I'm not a hard core gamer, but i do play WoW as a casual player. I don't have a lot of money to spend on a computer and between work, school and kids i don't have time to build my own. I currently play WoW on a laptop so all i want is something a lot better that i can game on when i am not traveling. Here is what i came up, all input would be great. Thanks
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CAS: Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window & Temperature Display [-34] (Black Color with Red Ring & Red LED Fan)
CS_FAN: Default case fans
CPU: AMD Athlon™II X2 250 Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
FAN: AMD ATHLON64 CERTIFIED CPU FAN & HEATSINK [-20]
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
KEYBOARD: None [-4]
MOUSE: None [-3]
MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
MOTHERBOARD: Asus M4A78L-M AMD 760G Chipset DDR2/1066 mATX w/ Integrated ATI Radeon HD3000 Video, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA RAID, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: 500 Watts - Sigma SP-500AB ESP 80 Plus Power Supply [+26]
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SPEAKERS: None [-5]
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 1GB 16X PCI Express [+44] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Interface Card [+19]
What graphics set does your laptop have?
What monitor resolution does your laptop have?
What monitor resolution is your desktop monitor?
The problem you are going to have is that your desktop monitor is likely to be much higher resolution than your laptop monitor and thus it will require a much more powerful graphics card to have the same performance.
Neither of those systems has a decent gaming graphics card for anything bigger than an old 1024x768 CRT.
The 2036Sa has a 60,000:1 Contrast Ratio providing excellent color representation and a lightning-fast 5ms response time to eliminate drag. The monitor features a USB pass-thru connector for convenient access to a USB port. The 2036Sa also comes with Built-in Speakers, Touch Key sensitive controls, Glossy Bezel & Shellfish Texture for a stylish, user-friendly display.
Viewable Image Size: 20" (16:9)
Brightness (typical): 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 60,000:1
Response Time: 5ms
Optimum Resolution: 1600 x 900 @ 60Hz
Colors Supported: > 16 Millionv
Analog Input: RGB D-Sub
Digital Input: No
Built-in Stereo Speakers: Yes / 2W
ENERGY STAR Compliant: Yes
No clue on the laptop since i am at work and its at home. Its a standard 17 wide Toshiba Sat
From looking at somewhat outdated benchmarks, you will want at least an Nvidia 250 or ATI 5750 graphics card to get playable FPS at nice settings with that monitor. For not much of a price increase, you can move up to a 5770 which is 50% faster than those so its a better price/performance value.
From what I read, high GHz is more important than # of cores on the CPU. Three cores at over 3GHz would seem to be best. Its not the most GPU intensive game so a mid level GPU like a 5770 will play it well at higher resolutions like 1920x1080.