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New Gaming Rig for WoW - Advice/Help Requested

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May 23, 2010 5:55:48 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Monday 5/24/10

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$900. I'd like to avoid spending more than $700, but am open to suggestions. From what I've read, to get the most out of WoW I shouldn't need to spend more than this.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW with max settings and high FPS and the next expansion.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm hoping for a fast, solid rig that will last at most a couple years.

OVERCLOCKING: Not Sure

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not Sure

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 - (planning on upgrading to 1680x1050)

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This is what a friend suggested with a grand total of $841. I'd like to spend a little less than this.

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-SWN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119204

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139004

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Car
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130434

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148433

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145260

ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131623

Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115222

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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May 23, 2010 6:10:41 AM

Easy, just change the graphics card to an HD 5770 which gives similar performance but for $50 less (not to mention DX 11, Eyefinity, lower power consumption).
I'd also get a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB for $5 more, although it is your choice.
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May 23, 2010 6:29:31 AM

Other than the video card change, does everything else look ok? I've reviewed this rig a few times with people and they had bad things to say about the intel i3.
How does the rest stack up?
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May 23, 2010 6:50:37 AM

And this rig would support a game like WoW at max settings?
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May 23, 2010 8:24:54 AM

Here's a couple of benchmarks that might help you choose.

CPU benchmarks
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,693737/WoW-Wrath-of-...

GPU benchmarks
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,689378/WoW-Wrath-of-...

GPU benchmarks, taken with an i7 920 @3.3 GHz, undemanding area and not ULTRA settings.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2848/7

Remember that Cataclysm is going to be more graphic intensive then WotLK, that Ultra shadows is a waste of graphic resources and that the GPU benchmarks were taken from a very undemanding area in Fort Wildevar, (not Dalaran, raids or BGs)

That said i think that the 5770 is a very good choice for around $150.
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May 23, 2010 9:16:16 AM

What about upcoming games like Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3? Would this system handle them?

I'm mainly concerned about spending this much money and not seeing any improvement in gameplay. I'm currently running an eMachines e5274 with an intel dual core processor, 2GB DDR2, and an intel graphics medica accelerator 950.

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May 23, 2010 9:58:08 AM

favaromf12 said:
What about upcoming games like Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3? Would this system handle them?

I'm mainly concerned about spending this much money and not seeing any improvement in gameplay. I'm currently running an eMachines e5274 with an intel dual core processor, 2GB DDR2, and an intel graphics medica accelerator 950.


I guarantee you're going to see huge improvements off that setup... SCII will be fine on that setup also. I'd definitely suggest going for that 900 mark and change cards from 5770 (Great performance for price value) to steppin up the ladder and gettin' that 300-400 5850-5870 (pricey card, but most likely will be ready when DIII comes out and Cataclysm)

You can try to "future proof" all you want, but unless you're spending 3-4k on an insane gaming rig, then you might want to save your money and make it a good 600 dollar rig and in another 5 years upgrade to another 600 dollar rig when the rest of the performance goes down in price =). Just my 2 cents.
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May 23, 2010 2:25:05 PM

I read great things about the GTX 260. Why have so many people suggested I switch to the 5770?
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May 23, 2010 2:43:04 PM

Because it's equal or faster in certain games to the GTX260 and it's cheaper, less heat, and requires less power.

But I doubt the 5770 will be able to handle wow at all full or starcraft 2, diablo 3 easily. Certainly on mid-high settings but not at full max.

And if you wanted that start looking more at the 5850s or 5870s. ($300-400)
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