Looking to build the cheapest computer yet able to raid in WoW with none/minor lag with settings on good mostly high maybe some on Ultra, but if not Ultra its not a big deal. (Only WoW will be running on this computer)
This is what I've researched so far:
CPU/Processor- AMD Phenom II x4 940 $135
Motherboard- Not sure what will go with all components the best. I'm clueless here.
Ram/Memory- 4GB DDR3 $45
Harddrive- 500 GB SATA II $45
Graphics Card- ATI Radeon 5750 $109
Case- $80 nothing fansy as long as it holds everything.
Power Supply- Not sure how much it takes to power all components.
Monitor- 19" $100
Cooler- $54 assuming I need one this expensive/cheap.
Optical Drive- It's not needed is it? I'll download WoW from the internet.
If you have cheaper options that will play WoW just as good if not better or I need better components I'd appreciate the feedback. I don't know what other major components I need (I can get the keyboard and mouse).
Get the Phenom II x4 955BE on Newegg because it's $13 more, but comes with a $10 gift card and will be much easier to overclock since it's unlocked. It will take an experienced overclocker 5 to 20 minutes to add 600MHz to your core speed.
That build makes a computer that you'd think is totally awesome. If you have a Microcenter nearby, you can save $80 or so on the CPU/mobo combo. You could also get a Phenom II x2 560BE and save another $40. You could get a 5770 for $100 instead of the 5850. And you could get a worse monitor and save $20.
So you could get a computer that would seem significantly less awesome for $125 less (dual core, 5770, 19" screen). My build will work for you for 3 years with great graphics if you throw down $100 for a 5850 next Black Friday.
Wait a minute! Tenno, you said that money was no object last week. In that case, you should get a 750W PSU and a Radeon 6950 2GB that you unlock to a 6970, then Crossfire that next Black Friday.
Bigmac80 was right on the money. A Phenom II x2 560BE and a Radeon 5770 would play Wow very well. Is this computer specifically for WoW or do you forsee yourself using it to play some other games made in the last couple years or play a new game a year from now? If so, the original build, but with one of the combos from Microcenter (if one's nearby) would be what you want. I suggest: 965 + MSI 870A-G54.