New Build for World of Warcraft

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1/29/10
BUDGET RANGE: $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of Warcraft , Internet, SW:TOR when it gets released:)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard , Mouse , Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any I live in the Midwest so any US site should work

PARTS PREFERENCES: NONE

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe if i can figure it out
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows 7 , I want the best FPS i can get while raiding 25 man in World of Warcraft. With Video settings all the way up :)

This is what i came up with on my own.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/wishlist/wishlist.asp?WishId=54D16638-A745-4523-8E6F-33091EE610F4&SRCCODE=WEBWISH
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  1. Here's what I'd build (using all Newegg prices):

    CPU: i5-750 $200
    Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
    RAM: G.SKill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55
    Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $21
    Case/PSU: Combo: HAF 922 and OCZ StealthXStream 700W $130 after rebate
    GPU: HD 5870 $400

    Total: $1,111. The CPU/GPU is completely overkill for WoW.

    If you were commited to spending $1,500, change:

    CPU: i7-920 $289
    Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
    RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90

    Total: $1,420.
  2. WOW that is a great help. Do you think i can raid 25 mans in wow with setting all the way up with no FPS problem?

    Should i get two of those samsung hard drives for Raid 0?
  3. Those builds would be able to play Cysis on high settings, so I doubt WoW will give it any trouble. Then again, I have no idea what half of what you said means...
  4. Wow is not all that graphically demanding. A 5770 could almost max it with AA off at that resolution. You shouldnt have any PC caused problems with a 5870 and an i5 750 CPU system.

    Hard drives have almost no effect on FPS during gameplay, they only decrease load times when starting the game and changing maps. Somewhat the CPU and mostly GPU are what affects your FPS (other than server and internet issues).
  5. this might sound gay but how about this. get an ssd to install wow on. That would make map loading times faster and anything that is already downloaded on the computer
  6. MadAdmiral's build is great. While an SSD would shorten load times, at the $1500 budget, it's not worth it, as you'd have to cut corners on too many other parts.

    A $2k system, then you might consider an SSD.
  7. coldsleep said:
    MadAdmiral's build is great. While an SSD would shorten load times, at the $1500 budget, it's not worth it, as you'd have to cut corners on too many other parts.

    A $2k system, then you might consider an SSD.

    A good SSD basically turns a good 1.5K system into a good 2K system by itself. ;)
  8. stinyweed said:
    WOW that is a great help. Do you think i can raid 25 mans in wow with setting all the way up with no FPS problem?

    Should i get two of those samsung hard drives for Raid 0?


    dude i do 25 man raids with just a q8200 and a 9800gtx+ all maxed at 1920x1080. so your rig would be overkill, but really sweet.. ^_^ lagging in wow has more to do with your latency/ping
  9. Is this game more GPU intensive than it was a couple of years ago or something?

    A buddy of mine played WoW with everything turned up on a P4 Northwood with an ATI X800 for crying out loud. I would think WoW would run fine on most laptops even with an integrated ATI GPU.
  10. yeah i thnk they up the graphics with every expansion.
  11. stinyweed said:
    yeah i thnk they up the graphics with every expansion.


    I agree with Stinyweed, there have been improvements in the graphics since release 5 years ago but Blizzard still maintains a mainstream focus and as such have VERY low graphical requirements compared to most games. Crysis and the like are in a different class all together. I've looked over the WoW forums, as well as extreme building, maximum pc andvTom's and from what I can see your best bet it to get the fastest processor possible.

    Most of the people that have very good FPS in the game run upwards of 3.6 GHz. They have one of the supported video cards on the WoW techincal forums. Also make sure you keep your shadows setting turned down, maxed it will kill almost any GPU. When you are in major town (Dalaran is currently the worst) make sure you turn down the view distance. The shear density of people will kill your FPS. In raids, again check your view distance and also turn down the setting for spell details. Doing all the things I mentioned will keep things running smooth.

    If you are running 1920x1200, you will likely need to keep v-sync on as well as triple buffering, otherwise you may get some screen tearing. Also watch what addons your using, if you are a raider then no doubt you use addons. UI interfaces, boss mods and whatever else you've got running can/may reduce your FPS.

    Good luck and hope you crush the Lich King!
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