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January 6, 2010 10:13:10 PM

So, I've finally given up on custom computers. I can build what I want for half the price. Problem? Somebody needs to help me figure out the parts to get.

Here's my requirements:

Run World of Warcraft on Ultra-High while retaining good FPS (40 to 70), during raids, large PvP, and in detailed environments. I'm not looking for a future proof system. I just want to run this game, and run it well.

I'm trying to spend the LEAST AMOUNT of money I can. $750-1000 is my target, for the computer alone, without accessories or a monitor.

So, anyone wanna give me a hand?

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2010 10:55:48 PM

What resolution is your monitor? That will determine how powerful of a graphics card you need. At 1680x1050 you can probably get away with a 5770 ($160-$175) if you turn AA off. A 5850 ($300-325) should be a guarantee even at 1920x1200.
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January 6, 2010 11:26:12 PM

This one is 1440 x 900, which is probably what I'll get.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 12:04:41 AM

A 5770 should have no problem with that. ($160-175)

Antec 200 case ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Eathwatts 650 PSU ($80) <only need 500 but this ones on sale>

Phenom II x3 720 2.9GHz ($110)

Gigabyte 770T-UD3 AM3 motherboard ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB (2x2GB kit) DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 RAM Cas 7 RAM ($100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 500GB HDD ($55)
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January 7, 2010 12:22:02 AM

dndhatcher said:
A 5770 should have no problem with that. ($160-175)

Antec 200 case ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Eathwatts 650 PSU ($80) <only need 500 but this ones on sale>

Phenom II x3 720 2.9GHz ($110)

Gigabyte 770T-UD3 AM3 motherboard ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB (2x2GB kit) DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 RAM Cas 7 RAM ($100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 500GB HDD ($55)


That could run raids with very high FPS on Ultra-High?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 2:19:07 AM

My old AMD 2500+ 1 gig of ram and a 6800 GT ran 25 man raids in WOW fine on a 19 " monitor

Could even see the spit dripping off gruuls fat chin :p 

I would be more worried About server side lag in wow

Anyways that should run wow well

Kill all the hoards for me lol, if your a hoard well sorry :p 
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January 7, 2010 2:26:59 AM

Dwarf Fury Warrior.

I've got a GT 9600 and it can't run WoW on ultra, unless I want around 20 FPS. I've got an Athlon that's supposed to be able to run it, according to some benchmarks I've ran.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 3:59:16 AM

mayhap you should be troubleshooting what you've got. My friend is running a HD 3870 and is running maxed he said. The card you've got is just as fast. Though he is running an Athlon II x3, which is just about as good as that black edition one, minus the easy overclocking.

Which CPU do you have, how much RAM, and which OS?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 4:40:42 PM

A 9600 is a minimal gaming graphics card. At 1440x900 a 9800/250 would probably be close to running ultra high. WoW is not that big of a graphics hog and doesnt use multiple cores well.

If you have a nearly 3 GHz dual core CPU already, you probably only need to get a better graphics card (like an ATI 5770 or GT 260) to get the performance you want.

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January 7, 2010 6:55:17 PM

Well its a 2.6 GHz CPU. It's a Vista OS.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 7:49:58 PM

If its single core that's the problem. Especially if it's a 64-bit OS. I'd say get a athlon x3, the 770 AM3mobo and 4 gigs of DDR3 ram. Then you can test it with the graphics card that you have now and see how it does. Then render judgment on if you want a new card or not. Probably not.

In fact dndhatcher's build above but just search 'athlon ii x3' on newegg and you'll find them. Either of those are close in performance to the Phenom II x3 720 minus $30-40. Just hold off on the graphics until you test.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 8:23:17 PM

If you are single core, you will likely get about a 20% boost from going to a dual core, maybe more if you are running vista on a single core CPU.

Replacing the 9600 should get about a 50% increase going to a GT 250/5750 and a 100% increase going to a 5770 or GTX 260. (Thats without upgrading your computer)
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