I am upgrading my machine for the launch of Cataclysm and I have a few questions for you gurus. I currently have a couple 9600 GSO's I'd like to run side by side and I'm looking for a cheap mobo that can perform and not break my TINY bank. Ideas?
This is a very open-ended question, you would have to tell what CPU you currently have and what RAM you have as well. Another thing to consider is if your power supply will handle 2 x 9600 GSO's, please list all 3 here...
I currently have a prehistoric AMD Dual core that I am replacing when I choose the new mobo. Ram will be purchased accordingly as well. The only thing I am keeping from the old build is the case and the HD. The rest is up in the air. Feel free to recommend the whole shabang! Sorry for being so vague.
How big or small is your budget?
Are you considering a new GPU (WoW doesn't benefit from dual GPU)?
Will your build be for anything that would be memory intensive, such as Photoshop?
WoW is a multi-threaded application, which means it supports and benefits multiple CPU cores. If you want to experience high quality, it is best to understand what you have now; what you are experiencing now; and what you think will improve with your new build.
RAM is always important, but if WoW is your main priority, 4GB is enough.
Multiple cores is a nice feature to have, as it helps the gaming experience, but i'm not sure if WoW has reached that threshold to use 6 cores, you may want to "ask a blue" (a WoW forum expression which means the Blizzard tech/rep).
GPU makes most of the difference here. Since WoW is a game, you'll want to see the colors as brilliant as possible; and you'll also want to see everything the game has to offer (in terms of display). Having a high quality GPU will certainly help.
WOW does benefit from Dual GPU and the more cores the better but 6 cores would be overkill. Please list what you're willing to spend on the Motherboard/CPU/RAM, also, please list what you have for a power supply.
Well, I currently have...
ASUS m2n-mx se plus
AMD Phenom 8450 triple core processor (3 x 2.1ghz)
Of course, ddr2 ram due to the mobo. Are these comparable? If so, is it worth upgrading to the proposed? Many Thanks!
Well, yes, all of what i proposed will be an upgrade but more importantly, it leaves room to upgrade even further, so if you want more CPU power, you'll be able to get a Phenom II x 4 965/955 or any of the 6-core variants. The power supply will allow you to upgrade the video cards to a pair of GTX 460 1GB in SLI and the motherboard will allow for that as well. The RAM is pretty cut and dry, that RAM will be good as long as you need DDR3 RAM for Dual-Channel.
RAM and GPU are the two components that WoW depends on most. WoW is a multi-threaded game, but you won't see a significant difference with a fourth core. Also, since your mobo supports DDR2, you're better off with upgrading your GPU. Of course this assumes that you'll be replacing your mobo.
Video cards have independent memory. This means that they don't use the RAM you install on your mobo. Take a look at the video cards on the market, you'll notice that they use GDDR5. The reason I suggested you upgrade your video card is so that you can improve your display now, and still keep the card for the reset of your upgrades.
For example, let's say you upgraded to a GTX 470 video card. Since this card uses a PCI-E x16 architecture, you can install it in your current mobo, and your future mobo (so long as it has a PCI-E x16 slot).