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$400-500 gaming (wow) rig suggestions / advice requested

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May 22, 2010 4:41:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Monday 5/24/2010 BUDGET RANGE: 400-500, I’d like to stay closer to the low 400s to 450 but if pushing it to 500 would make a notable improvement I would likely go that route.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Primarily building it for wow, would like to be able to max or be close to maxing most settings.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, GPU (I’m going to use my friends old 4650 for now, I plan on upgrading to a 5770 in the future.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD considering the price of the build.

OVERCLOCKING: Unlikely, definitely not now. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unlikely
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just basically looking for the best wow rig I can get for this price.
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Here is what I’m thinking right now, any advice or changes are welcome!

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9G/ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
I’m not that familiar with mobos…if there is a better one in this price range please let me know.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I already own one of these and liked it so I picked it, if there is a cheaper one that offers similar quality/cooling please let me know, looks aren’t a factor.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W & SAMSUNG DVD Black SATA combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Same deal here I already own this RAM in a different rig and like it. I’m not sure that this necessary for what I’m trying to do with this build however. If there is cheaper decent quality RAM I’m all ears!

Total Price: 431.93 After MIR: 416.93

Thank you for the suggestions and advice in advance, I appreciate it!
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May 22, 2010 4:48:12 PM

Hmm a previous suggestion to another guy but $479 AR less that OS and Kb/Mouse ^^
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May 22, 2010 7:47:36 PM

Thanks for the response batuchka! I went ahead and swapped out the 435 for the 440 AMD and picked up a Gigabyte mobo over the Asus (opinions on that?). I also made a few other changes to try and cut down the cost a bit. This is what I’m looking at now. Again any and all advice is appreciated!

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W & SAMSUNG DVD Black SATA combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 & AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel & Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 HD combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total Price: 394.93
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May 22, 2010 9:58:24 PM

Hey, yes it looks good, just remember that WoW still only uses a max of 2 threads (two cores). My recently build a 2.5 ghz Core 2 quad computer, and got less performance by lots than his 3.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo. Just something to consider mate. =D
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May 23, 2010 12:58:27 AM

WoW is optimized to run with 2 cores, but you can get better performance by affinity masking with 3 or 4 cores. 3 and 4 cores also helps for different addons. Here's the WoW forums post thread about affinity masking, it's long but it has numerous blue posts about what to do.

http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=1...

Solid build btw, very similar to one i built using a PhenomII x3 720 with good performance.
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May 23, 2010 3:33:14 AM

res123 said:
Thanks for the response batuchka! I went ahead and swapped out the 435 for the 440 AMD and picked up a Gigabyte mobo over the Asus (opinions on that?). I also made a few other changes to try and cut down the cost a bit. This is what I’m looking at now. Again any and all advice is appreciated!


Oh well my approach was to make a GPU upgrade fit in budget as that would give you instant gains in frames but your h/w choices look decent ^^ You are welcomed
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