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Budget Warcraft Gaming Build Redux

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December 4, 2008 1:11:07 AM

Alright, my last thread got a little unwieldy so I'm making this one with the updated items.

Although I primary play WoW, please understand that I raid in 25 mans with everything on high.

E8400
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
CORSAIR DDR2 800 4GB
EVGA 9800GT
Corsair 550w
WD 80gb 3gb/s HD
XION Solaris Case

Any opinions would be appreciated.
December 4, 2008 1:45:02 AM

i think it wold all be pretty good except for the harddrive i would get one of the 320gb wd as it is only $20 more for 4x the storage also it will run faster
December 4, 2008 5:26:01 AM

Consider a COOLER MASTER Centurion 534. Its a better case and the shipping is free so it will actually cost less than the Solaris.

As gators1223 states, get a HD with higher storage capacity. Other than that the build looks solid.
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December 4, 2008 5:33:27 AM

9800GT is the minimum card id use for WoW. Even the GTX 260 falls below 40fps in 25man raids on max settings.
But i wouldnt go 280 for price/preformance ratio you'd get out of WoW.
260 is good 9800 is also fine tho if your on a budget.
As gators1223 said bigger harddrive is better. But it depends. While i may easily use 160gigs of 320gigs in games and stuff, my brother who plays WoW uses under 60gigs. It depends what else you do. Either way there only like 59 for a 500gig harddrive
December 4, 2008 6:04:37 AM

I support all these suggestions.

That case has two 80mm fans. Not enough cooling, and they will be loud as well. $10 more will get you an Antec 300, which you can then trick out with green, red and blue fans. :p 

If it has to be flashy, here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
At least they have good fans.




December 4, 2008 7:39:55 AM

stplayahtn said:
Alright, my last thread got a little unwieldy so I'm making this one with the updated items.

Although I primary play WoW, please understand that I raid in 25 mans with everything on high.

E8400
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
CORSAIR DDR2 800 4GB
EVGA 9800GT
Corsair 550w
WD 80gb 3gb/s HD
XION Solaris Case

Any opinions would be appreciated.

I've just upgraded to:

E8400
Asus P5Q Pro
Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 2GB
MSI Zilent 8800GT
PCP&C Silencer 610w
WD 320GB HD
Antec P182

Obviously that's a pretty similar setup to yours. I get 60+fps in a crowded Orgrimmar and not far off that in Dalaran. Generally 50+fps even flying around Icecrown with everything except shadows maxed out (I don't like the obvious draw-in with maxed shadows so I've turned them down out of preference - I'm not sure how they would impinge performance were they maxed out). I haven't raided at all yet as I've been leveling a DK and so only hit 80 a few days ago, but I'm not anticipating any performance issues there at all.

It could possibly be worth getting a Crossfire-capable P45 board such as the P5Q Pro (or that Gigabyte if it does Xfire) and sticking one HD4670 or HD4850 in now and possibly getting another at a later date if needed? Other than considering that as an option and getting a larger hard drive, that build should be fine.
December 4, 2008 4:44:02 PM

Thanks for the replies.

The reason I'm going for the smaller HD, is because I have a couple TB's of externals, so space isn't a problem. I just wanted a fresh HD to install Vista and WoW on.

Someone mentioned a speed increase from the larger drive. Is the speed increase noticeable?

Thanks.
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