks!
But it looks like I won't be ordering them tonight after all.
The newegg preferred account and the "Bill me later" thing aren't working for me.
I wasn't expecting that because I've signed up for a couple of similar programs with other company's.
Looks like I'll have to wait a couple weeks instead.
Do you mean like what parts I am going to get?
That I'm not entirely sure of anymore, the video card you linked looks really nice so I'm thinking about upgrading to that. And I am considering downgrading the processor..
I guess I'm not as sure as I was, knowing now that I have some more weeks to wait.
Hey I've been really thinking about what you said and I'm seriously considering going with the e7200 and the 4870.
I might be buying the parts in the next hour. I have looked over the article you posted but am still a little unsure. I really won't be suffering at all by downgrading the processor?
I know that video card looks amazing, but it's the processor I'm worried about.
Thanks again so much!.
Alright what if I spent a little extra and went for the 4870 and the E8400?
It seems like I would be pretty well off with this combo. I just don't want to ever have to worry about performance issues with this game.
I've been in some larger PvP battles in open beta and I did not notice any slowdowns on an 8800GT and E8400.
As far as the really big RvR stuff... I don't know. At some point I think processing power and memory would take priority, but it all depends on how the game is coded.
Some first person shooter is going to benefit more from a graphics card upgrade. MMOs are different. Just the fact that you usually get the best upgrade from system memory in an MMO indicates that they are more CPU intensive.
Yea I've just been reading about the 4870 and people say it's good if your gonna be playing on a big HD tv. But then again it's just opinions.
Theres just so many choices! But yea thanks, I think I'll go with the e8400 and think about the graphics card some more.
I recommend a 4870 over a 4850 in your situation just due to the fact that 1080P = 1920x1200 resolution. A 4850 or a 8800GT will struggle at that resolution even though WAR doesnt seem to be that graphically demanding. Ive been playing since stress test and now in open beta, playing on a slower PC than what you plan to build, but only at 1680X1050 res, but 1920X1200 is a big step up.
Just listed the basics above. No real need for an aftermarket cooler unless you plan on over clocking. Throw in a SATA hard drive and DVD drive of your choice as well as a decent case and maybe a copy of Vista Home Premium and youll be sitting good for quite awhile.
The only consideration Id give is possibly buying an X48 based motherboard because the P45 chipset really doesnt do Xfire that well. Having the ability to add a second video card down the road if you find that its not fast enough is a good thing. If you want to be able to run a second 4870, it would be wise to jump up to a 750 watt PSU as a 600 watt will not be enough.