Upgrading a friend's system to play WoW

Hi forum,

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.

Asus M4A78LT-M LE $74.99

Athlon II X4 640 $110.99

G.Skill 1333 MHz $72.49

Sapphire ATI 5770 $139.99

And I figured a 650W power supply would be more than enough. I haven't settled on a PSU yet because I'm not sure how much power is actually needed and what the better brands are.

The build will probably happen sometime in the next month so there is no rush on getting the parts, I'd rather get the build right for him.

There will be no overclocking and I'm pretty confident in re-using the old hard drive, but a new hard drive is pretty cheap, no need for a performance one.

He already ahs a mouse/keyboard, screen, and speakers, so nothing is needed there.
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  1. ^+1. Agreed.

    Also, consider this board:
    If your friend plans to CrossFire down the road, esp. if he plays other games.
  2. obsidian86 said:

    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?
  3. Peeps do fine 1680 x 1050 WOW with something like a GTS 250 but if within budget HD 5770 is not too pricey hehe
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    the phenom's get alot better gaming performance.. and last i checked the 940 was under 100

    but... you'd need a hsf

    -for gaming- and especially wow
    a phenom dual core (~100) would be better than an athlon quad

    the graphics card is plenty
  5. I'll definitely consider a Phenom instead then, but I can't seem to find any Phenom's without HSF on, only I have the HSF from my Phenom II X4 955 so that's not an issue.

    As for the memory, I heard no objections to that so I'm thinking it's perfectly fine as well?
  6. I would never recomment a dual core to ANYONE any more.

    a 5770 should be plenty for 1680x1050
  7. +1. As more software (esp. games) become multi threaded, there really is no point in getting a Dual Core unless really on a budget,HTPC,NAS,etc
  8. Amen to that and Toms wisdom has stamped this across several articles!

    The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2,2738-16.html

    Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

    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.
  9. 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:
    Hope this helps,
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