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October 10, 2010 9:55:12 PM

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
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131619 $74.99

Athlon II X4 640
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871 $110.99

G.Skill 1333 MHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253 $72.49

Sapphire ATI 5770
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873 $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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October 11, 2010 6:15:19 AM



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?
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October 11, 2010 9:55:15 AM

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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October 11, 2010 5:20:27 PM

the phenom's get alot better gaming performance.. and last i checked the 940 was under 100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
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October 11, 2010 7:02:01 PM

I'll definitely consider a Phenom instead then, but I can't seem to find any Phenom's without HSF on newegg.ca, only newegg.com. 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?
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October 11, 2010 7:17:35 PM

I would never recomment a dual core to ANYONE any more.

a 5770 should be plenty for 1680x1050
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October 11, 2010 11:52:24 PM

+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
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October 12, 2010 4:32:37 AM

Amen to that and Toms wisdom has stamped this across several articles!

The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2738-16.html
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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.
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October 12, 2010 6:09:47 AM

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,
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October 19, 2010 12:58:44 AM

Best answer selected by axipher.
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