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$720 computer for WoW ($650 after rebates)

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April 21, 2010 7:18:56 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Most Likely in the next 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Less than $700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Wow Max settings

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have only used newegg in the past but open for suggestions.

PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preference except AMD because it is cheap, but if you can find an Intel that is better for the price than that works great.

OVERCLOCKING: Probably a little bit

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080 preferred (1600x1200 or 1440x900 if necessary for max Wow settings)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: What I really want is a computer that can run WoW on all Max settings at 1920x1080 resolution for about $700 or less. I have picked out the components and would like to know if this system:

a) is all compatible
b) is the best value for my buck
c) will run WoW at those settings
d) if there is anything I am missing or is a better value

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX
ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G16004GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $712.71 (not including $70 worth of rebates)
April 21, 2010 7:22:24 PM

Sorry I must have deleted the Country of Origin. I do live in the U.S..
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April 21, 2010 7:33:15 PM

Looks pretty good. HOWEVER, switch out the OCZ Gold RAM to a set of GSkill Ripjaws. The OCZ Gold's are known to have compatibility issues.

Get this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as playing WoW, yes, this PC will be able to do it probably at 1920*1080. If not, it shure will be able to at 1680*1050.
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April 21, 2010 7:44:46 PM

Ok with that new ram the new total is $730.71 with $50 dollars worth of rebates.

Would this be a better buy?

XFX HD-577A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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April 21, 2010 8:00:03 PM

Uh cas7s but besides that the build is fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And no that is not better. I wouldnt sacrifice speed over $12 but that's just me.

Not the best choices in cases or Hd but for a $700 build it's good. Especially with the combo. (HD could be faster and case is a bit overkill for a 5770 build).
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April 21, 2010 8:06:36 PM

Would you recommend this combo instead than?

ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also which case would you suggest? I don't have plans on moving it much and I would like a good amount of space to work around inside it. If you know of a better/cheaper one for me I am free to suggestions.
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April 21, 2010 8:24:14 PM

^ Yes, that is a pretty good combo.

At any rate, imo, keep the Antec 900. Sure it's a over kill for the 5770, but if you do decide to get a better card down the road, you can and will have enough space with the Antec 900. I'v bought my Antec 900 a few months after release and it's still rock solid and working well. I'll probably use this case for at least another 2-3 years.
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April 21, 2010 8:28:50 PM

Oh absolutely case is overkill as I said but always better to go bigger then smaller. Make sure to have a few decent 120mm fans to keep it flowing.
And that combo looks fine. (the ram and 5770).

And how about this instead. Asus M4A785 + AMD Rana 3.0 ghz. $150. Shaves about $25 off your total.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Then use that $25 + $10 out of pocket to get one of these
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 21, 2010 9:01:24 PM

Phenom II x4 955 is GOLD.

Seriously it's an awesome proc and I'm not saying that just because I own one.
Infact I'm waiting for my new case fans to get here (UPS delivery) so that I can bump it back up to 3.8 ghz. Which is done very easily with AMD overdrive.

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April 22, 2010 10:55:29 AM

Bugzilla3 said:
Well after looking around some more I am thinking about shelling out a little extra money and getting

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would you say it is worth it?



Well, it is a faster cpu no doubt, but you won't really notice any difference with wow.

It would be like getting a propane burner to light a candle instead of a match, works fine, but it's kind of a waste of perfectly good propane.

But hey, if you can afford it, why not?
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April 22, 2010 11:03:45 AM

You are soooo Close to having a much much better machine with the ability to upgrade in the future, that is if you have a MicroCenter near by.
i7 860 is only 199 instore.

5770 is more than enough to run wow on max res, dont worry about that.
You prob get huge spikes when u raid in dense areas and areas with a lot of NPCs, everything you had in your build will be fine.
You may want to look into getting a better NIC card, depending on your connection or router/switch, you could find a NIC card helping more than the better processor.
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