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July 2010 Budget Gaming Build

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June 29, 2010 9:53:00 PM

I'm looking to finally build my own PC this summer. My budget is about $850 and I would ideally like a machine that is expandable/upgradeable and whisper-quiet, as I'll be using it as somewhat of a media center as well. I have a monitor, mouse, headset and speakers already, and I'm going to buy a cheap $15 Logitech keyboard or something.

I'd like to be able to play WoW in Dalaran on mid-high settings (at 1920x1200) while maintaining at least 20 fps. I really have no idea if this is feasible considering my budget. Aesthetically, I'd like to avoid LED lights/fans and flashy cases, although a window is fine. I'm all for overclocking a bit to make that possible. Down the line, I'd like the option to SLi/Crossfire, so a powerful PSU and a capable mobo are musts.

I've been tooling around with wish lists on newegg for a few days, and checking some of the value rankings on this website, but I'd still like some advice from more experienced builders. I live in the US and I plan on ordering all the components next week. Thanks.

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June 29, 2010 11:00:15 PM

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I'm looking to finally build my own PC this summer. My budget is about $850 and I would ideally like a machine that is expandable/upgradeable and whisper-quiet, as I'll be using it as somewhat of a media center as well. I have a monitor, mouse, headset and speakers already, and I'm going to buy a cheap $15 Logitech keyboard or something.

I'd like to be able to play WoW in Dalaran on mid-high settings (at 1920x1200) while maintaining at least 20 fps. I really have no idea if this is feasible considering my budget. Aesthetically, I'd like to avoid LED lights/fans and flashy cases, although a window is fine. I'm all for overclocking a bit to make that possible. Down the line, I'd like the option to SLi/Crossfire, so a powerful PSU and a capable mobo are musts.

I've been tooling around with wish lists on newegg for a few days, and checking some of the value rankings on this website, but I'd still like some advice from more experienced builders. I live in the US and I plan on ordering all the components next week. Thanks.



here ya go:

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Total so far is $819. That leaves $31 for a case. If you want more and you also want to overclock, drop the CPU down to a 925 model and buy a aftermarket cooler and a big case.
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June 29, 2010 11:01:06 PM

Also with the 5770, (I had it), I played Wow on a Tri Monitor Setup and it benched in at 51 FPS at 1680 X 1050.
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Anonymous
June 29, 2010 11:17:45 PM

I can't log in to see your saved wish lists... the 5770 looks like a nice card though.
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June 30, 2010 2:07:15 AM

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I can't log in to see your saved wish lists... the 5770 looks like a nice card though.



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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
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June 30, 2010 9:53:27 AM

$885AR, option to tone down to at least a HD 5850 for the monster frames/$$ investment :p 
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June 30, 2010 7:32:44 PM

I'd also recommend Batuchka's build. I have a Phenom II X4 and a 5870 and I get 25-30fps in Dalaran with all settings on Ultra, higher everywhere else, obviously.

You can also gain about 10 fps by turning shadows down to low, but why bother?

AM3 is currently offering a longer CPU upgrade life than Intel, as well as being better value for gaming.

The build isn't recommended for CrossFire, but it's likely that by the time you would be thinking about Crossfire as an upgrade, there will be a newer, faster, better generation of cards out, and you can upgrade to the one that fits your budget at that point.

If you wanted to switch the 5850 for the 5870 in batuchka's build, you could then get an 890GX motherboard (starting around $130) which would allow you to Crossfire in the future.

MSI 890GXM-G65 - $130 + free shipping
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H - $140 + free shipping
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - $140 + free shipping + 10% off with promo code ending today
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June 30, 2010 8:05:58 PM

cold overclock your cpu ! with my 5850 I get 85 fps in dalaran, I'm at 4.0ghz
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June 30, 2010 8:06:39 PM

abswindows7 said:
cold overclock your cpu ! with my 5850 I get 85 fps in dalaran, I'm at 4.0ghz


On Ultra at 1920x1200?

(It's true, I haven't overclocked yet...had the build for about a month, just breaking it in still.)
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June 30, 2010 8:20:05 PM

1920x1080 :) 
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June 30, 2010 8:25:20 PM

abswindows7 said:
cold overclock your cpu ! with my 5850 I get 85 fps in dalaran, I'm at 4.0ghz


Wait with max settings including max shadow? o.O

I don't get those numbers w/ xfire 5850's, i5-750 at 3.6 :( 

Then again I guess it does depend a lot on server. Prime time Dal can get as many people in a small area as the gates of a maxed out WG battle.

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June 30, 2010 8:28:23 PM

May be crossfire doesn't scale much in wow ... or my ram helps ... Or my 70mbps internet connection helps. Or simply when I was there less people was there ...
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June 30, 2010 8:34:40 PM

I would be on the last part there. :) 

I get 25-30 fps at prime time, more when it's not as crowded. I'm rarely on during the truly off hours.
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June 30, 2010 8:42:37 PM

oh well ... I can't wait for hd 6xxx series :)  I will sure buy a 6870
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June 30, 2010 8:47:20 PM

Or a 6970 xD
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Anonymous
June 30, 2010 11:38:12 PM

thanks a lot for the responses everyone. think im going to go with batuchka's build, but substitute a 5850.
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