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$1200 WoW Machine

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month the closer the better

BUDGET RANGE: 1200 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Tower (recycling a full tower from work), keyboard, mouse, monitor (Samsung LCD 24" 5MS DVI T240HD) (, speakers, OS (Windows 7 Premium 64 bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: newegg.com


PARTS PREFERENCES: I was thinking of going with this CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
and with this Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD5 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

OVERCLOCKING: No overclocking

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to be able to run WoW and have no graphical lag in 25 man raids most settings maxed out, as it is now I slow down to 4fps and can barely move in boss fights. I would like to run at 80+ fps in fights if possible. I also am wondering if I should run 1 GPU or 2 in crossfire or SLI.
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    Alright ywycbt2649, let's see if I got this clear.


    $1200 is the hard-cap budget. Plenty of breathing room.


    You already seem to have:


    Case
    Operating System
    Peripherals


    WoW at 80fps; this should be rather painless. Let's see what we can get from NewEgg!





    CD/DVD Burner: Samsung 24X ($25)
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz (5x Award Winner) ($140)
    Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB @ 7200RPM ($85)
    RAM: A-DATA 4GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz (1x Award Winner) ($104)
    Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD (2x Award Winner) ($120 ($10 Mail-In Rebate!))
    Power Supply: Corsair 850W (Best PSU Company) ($140 ($20 Mail-In Rebate!))
    Video Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5850 (Lifetime Warranty!) ($325)


    Grand Total (After Shipping + Taxes): $1,004.66

    Grand Total (After Mail-In RebateS): $974.66


    This leaves plenty of breathing room if you want to expand more or get different brands :D I'm sure other people will chime in and give you their two cents.


    Personally, the ATI Radeon HD 5850 is a monster. There is no need to CrossFire(ATI) or SLI(NVIDIA). Tell you what, I'll supply you with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 if you want to compare them. Drop a reply soon and choose the best answer!


    Anything else I can help you with ywycbt2649?
  2. Yeah, don't crossfire/SLi. I don't believe WoW supports it
  3. Okay ywycbt2649, Round 2!





    CD/DVD Burner: Samsung 24X ($25)
    CPU: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.66GHz ($200)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB @ 7200RPM ($100)
    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz ($107)
    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 ($105)
    Power Supply: Corsair 850W (Best PSU Company) ($140 ($20 Mail-In Rebate!))
    Video Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5850 (Lifetime Warranty!) ($325)


    Grand Total (After Shipping + Taxes): $1,072.07

    Grand Total (After Mail-In RebateS): $1,052.07


    You can upgrade to an Intel Core i7-920 (2.66 GHz) for only +$89 That GIGABYTE Motherboard also supports Core i7 and all the other parts will still work fine.


    Core i7 Total: $1,161.07 ~


    Anything else ywycbt2649? :D
  4. I like both builds you suggested, in fact I had read quite a bit about the HD5850 and how it seemed like a solid choice. In reviewing the charts though, it seems like the Intel outperforms the AMD system in many benchmarks. However, being that WoW is pretty old and doesn't push any limits in gaming currently, do you think I would notice a difference in performance between the two setups... if only there was a WoW benchmark haha
  5. I don't think there will be huge difference between the two in WoW/Gaming in general. However, for other tasks and applications the Intel will outperform the AMD build. Though, that being said, it will still probably perform better than your current computer. You could get the AMD build and add an extra monitor if you wanted
  6. considering I am running with a core 2 duo e6400 and nvidia 7900GS you are probably right
  7. Hey I'm back! Sorry, I was hungry :)


    You won't notice any difference in-game between an AMD or an Intel. The only advantage Intel has is everything else outside of gaming. Their chips can handle you watching 5 streams, having iTunes on, playing 2 windowed versions of WoW, scanning your Comp for viruses; all at the same time.


    :P I'm running a Core2Duo 8500 (3.16GHz) with a GTX 260. My Alienware Sponsorship got me it for free. Not complaining here :D


    Personally, save your money, especially during these times. AMD is fine and the fact you can afford a 5850 is amazing. I would downsize to a 250GB Hard Drive if you never store stuff (like myself), but since you stream and stuff, you probably store a bunch and encode often :)
  8. I would stick with the AMD build, especially with 1K budget. But I would change a few things:

    CD/DVD Burner: Samsung 24X $25 or whichever you like ...
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz (5x Award Winner) $140 +1 , don't pay attention to the awards, they mean squat
    Hard Drive: Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product 89.99USD It would outperform the WD and it is cheaper
    RAM: G-Skill ripjaws 2X2GB 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276 114.99USD
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378 109.99USD
    PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015 79.99USD 850W is way overkill for this build
    Video card: Sapphire HD5850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102857&cm_re=hd5850-_-14-102-857-_-Product 319.99USD The other brands are good too I guess, I am just more of a Sapphire kinda guy, I've never had any problems with them, very reliable.

    880 Bucks. It leaves you a little room for upgrades, like the motherboard. You could add 80 bucks there and get the ASUS crosshair III or the Gigabyte 790FXTA. Overkill I know but there are the highest end MB for AMD that you can find .... It is up to you.

    As for Intel, sure the benchmarks are better but you wouldn't notice a difference in everyday use ... And AMD is cheaper but it is up to you I guess.

    This build would give you what you want, 80 fps +, without a glitch. You don't need crossfire for WOW. Besides, you can always buy a second card if you want to do so in the future.
  9. awesome yann, thanks for the input. All the advice is much appreciated guys.
  10. ywycbt2649 said:
    awesome yann, thanks for the input. All the advice is much appreciated guys.



    You're welcome, that's what we're here for ;)
  11. I know this goes against what I said up top, but any suggestions for a heatsink for the CPU if I decided to overclock, looking at the AMD everyone talks about its Overclocking potential
  12. ywycbt2649 said:
    I know this goes against what I said up top, but any suggestions for a heatsink for the CPU if I decided to overclock, looking at the AMD everyone talks about its Overclocking potential


    HSF http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  13. Niklas_13 said:



    +1.

    Also, you might want to consider a thermal compound other than the stock one, like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
  14. Ok I think this is what I am going to go with.

    LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM 24.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99

    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail $79.99

    SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - 320

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $9.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail $139.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail $34.99

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX

    In a combo with

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard...both for 260


    By my count that should put me at $1060 or so after tax. I saw this memory online and the timings were better at 1600 then the other 1333's were OC'd to 1600. How does this look?
  15. Remember if you want 80 FPS to turn off VSYNC off, other wise you wont see FPS above your monitors refresh rate.
  16. ywycbt2649 said:
    Ok I think this is what I am going to go with.

    LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM 24.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99

    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail $79.99

    SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - 320

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $9.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail $139.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail $34.99

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX

    In a combo with

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard...both for 260


    By my count that should put me at $1060 or so after tax. I saw this memory online and the timings were better at 1600 then the other 1333's were OC'd to 1600. How does this look?



    Looks great, but I agree with Niklas, change the DVD to a SATA one
  17. For another 60$, you can get a 5870.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161301&cm_re=5870-_-14-161-301-_-Product
    Also, to save some money you could go with the 500gb version of that drive, unless you need the terabyte for whatever reason.

    Also, if you are planning on future xfire of 5850/5870 than I would get a PSU with 4 6 pin connectors like this one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&cm_re=corsair_750w-_-17-139-006-_-Product

    There is a combo for that with your mobo.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.352746
  18. Good luck yw! Tell us how everything goes and vote for the best answer! :)
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