Warcraft machine

Pretty much going to be building a comp just for warcraft, yes I realize this isnt the most demanding game...but the key thing im looking for is to be able to fraps without a making the game unplayable @ max settings

So here are afew questions...keep in mind I have no plans to overclock, nor do I have any plans to crossfire/sli

1)The Intel I7 @ 2.8 or AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition @ 3.4?

2) Graphics card...without spending over $450, gimmie a few options

3) SSD...is it worth it? any improvement at all

Got a rough est for the fps id get with these?

Thanks in advance guys, always appreciate the community here :D
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  1. ^
    1. I would suggest X4 955 or the i5 760
    2. Graphics card - GTX 460/ GTX 470 as Blizzard games play well on Nvidia cards and these are good value for money options now from Nvidia...
    3. SSD - It still commands some price premium and wont help in in-game performance but would reduce the load time considerably also would speed up the booting time...

    And as for a rough FPS value, maybe this would help...
    Its a SC2 GPU graphics performance, which would give you similar results with WoW as both are Blizzard games...
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty-gpu-graphics-performance/8
  2. Thats an outdated SC2 review : here is one dated 11th August with latest Cata drivers to enable AA for ATI GPUs :P
    http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/features/view/64848
    TS: max settings @ what resolution exactly?
  3. ^ Well but dont you think there is some inconsistency with those graphs?
    At guru3d, the GTX 480 hits abuot 92 FPS with 4AA but there just ~56 FPS ?
  4. hmm, either 1920 x 1080

    on the other hand i wouldnt mind dropping to 1280 x 1024
  5. This was on mass/multi player mode
    For guru3d
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty-gpu-graphics-performance/5
    Quote:
    We will test these graphics card with our own timedemo/recording.
  6. ^ Hmm...then the GTX 470/ HD 5850 would be my pick...for ~$290, these would be a good buy...
  7. If you are not planning on SLIing then I would go with the GTX470, I am not a huge fan of the card due to design, but you cannot argue with its performance, while I like the GTX 460 more it is too weak to last at 1920 x 1080 for too long.

    The 5850 is a nice card, but as you play games favouring Nvidia I would go with the GTX 470 instead of it

    And go i5 760 instead of i7, it gives same performance for less
  8. Here are the recent WOW benches with HD 5850 and with the updated drivers for SC2 i would either hit a 768 GTX 460 if $$ was tight or hit a HD 5850 :P FFXIV meanwhile favours ATI cards @@
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2848/7
    Actually just for WOW and looking at GTX 260/HD 4870 i'd say a HD 5770 would cut the mustard as well hehe
  9. so what im gathering is...warcraft dosnt make use of extra cores so im better off with a dual core..

    and a intel i5 760 @ 2.8 ($209) is > then a Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition @ 3.4 ($159)

    just double checking befor i spend the money

    oh, and looks like ill be going with the 470, decent price and good frames
  10. A few things u should know about SATA/USB 3.0 tech and mobos as shown by our very own forums here
    USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,2583.html
    Also note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI...
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-sandy-bridge-details-of-the-next-gen/


    Consider an AthlonII X3 440 3ghz $76 and a nice native SATA 6GB/s , USB 3.0 870? It is WOW afterall...
  11. No,dont use dual core,use quad core.Wow game uses up to 3 cores and for my gaming,i used to go for i5 760 but i changed it to amd phenom 2 x4 965 because it cheaper and does similar performance as i5 quad core (correct me if im wrong) and for video cards well,i still have trouble with the pick from either 5770 to gtx 460 or the ati 5850.
  12. ment quad, dunno why i said duo XD
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