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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


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


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

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

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

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 ...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

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..
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:

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
April 21, 2010 8:00:03 PM

Uh cas7s but besides that the build is fine.

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).
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

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.
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.
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.

Then use that $25 + $10 out of pocket to get one of these
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $35
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.

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

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?
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.