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Building a System For Playing WOW

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June 23, 2009 11:11:34 PM

Hi i play WOW on my 15inch laptop, my eyes start soaring after a few hours of raiding :( 

I am planing to buy a desktop, after doing some research i have decided to go with the following setup.
Pretty much all i do with the system is play WOW and may be watch some movies.

Monitor:
Dell S2309W Full HD Widescreen flat panel
Monitor
$150 (already bought this one).

Video:
SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon
HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Video
$210 ($200 after rebate)

Video
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Video
$35

CPU & Mobo Combo
X3 720 + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3
CPU & Mobo Combo

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
HDD
70 X 2 = $140

Case
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Case
$80

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
PSU
$120


RAM:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
RAM
$55

have not decided to buy a DVD Drive or BlueRay Drive

i need some help from experts, do you think this system is enough to handle WOW if not in the extreme settings.
i am not really a familiar with build system this is my first attempt. what else do i need for the system to be operational
wireless card, sound card etc. need some good suggestions for what buy.

Lakshman
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June 23, 2009 11:30:36 PM

You need DDR3 for that motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a wireless adapter or card if you need it. Use the onboard audio, if you're not happy with it later, add a sound card.

Just put settings on "custom" with everything turned all the way up except "shadow effects" put those on the 3rd or so notch up and you'll be fine.

Nice build.

*EDIT* I should have added that this is more then you need for very good performance in WoW, but it's a good system with good upgrade options for the future.
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June 24, 2009 1:09:42 AM

if my athlon 3800+ single core 7300gs + 2gb of ddr2 ram can play it with no jerks or lag at high settings that thing will play it at like 100 fps lol that rig youve chosen can play most recent games at stupidly high fps and wow is nothing, warhammer online is a different thing though
June 24, 2009 1:09:53 AM

if my athlon 3800+ single core 7300gs + 2gb of ddr2 ram can play it with no jerks or lag at high settings that thing will play it at like 100 fps lol that rig youve chosen can play most recent games at stupidly high fps and wow is nothing, warhammer online is a different thing though
June 24, 2009 1:30:41 AM

Yeah, what ^^ he ^^ said, if all you do is play Wow then your throwing some money away.

And I don't know why anyone hasn't said it... but that PSU is overkill for a single 4890 unless you plan on going Crossfire.

Good build though. ;) 
June 24, 2009 1:41:47 AM

Im not an expert by any means, however I am about to build a couple of computer systems for exactly the same purpose as you. The build I have in mind is almost identical to what you have there with a few changes.

The graphics card is overkill for WoW by a long way. Personally I am going to be using the new ATi 4770. I will also be going for a gigabyte 790fx Motherboard. Nothing major, I just like their boards.

To answer your question, the system you are building will easily cope with WoW on ultra settings at well over 60fps with ease.



June 24, 2009 2:15:35 AM

I built this system a few weeks ago for a WoW player. Used the Giga 790X/PhenomII 720/ 3.2GHz overclock/HD4770 using 1680X1050 resolution they get 20-25fps in Dalaran when using the ULTRA settings, 35-45 fps when outside of Dal or in raids. Local west coast server, high speed DSL.
June 24, 2009 4:12:45 PM

thanks for feedback

I am going to with the DDR3 RAM.

i guess the graphic card is an overkill.......... but i am sticking with it , as i may not buy a new PC for a few years.


more than 60fps WOW......can not wait.

few questions
do i need any connection cables for assembling the system?
any suggestion for a good wireless card?

Thanks
Lak
June 24, 2009 4:22:36 PM

swap the 4890 for the 4870, it saves you $50 and there will be little difference.
June 24, 2009 4:55:52 PM

im glad someone else capitalized on that dell monitor deal! $150 for their 23" is a awesome deal. i got 2 :) 

good luck with your build
!