Hello everyone. I would appreciate help building my first pc. I play WOW with low fps on my current 8 yr old (ouch) system.
I have tried to find a thread with all the same/similar details as my build but have so far been unsucessful.
I have a 24 inch Samsung monitor that I would like to run at 1920 x1200.
I have $800 (US) to spend and would love to get something ordered in a week or two. I don't need mouse/keyboard/etc... Just the PC and an OS.
I think I would prefer Intel (out of habit?) but would be open to AMD if the consensus was that would be better. As I mentioned, I play WOW currently, but would also like to get into Call of Duty and Crysis. I realize my budget won't let me play those on the highest settings, but such is life.
As far as multitasking goes, I usually don't do more then having WOW up with an open IE window in the background.
Here's a good set up that won't break the bank, yet will allow you to play WoW on high settings. That case is vented and set up to run 3x120mm fans, it comes with two and I added a third to this build. It says "refurbished" but most all of these cases were sent back because of something like a loose wire, untapped screw hole, etc... Essentially these are new cases. The PSU has great specs for the price, not to mention it's modular. Anyways here ya go.
So if I were to try and spend to my budget, how would I best spend another $90 (I didn't add up the shipping costs, so this is just a guess/hypothetical).
I would switch out the vid card and get a larger case...seeing how that gtx 260 is a very big card. Switch out those two items and it will make your total price $764.89. Save the money left over for shipping cost...pizza, etc....
For the $800, you could easily go for a quad or triple core AMD Phenom II build, if you're ok with going AMD.
A Phenom II x3 720 BE is only $145 and now that DDR 3 is getting cheaper you would only have to add about $25 to what you are spending now for the ram. With a triple core you would have much more capabilities.
The triple core is very nicely overclockable on a cheap cooler or even the stock one.