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$700 Build for ONLY WoW

I have a PS3 I use for my other gaming needs (FPSers, Dragon Age, Demon Souls <3, etc...) and so this purely a build for WoW (Cataclysm). I might do some FRAPS to upload to youtube, listen to mp3s, but that is it. No heavy, heavy HD editing.

I will be gaming at 1920x1080 and I do not need to run Ultra with max shadows. I wouldn't mind running Ultra with shadows off/low setting and maybe draw distance down. I really don't want to have to run at crap settings though.

My budget is no more then $700 FIRM. Wife will slit my throat while I sleep otherwise.

My only concerns are:

1) Too powerful of a video card for that CPU?
2) 500W power supply enough?
3) Will this build run WoW with decent settings?
4) Do I need an aftermarket cooler to overclock (would probably do a mild overclock)?


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$54.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$54.99

GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N460SO-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$219.99
NVIDIA Free Just Cause 2 + Mafia II Coupon

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
$49.99

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
$77.00

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
$99.99

Subtotal: $696.93


NOTE: I have a SATA DVD-Burner which I do not need to purchase.

Any ideas or tweaks would be greatful! Thanks in advance!
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  1. GTX 460 is a great graphics card. It will definately play wow maxed everything 60fps+. I would NOT get that 460 though. Get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591&cm_re=EVGA_GTX_460_1GB-_-14-130-591-_-Product
    It is way cheaper ($140) and

    As for CPU, I would drop the Atholon (thats way out dated).

    Get a Core 2 Quad, I have one and it pairs great with a 460.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115207
    Make sure to get a compatable mobo (LGA 775/DDR2 RAM)
    Heres a good mobo and RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128467
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144242

    For power:
    500W will scrape by (I have a 525) for the same price as your 500 you can get this Corsair 650 (way better trusted brand)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    That will work a lot better, and its about the same price, Message me if you want more help!
  2. Some suggestions
    CPU + Mobo
    X3 450 + Biostar
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.581123

    RAM - If only a slight overclock, then even this would suffice
    Mushkin Essentials 4GB DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748

    CASE - this also will do I guess
    Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $5 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ24, ends 1/17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023

    PSU - A very good alternative
    OCZ Mod 500W
    $5 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ27, ends 1/17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    HDD - Make sure you take advantage of the promo code,...
  3. I don't think I could fit that intel into my budget. Was kinda banking on the cheaper CPU. Was hoping it would unlock but eh, if it doesn't I can always overclock.

    I'm just worried about the Athlon not having enough juice to play WoW since I hear it is more CPU intensive.

    Would it be better to go with a cheaper card but better chip (say Phenom II X4 955 BE and whatever a cheaper card would be)?
  4. rockyui80 said:
    I don't think I could fit that intel into my budget. Was kinda banking on the cheaper CPU. Was hoping it would unlock but eh, if it doesn't I can always overclock.

    I'm just worried about the Athlon not having enough juice to play WoW since I hear it is more CPU intensive.

    Would it be better to go with a cheaper card but better chip (say Phenom II X4 955 BE and whatever a cheaper card would be)?

    No, no. Keep the X3, it will be just fine for WoW. In fact it will be a good all around CPU. take Gkay's advice.
  5. Overclocking should be done with an aftermarket cooler. For $30, you really can't do better than the Coolermaster Hyper 212+:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  6. carfreak3504 said:
    GTX 460 is a great graphics card. It will definately play wow maxed everything 60fps+. I would NOT get that 460 though. Get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591&cm_re=EVGA_GTX_460_1GB-_-14-130-591-_-Product
    It is way cheaper ($140)


    The 460 SE is, from my understanding, worse than the original GTX 460.

    @rockyui80: You could go with a Radeon HD 6850. There are several for around $180. If you're looking for something cheaper you could try the GTX 460 768MB version. I'm sure that'll play WoW, though I've never played the game nor used that card.

    As buzznut said, the Athlon II x3 is a nice budget CPU. Here's a 3.3Ghz version for $10 more, if you go with a cheaper card and have any money left over. You could also try a 500GB hard drive instead to save some extra cash.

    And most of the advice I've gotten seems to suggest that one should go with a cheaper CPU to save money for a good video card, though I'd suggest going with the best CPU you can fit within your budget. It's really up to you.

    I have the same budget as you, and I'm planning on going with a Phenom II x4 955 because I don't plan on upgrading for a while (even after AMD's Bulldozer/Llano lineup, or Intel's Ivy Bridge comes out). I bet by the time I do decide to upgrade, we'll probably have computer chips in our brains and be able to interface with the Internet like in Tom Clancy's Net Force.
  7. well WoW is a CPU intensive game so it would make sense getting a better CPU but the x3 is an ok choice

    how about this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.584315
    (# ntel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor (Model:BX80623I52400)
    # MSI LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Motherboard (Model:H67MS-E43)
    # CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (Model:TW3X4G1333C9)
    # LITE-ON Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo LightScribe Support (Model:iHES208-08)
    # Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model:ST31000528AS)
    # Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Model:VL80001W2Z)
    # Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply (Model:W0388RU)


    and with this graphics card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333
    graphics card is 189 in cart (gigabyte gtx 460 1gb)
    a lot more power for only $700
  8. Quote:
    As for CPU, I would drop the Atholon (thats way out dated).

    Get a Core 2 Quad, I have one and it pairs great with a 460.


    You do realize that the core 2 is much more out of date right? 775 is a very dead platform, the quad lines are way too overpriced. They are the one that are outdated, not the Athlon. You have it backwards.
  9. AMD x3 is a CPU I would get over a core 2 quad.
    However, I would save money on the GPU by not getting a superclocked one, also would probably go down to a 500gb HDD (unless getting discount on the 1TB0 with the money saved you are likely closing in on the Phenom II 955 CPU price
  10. hello? did you not see what i suggested????? it has an i5 2400 (new sandy bridge CPU that kills any other CPU mentioned in this thread) click my 2 links 1 is a huge combo which is a whole PC and 1 is a gtx 460 both of them together are $700 thats the best choice
  11. AMD Athlon ii x3 runs wow great. Built a PC for my brother recently with an Athlon ii x3 445 and an HD5750 running 60 FPS on ultra in org.
  12. Best answer
    +1^ Gf and I run two X3 435 with 5770 rigs and we max Cata out

    Theres plenty of life left in the triplecores yet
    main differences between our set ups,
    I unlocked to 4 cores and clocked to 3.5GHz, hers is unlocked, no overclock
    she has shadows on, I dont,
    we both get 50fps minimum in sw auction house so more than happy with performance,
    if your building a pure WoW machine as you said, the triplecore will do you a year or 3 with maybe a new gfx card in a year or so depending on what comes out
    Moto
  13. Toms did a test with the release of Cata, and it is quite an interesting read both for CPU and video card.
  14. lothdk said:
    Toms did a test with the release of Cata, and it is quite an interesting read both for CPU and video card.


    Yes, this is very enlightening. I agree- with this information you should probably look at the Intel core i3 or i5 for the best performance in Cataclysm. It appears Cataclysm is heavily threaded and a newer core i5 will match up with your video card better if your main goal is good Cataclysm performance.
  15. No matter what you buy you are still going to face video lag spikes in Dalaran and and some 25 mans. WoW is much more CPU intensive than GPU. Try to hit 4.0 and keep the shadows off if while (25m) raiding.
  16. Well =P I seem a little late to the discussion, but I have a 600$ build on my website below in my siggy. Or just here, http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

    Umm I just find that my build would be 100$ less for decent performance for WoW
  17. @a4mula,
    No-one goes to Lagaran anymore hehe
    since they took the portals out, its become a ghost town there
    Moto
  18. Best answer selected by rockyui80.
  19. Thank you for B.a. man, hope the build goes well :)
    Moto
  20. buzznut said:
    Yes, this is very enlightening. I agree- with this information you should probably look at the Intel core i3 or i5 for the best performance in Cataclysm. It appears Cataclysm is heavily threaded and a newer core i5 will match up with your video card better if your main goal is good Cataclysm performance.


    It's not that WoW is heavily threaded, it's the the Sandy Bridge arcitecture is better optimized than the AM3 arcitecture. Therefore the new Sandy Bridge will show a substantial performance increase over an AM3 build.
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