WoW Computer for new expansion (Cataclysm)

Approximate Purchase Date: within 1 - 2 months

Budget Range: 750$ after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (only WoW now, may branch out into other games later), Video playback

Parts Not Required: Monitor (have 2 x Dell 20"), keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I've heard good things about Intel/NVidia combos, but no preferences really
Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 1200 on main monitor, 1280 x 1024 (browsing internet while gaming)

Additional Comments: Just want to run WoW at high - ultra settings while being able to browse net

I found this list while googling, all I would need is an optical and an OS, def 7 Home Premium 64

Case/PSU: RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply

Mobo: ASRock H55M Pro LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRH

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I'm open to suggestions on all of these of course, I've got some experience replacing/upgrading parts, but this is my first bottom up build, so I'm looking for some help, and the community here is well known for offering just that!
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  1. I didn't see a processor in your list. The Raidmax 500s psu (newegg is down atm) is a no-no; more than 50% of the hardware problems resolved here are psu related. Use a Samsung Spinpoint 500GB instead of the WD - its cheaper and faster. Finally, the 5670 might work OK at 1680, but not sure it can handle WoW and a stretched desktop.

    You are probably better off with an AMD build at this budget level - an i5 750 is going to run ~$800+ with a 5670, and IMO you should have at least a 5770 for what you are doing.

    I'll put together a 750 build when Newegg comes back - someone else will do an AMD build I'm sure.
  2. Heres an AMD quad core build I did for another thread but I think you could use it too.

  3. ^+1 I think AMD will be a better fit for your budget, but budgets need a bit of flexibility.
    Also, don't skimp on your power supply. If you go cheap you will be sorry. Get a quality unit you can trust.

    If you really want nVidia, I'd say go for the GTX460. Otherwise the HD 5770 is a great mid range card.

    Oops, too slow. Well I like this build directly above.
  4. Here's a good i5 750/5770 build, a little over budget:

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT

    SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817341022

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181

    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

    NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    Total $794.92, $10.73 shipping, before $30 MIRs

    If you weren't gaming WoW as your main goal, I'd be concerned that too much money is put into the cpu/mobo, and not enough into graphics.

    You may be able to mix and match with an AMD cpu/mobo and a 460 . . . a graphics card I'd feel a lot better about running WoW + desktop.

    The AMD build above needs an OS, so its priced closer (still cheaper by a bit). But the difference is you get a little less cpu but add a 460.
  5. Best answer
    This is probably a more balanced build with some better quality components in the mix.
    Went for a phenomII tri core with 6mb L3 cache @ 3ghz, Reason being by using core unlocker in the bios of the selected mobo you get a quad core @ 3ghz for $88
    This build is complete with OS for $744.90 after MIB of about 25 bucks
    You could gut another 30 or 40 bucks out of it by going for a cheaper case and psu but personally this build would serve you very well.

    Coolermaster Storm Scout Case $79.99

    Coolermaster Extreme 700w PSU $69.99

    Asus DVD Burner $17.99

    Asus M4A77T/USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $84.99

    AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition Heka 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core $88.99

    Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler $16.99 after MIB

    Mushkin DDR3 1333 2x2Gig Total 4 Gig Ram $65.99

    Radeon 5830, 1Gig Ram $154.99 after MIB

    Western Digital Caviar Black 640gig $64.99

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM $99.99
  6. the 5830 isnt a good GPU for that price u may as well go down to a 5770 or a 4601gb or upgrade to the 5850

    otherwise any of the listed AMD builds are good for your needs
  7. jasonp12 said:
    the 5830 isnt a good GPU for that price u may as well go down to a 5770 or a 4601gb or upgrade to the 5850

    otherwise any of the listed AMD builds are good for your needs

    Actually its a very good gpu for the price, if you have a look at newegg right now the gpu I specced in the above build is the same price as a 5770 after MIB hence the reason I put it in the build, it averages 5 to 10 frames more performance at 1680x1050 over a 5770 and 8-10 frames less than a far more expensive 5850.

    Your comment may have been true when this card was around the 200 mark but its actually starting to hit a bit of a sweet spot.
  8. ohh i didnt know it dropped in price tbh i didnt even bother to look really haha...

    but yah if its that price its good.....when it was more expensive it was 100% useless
  9. Best answer selected by thnksqrd.
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