My friend has an old computer from MDG about 5 years old and hates the low performance he gets in WoW. He wants to spend as little as possible with a maximum budget of $600. I can re-use the case, the HDD and ODD,
I was thinking of chaning out the motherboard, CPU, memory, graphics card, and PSU. This is the build I'm looking at now. I chose the Athlon II X4 as more of a futureproof for new games and opted out of getting a Phenom because he's not into video editing. I'm not completely sure how well the graphics card will fare in WoW at only 1680x1050 resolution.
Thanks for the suggestion obsidian86, I think I'll be going with that board as he won't need crossfire in the future, WoW is about the only game he plays, he's not into flight sims, racing, or shooters, just MMO's.
As for the graphics card, is the 5770 enough, or too much? Or is it just right?
The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
1680x1050 on a 5770 is great, good fps and it is well worth the cost, whatever it works out to in Dollars, I paid £116 each for two (One for me, one for GF's Rig) and it changed our WoW life
plus as Batuchka says, try to get at least a triplecore and make sure WoW knows it can use them all, this should help:http://www.wowwiki.com/CVar_processAffinityMask
Hope this helps,