This is my first build for a computer. I currently have an '06 macbook, and am a world of warcraft player. I'm getting sick of 1-7fps in major populated areas. So I figure its time for me to start my own rig. I am going for a mid-tower desktop.
I originally was going to Xfire 5850x2. However I asked around, and apparently that would be a bit over kill if all I'm doing is listening to music, and playing a low end game such as WoW. So, here's my current setup, I hope that it will work =D
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - 3.20GHz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
I would suggest not getting a raptor. The newer 7200rpm HDDs have similar read/write times and are much cheaper (Samsung F3/Seagate 7200.12). The next step up would be to get a SSD for your OS/Apps if you were looking to improve boot/access times.
You can use that money and purchase a better graphics card etc.
Also I would suggest buying a PSU from a more reliable brand. Corsair/Antec/Seasonic/PC Power and Cooling make some quality PSUs. It it reduce any risks in the long run.
For the HHD, I can get a discount from a buddy i know at WD. Any other recommendations from them? About the PSU, It was the only one I found with a bronze 80+ for $50. Every other PSU was $90+. Do you think it is a decent build, i'm trying to go for the most bang for the buck. I'm also very unsure about monitors, I hear Dell is good, but some of the monitors are questionable. Thanks for the input!
I think going with the 955 would even be a little overkill if all you're playing is WOW. IF the price is right though, go for it, if not there are definitely some other viable options. You can get an Athlon II triple core processor for under $100. In terms of gaming there isn't much of a performance increase when you jump from a triple core to quad core and listening to music shouldn't be enough to be an issue either.
I'd say in the 20% range to be safe, he didn't give me any details. And I will go with the corsair PSU, since almost every post of a build with one has them recommended over any other PSU/cooling brand...I'm aiming for a 100fps average for WoW, and I'm not sure if this rig will pull that. Especially with the new expansion and the game going through the roof with a graphics/textures redo and all. Thanks for the input!
Haha. I'm looking at them right now and there's something that I just can't figure out. Some of the 5850's are $300, others can be up to a whopping $420 O.O? Am I missing something here? I know I have to be..
Ya, it has to do with factory OC'ing and such. Common sense also kicked in that one product was a 5850, and another 5870. That would also explain the jump in price I saw, sorry for the confusion. Still new to this part of the computer world ;D