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April 18, 2011 4:01:23 AM

I've been playing WoW for a couple of years now on my *cough* MacBook pro and I've decided that it's time to build a gaming computer that's able to maximize my experience playing the game and stop the annoying lag that I deal with on a daily basis. I KNOW that I'm not seeing everything that the game has to offer visually. I have about a grand that I can spend if I really feel the urge, however I've never built a comp before and I don't know much about which components are effective and which ones are just a plain rip - off. Can anyone recommend a good build for me?

I have my Macbook connected to my HDTV and since I don't have a monitor I would like to stick with the T.V. - besides, I love the huge screen!

Either way I'm open for suggestions, Thanks!

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April 18, 2011 10:44:31 PM

Motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU : http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HD: (im not really sure that HD improves gaming all that much) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Mem/RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Graph Card: (I know there are a bunch of ways to go on this one but this sounds like a good buy) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I have no idea what kind of tower casing I should buy nor do I know about which cooling fans and power sources are the best decision. I hope his build makes at least a little sense.

Approximate Purchase Date: eh, I'd like to get this within the next month

Budget Range: $1000, but less if possible / With a $20 mail in rebate so far I'd be at $759
System Usage from Most to Least Important: This would be primarily a gaming PC along with internet surfing
Parts Not Required: I have a an HDTV at 1600 X 900 and would like to use that so I don't need a monitor. I have wireless mouse but I'll need a keyboard (wireless or plug-in, doesn't matter)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger direct seems to have some good prices but I'm open for suggestions for better sites
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences:
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600 X 900
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
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April 18, 2011 11:10:49 PM
April 18, 2011 11:43:09 PM



  • I'd say you could probably go cheaper on the card, he's playing WoW mainly and you don't need much power to run that on ultra from what I recall..Though the savings would probs only be around $20-35. Also if space is going to be an issue with the case you might want to go with one of the Nvidia GTX models since (from what I've seen) they tend to be more manageable in length. That being said, that's a pretty solid build up except I would definitely get the Corsair 750W but that's a personal preference, small power supplies make me nervous.
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    April 19, 2011 12:36:31 AM

    This psu is the same price but free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    This mobo combo is $10 less. I'm assuming no cf/sli since you didn't answer. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... But if you're not overclocking you could save money getting h67. Otherwise get 2500k. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
    You are also only at 1600x900 and nvidia will do better in wow so a 460 will do. But if you do want to upgrade to later to 1080p or if want to play any other game, then you'll need more.


    This build was already in my shopping cart so I guess I could post it.
  • COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • HIS H695F2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
  • MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
  • Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
  • COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
    TOTAL: $944.48

    Edit: Add $20 for dvd/cd drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    April 19, 2011 2:12:30 AM

    Apologies about the mock up build, I had a feeling that some of that stuff wouldn't be compatible and I don't know how to tell if two pieces of hardware are compatible in the first place. I do have a 1080P, wasn't sure if I was supposed to write that down or give an actual dimension (1600X900 was the only 'dimension' listed aside from 1080P)
    What do you mean when you say "no cf/sli"? I don't know what that stands for. Oh, and what exactly does over-clocking mean? ha! I'm such a noobe
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    April 19, 2011 2:54:58 AM

    The important question is are you going to play any other game other than wow? Without knowing this we cannot suggest a graphics card. 1080p = 1920x1080

    SLI/CF is multi graphics cards. With just one monitor, one card is fine, you'd really only need multi graphic cards with hardcore gaming(like crysis or something) with a multi monitor setup.

    Overclocking is raising the ghz of a cpu past its stock clocks, which is pretty easy to do with the new intel cpus. So you would essentially have more performance without paying for a better cpu. The i5-2500 is already pretty powerful and most games will be limited more by the graphics card.
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    April 19, 2011 10:06:04 PM

    I will definitely only be using one monitor and for the foreseeable future WoW will be my game of choice. If overclocking is effective then I'd def go that route when looking for a CPU. If i5 does the job then I'm cool with that.
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    April 20, 2011 12:18:12 AM
    April 20, 2011 3:08:05 AM

    I like the idea of swapping out the psu and gpu from this build and using it in the previous one, however, I was reading some of the reviews on the GTX 460 and a lot of people were saying that they crash after some time. Is there any truth to that? Maybe those claims are bunk, I don't know. If that's a risk though then I'm leaning towards the Radeon gpu in the previous build. Also, am I risking any problems with the PSU in this build? Someone said that they'd recommend the Corsair 750w. Oh, another question, would either of these builds be wireless capable?
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    April 20, 2011 3:10:51 AM

    Oh yeah, I will need an OS, Win7 right?
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    April 20, 2011 4:14:38 AM

    windows 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    The crashing was fixed in driver updates a couple months back, as long as you get the newest driver off the nvidia website, you'll be fine. The 430w is fine for the 460 and the equivalent amd 6850, not the 6950. The 6950 in the other build has a 650w because it needs more power. I'd recommend nvidia as it does better in wow and even with the 460 you're getting 80+ fps on ultra at 1080p which is an overkill. If you wanted something with more performance the 560 is around the same as the 6950. Here's some benchmarks for wow. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-c...

    You'll need a wireless adapter for wireless, I'm not sure which one. http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor...

    I suggested the cheaper build because performance will pretty much be the same and you didn't even know what overclocking was so I doubt you'd even do it. You could even get the i5-2500 which is the same clocks as the i5-2500k. Here's the SB OC guide anyways. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265056-29-2600k-2500k...
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